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Wednesday, May 04, 2011

What's wrong with this picture?

I think goats just know when the two footer has a fever and can barely make it to the barnyard for morning feedings for that is when said goat decides it's the right moment to lodge her head into a gate.

Granny, the swinging senior we recently adopted from New Moon Goat Farm along with Wilbur the Acrobat Goat, has lodged her head in no less than three spots in the last week. Always for a very good reason, I might add. Just when everything is going smoothly in the barnyard with goat escapes down to zero, well, that's when it's time to bring on a new goat.

When Granny first arrived in February, she was sweet, but I didn't have a good feeling for her true personality. It was wet and rainy then, leaving me with no desire to sit outside with the goats and watch their true selves emerge.

But with the sun and warm weather arriving, the little granny has shown more of her spit fire self. She is thin in stature, allowing her neck to squeeze through many small spaces. Unfortunately her head is attached to the other end and that is usually where I come in. If I get to the barnyard and all the goats are there but Granny, I call out to her, hear a bleat, and find her lodged somewhere nearby. Her enticement is consistent- food. Even one drop of food. She is always very cooperative in the release, and seems quite relieved when each rescue operation is over.


Nellie from Beyond My Garden said...

I'm so sorry that I cannot come help watch your goats until you feel better. Please get well soon and take care of that Granny.

Sharon Stanley said...

i feel her pain....i too am motivated by food....

Adrian said...

Oh! What a beautiful face! These are the days you will cherish because she's just awaiting for you to call her and come give her some goatee love. I hope you feel better soon. You and your farm have lifted me out of some lingering doldrums and I thank you.

Lisa Kaser said...

So glad to have read this first today-two footer, swinging senior and certain goat personalities and behaviors just gets the ball rolling in the right direction. May you be feeling better today!

Megan said...

That picture is hilarious! This one will keep you on your toes for sure. Feel better soon. :)

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