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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Goat blues and blessings

Well it's that time of year. The excitement and anticipation as does get closer to kidding. The worry and sleepless nights of waiting up wondering if the doe is going to kid in the middle of the night. She is four days over due. It is this time of year when the I can look out my window and see the kids huddled together in the barn or frolicking in the lawn. It is this time of year when I start to stress about over crowding pens as I try to make room for the "keepers".
It's spring, it's kidding season and it's the time when I start to get the goat blues.
I love spring. It's my favorite time of year. I love having new kids. I love staying up late watching the does and waiting for the kids. It is exciting to see all the work I put into breeding schedules finally paying off after five long months.

However, the joys doesn't come without heartache and frustration. The other day a doe got herself stuck and we didn't find her until it was to late. It is always so sad and disappointing to loose a goat, or any pet really.It is what makes you think twice about owning animals. And then the new kids give me sweet kisses, my horse nickers a hello and the cat jumps into my lap begging for my attention, and it's alright. It is worth it. I can take the heartache if I can still have the joy.

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