Owning a very small goat quickly became a very large task. Not only did I need to be close to feed her 4 times a day but Poppy craved company and I was her only friend. Poppy got up before me, went to bed after me and slept on my lap as much as possible. We spent so much time together that I began to feel half goat. I thought that as she grew she'd become more independant but she was a very sick goat when I got her and she was taking her time about growing up. Then late one Friday night Poppy escaped from her paddock and unable to find me at home she walked over to the bar to find me (which isn't as silly as it sounds since Nairn would often bring her for a walk to visit during the day). The customers saw the funny side but obviously something had to be done to keep Poppy happy. The sensible answer was to get another goat.
Jezebelle was a wild goat who is a month or so older than Poppy and very scared of people. Poppy loves people but was terrified of the strange animal in her paddock. Despite the differences in their back grounds it didn't take long for the goats to bond. Poppy quickly started teaching "her" goat how to be tame, simple lessons such as people bring carrots so run up to the fence when you see them, goats get growled at when they eat the pot plants, it is lots of fun (but a little bit naughty) to run inside and jump around on the carpet. In return Jezebelle has taught Poppy that all spare time should be spent eating, sleeping or acting the goat. Poppy is now much happier, not to mention fatter, and I am a lot less frazzled.
The general opinion is that if one goat is trouble then two goats are three times the trouble of one since they egg each other on to try new things. My goats are still too small to wreck havoc but they are growing up fast and I am sure that non stop goat mischief isn't far away. So while the goats are small they are slowly being trained, the problem is that their antics often have me laughing so hard I can't really growl. It makes me think that the goats are training me faster than I can train them!
In early 2012 Penny & Nairn moved from central Wellington to South Westland. Welcome to the record of their adventures.