One day in June my husband was coming home from work when he found a fawn laying in the road about a half mile from our house.
His mother had been killed and laid dead nearby. He called me to ask what he should do. I said bring it home I guess. What else was there to do? Silly question.(-: I know what you are all thinking! We spent the next year raising our beloved Vinny.
There were many fun times and great experiences raising a deer. First off he insisted he was a house pet. He wanted to be where we were all the time. That included sleeping in my bed at night. Yes, Vinny was house broke. It didn't take long for him to be trained either. Much easier then a puppy! He would knock on the door to come in and go stand by the door to go out. If you didn't let him out right away he would come to you just like a dog would to get your attention. Deer are very smart. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise!
Vinny was the sweetest, loving animal I have ever had. He became part of our family as soon as he came through the front door that day.
At the time we had a golden lab who thought things were a little out of hand here. Boe our lab was a hunting dog! He had to endure countless critters over his life. He took it in stride and went with the flow, although I don't think he ever really liked it.(-:
Anyhow, back to Vin. He loved his bottles. When I came home from work he would meet me at the gate. He would follow me into the house for his nice warm bottle of goat formula. Goats are a lot like Deer. Vinny could suck down a bottle faster then anything I had ever seen(-:
As he grew bigger he decided that Cheerios where his favorite snack food. He had to have a bowl to go along with his bottle. Then he decided that sliced apples were his favorite. So he also needed an apple to go along with his bowl of Cheerios. At Thanksgiving time we introduced him to homemade pumpkin pie with whipped cream. Boy did he love that! He would moan as he was eating it. That became his new favorite treat(-:
During the day when I was at work he would hang out in the yard and eat whatever he wanted, but as soon as I came home he wanted his bottle.(-:
Vin loved to eat the bouquets of flowers my daughter got from her boyfriend! My daughter was not happy with him for that. I couldn't help but laugh, so she wasn't to happy with me either!
Vinny loved to play chase with our lab. They would have so much fun running around the yard. As he grew he could rest his head on the table and eat treats that we put near him(-:
As the months went by he roamed farther and farther into the wooded area. My daughter would see him on her daily runs. He would greet her and follow her back home.
One day he did not greet me at the gate when I got home from work. I knew this was the day he would be called to the wild. I was sad and I missed him so much. He would drop by at times for a quick visit but he would run off and not stay. Soon he would not come near us at all. Then finally he would not come back. So nature called and he listened. We saw him several times after that and he would always stop and look at me but he would not come up to me again. I will always remember him and I will always treasure our time together(-: