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This page is a time-line of our life with our goats and other pets. Here, we'll document the joys and sorrows of keeping these wonderful animals. Feel free to comment at the address at the bottom of the page.
We'll pick up Nick and Molly from the breeder in a couple of weeks They will be bottle fed for several months so we'll have to get used to the fact that we'll be getting up in the middle of the night to give them their every 4 hour feeding!
Here's some pics of Nick and Molly right after they were born!
4 days old, at the breeder's farm.
4 days old and already playing!
Just look at that cute face!
They do everything together.
Molly is a love!
While we waited a couple of weeks before the kids came home,we built our goat pen and house. Here's the house, built to provide shelter from the heat of the day and from wind and rain.
And here's the salad bar, a home built hay feeder, along with a feed dish, saltlick and self filling water dish. In the foreground, a pile of cindar blocks for them to climb on.
Since I'll will be doing the goat work from a wheelchair, a custom stanchion was required that was up higher so the wheelchair could get closer. We built this one ourselves, and the neck hold unit adjusts up and down depending on the size of the goat being worked on.
Kids are home, but not sure if they want to come out of the car carrier!
Nick and Molly have settled in to their new home and are seen here climbing all over their mommy (Like most kids do)
Everyone wants a cookie! One of our dogs gets in on the cookie action. They like 'em too!
Picked up 4 broom heads at Harbor Freight, and fastened them to a 2x4 for a scratching rail. Molly took right to it!
Nick and Molly love playing with this bucket. They push it all over the pen.
We built a simple clamping system so we can clamp an oak branch to the top rail of the fence. They love munching on oak leaves.
Nick is almost 95 pounds now! He's very strong and can easily knock me over if I'm not careful!
Nick mugs for the camera. He's always silly when I point a camera at him!
One of our new chicks found her way into the goat pen.She and the goats got along just fine.
Here's a snap of our ducks PJ and Penny, as they venture into our fish pond. We have about 400 very large goldfish in our front yard pond. They enjoyed eating the many snails in the pond.
Goats like to play. Here's a new tether-ball rig for them to play with. So far, Molly's won all the matches, but Nick's getting better at it!
Could these two get any cuter?
Nick and Molly getting a pedicure. We trim hooves every 6 weeks.
We are completely heartbroken over this, as we're sure many of you will be. Despite careful and constant care, working hard to keep our kids happy and healthy, Nick, our wether goat who was 2 1/2 years old was euthanized today.Our mobile, large-animal vet was able to come to the farm Today and confirm our worst fears about Nick. None of the past weeks hard work we put into saving Nick was going to help him.
We start the task now of finding Molly a new playmate. Goats must be in pairs to be happy and healthy.
Thank you for your continued viewing and support,
We went back to the farm where we got Nick and Molly, and were able to take home one of their 1/2 sisters. Her hame is Joy-Joy! (She's the goat in the center)
Joy-Joy is 1 month older than Molly and they share the same father. She has Nick's same golden eyes, and has a tassel on her neck and another one under her right ear. That's her in the middle at the farm of Cheri and Walt, who actually gave us Joy-Joy so that Molly wouldn't be alone. Thank you so much guys!
Here's the first meeting of Molly and Joy-Joy. They're getting along just great! A new youtube video will be posted tonight of their first meeting.
We are sad that we lost Nick, but overjoyed to add Joy-Joy to our little family.
Joy-Joy has settled in very nicely. She's getting along well with Molly and has become a real daddy's girl! We're overjoyed that she's fitting in so well with our weird family.
Joy-Joy and Molly curl up together in their house on a rainy night. We've had Joy-Joy 10 weeks now and she's really calmed down and settled in to our family
Picked up some dog chew-toys from the dollar store and mounted them on a steel pipe at the end of the deck for the girls to play with. It was an instant hit with both of the girls!
Molly swipes my hat off my head every chance she gets! She'll often run away with it and make me chase her to get it back!
Three weeks ago, during a routine vet visit, we learned that Debbie's dog Zoe had a very aggressive cancer.The cancer she had is one that is difficult to treat, so today we made the decision to have Zoe put to sleep. We took her to the vet this morning, where our dog vet, Dr. M. gave her the drugs. After a few more breaths, her heart stopped and Zoe passed away quietly, in My arms.We have buried her next to Nick, our beloved wether goat who passed away in November of 2011.
11 years ago, I found Sniffers in an animal shelter, 1 hour away from being put down.Sniffers had been adopted out 3 previous times and had come back to the shelter with behavior problems.I fell in love with this fur ball, and adopted him over the objections of the staff at the shelter.For those 11 years he has lived a full and rich life. He really enjoyed life on the farm the past 8 years. Age and poor health however, has forced us to make a difficult decision though. Today, we had him put to sleep.Sniffer's life of late has been one of constant pain, and we just couldn't prolong his discomfort any longer.We buried Sniffers to the right of Nick, our much loved wether goat who died in 2011. We buried him with his favorite toy, the stuffed hedghog seen in the photo above. We will truly miss our old friend!
