My kids have pets. They have two dogs, both boys. A black lab mix named ‘Stache and a corgi red heeler mix named Max.
I have pets too. They are all Nubian or Nubian mix goats. The lead doe in my “herd” is JarJar. She is undeniably the Boss with a capital B. The Spring before last I thought she was pregnant, and waited and waited for her ever expanding belly to produce a kid. Any kid, just please, give birth already!!! She never did. She had had a false pregnancy, with all the symptoms of being pregnant, including producing milk and going into false labor, but there was no baby. So this spring, I really had my doubts. So imagine my surprise when after being in labor for quite awhile, which required me “going in” (and yes, it was just as gross as you would imagine, although I didn’t have time to think about it as it was happening) to help her, she produced three beautiful doe kids!! I was thrilled, and a little hyped up on adrenaline.
The next day, we went on to home school co-op, because the other goat that was pregnant, Sally, didn’t even act like she was pregnant. She showed none of the signs of prelabor, she was just annoyed because I had shut her away from JarJar and the babies. JarJar is a solitary girl, she doesn’t mind being alone, but Sally, she has a herd mentality that will not be denied. Unless I actually want her in with the herd, in which case, I have to start calling her Houdini, because she is an expert escape artist. There is no pen that can hold the Amazing Sally! So imagine my surprise when I am driving home from co-op in the pouring rain and get a call from Chad that Sally has had twins! Oh, was he mad at me, but how was I supposed to know? Luckily, Sally didn’t need any intervention at all, and by the time I got home her kids, a girl and a boy were up bouncing around as if they hadn’t just been on this earth a couple of hours. It was amazing! Unfortunately, a week or so later, what we can only assume was a bobcat took Sally’s little girl. We never found another trace of her. Her little boy went to live at Heaven Sent Food and Fiber, on the other side of Tahlequah.
At first, I couldn’t imagine not keeping all three of JarJar’s girls. They are all so adorable, and they were such a blessing. The realities of feeding 5 goats, though, is another thing, especially in this drought and with the possibility of a hay shortage over us. So the biggest of those three is also going to Heaven Sent Food and Fiber. At least I will be able to visit her. The other two, Shorty and Rosie will be staying here, at least for now. I can’t imagine picking between the two if I ever have to let one go.
So there you have it. My pets. If you had asked me 5 years ago if I would ever even OWN a goat, much less be so attached to them, I would have told you you were crazy. I thought they had evil looking eyes, and they just creeped me out. Their personalities though, have completely won me over. They are a lot of work, but they are never boring, and give milk to boot. What’s not to love?!