Breeding season got off to a shaky start this year. A couple of weeks ago Mojo & Sunny exploited a hole in the fence and went to visit the ladies. Which meant for the first time ever we had to use Lute (Lutalyse) on the does since we didn't know who was bred by whom. Unfortunately the dosage we got from the vet was too small, and we had to redo the injections.
Today we were finally able to get Mame' bred to Sunny. Her due date will be around the 25th of March. If the rest of the season goes according to plan. next up will be Tsunami x Sparky Joe and Maple x Mojo due in April. Then Rita x Sparky Joe in May and finally Millie x Sunny in June. Although with the way things have gone so far I'm not guaranteeing anything at this point. :)
In other news our pup Cleo turned one year old last week, and Izzy will be two years old in a couple of weeks. Both of them are starting to get over their puppy ways although they still have PLENTY of energy! Izzy sleeps every night with Ari and it is obvious they miss each other whenever we have been away from home.
I saw this posted on a goat forum and just had to share it. The only thing the anonymous author missed was the joy I get from seeing my kids learning and interacting with "just a goat".
"Just A Goat"
From time to time, people tell me, "lighten up, it's just a goat," or, "that's a lot of money for "just a goat". They don't understand the distance traveled, the time spent, or the costs involved for "just a goat." Some of my proudest moments have come about with "just a goat." Many hours have passed and my only company was "just a goat," but I did not once feel slighted. Some of my...... saddest moments have been brought about by "just a goat," and in those days of darkness, the gentle touch of "just a goat" gave me comfort and reason to overcome the day. If you, too, think it's "just a goat," then you will probably understand phrases like "just a friend," "just a sunrise," or "just a promise."
"Just a goat" brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust, and pure unbridled joy. "Just a goat" brings out the compassion and patience that make me a better person. Because of "just a goat" I will rise early, take long walks and look longingly to the future. So for me and folks like me, it's not "just a goat" but an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future, the fond memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment. "Just a goat" brings out what's good in me and diverts my thoughts away. I hope that someday they can understand that it's not "just a goat" but the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being "just a woman." So the next time you hear the phrase "just a goat" just smile, because they "just" don't understand.? ~Anonymous