The purveyor also has stated that there have been more than 40, then countless, replies to an ad on a local free site, kijiji, saying that I have sold sick animals and have abused animals. For what it is worth, it was also stated that the RCMP were not surprised, though about what, I cannot say. The RCMP do stay at the Inn on the farm, so obviously, my reputation with them is not questionable.
I have had quite enough.
To my knowledge I have never sold a sick animal. No one has ever said to me that the animal they purchased was sick. Recently a purchaser lost some baby goslings, but that is all I have ever become aware of. Certainly, if an animal was sick, the purchaser would ask for their money back, wouldn't they? And why, then , do complete strangers bring sick and injured animals here for help? I always help.
The SPCA was called here last winter on a case of severe animal abuse. The officer's comment was. "Eileen, I have seen enough. If every farm was run as well as yours, I would seriously be out of a job! Well Done!". He went back to report that his visit on the farm indicated all was very well. The call was falsely accusing. But what bothered me is why some one would make that call in the first place. Whomever it was did not know exactly where the farm is, because it was supposedly viewable from the highway by the complainer, though it is not able to be seen, being 750 feet back through a grove of trees and down a long driveway. The caller had obviously never been here. What drives a person to call an organization and report neglect and abuse when not a foot was set on the property? Who does that and why?
I would like to state that the farm is run on a grass fed as close to organic operation as possible. The stock are chosen or bred for winter hardiness and all have winter shelters adequate for their species. No ruminants have been lost due to cold and no parts have frozen off. The animals are sleek and happy. As with all farms, some animals do get sick. Ancient homeopathic remedies are tried first, but there is room for modern medicine too. Still, from time to time, animals have been lost. Don't tell me that doesn't happen on any one else's farm.
I am sick of being too nice. I am so sorry there are users and takers. I am so sorry there are those who can only see their way to put negative energy in the world. They make themselves and everyone around them miserable. This person's father, who has always rescued her, was in tears over and over again when he left the goats for me. He had had enough too, but what does a parent do? My advice to him was to abandon her. She has only had two jobs, Tim Horton's and McDonald's and without the finances from him, she would be forced to learn to grow up, considering she is near to thirty years of age. Her mother threw her out, but I cannot speak to that, since I did not meet her. Perhaps I should. I think there is more to the story than the anger and resentment and need for revenge, having her way and speaking the last word.
She continues to use Kijiji to voice her opinions and slander the business and the farm. She has never stayed at the Inn, so cannot comment on it and she has only briefly visited the farm, and cannot really comment on that either. She continues to spread vicious lies, making them up as they suit her, contradicting herself from one to the next. There were two bales of mouldy hay in the goat pen, not as feed but they were originally there to create a wind block. The hay her father brought as feed, on the other hand, is mouldy. When the goats were brought here, I had just acquired this year's hay, brand new and that is what the animals were fed. My own goats were out in the bush and pasture with the sheep until they learned to go through the fence just a few weeks back and were not being fed hay at all until they had to be kept in.
Her latest 'ad' on Kijiji is a story about all the help and support she has gotten from the community who dislike me. She thanks them for her support against me, the Bully, as she terms it. She includes the RCMP in this, but truth be known, Little Miss Perfect is anything but, and the RCMP are no strangers to her. Yet, she now makes it sound as though she is forgetting that her father, in desperation, gave me the goats, at all. She is forgetting the fact that they were abandoned here when she was the one who was supposed to be caring for them and never showed up. Instead she is pointing fingers at me and playing the poor me person and she has sympathy and listeners. People love to jump in like that and gang up on some one. In this case it was me. I have no idea who wrote to her or called her and do not really care. I want those same people, if they exist, to say what they said to her to my face in person. I want them to see the tears well up in my eyes and spill over, because the person in question here is the bully, not me.
I continue to collect the ads and emails and any other comments in writing at this point to add the case I have against her for slander. She is not the only one who has allies and some of those who have dealt with her have been behind the scenes supporting me all along. The difference is that I did not have to create lies and false stories to acquire that support. A cease and desist order means that she would have to quit speaking against me and the farm and stay away from it in all respects. If she writes one more negative comment or speaks one more negative thought about me or my business publicly, I will get a court order against her. Then if she does it again, the law will take that into their own hands. Using rhyming words that sound like the farm name is not acceptable either. I am done with her and at first, though I also got pulled in by her seemingly helpless innocence, it did not take long to realize that she is an expert at manipulating those around her to get what she wants.
I asked her to go away, but she feels she cannot do that. I think she needs to find the truth from her father, if he is brave enough to tell her. The truth is, he was exasperated and frustrated and for him, since he was the one caring for the baby goats, giving them to me was the easy way out. Suffering the wrath of his spoiled child was the other side of the coin. He told me the amount of money he had invested in the goat business for her and it was staggering.
And, she is judgemental. I shared, in confidence and empathy, some of my hardship with my own family member that has experienced some difficulty and now, even that has been used to belittle me and the farm. She is judging some one she only said hello to. He works in camp and is not here more than a week or two a month normally, so I rightfully stated I lived alone and farmed alone. I do. On occasion, he was away for up to five weeks with only a week off before returning to camp, and when he is here, after that long sojourn, he often does not have the inclination to do any farm work. The funny thing is she readily admits she has mental problems herself and that is alright for her, but not for another.
She said she was going to move forward from this experience now and put it behind her. I can only hope that is the case and never again in this lifetime will I have to cross paths with her or her words.
Now, if she will truly cease and desist and get on with her life, I can go on with mine and we can once more be at peace. I do not wish her any harm or ill. As a matter of fact, I hope she gets her first job and learns to be a successful contributing member of society. I do. I wish to have the registration papers for the goats I paid her for, too, but that would be the proper thing to do to end this mess and somehow, I am pretty sure she won't be sending them to me. My loss and my fault for using poor judgement.