A house is not a home without a dog in it.To that end, after some searching, we found this young dog at a local shelter, run by a vet.So please say hello to Ben, a 2 year old mixed breed mutt who joins our farm today!The first thing he did was jump in the pond and chase the ducks around the property. He caught 2 ducks, but didn't hurt them, just wanted to play. We'll need to work on that!If you live in the Brooksville, Florida area and wish to adopt a dog, please consider ASAP Vet and dog rescue (Click below):
What a great present this year!My niece decided to make something for Christmas this year that was sure to bring a smile. This wonderful goat sculpture she put together is the coolest present we've ever received! She got the crossed hooves, the dangle, the pink bucket, the collars, and of course Molly swiping my hat!We'll find a very special place for this, for sure!
There is a wonderful blog in Japan that we look at every day.The blog features the goats of Kaori Hata and his wife. We enjoy their great photos of their goats, Nana and Ranmaru so much we decided that we must send them one of our T-shirts. We sent it right from our store, so Hata-san was a little confused about who sent it, but I cleared that up in a comment post on his blog.
Check out their great goat blog yourself by clicking: HERE
The trouble with loving these wonderful animals, is that there are many health problems that can befall them. Goats can live up to 25 years, but some breeds, like Saanens, are prone to several health issues.
Little did I know, that while I was in hospital for a month having cancer surgery ,that Molly also had cancer.It was about the time I was able to get out of bed from my surgery, that Molly woke me one morning in pain, and bleeding from her vulva. With my local vet unable to determine what was wrong, I drove Molly 2 hours North to the University of Florida Vet college. I called them while on the way, and they were doing an ultrasound within 10 minutes of us arriving at their facility! The surgeons tried hard to save her. The tumor started in her uterus, but had spread throughout her abdoman. We spent hundreds and hundreds of dollars trying to keep our girl alive, but in the end, she passed away during surgery.I'd like to thank the fine staff at The University of Florida Vet College for doing everything they could to try and save Molly.
Our wonderful core of very active viewers, stepped up and paid for all the vet bills, and even paid for our new goats! *(below) Thank you all for your support in our time of sorrow. Something I truely miss about Molly being gone, is her uncanny ability to know when the 20th of the month was. Her brother Nick passed away on the 20th of November in 2011. Every 20th of the month without fail, Molly would spend the entire day, just laying on Nick's favorite bench. It was the only time she would lay there! She would stay there until at the end of the day, I would go out and tell her that I missed Nick too. She would then get up and eat her dinner, completely ignoring the bench until the following 20th! Just a dumb farm animal? I don't think so! After much reflection, we decided that Joy-Joy's personality would not allow her to accept another goat in the pen. She would likely injure a new goat. She's a goat's goat, not really a humans's goat like Molly was.To that end, we are returning Joy-Joy to the farm where we got her. Joy-Joy will be able to live with her mother again. We will certainly miss her!So now, we start the task of finding a new pair of goat does for the farm. I need goats around me like most people need air to breath!
Rose and Violet came to our farm on August 29, 2015 after the death of Molly, and return of Joy-Joy *(see above)
Rose and Violet are sisters, born on April 19, 2015. They are a cross of the LaMancha and Alpine breeds of goat, but have the features mainly of the LaMancha. Of note, their very tiny ears
We are pleased to have found these two beauties, and grateful to their previous owner, KJ, who gave us a very good deal on her future internet stars! They fill a huge hole in our hearts after losing Molly. We will of course, love and spoil these two girls just like we have all of our goats in the past!
Rose and Violet have spent the last week, exploring their new pen and house, and are now feeling safe and secure again
We are so blessed to have this wonderful pair of animals on the farm, and of course, we are spoiling them rotten! Rose has been figuring out what she can do to get me back in the pen, and she is constantly in my lap every time I get in the pen. Not a problem now, but when she weighs 100kilos, it will be a problem!
Just like Molly, Rose loves to get as high as she dares, in the oak tree that the deck surrounds!
After watching Rose fall out of the tree today, 8 feet down from a limb, onto her back on the deck and then bouncing down to the ground; I decided she's just not sure-footed enough to be climbing so high.Today, we fenced off the tree so they can't climb it any longer. Hated to do it, but we don't want her to get injured.
A couple of weeks ago, during a bad storm, the farm took a direct lightning hit. The hit destroyed almost every computer in the house, along with our entire network infrastructure.It has taken these 2 weeks to get back on our feet, and get our live stream back up again. Thanks to a generous viewer, 3 of our main computers that are used to bring you our goats, were replaced. We purchased 2 more, plus purchased all new network equipment.All of our cameras required replacing as well, including our remote wandering camera used during goat running. Thankfully, we are now back in business, and have even added a couple of new camera shots to the mix!
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