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Monday, November 21, 2011

Apifera welcomes....



Post note: The official name is Professor Otis Littleberry, and Aunt Bea.

Well, we're not sure what their names are. However, it appears the little round lady seems like an Aunt Bea.

Saturday the Dirt Farmer and I loaded two crates and some tuna sandwiches in the car and headed up to see the goats at New Moon Farm. The 10 hour round trip was made in sunshine so we enjoyed the beautiful views of the Cascades. I was immediately smitten with a new Pygmy herd that had been confiscated for neglect. We were also so happy to see how New Moon has grown with Ellen's hard work. The place was buzzing with volunteers of all ages and people picking up goats. The last time we were there was to pick up Old Man Guinnias in '08. So these two little creatures are our 7th and 8th goat adoptees from New Moon and we consider her extended family.

I had my heart open to the many other needy goats in Ellen's care - some of the goats I had been drawn to before our trip had found perfect homes, including an old gent that reminded me of a white standard poodle. It was all meant to be.

Aunt Bea was the matriarch to the herd, which at one time was 12, but four had died from mysterious circumstances. The grey gent we brought home was the neighbor goat of the herd, and when Ellen asked what his name was, the response was, "He doesn't have name." I am so delighted with these two. They are in their own area for another week since they were loaded with lice when Ellen rescued them, and their feet aren't so great - but in time I think we will get them fixed up. They are content and very friendly...I am trying out names on the gent - but for now, he is just so happy to be scratched. I wondered how long it's been.

With the holidays coming up, New Moon is a great 501c to consider for gift giving. Like I said, I've known them for awhile and can attest to Ellen's dedication. Apifera is not a 501c, but we are grateful for any sponsorships of our adoptees.

These two have many stories to tell. Just wait.


3 comments:

Sharon Stanley said...

...and they are sooooo photogenic! oh katherine arn't you happy with them!? precious. i think if you have aunt b, perhaps you need a barney? maybe you should have a name the goat contest!! congrats mama.

Tracie Lyn Huskamp said...

CONGRATULATIONS! On your new family members... Wishing them good health and many happy years on Apifera Farm!

Lis said...

Oh Yay! Since I cannot have a goat (yet!) I have gone to New Moon's site to satisfy my hunger for painting models of the hoofed variety :) Aunt Bea ... I see her in an apron now ... just don't let her make pickles!

Your book arrived yesterday and I am in heaven. I used to do paintings of my dog boy, Moose, in various guises (Bat Moose, Super Moose, Moose un chien qui parle francais) and I see he is ready for more action!

Thanksgiving blessings to you all ♥

xo Lis

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