~ Rose, Hades, Sophie, Freya and Violet ~
Just over a year ago, Rose welcomed Hades into her life. He was shortly followed by Sophie. Some months later, she adopted Freya and then, lastly, Violet joined their family. Since then, they have all formed a very special bond and have changed each other’s lives hugely.
For as long as she can remember, Rose has always been passionate about animals. Her mum runs Hooved Haven, a rescue dedicated to helping sheep and goats. Through Hooved Haven, Rose met Hades, an orphaned Suffolk cross lamb. At the time, Rose was struggling with her mental health, however, when she met Hades, she fell instantly in love. He gave her a purpose and really helped her to find hope during her tough days. Whenever she cried, he would walk up to her and put his head in her lap. Suffice it to say, Hades had found his forever home.
Three weeks later, Rose met Sophie, an East Friesian lamb. A friend of Rose’s told her about the lamb and how she had been orphaned but didn’t have the resources to care for her. So, Rose decided to take Sophie in. It turned out to be a perfect fit as Hades enjoyed having another sheep friend and Sophie enjoyed snuggling up with her new human.
Coincidentally, Rose adopted Hades and Sophie just before a 4-month Covid-19 lockdown in New Zealand. It was a stressful time, however, having her two sheep friends helped her hugely. Every night and every morning, Hades and Sophie would sleep on Rose’s bed, give each day a purpose and encourage Rose to go outside. As well as this, when Rose was taking her defensive driving course, Hades would sit on her lap for the whole two-hour sessions for two weeks which was a big comfort to her.
Sometime later, Rose’s mum felt that, as lambs were too big to hold and cuddle, adopting a cat might be a good idea for Rose as an emotional support animal. After some looking, they came across Freya, a Ragdoll x Persian kitten. However, since adopting her, and being raised by Hades and Sophie, Freya has become more of a sheep than a cat! She loves following her sheep siblings around the yard and even sleeps in their houses.
In early 2022, Rose took Hades, Sophie and Freya to the annual Pets in Tartan parade. Everyone loved meeting them and interacting with two sheep, for some, for the first time. Before attending, Rose harness-trained Freya so she could join in on the fun, too. Because of this, she has become the stall mascot whenever they’re at a market.
Lastly, but certainly not least, in August of 2022, Rose adopted Violet, a Valais Blacknose sheep. At the time, Rose didn’t feel ready to take on another lamb. However, she and her mum were contacted about a two-day-old lamb who was born as a twin and their mother was unable to feed them both. The owner said that, if no one took this lamb in, she would have to be put down. In that moment, Rose decided to adopt the lamb and name her Violet.
Due to being the youngest and smallest sheep, Violet receives a lot of attention! While Rose has tried, she has not been able to integrate Violet into the herd, so they often go places together. From markets to cafes – including their favourite, Fat Kitty Cafe – they love being able to explore new places together, and everyone they meet immediately falls in love with Violet. Every time they go out, Rose is often told that seeing Violet has brought a smile to their face. Knowing this, and knowing that all the photos she shares brings so much joy, means the world to her.
Having Hades, Sophie and Violet has helped Rose spread awareness about sheep. She loves being able to educate people about them and what having one is like. To Rose, they, and Freya, are her babies. Being able to give them the opportunity to live their best life is all that matters to her.
The impact that Hades, Sophie, Freya and Violet have had on Rose has been incredible. They bring so much love into Rose’s life and their community. Each day is made better simply because they have each other.