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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Unconditional Love

The wonderful thing about most animals, goats and sheep included, is that they're always happy to see you.  If you take proper care of your feathered and furry friends, they have so much love to give in return.
They don't care if you brushed your hair and put on make-up before you go out to see them.  They probably prefer that you don't!  They would love some treats, but if you don't bring any, they still love you.  They don't make demands of you or expect you to entertain them, although they will entertain you endlessly if you let them!
Yesterday, when I was feeling particularly low, I went outside to spend some time with the goats and sheep.  They cluster around me like bees to a hive, nudging with their heads, stepping on my feet, and trying to see what I might have in my pockets.  Once it's been established that there are no special treats to be had, then they just follow me and seek out my hands, nosing me for attention.  After my usual hugs and snuggles with Fezzik, I spent some good times with Lucky Nickel.
Even though she is a bully with the other goats at times, she is still my baby, and she never tries to butt me or bully me.  In fact, if anyone else comes near while she's got my attention, they're the ones who get shoved away!
I took the camera out to take pictures of my little friends, and ended up doing the "extend arm - aim camera - press button and hope" routine a few times.  I was fairly pleased with a few of the pictures that I took of myself "snuzzling" my Lucky Nickel.  She put me into a much better mood and told me that I was well loved, regardless of my lack of treats for her.  This is my favourite picture - just a kiss planted on her face, and a goat who loves back.  By the looks of it, my hair and her fleece will be matching colours in no time!
 Thanks, Lucky Nickel.  I'm so glad you came to Canada with me.

9 comments:

Millie said...

Certainly animals are the best to love! It's nice to see LN. You've neglected her on the blog for too long. No more chickens~just goats.

Bernadine said...

Awww... these are adorable pics. She looks like she wears a perpetual smile.

Pricilla said...

We goats know that our humans love us and so we give that love back. The publicist gives me lots of scratches and that is the best.

Lucky Nickel is indeed lucky to have you

Flartus said...

You should get all the snuzzles you can. I'm sure you need them! I'm amazed at all the snow still on the ground--I just came in from trying to keep up with the weeds and bugs in 80-degree weather! Wish we could share a little weather with you.

Nancy K. said...

I can just see the love radiating from Lucky Nickle! I agree, nothing loves as unconditionally as an animal. I think that's why it is so devastating when we lose one.

What have you done with the lovely FYBUR that you have gotten from Lucky Nickle? I remember how long her fleece was getting when she first joined you in Canada.

Marigold said...

Nope. You are indeed correct. There is no love greater than an animal gives (if you ask me), and as Nancy K. said, that's why it is so hard when we lose them. But you deserve every nudge and snuzzle you get because you are equally loving to your troop. What is that saying about the more people I meet, the more I like my [fill in animal]? :)

Mom L said...

Unless your beloved animal is a cat. Don't get me wrong - Emma the Calico Queen spends most of her time on or near me, even when she isn't waiting for food. But she's got her limits, and a quick nip of her teeth tells me when she's had enough loving or petting!!! I'd love to have a goat her size.....

Nancy in Iowa

Lin said...

Those are very sweet photos, Claire. Yeah, sometimes the best friends we have are animal friends. They don't let us down.

A Plain Path said...

Sweet! Anytime I feel low, I appreciate being outside. Creation is so awe-inspiring. I particularly love birds. Their songs this morning remind me of love. I appreciated your post and pretty photos.