If ever there was an animal who embodied love and joie de vivre, it was Stencil.
Stencil was a brown goat with the long, silken ears characteristic of Nubians. He was rescued with 18 others in 2010. All of them were emaciated and riddled with worms and lice. Stencil’s name came from the huge white spot on his right side that so resembled the shape of the United States that it appeared to be “stencilled” on.
If you knew this goat, you loved him in an instant such was his character. Gentle, soulful, and deeply affectionate, he would run you over in a heartbeat — ears and legs flopping in more directions than seemed possible — to get to dinner or to steal a snack. Just ask the unsuspecting visitor who opened her car door and suddenly had a 200-pound goat climbing over her to snatch her sandwich out of her hand. Comical, yes. Food obsessed, most definitely. But Stencil was also love on four legs, freely offering affection to friends and strangers alike, inserting himself into the middle of tours simply to be among us. That is what we will miss most: his love.
When Stencil fell ill from a noncontagious form of meningitis, we tried mightily to save him. His two-week stay at Cornell included spinal taps, an EKG, and an MRI. How utterly delighted we were when he returned to us. He wasn’t out of the woods we knew, but we were hopeful.
Journey well, dear one. It was a privilege to know you.
We’re tremendously saddened by the loss of Stencil but are determined to honor his memory by rescuing more animals the way he was once rescued. Won’t you please help by making a donation in his memory?