I’m joining with some other pet bloggers for a monthly hop. I’m looking forward to it – you know how much I love my pets, both feline and caprine. This month’s topic is how a favorite pet came home. Since Pricilla is on my mind I’m going to tell her story. It will bring her story full circle even if a bit backwards. The only thing I’m missing are the early photos of her – they are on a computer that died two desktops and three laptops ago. I’ll do my best to illustrate her story but for some of it you will have to let my words paint the picture.
Once upon a time (2006) there was a couple who moved onto a piece of land in Montana. They had few friends in this new state so far from their former home of New Jersey but one of those friends raised goats. “Goats are so cute.” exclaimed the woman of this couple. “Goats give lots of healthy milk,” said the man. Perhaps we can keep goats. We will consider it when we get the house built.
But the friend called and said I am changing to full sized goats – would you like my little goats? And the couple said yes. Even though they had no barn, they had no house and they had no fencing. It was the spring of 2007.
The couple was crazy.
And we were for even though we had done a bit of reading about what it took to care for goats we had no idea of what the reality would bring. John went out and bought some electric fencing. He built a small goat house where we could put them up at night until the barn was built. As soon as that was done we went and got our goats! Pricilla and Abigail.
Abigail was Pricilla’s daughter and Pricilla was pregnant when we brought her home. Our friends were very kind to us to give us two lovely goats and one on the way. Well, it turned out to be two but we didn’t know that then. We brought Pricilla and Abby home and put them in the enclosure with the electric fencing.
They weren’t happy. They wanted to go back home. They jumped the electric fence. We put them back in. John made it taller. They didn’t care. He went out to buy the fencing he needed to set up their pen but it would take time to pound the posts and get the fencing up. In the mean time they kept jumping the electric fence.
One night they jumped the fence, ran up the driveway and out into the road. They turned West and started running. I followed the goats. John followed me and our cat at the time, Fred, followed John. The only thing that made it even crazier was that the neighbor’s horse also escaped and they were running East followed by the neighbor and the neighbor’s dog.
It had to be seen to be believed.
Pricilla and Abby finally realized they had it pretty good on the Happy Goats Farm. It took a lot of apples and a fair amount of grain. Pricilla soon settled down to being a wonderful head goat and then a Famous SpokesGoat when her blog started in 2009. She was one of very few blogging goats at the time.
I was very lucky that Pricilla was my first goat. She was a very special little goat and she brought me much joy. If you haven’t seen it, you can read my Tribute to Famous SpokesGoat Pricilla. She will be missed.
I hope you enjoyed this little look into how Pricilla arrived on the Farm. Be sure to visit the other blogs on the hop! Their posts will be very helpful for all of you considering a new pet. I was feeling a little bit nostalgic about Pricilla so mine is more thoughtful than instructional.
For more articles on bringing your first pet home, visit a few of my favorite bloggers.
- Everything You Need to Bring Home Your First Hamster by Other People’s Pets
- Puppy Starter Kits for Your New Puppy by Calista’s Ramblings
- Introducing Your New Puppy to Your Older Dog by Dogurday
- 11 Things You’ll Need to Bring a New Puppy Home! by Lincoln the French
- Quick Start Guide To Bringing A New Pet Home by Time Out for Truffles
- How Pricilla Came to Live on the Farm by Broken Teepee
- Caring for a Feral Cat: What to Know Before Bringing Him Inside by Pretty Opinionated
- Putting Together a First Aid Kit for Your New Dog by DogVills