Living in the country definitely has its ups and downs. Although they are cute and fun to play with, our goats can be a handful sometimes. In fact, at one time or another, all of our animals have been in trouble.
Meet Lulu. She is one of our two Nubian goats. Our youngest daughter, Carson, decided several years ago that she wanted some goats to milk. We purchased two goats with dreams of making soap. It didn't take long for her to realize that milking goats is a full time job. You can't take a vacation from it, ever. Needless to say, after coming to this conclusion, the goats just became big pets like every other animal on this farm.
The trouble with goats is that they are loud! Every time we go outside they start trying to get our attention. Have you ever heard a goat's Maaaaaa? People who visit us say that it sounds like a man dying. There is another problem with goats. If they ever escape their pen, they can cause some major damage.
Does this look like the face of an angel to you?
Before you answer that question, consider this. Last year our azaleas in the front of the house looked like this.
Aren't they so pretty when they are blooming?
Near the end of the summer, our two goats pushed up against the wire of their pen and pushed it out far enough to escape. After several hours in our yard, five of my front azaleas looked like this. John and I were not happy. He was ready to rip them out of the ground certain that they were ruined.
However, this spring, low and behold, new growth. Isn't that amazing! There are no blooms, but at least they are alive. I hope that after some tender loving care they will be back to normal soon.
As for the goats......they are living happily in their pen. (which we frequently check to make sure they are secure)