Dahlia gave birth to triplets. (L-R) Narcissus, Barley, and Lily Rose) They still live here with their Mama and are six years old now.
Well, what will your mother say, what will your mother say?
What will your mother say, pretty Peggy-O?
Pretty Peggy-O's name came from the 1962 Bob Dylan song. Peggy came to us in 2014 and is Thumper's twin in spite of the coloring difference. She is a sweet girl that avoids trouble (mostly).
We rescued Willow (R) and brought her home to live with her great-grandsire, Thistle, and other distant family members. We did not know until weeks later that she was pregnant. She delivered Kudzu (L) before she was a year old, much too early to have been bred. Willow is very bossy with any goat smaller than she and Kudzu likes to head butt me when I'm not looking.
Magnolia (L) is Thistle's twin sister and mother to twins, Nadine (R) and Sisal (next photo). These two spend almost all day and night together. If not for Nadine's horns, it's hard to tell them apart.
Sisal is Nadine's twin brother. They used to be joined at the hip when they were small, but now Nadine stays close to her mama and Sisal hangs with the big boys.
Sisal is sweet and affectionate, but can be a real stinker. His favorite activity is to steal my fencing tools and gloves when I am making repairs.
Need to find Thumper? Look no further than the nearest feeder. Thistle lives to eat and, as our biggest and heaviest goat, tends to be more than a little pushy at the feeders.
Thumper is one of those "lights are on, but nobody's home" kinda guys. We love him no less for it.
Petunia, like Thistle, isn't the sharpest tool in the shed. But she has never given us a lick of trouble. She is one of the OG girls and follows Dahlia, Magnolia, and Peggy wherever they go.
We don't just rescue goats. These are a few of the "white chickens" as we call them because they all look alike. They used to give us JUMBO eggs, but they have stopped laying due to their age.
Due to differing nutritional needs, they have a separate coop apart from our other chickens. They live with their rooster "Chuck".
Mr. Wilson (L) and Tulip (R) were rehomed here a few years ago. They are a bonded pair that move as one.
Mr. Wilson is a Nigerian Dwarf goat, similar to most of the others. Tulip is of the Nubian breed. As the largest female in the herd she has little patience for the smaller goats. Mr. Wilson follows me around like a puppy until I give his head and ears a good scratch.
Violet came to us from another sanctuary because they couldn't keep her out of the horse feed and she was *ahem* big boned. She's lost about ten pounds since moving here.
Violet is the only goat here that will NOT let me touch her.
Sage was originally picked up by Animal Control. When we got him, he was covered in lice, although he appeared to be well fed.
We don't know how old he is, but he is full of energy and and is very healthy.
Lavender, or "Lala", came to us with Sage with the same backstory. She is timid, but loves humans and enjoys playing with Sage and Smalls.
She is one of two goats here who have blue eyes.
This ratty-looking mess wandered onto the property while Farmer Jim was working in the shop. He wasn't sure what kind of animal it was, but she was friendly and he brought her up to the house. Her coat was terribly matted and full of stickers. I gave her a bath to get the caked mud off and called Animal Control to come get her. Unclaimed dogs go to Best Friends Animal Society for adoption.
Peach had regular aquatherapy appointments to work on her wonky front foot.
Tater is our only sheep. He was found alone, ten miles up a local canyon with a broken leg. He lived in the house for while being bottle fed, then joined Peach in the barnyard.
Photo credit: Molly Wald
Smalls arrived at age three weeks or so. He didn't have the normal sucking instinct and was too difficult and time consuming for the farmer to feed. He lived in the house until he was big enough to live in the barn with Peach and Tater.
Sweet baby Dora came from a local farm. Sadly, she had "floppy kid syndrome" which is sometimes reversible. She went to the Best Friends Clinic for vet care and fluids immediately.
Beautiful Sunshine (Sunny) was being fostered at another farm after surviving an accident and losing a rear leg. Unbeknownst to all, she was pregnant .