Wednesday, February 12, 2014

A Grown Up Emmett




Do you remember this little fellow? His name is Emmett. Emmett came to live with us when his mother died. He was 2 days old and was bottle fed. Emmett's brother went to another home, he became a pet for a little girl. This was an experience that I am grateful for. It gave me the opportunity to learn more about goats. Looking at Emmett's buds on top of his head, I can't help but smile. I miss those days and enjoyed the time with these orphans.
Time passed and Emmett grew and changed. He developed his special male goat smell - or stink. His horns grew and he was becoming a male goat. It became clear that he would not be happy here and we did not want to wether Emmett. We felt that he should do what he was born to do, and that is to be a male goat, not a pet.
 
The decision was made to send Emmett back to the farm where he was born. There were females there and he would be happy. Emmett could full fill his purpose in life.
 
This is what Emmett looks like now. He has a good life and is the father of 6 so far! Emmett is happy. This is how he should live his life.  We visited Emmett this past weekend, he had not forgotten us or the special goat cookies. We saw the new additions and Emmett seemed proud. Then this grown up goat quickly turned into the baby that needed to be scratched and fed.
Emmett is a grown up and living his life as it should be lived. There is a sense of satisfaction for me in knowing that I helped make this possible for him. There are no regrets for me, even if I miss the little stinker.

16 comments:

  1. Hi Melanie, Emmett is a beautiful goat. Love the pics you share and the story behind his life. One of God's sweet creatures and you helped to make his life complete. Love this!! I do believe the animals in our lives remember us when we have to part with them. When we lived in the country in Indiana, we had a beautiful white Chinese goose. She was a large goose named Biscuit. She had her own pen and was the best watch dog ever. My hubby gave her to me one Christmas and she quickly became part of the family. We made her a pond and she loved it. When it came time for us to move for a job transfer, Biscuit could not go with us so we gave her to our local city zoo. It was hard, but had to be done. Later my hubby had a chance to return to the old town and went to the zoo. Biscuit saw him from the group of geese she was with and came running and honking her head off to see him. She remembered my hubby and they had a sweet reunion. It made us feel good to know, she was happy but still remembered her life with us.
    Thanks for such a nice post and walk down memory lane this morning.
    Blessings and hugs!

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    1. That is awesome!!! Biscuit is such a smart gal! I hope that you get the opportunity to have a reunion with Biscuit, just as your hubby did! Just take lots of pictures! Thank you so much for sharing that story, I enjoyed reading it so much! As always, thanks for visiting us!

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  2. Once the male goats are grown, do they stink all year long or just during 'rutting' season? And by the way, when is rutting season? I have so much to learn ... lol.

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    1. They go into their rut in the fall and Emmett stinks all year long! It is awful, you don't want it to get on you becuase it is hard to get off. Goats are amazing, I didn't understand until we got Clover. I do want to expand and get dairy goats. Try them, you will absolutely love them!

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  3. What a precious story, Melanie! I am sure Emmett will be happy with the ladies, but I am sorry you'll miss him. I don't know anything about goats and didn't realize they "smelled." :) Hugs to you and have a great day!

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    1. Thank you Stephanie! The males stink unless they are neutered early. It is pretty strong too! You don't want to get the smell on you! Emmett is doing what he was intended to do now and he is happy! Thanks Stephanie and thanks for visiting!

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  4. ah that is so sweet. We stopped alongside the road yesterday to check out a field of goats who are being moved from one field to the neighbouring one, they were so gorgeous just like Emmett, some were trailing kids and others were giving the sheep dogs something to do...lucky Emmett, it was nice to read he'd not forgotten you. .

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    1. Emmett is the boss in his pasture! He likes it too! Emmett would probably ignore a dog, unless they had the special goat treats! Thanks Lynn and thanks for visiting!

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    1. Thanks Michelle! Thanks for visiting us too!

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    1. Thanks Lisa! It was fun to watch him grow and I am able to visit him now that he is grown! Thanks for visiting us!

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  7. Emmett was such a pretty baby. What a wonderful story.

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    1. You will have to meet him, you would like Emmett. Thank you friend, I appreciate your comments and your visits!

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    1. Thanks Sandy! He is a big stinker now, but his personality is still the same! Thanks for visiting us!

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