Emmett and his brother came to live with us almost a year ago. He was 3 days old, his mother had died and he had to be bottle fed. These bottle babies were lovingly cared for and grew rapidly. Watching young animals learn to play and interact with each other is fun, but goats are especially entertaining. As a gentleman told me earlier this week, it is a delight to watch the babies play in the morning over a cup of coffee. I agree with him wholeheartedly.
Emmett’s brother went to live with a special little girl. It was hard to let him go, but I knew that keeping 2 males would not be an option at this time. We tossed around the idea of getting Emmett fixed, but decided that was not the right thing to do for him. Emmett was born with a purpose, and the time would come for Emmett to take his place in a barnyard and live out that purpose.
This past week Emmett moved to Bruce’s Barnyard. He will have a good life there, Bruce has girl goats, and Emmett is a boy. Emmett’s dreams of hearing the girls giggle and whisper about his handsome goat beard were about to come true. He is a handsome goat, but then again Emmett is our late Clover’s nephew. Clover’s twin sister was his mother.
Our hope now is that Emmett will father some kids, and one will come to live with us. Perhaps one of those kids will have the good looks of Emmett and a personality similar to Clover’s. We know that no goat will ever have a personality as big as Clover’s was. This is the closest that we can get to having a bit of Clover with us now.
Our backyard is now a lonesome place; there are no goat sounds there. The rooster’s crow sounds lonesome. Perhaps our flock misses their next pen neighbor. I miss him too, but understand that that he is living out his life’s purpose.
Emmett will always be my little bottle baby. When I see that mouth, I am reminded that it is the one that I wiped when he was a baby. We watched him grow. He has a lovely beard now, and his baby voice has matured. Emmett is taking his place in the barnyard and will fulfill his purpose in life. Emmett has a new address.