Emmett is the remaining orphaned goat that we have here. The other goat has a home with a special little girl. When the kids came here, I had no intention of turning them into pets. Then there were some 4 a.m. feedings, which only lasted about a week. The babies were wrapped in a blanket to keep them still. The bottle feeding lasted for 6 weeks. Then the 2 babies cried when they saw me outside and circled my legs when I was close. The best laid plans are for the birds.
Now Emmett is growing, but he is just a “big ole baby” according to my husband. Emmett has a silly nick name, and runs to me. He does not understand why I can’t pick him up and hold him like I did when he was a baby. He wants me to sit down so he can climb into my lap. That will not be happening. Emmett acts more like a dog than a goat! Quickly, I realized that if Emmett were to remain with us, he had to learn some manners.
Emmett continued to grow and change. His voice changed too, he paid no attention when I laughed at his new voice. Emmett is Clover’s nephew; Clover’s twin sister was his mother. Now that Clover is gone, and Emmett is growing, he needs a larger home. The logical choice was to put him in Clover’s home.
Emmett was escorted to Clover’s home. He walked into Clover’s home and was delighted to discover that the grass needed mowing. He was happy to do the job. Then feeding time came, his supper was brought to him, all was well. Evening came, Emmett began to cry. Running around Aunt Clover’s home was not as fun in the dark. Emmett began to cry louder and louder, ask my neighbors they had to have heard him. Finally the crying became intolerable.
The gate was opened and the crying stopped immediately. I stood there with my hands on my hips, and Emmett circled my legs like the “big ole baby” he truly is. We walked back to his baby pen, where he happily ran inside. Instinct tells me that there will be many adventures involving Emmett. Like his Aunt Clover, he has a huge personality. Leading me to ask, does Emmett belong to us, or do we belong to Emmett?