Juicy back home after going on lam
Sharon Andrews is happy her pet sheep spent a night behind "baaars" in Christchurch instead of ending up as Christmas dinner.
Juicy, a one-year-old ewe who acts more like a dog than a sheep, was reunited with her owner after escaping from a Hills Rd property on Wednesday, where she had been trimming a friend's garden for the past week.
"She's not a sheep really and she's not used to being on her own like that so I was really worried about her," Andrews said.
"I just kept thinking about her ending up as a roast on Christmas Day or in a hangi pit."
Andrews' friend contacted the SPCA and posted a plea for information on Facebook and Trade Me as soon as she realised Juicy was missing.
As luck would have it another friend had seen the Facebook plea and happened to know somebody who worked at the pound. They had mentioned a sheep had recently been picked up from somewhere near the central city.
"She rang me and said, 'Juicy is at the pound' . . . It's such a small world but I was so glad to hear she was OK."
Andrews' relationship with Juicy was not always so amicable though.
"She was meant to be a lovely juicy mutton roast . . . but I just couldn't go through with it."
Andrews admitted Juicy was a demanding pet who needed to be fed all the time.
"I'm running out of food for her here and I keep having to go out and buy things most days and it's getting too expensive."
So after a year-long friendship, Juicy would be rehomed next weekend.
But she would still be off the menu.
Juicy will go to Tiny Paws Rescue - a Rakaia-based shelter owned by Andrews' friends - where she will have all the grass and space a sheep could want.
There could also be some Juicy babies on the cards.
"She can have some lambs and it'll be a much better life for her and she'll live until she's old and dies of natural causes."