...don't you? Venus arrived last night and was honestly very stressed. She'd traveled before to be shown an fairs and has placed quite high in her classes and if I remember correctly at the top in a few even, so that was not the issue. The issue was simply that everything in her world had completely changed. She was born on the farm where I bought her and been cared for her entire life by the same family; one man in particular, and when she was loaded into the back of the truck and brought here everything was drastically different. I unloaded her and walked her into the barn, put her in a stall and stayed with her for a while and watched how she did. I don't like to do this but I put her in quarantine despite the fact that I'm absolutely positive it's unnecessary. Being a herd animal without a herd was not familiar to her and I felt bad, but she seemed to be ok, stressed but ok. This morning I went out to milk, which went surprisingly well despite the fact that she kicked over the milk pail and stepped in what was left, but she was still stressed and I knew why, her world was completely upside down and it broke my heart that she was still so upset, so I did the only thing I could think of to try to help the situation, I put Buckley in with her. Buckley is a good, sweet, and very gentle wether and does not have a mean bone in his body. They went tet a tet for a few minutes then they both realized this was a good thing and decided they'd be friends. Mind you this was after Buckley stopped hiding behind me... Did I mention he's not very brave, not even with his hackles up... Oh Buckley... She stopped screaming and chilled out, her entire disposition relaxed and the frenetic energy gave way to a very peaceful one and I knew all would be well. She laid down and I allowed the kids to come in with us and they went over to her and snuggled with her and she seemed to enjoy this very much.
In a while I'll introduce all the goats and I'm sure there will be a bit more tet a tet, especially when Katie and Venus meet, but it'll all work out, I'm sure of it.