Another cold day here at Gullringstorp. Our boys were out and they enjoyed their time out. Boy, did they need it.
All our goats will all be getting their dinner real soon and tucked in for the night.
I had a really moving moment in our stable today. When the girls are in, I make the time to spend time with each goat and give kisses and hugs. It’s also a time to feel each goat’s body and make sure each one is feeling well with no aches or uncomfortable places in the body.
While sitting with Pansy who holds a special place in my heart as does Keriana, I became overcome with emotion. You see, Keriana is Frida’s first baby born here 4 years ago and Pansy and her sister Poppy are her second set of twins born with us. We lost my first goat Frida and one of her daughters Poppy, to pneumonia. Poppy left a little buckling who has been adopted by Pansy. Little Huckleberry is just so cute and impish.
As I snuggled into his fluffy baby fur, I told him his grandmother Frida would have just loved him. I told him she would have kissed him everyday and made sure he was happy and safe.
Well, as I held him, felt his fur and smelled him, I just started crying. I couldn’t stop thinking of how I missed Frida and Huckleberry’s mother Poppy. Pansy’s daughter, Lilly tried to lick my tears away, wondering why I was making such unfamiliar sounds.
I miss our beautiful Frida every single day. I want never to forget her and her beautiful face .
Huckleberry really is her grandson and Pansy and Keriana are definitely her daughters.
Huckleberry explores the boy’s box and just like her mother Frida, Pansy keeps a close eye on him.
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Every evening after we have prepared the boxes for the night, we spend some time with our goats. This time serves several purposes; we have some quality time with them as a herd and as individuals. We can check goats while they are in motion to make sure there are no signs of any limps or favoring of one side over the other. I check udders to make sure no one is too full, because our babies are beginning to wean themselves. I check ears for lost ear clips. I give little back rubs as I brush each one and check for anything unusual. I check eyes, noses and ears. They never realize they are being examined because I try to make each goat’s individual time with me personal, with brushing and stroking and of course conversation.
I find a place to sit and make myself comfortable and each goat will slowly make her way to me, for attention. The babies try to get all our attentions. We have no issues with the little ones, they get plenty of hugs and kisses.
Once all this is done, each goat will find a comfy place to relax and take an evening rest. Mothers and babies always lay close together and snooze. Friends will play for a while then rest close together. Some prefer to relax all by themselves.
Here are Gullringstorp goats at rest in the early evening:
It is always a pleasure to just sit and watch my goats while they are playing, running or resting. They are a real delight.