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Saturday, January 16, 2010

The Goats Even the Score

I seem to have caused a bit of a goat uproar.  First, Isobelle Golightly the Beautiful Goat pointed out that I had not recognized her species in my post yesterday about the sheep home invasion.  Then, Gerald the Majestic Goat  pointed out that I had made his lady all googly-eyed over the sheep and he fears rejection (hmmm...what would happen if Gerald and Isobelle got together?  Beautiful Majestic Kids?).  Gerald, have you even NOTICED the most beautiful goat in the world has her own blog?  Or are you too self-absorbed in your worries over being usurped by the sheep? 

Oh you goats of little faith.  Did you really think that you were being neglected?  EVERYBODY knows that goats are smarter than sheep.  If I hadn't featured the sheep first, well, they might have all gathered in the corner of the pasture and made a pact to impale themselves on the cattle panels.  Seriously.  They're not the brightest bulbs in the box.  Much as I love them, and their fleece, they do need a little bit of remedial education sometimes.  Whereas goats, clever and entertaining goats, they are wise and do not behave like sheep, wailing in the corner because they think they've been missed.  Right Gerald?

So being sheep, they've had to put themselves into every corner of my home, in case I might forget about them.  They're that insecure.  Goats, on the other hand, have made their presence more subtle and carefully crafted.  But believe me, they've had an invasion of their own.  Let's review...

Goat fibre!  Yes, lots of it!  Mostly angora goat fibre in this box, in a whole rainbow of pretty colours, all ready for felting or other fibre crafts.  Even spinning!  Hooray for goats!





Oh, I know!  Let's revisit this picture, from yesterday's sheep post.  See anything interesting, Gerald and Isobelle?!  Yes!  It's about goats too!  I've made it a little easier for you to see that, by using special editing tools.  There's even a picture of a goat!  Right on the front cover!

Let's have a little look inside the book!  Oooooh look, it's Isobelle's relatives!  How cute!  Nowhere near as beautiful as Isobelle though - these ones are a bit knobbly kneed.

There are also some rather majestic looking buck goats, although none as majestic as Gerald, of course.  This one is a Kiko goat.  It says in the text that the Kiko "performs very well in humid parts of the country" but my buck performs very well regardless of where he is.  Errr....moving right along...



There are a plethora of goat books in the house, on various shelves.  Some of them are about goat care and raising in general.

Others are more specifically geared towards medical problems.  There is a saying that "a sick sheep is a dead sheep" but that doesn't seem to apply to goats, so we have a good book about treating goat diseases.


OH!  Lest I forget, here on the bedroom bookshelf, we find non-medical interesting goat books, such as this one.  It's one of my favourites.  It's about a couple who travel all over the country looking at and learning about goats of different breeds.  They study different types of goat operations in order to decide what kind of operation they want to have.  I really love this book!

And just like the sheep invasion, the goats have also invaded in the form of magazines...including Dairy Goat Journal, which doesn't apply to Gerald or Isobelle, but I feel sure they will appreciate the overall goatiness.


Also I have a very special indoor goat given to me by Mom L, who is a frequent commenter on my blog.  She gave me this little goat about a year ago, and he has a special place on top of the mirror on my bureau in the bedroom.  It's sort of a majestic location, from which he can survey all that is his.

Sometimes he even gets a bit festive.


So, to all my goat readers, rest assured that your species is ever-so-present in my home and my life.  As Valentino says, "Chill out dudes and dudettes, I've got the whole goat scene under control here."

12 comments:

Christy said...

I'm glad the goats got their day! I feel for the poor goats being ignored in favor of stupid sheep. Everyone knows goats rule the world! I so want a pygora so I can get nice goat fiber.

Flartus said...

You crack me up! I was considering lodging a "chicken-free" complaint, but I figure you've got enough on your hands already.

IsobelleGoLightly said...

Weee Heeee! Thank you Claire! I knew you had to have some goatie things somewhere in your home! I am especially happy these days and I will tell you why on my blog! Special kisses to that beautiful green goat, Valentino! Yummy!

Mom L said...

I love your goat blog! And I'm so flattered and thrilled that my little goat gift is in a special place!

Nancy

Jenny Holden said...

lol, well recovered! The goats are surely pacified now! But I've missed something... why is he green?!

Jenny Holden said...

lol, well recovered, the goats must surely be pacified now! But I've missed something... why is he green?!

Claire said...

For Jenny, and anyone else who is wondering, Val is green because:

http://chooksiniowa.blogspot.com/2009/11/green-goats-gallivanting.html

(you don't want to miss that post from back in November!)

Animals with Opinions said...

i appreciate you acknowledging the greatness that i am. i am quite flattered to be mentioned so many times in a post especially since my human only has two readers. maybe now i will get the recognition that has been denied me for so long. that green goat looks very pleased with himself. i suppose he is adequate but isabelle has not had the pleasure of my company and i won't get green all over her. i have a feeling that we are too self absorbed to have anything serious but a short term fling with empty promises would be divine.

gerald the gonna be famous goat

kestrel said...

The colours of the angora goat fibres are lovely. Never wondered about who is smarter - goats or sheep. I think we have problems with cats and dogs already

thecrazysheeplady said...

Too funny!

angie said...

How is Luna?

Claire said...

Angie - thanks for asking about Luna! She is very well. She went to live at a new farm late last summer, along with her mom (Stuffin), Buford (the wether) and Muffin. They are all doing really well and the two young boys at that home love them. They have chicken companions also. I work with the boys' Dad and so I hear updates on her often. She is a very good fence escape artist but always sticks close to home.