Greta the Goat
I am weird, quirky whatever you want to call it and I have lots of random obsessions. I get this from my daddy. So when I decided I wanted a goat (no reasoning really… I just pulled the thought out of thin air) my crazy daddy went right along. The rest of my family thought I was losing it. Why? Was their biggest question. I wasn’t really sure. I for some reason wanted a milk goat to learn to make goat cheese. Sounds fun, right? After about a month of consistent begging my husband, he and dad called me on Friday, November 30th, to say we were going to look at a goat!
The guy selling the goat lived in LaFayette (so not far) and after pulling up I could see he had about every farm animal imaginable. As we walked through the gate we were met by miniature pigs, chickens, geese, goats, ducks, and 3 beautiful Great Pyrenees. I wanted to take those dogs home! Gorgeous. As soon as I walked in this adorable, pregnant,black and white Nubian laid her head on me. It was love at first sight.
Seriously, could she be any cuter?! We loaded her up in the truck with two African geese for dad (told you we have weird obsessions) and went home. Man oh man I had no idea what I was getting in to. I am OBSESSED Greta is the sweetest, most docile animal I have ever owned.
The first few days we had her our gate wasn’t finished so I had to lead her on a leash to let her graze. She walks better on a leash than my dogs. No, I am not joking. Even my sister, who is afraid of any and all animals, heck she’s almost anti-animals, not only LOVES her but walks her on a leash too. (She is pictured below)
There was only one problem. Goats are herd animals ( duh!) but this means they do not like to be alone. Greta was fine as long as I was around, however when I left her sight she cried and cried. At one point I had her out in the field grazing, as I walked back up to the house she started crying and tried to climb the fence! She wouldn’t eat till I came back out to watch her. Here’s a picture:
I knew after this we HAD to find her a friend. However, that is a story for another post. So here are a few random facts I will leave you with:
1. Greta is due in February.
2. A milk goat, after she has been kidded, can be milked up to 10 months before they must be kidded again.
3. There is quite the market for goat meat. No joke!
So here is the beginning of the “Goat Girl Gazette”. I’ll post Gertrude’s story soon and then keep you updated as I begin this crazy goat adventure!