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Saturday, June 7, 2014

The Silence is Deafening.

Yesterday late afternoon, a family drove three hours (through rush hour) to pick up the goatie girls.  After a long and mostly fruitless search for the right new family for my Nigerians, I am happy to say they will be the future star milkers for a family of seven.

Father, mother and two of the five kids showed up in a Suburban and we toted the girls to the back where the kids had left them some nice fleece blankets (in her favor, the mother never even winced as the girls christened the blankets almost immediately).  The son (about 8) was quite smitten with Sage and said that she was "his".  I pointed out that she was very shy and skittish (then had to define skittish) and he looked at me very solemnly and said, "Don't worry - I will be so nice to her that she will have to like me."

I couldn't bear to watch them drive away, so I threw the sheep some hay instead.  I would have gotten pictures, too, but, darn it, there was something in my eye and I couldn't focus the camera.  Sigh.

The sheep have been very quiet (highly unnatural for Norman).  I imagine they are trying to keep a low profile, lest another large vehicle pull up and cart them away.

12 comments:

  1. I'm sorry, Susan. But I'm sure the goaties will enjoy being spoiled by others. I know it doesn't make you feel any better, but when we went to visit the FFA goat kids (which we haven't seen in three weeks), I was all excited and waiting for them to just jump up on me and snuggle me and all that because they missed me so much. And when we got there and I opened the gate & called them, they didn't even look twice at me. Saw I didn't have treats or food, so went on to doing goat things. They had "new" mommies (and kids to spoil them), and I don't think they minded at all.
    Enjoy the silence. While it lasts. And if you feel you really need some more barnyard goat noises, I'll let you borrow (forever) Pickles.

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  2. But don't you feel so good knowing they went to a really good home? Methinks Sage woke this morning thinking it was pretty nice having a happy, young boy sleep next to her all night! ;o)

    With a family of seven, you know your goatie girls are going to get lots of attention and love.

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  3. Aw. It's nice to know they went to a good home. We still have 2 doelings for sale yet.

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  4. Awww, the little boy will be a great new friend for Sage. They will be fine. I cried when my first goat kid sold even though he became a disgusting pervert I loved him to pieces.

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  5. It wrenches my heart every time I sell a sheep, but I can't keep them all. Enjoy the quiet; love on your sheep; tell the family to send you updates – that will be sure to make you smile!

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  6. This would kill me and I'd blubber like a baby. But it sounds like they're going to a wonderful family. I don't have goats but I do teach sixth grade so I"m not sure there's much difference.

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  7. Oh that's tough... Maybe you could get 2 pygmies? :)

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  8. I bet that little boy will give Sage so much love & attention that she will have no choice, but to surrender to loving him. He will quickly discover that getting Sage to obey him is a whole different issue. It is hard to let go of a part of your family, even when they cause all sorts of chaos, but In the long run , I'm sure your decision will make life little less complicated for you & a good situation for the family that has taken the goat girls in, but most importantly, the goats will have a very lively life & non-stop attention with all those little kids around to "love" them. I bet Norman will be back to vocalizing shortly. I hear sheep can only sustain paranoia for brief periods of time. The sheep may have a few bad dreams involving lurking Suburbans, but that won't last long.
    You may be teary eyed today, but a week from now I think you will breath a sigh of relief that the goats are adjusting well & you will know in your heart you did the best thing for the goats. It is hard all the same.

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  9. Awww, what a touching post. They are in a good home and as others have said, that hopefully will be some consolation. I do hope the new family keeps you up to date with pictures and/or letters.

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  10. Susan, sending hugs to you.
    It's hard because we do get attached to all of our animals.

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