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Goat commitment

Goat on spring grass

For the last month, I've been going through the motions with our goats --- feeding them, letting them out to graze, but not really allowing them deeply into my heart. Artemesia's loss was just too raw to consider repeating that experience anytime in the near future.

GoatsBut there's no point in including optional activities into your life unless you embrace them fully. So, after much soul-searching, I've decided to commit and try to make our herd back into a thing of beauty and joy.

Mostly, the decision is just a trick of the mind. But there will also be some changes involved.

First --- our little
wether (who has become the herd boss despite his minuscule size!) needs to learn to walk on a leash, to have his hooves clipped, and in general not to shy away from my approach. Next, we're gonna lick this parasite problem, starting with diatomaceous earth (already applied), ramping up to shaving, then hitting the chemical insecticides if necessary. And, finally, I'm putting our preordered doeling onto my list of things I'm anticipating with honest pleasure. Wanna help me dream up a name for a little, floppy-eared goat due to be born in the next week or so?

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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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For the turning of tides, you could use the name Tide. :)

The pictures in this are beautiful.

Comment by Maggie Sun Apr 2 08:24:12 2017
Losing two beloved members of your family so close together has to be devastating. We lost our beloved Molly a year ago March 30th and it is still hard. I couldn't imagine losing two. We chose not to get another cat to replace Molly but sometimes I'm not sure that was the answer. We mourned her so hard because we had nothing else to focus on. While it may not seem like it to you right now, you are lucky to have Aurora and the wether (I don't remember if you named him yet)to have something to focus on to help relieve some of the hurt you are feeling. You will never fully forget or "get over" losing Artemsia or Lucy but at least caring for your herd will bring a little respite from the hurt. My heart truly goes out to you and I wish you only the best.
Comment by Pam Kaufman Sun Apr 2 11:12:41 2017
The first thought that came to mind was Grace.
Comment by Beth Sun Apr 2 11:28:15 2017
I'm sure you are aware of this, but the first few days of a singleton joining the established "herd" are usually rather rough. Lots of butting.
Comment by Julie K Whitmore Sun Apr 2 11:47:55 2017
what about naming her phoenix? :)
Comment by k Sun Apr 2 17:23:44 2017
there is an extension workshop the end of the month on parasite management in goats and sheep in gate city
Comment by sue ella kobak Sun Apr 2 17:58:54 2017

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