Dylan went down to do chores by himself today due to Kade's Social Studies project and had a crazy story to tell when he returned. It's an everyday thing, but just funnier when you deal with it alone.
On Sunday we added two goats to our herd. Buckaneer is a big, funny looking male goat that will befriend our female goats this fall. Bopper is a tiny little nigerian wether that will be keeping him company. No details needed here.
That brings our animal count up to 5 goats, 2 barn cats and a barn dog. The cats and dogs decided they would make our barn home without any help from us.
But back to my story of tonight...Dylan goes down to the barn and starts to get grain in the buckets for the goats (all but the buck, who's in a stall by himself...). Praline (a nigerian wether that's been with our herd from the beginning) starts pacing because he's "starving" and Betty climbs up on the gate. Doughy stands back hesitantly, as she's not sure she likes humans yet. Bopper, the new nigeriean wether, doesn't know what to think so he runs around the barn like crazy. Dylan gets the feed into the stall and separates the goats because they all try to eat each other's grain...and the cat comes in. He goes out and feeds the cat, and Norma the barn dog while he's at it....and just stands and listens............He laughs to himself because all he hears is animals eating like they haven't been fed in days. Everyone is eating except for Buckaneer, who is jumping on the gate looking for attention.
Dylan goes over to feed Buckaneer and Norma follows, looking for her daily attention. She's not sure what to think about Buckaneer, so she hangs back. Buckaneer, the "mean buck", is looking for attention as well and sticks his head out of the gate for some love. Dylan pets him then proceeds to go to the seed room to check the plants, and Buckaneer is standing at the gate looking for him. When he goes back to him, Buckaneer attempts to eat his jacket. That's how he shows affection, I guess. :)
This has become the nightly routine in the barn. As crazy and hectic as it is, we love it. It will get even crazier as we're soon to add a donkey to the mix.
I don't get to go down there as often as I like due to the babies, but I love hearing Dylan and Kade's stories when they return. It's a circus for sure.
Dylan and Harmony, whichever of us have the time to sit down and write for a few minutes. : )