“IT IS BETTER TO HAVE LOVED AND LOST THEN TO HAVE NEVER LOVED AT ALL”
I know we shouldn’t really have favourites but, inevitably, we do and I’m not ashamed to admit that Dolly was mine.
Dolly Morris, the first chook I ever loved and, heartbreakingly, the first chook I ever lost.
Dolly chose to leave us overnight and, right now, I feel like my heart has been broken into a million little pieces but, I really want to pay tribute to my special little lady.
At around 18 months of age Dolly was considered worthless by the profit-driven egg industry but, luckily for Dolly, Ally of Battery Angels intervened and Dolly was liberated from the hell hole that exploited her, and saved from slaughter, on 4 December 2015.
Dolly, and 7 of her sisters, joined our family on 5 December 2015 and she was a firecracker from day one, brave enough to lead her sisters, full to the brim with character, chatty and so inquisitive.
I shared a little under 4 months with Dolly. It will never feel like enough but I’m so glad she had the opportunity to live a little of her life as a chicken, to feel the sunshine on her feathers, to scratch around in the sand and soil, to experience the joy of a dust bath.
I will always remember the day I watched her unearth a witchetty grub, you’d have thought she’d won lotto, her sisters were onto her straight away, they chased her around and around but Dolly wasn’t giving her delicacy up for anyone!
Whilst this isn’t about me, I’m an emotional wreck today, I keep thinking about the heartbreaking reality that Dolly, and so many of her sisters, are born to die. There’s so many beautiful girls that live their whole lives in darkness, valued as nothing more than an egg laying machine and, when their little bodies slow down, and they’re of no value to the revolting egg industry, they’re chucked on a truck, literally chucked, and sent to slaughter.
I just hope that Dolly went to sleep knowing that she was so much more to me that an egg laying machine.
I miss you already Dols. I’m so lost without my little sidekick. I thank you for all that you taught me in the short time we spent together. I’ll love you always.