Monday, September 24, 2012

Monday Musing - Emmett, the Orphaned Goat



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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?

14 comments:

  1. Oh, I wish I lived close enough to take Emmett! I want a goat so bad. I had one when I was a child named Charley, and I loved that goat. He thought he was a dog, hung out with our dogs, chased cars with the dogs (we lived in the country on a dirt road). Charley HATED my younger brother, and would charge at him with his big horns every time my brother stepped outside! Charley would get between my brother and the front door and wouldn't let him back in the house and my mom or dad one would have to come and rescue my brother. Finally, one day when I was gone, my dad gave Charley away. I never understood why he just didn't give my brother away, lol.

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    1. Teresa, Parents seem to get attached to those younger brothers for some starnge reason! LOL!! Loved that story! Maybe I wanted goats because Daddy would not let me have them when I was a child! Charley sounds like he was fun - except for that whole younger brother thing. I could imagine Emmett chasing cars if he had the opportunity! Thanks!!!

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  2. I think you belong to Emmett. What a cutie. Loved the story!

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    1. I am thinking you are right Sandy! Thanks!!!

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  3. How adorable!! I agree that you belong to Emmett. Keep us posted, ok?

    xo
    Pat

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    1. Yes, we do belong to Emmett!!! He is so very funny!!! Thanks Pat!!!

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  4. Isn't it amazing how animals can take hold of your heart, even when we're determined not to let them? I never liked cats. So, when a cute little "funny puppy" (a kitten) walked into our house one day and sat down, I told him he could stay on trial. I wasn't going to get close at all--just feed him and see if I could find him a home. He lived 8 years, rarely out of my sight--but I still called him "Puppy". Confused everyone! LOL Now, we have three cats, and I do love each one of them. So--all to say--I loved this story of Emmett!

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    1. Well, Emmett wasn't supposed to stay either! He was supposed to go to a farm and be a good and stinky male goat! Instead he is the getting bigger every day baby here! I love that name, Puppy is a cute name! Glad that you liked Emmett's story!Thanks for visiting!!!

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  5. Can Emmett be "fixed" (neutered) and kept as a pet? Are goats not
    stinky if they are neutered?...He is darling, no way could I give
    him a different home or future.(goatburgers????)....love reading about him....
    50 yrs. ago, my brother was given a small goat....they tied it to a metal post
    in the yard to eat grass.....I came home from school and found him wrapped around
    the post ....he had strangled himself....I've never forgotten finding that little
    thing....may Emmett have a long , healthy life with you. mm, vancouver,wa.








































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    1. Emmett will be wethered. Glad that you enjoyed reading about him! Thanks for visiting!!

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  6. I am so loving Emmett! He is adorable. Say what you want, Mel; he is meant to be with you. :) And bless your heart for opening your home and life to all these amazing animals. Great story! So glad I had a moment to stop by!

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    1. Thank you Peggy!! Emmett is just a mess, he is so very funny! Life with Emmett is never boring!!! Glad you had a moment to stop by!!! Thanks again Peggy!!

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  7. Oh my gosh! Emmett is your baby even if he's growing! Your story really tugged at my heart. I know nothing about goats but my brother has a few. He babies them, too!

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    1. Yes, and he knows that he is the baby!!! Goats can be fun and they are so entertaining!! Glad that you enjoyed the story!! Thanks Jane!!!

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