Thursday, April 7, 2011

I think she'll be fine...

...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.

1 comment:

  1. yup she looks like she will be just fine!! so glad for you that you got another goat to milk!! she looks like strawberry and katie and buckley for that matter. ya she should fit right in!!


So what's the view from your world about that? I'd enjoy hearing it.