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Eddie update

Nigerian dwarf goat

I realized it's been two full months since I gave you a progress report on Edgar. Without lice to rough up his fur, our new wether sleeked down and developed moonspots!

Meanwhile, while I was gone on my writing retreat, Mark bonded so thoroughly with Eddie that our wether turned from a pretty-good goat into someone who gives Aurora a run for her money in the resposive-and-loving department. During those same three days, the last clumpiness of his poop and even part of the troublesome coughing disappeared --- clearly I just needed to let Mark at our newest herd mate sooner.

All told, Edgar is an excellent playmate for Aurora and me. He comes when he's called, is less of a prima donna than his "sister," and is always cheerful and ready to eat. Now, if I could just get him to stop peeing on my gear when I'm out enjoying the woods with the herd...but maybe that's just the goat equivalent of leaving the toilet seat up?

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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I wonder if Edgar's peeing on your stuff is more like a male cat "marking his territory"!
Comment by Nayan Sun Jun 18 08:35:34 2017

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