Friday, August 17, 2012

Life Bounces On...

If you are a follower of the goat blogs in my blog circle of friends, you know it has been a tough year with many sad, sad losses. I have to say,we have been blessed these last years. We haven't had to dig any new graves under the oak in the goat pasture until this last week.
I had  three girls I was waiting on to kid that had been bred with my Pygora buck Charlie. Tiny Zippy had her giant Snowflake with out a hitch. Minnie, possibly the sweetest goatie ever and also a pygora ,was to give me my first full pygora kids. It was not to be. She kidded during the night and had problems and I was not there to help her. From what I could tell the first kid was positioned wrong and was dead the second suffocated because she was too tired or inexperienced to clean off the birth sack or possible it was born dead also. Even sadder than loosing these beautiful kids was listing to Minnie cry for them for days. Last to kid was Daisy. Needless to say I was a little on edge about her kidding. The first was breech and dead before I got to it. The second one lived thankfully! A little buck. Here is George...

The Boy says George has a bad case of goatie monkey nose! He is actually light orange and if he had been a girl I would have named him Clementine! I am sure I am not the only one glad to see this kidding season behind us. It is part of it, but never easy. We have 4 kids in the nursery pen.

Buster insisted I take his picture! He is a ham! He looks like someone dropped ice cream on his head and it ran down his face..

It is funny how watching them jump and play can make you forget your sadness over the ones who didn't make it. Life bounces on after all,when you have baby goats to watch!

29 comments:

Furry Bottoms said...

That is so heartbreaking for Minnie :( I'm sorry for it, but you're right, life bounces back.

TexWisGirl said...

oh, they are cute! i was so afraid you were going to say you lost minnie, too. glad the moms survived, even if several kids didn't.

Suzanne said...

I want to kiss George all over his face!!!!!!!!Oh that face! Brought tears to my eyes.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I'm so sorry for your losses.

George looks very sweet!

DebH said...

It happens and sure sorry to hear about the losses. I had my best Momma, Fainter doe, kid early with triplets. They didn't make it, not that she didn't try to encourage them. Hate that part of life/death. Buster does look like a character though. What gorgeous color he has!

Marigold said...

Yep, time for this year to move on!

wayside wanderer said...

Oh goodness, this must be the hard part of owning animals. I think this is why babies must be so darn cute...they are such a miracle and sometimes we forget that.

Mimi Foxmorton said...

I'm so sorry about your losses. Part of it, but never any easier.

But, George! Oh, wee George!
A miracle! (and yes, a monkey nose that's begging for a smooch!)

Have a wonderful rest of the weekend!

Mimi
The Goat Borrower

Patty Woodland said...

I am so sorry Melodie....I think it's hardest watching the nannies. George is a sweetie and Buster cracks me up.

DFW said...

So sorry to hear about the losses. However, I want Buster, ice cream head & all.

Lin said...

Oh, gees, that is so sad! I'm with ya--I cry for these little lives lost. I can't help it.

I'm glad we have George to celebrate. How sweet he is!! Please give him a little smoochie on that little nose from Aunt Lin. :)

Hugs, pally.

the wild magnolia said...

there is sadness in this year surely, but there is goodness too. your new sweet baby is a love. I am sorry for all the losses.

happy weeks end.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

So very sorry to hear about your losses!! Thank goodness Minnie made it through the births. George IS adorable, as is Buster!! Hope things calm down for you and the kids grow strong before the fall and winter!!

edenhills said...

I have to say, I am right there with you on being glad the kidding season is past. It was the worst year ever. I'm so sorry you lost the little ones, but I must say the ones you've shared with us today are adorable. Here's to a much better 2013.

Mary Ann said...

Those are the cutest goat pictures!

S. J. Qualls said...

Sorry for the losses.

George is cute and of course Buster is too.

rusty duck said...

Oh, poor Minnie.

We used to rent a cottage on a sheep farm. The shepherd (on the outside anyway) had become hardened to the losses. I didn't then, and I'm not sure I ever could.

Tina said...

This entry made me cry. Sorry for all your losses. George is cute, I love his monkey nose.

Pam said...

<3 <3 <3!!!!

Kelly said...

Aw, so sad! Poor mama Minnie! Don't they know they should do this during the day so we can help if there's trouble?

The two kids are super cute though, and yeah, goat watching can erase all kinds of sadness!

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

You are on my side bar and as I scroll down to see who has posted new - I see your picture of George sitting in the food/water pan!! Sooo adorable and he looks so soft! Had to make a 2nd comment!

Sandy said...

...and so goes life on a farm...but it sure sucks sometimes. I do think you are right though, watching new babies always lifts my heart. Hugs!

John Gray said...

george is a real sweetie!

www.FarmLifeLessons.blogspot.com said...

Sad farm losses, but also beautiful gains! So sweet!

Lana

Inger said...

Reading about Minnie crying made me cry too. I am so sorry for your losses and I hope Minnie is feeling better by now.

Tombstone Livestock said...

Something we seldom think about is as in our life animals can have birth defects too, some may not even be visible. Hard to deal with when you think about they had made it thru 5 or more months to get here and then suffer loss the first few hours or days. But survival of the fit is a good thing because you are building a stronger herd.

Kelly said...

So heartbreaking. I'm glad your does are doing well. Yes, the bouncing kids do make you forget.

Saun said...

Catching up, so sorry to hear this, But it made me laugh that your goats name is Minnie. Thats my mom's name :)

Marilyn Parks said...

This still makes me sad... And I miss your posts.