Leif’s Light

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Sometimes, these precious beings don’t stay with us as long as we’d like…

A compassionate humane police officer brought Leif E. Greene to us.  She had rescued the skinny little goat from a dark, dirty garage, where he was tied up. Children were taunting him, throwing rocks, and he had no escape. The person who had called in the complaint stated that this had been going on for months. No wonder this little guy didn’t trust humans!

At the time, we were still struggling to keep our new calf Mookie alive. He had terrible digestive problems, refused to eat solid food, and struggled with bloating daily. Mookie was skin and bones, and nothing we tried was helping him heal.

Cookie before he met Lief
Mookie before he met Lief

Leif took one look at Mookie and decided they were new best friends. He pranced over to him and invited him to a hearty game of tag. The next morning, Mookie ate solid food for the first time. By the next day, Mookie’s digestive problems had disappeared. The calf and goat played all day long, until they fell asleep in a heap, like puppies.

Mookie eating a hearty breakfast while Leif encourages him
Mookie eating a hearty breakfast while Leif encourages him

A few days later, Leif looked me in the eye and smiled. Progress! This precious little being, on the strength of love and play, was saving Mookie’s life, and had a heart so open he was willing to give humans another chance.

Soon, Leif was dancing with joy every time he saw us. He even began to leap over his fence to find us anywhere on the property, demanding that we play with him and Mookie.


In the mornings, as I fed Mookie his bottle, Leif pranced joyfully in circles around us, stopping occasionally to kiss Mookie or me. He was actually celebrating Mookie’s care! This little goat stole my heart, and I felt it would burst for the love of such a giving soul.



One day, he seemed like a healthy, joyful goat that would be with us for years to come. The next day, his kidneys shut down, and then his heart stopped.  We don’t know why, the vets don’t know why.  We rushed him to the hospital, but there was nothing they could do.

His time with us was invaluable, if all too brief. Our sweet little angel died in our arms, knowing he was much beloved, and that we were sorry to see him go.

Everything changes.

We cannot be surprised.  We must simply have unending gratitude that he was in our lives at all, and that his friendship saved sweet Mookie’s life.

Long may your light shine, Leif E. Greene, in the star world and in our hearts.

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16 thoughts on “Leif’s Light

    Stacey said:
    March 9, 2015 at 2:07 am

    So wonderfully beautiful. Crying over his moving on … I hope Mookie is doing well, probably just as devastated over the death of his beloved buddy.


      indralokaanimalsanctuary said:
      March 9, 2015 at 3:10 pm

      Thank you for your kind heart, Stacey. It has been about a month since Leif crossed, and Mookie is making new friends and moving forward. I think he knows that Leif will always remain with us.


    Paula said:
    March 9, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    As always, your posts move me. Thank you for all that you do.


      indralokaanimalsanctuary said:
      March 9, 2015 at 3:10 pm

      Thank you, Paula, for your support. We could not do any of this without our wonderful volunteers, friends, and supporters.


    Lisa Papp said:
    March 9, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    Oh Indra, so much beauty at your Indraloka haven. So much beauty. Thank you for sharing it.


      indralokaanimalsanctuary said:
      March 9, 2015 at 3:11 pm

      Thank you for reading this, Lisa, and for your kind words. We hope you and Rob will visit us this summer!


    Bob and Sylvia Tagert said:
    March 9, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    So sorry to learn of this loss – Leif’s legacy will live on in the hearts of all who loved him.



    Debra Picard said:
    March 9, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    I started eading this story hoping Lief would learn to trust humans once more, then Leif found Mookie. I’ve seen this kind of bonding on a program called STRANGE ANIMAL FRIENDS….so I am so glad Leif helped Mookie want to eat and live. A very specila kind of friendship, we humans will never understand….it’s so special with the innocense of animals. Leif had a mission nobody understood except him and Mookie. Yes, I cried when I saw where this was going. For me..The death of such innocense JUST WHEN THEY ARE SAFE FROM HARM…..is the saddest part. leif had Mookie and visa versa 😦 I pray Mookie is still doing well and I am positive for a long time he waited for Leif to return! I too have a special place in my heart for all animals big and small. For some reason…with me…it’s the saddest and hardest..for me…to get over one of my animals passing then anything else. I have been this way since I can remember. RIP sweet Lief 😦


      indralokaanimalsanctuary said:
      March 9, 2015 at 3:14 pm

      Dearest Debra, I promise you these beautiful beings are eternal. Leif has simply shifted forms. Of course we miss him, but we know his light is timeless and boundless.


        Debra Picard said:
        January 1, 2016 at 10:46 pm

        Thanks for all you do at this beautiful sanctuary. ..I know I’ll never forget the love between the animals and staff. …your sanctuary is such a blessing for any animal lucky enough to spend their later years with such loving people


    DIANE M.KASTEL said:
    March 9, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    Wonderful story about two baby friends who got and gave such joy to each other. I am so very sorry that Leif E. Green died and that you do not even know why?


      indralokaanimalsanctuary said:
      March 10, 2015 at 1:28 pm

      Hello Diane, I am glad you enjoyed the story. Our vets believe Lief may have come to us with a preexisting condition. We ruled out all the common things that can go wrong with goats, but we decided not to have an autopsy done.


        DIANE said:
        March 10, 2015 at 3:14 pm

        I WISH you had chosen to do an autopsy for Leif E. Greene. I am so sorry that he is gone. DIANE M. KASTEL WHEATON, IL U.S.A.


    Joel Anderson said:
    March 10, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    Indra, I’m very sorry for the loss of little Lief. I enjoyed photographing him while there during the visit by the monks. He was a shining little fellow


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