One morning last week I was snuggling with all my children in the bed before getting up to start our day of craziness filled with irrigation and farm chores.....they tend to all migrate there in the morning as they wake. At one point I look out the window and see our goat, Betty, in the back yard. NO she is not supposed to be there. :)
I calmly tell Kade to watch the babies for a minute so I could go out and get Betty back in the barn. He looked at me like I was crazy, as he hadn't seen her yet.
I stand up and get shoes on and see 3 of our 5 goats in the back yard. At this point I start to panic. Betty and Praline are pretty tame, but Doughy is not really and I knew she would flee as soon as I approached them. And Dylan was unavailable. And I hadn't had ANY coffee yet.
Regardless...I walked out the back door and started calling the goats down to the barn...hoping they'd follow me. Surprisingly, before long, I had three goats trailing me down to the barn. Doughy bringing up the rear, of course. And very cautious.
At this point, I call Dylan. For what reason I don't know, because I know there was nothing he could do and it would just upset him...and he was teaching. But I had to share this experience with someone. So I call and he answers..and I say, "Dylan...we have a disaster...". I'm sure he thought the house was burning down...or the gardens. But he remained calm and let me tell him what was going on. Then I said, "I have to go deal with this" and hung up. I'm sure I didn't win the "farm partner of the year award" with that phone call...as I called and got him worried then basically hung up on him...but he knows me pretty well so it all ended okay.
I get the goats in the barn..finally...coaxing them with grain. I first made the mistake of trying to get them in through a door and gate they never go through, but finally figured it out.
I called Dylan back on the way back up to the house and told him the goats were safe and I survived.
All is well at 47 Daisies...at least it wasn't the buck that got out. :)
Dylan and Harmony, whichever of us have the time to sit down and write for a few minutes. : )