Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Meet Dixie . . .

. . . our future milker!


This past Saturday morning, Dad, Leah and I met the lady we were getting Dixie from at a nearby truck stop and picked Dixie up from her there. And attracted the attention of a truck driver who stopped his truck and had to come over and find out 'what' we had! We explained to him it was a goat, and we visited with him for a bit while he petted her. I think all that made his day!


She has adjusted well and quickly, and she loves people. Our other two goats have also tamed down really well and now all three of them come running up to greet us and want to stay right close to us while we are in their pen. And they love being petted! Some of my favorite times with them is when I am sitting out there, and they will lay their heads on my shoulder or in my lap and just lean into me while I am petting them. Now I understand better why people like goats so much. :)


We plan to breed Dixie in October and then hopefully she'll kid in the spring and then . . . we can begin milking! And maybe cheese making and butter making eventually, too. Needless to say, I am so excited about this! It is a dream of many, many years finally coming true!

21 comments:

  1. How many dreams do you have Sarah? :) I noticed that almost in every post that you are trying something new is your dream coming true after so many years. How many dreams do you have left? :)

    Your goats are so cute! How I wish I'm at your farm to pet the goats, dogs and bunnies. I hope in the spring that Dixie will have a kid and that you can have milk and making cheese.

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  2. That is wonderful news and so exciting!! You are really developing a menagerie of farm animals there now, aren't you?

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  3. How sweet! May this new friend bring many blessings to you and your family!

    In Christ,
    ~Shannon~

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  4. Goats can be cute, but wait until the kids come. They are SUPER cute.

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  5. Dixie is a sweetie alright! I'm glad your new pets are returning your affections.

    The thought occurred to me...since you plan on breeding Dixie, wouldn't it have made more sense to get un uncastrated male as her companion, rather than two wethers?

    I'm with Leah...I'm wondering what else is on your "dream list!" Isn't it exciting to see those dreams come true?! Perhaps you'd be willing to share what some of the still-waiting dreams might be.

    ~ Betsy

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  6. I look forward to learning much more about your goats. someone has just put a small flock into an old farm up the road. I think they are there to keep the grass down. The kids are so sweet and I love to see them.

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  7. I'm so happy for all of you to have finally gotten your goats. They are so pretty and it's nice that they are so affectionate. I had a friend who had 10 children and she was blessed to be able to purchase a wonderful goat for milking. The whole family loved her and she repaid them with lots of delicious milk. She thought she was just another one of the children and was a delightful part of the family. The funny thing was that my friend lived in a large old victorian house on the main street of a very upscale community. She had a very large, deep yard and a big vegetable garden. I'm sure goats were not really allowed where they lived but no neighbor ever complained or reported them. So until they finally moved to their dream farm, they were able to enjoy their goat right in the heart of town.

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  8. Thank you for your comment, Leah! And in answer to your question, I have a lot of dreams. :) And I am so blessed to have many of my dreams coming true. Though I still have quite a few left :) . . . it will be interesting to see if any of them come about in the coming years!

    That would be so fun if you could come and visit our little farm and see all of the animals. I know they'd enjoy all of the attention!

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  9. I think so, too, Miss Anne!

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  10. It was so nice to hear from you again, Miss Linda! Thank you for your comment! And yes, we are really developing a menagerie of farm animals :) . . . and we're loving it!

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  11. Thank you for your sweet comment, Shannon! Already Dixie has been a wonderful addition. :)

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  12. I would agree, Marie! And she's really sweet, too.

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  13. Thank you for your comment, Amy! And I am really looking forward to when the kids come . . . as you shared, they are so cute!

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  14. She is, Betsy!

    That would seem to be a logical thought, but a buck would have to be kept separate from a doeling until she was old enough to be bred (and Dixie isn't right now), and you don't want a buck in with the does all of the time anyway. So that's why we got wethers for her companions instead. We likely won't be getting our own buck (at least for awhile), but will use someone else's instead.

    Yes, it is exciting seeing some of my dreams coming true! The Lord has been so good to me! To satisfy some of your curiosity :), some of my other dreams would be to have more acreage and raise cattle, to develop a business of growing and selling produce, to learn a few more instruments, and my ultimate dream and desire - to marry and have a family. The latter of which probably isn't a surprise to you. :) So those are some of my "still-waiting" dreams!

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  15. And I look forward to sharing more about it, Suze! This is a learning process for us as well, and it has been fun so far. That's neat that someone up the road from you has goats. I am sure you enjoy seeing those, and I would agree, with you, the kids are so sweet!

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  16. Thank you for your kind comment, Mary! And thank you for sharing about your friend . . . that was enjoyable to read about. They must have had nice neighbors to not complain about a goat in their yard! That's what's nice about where we live . . . our animals shouldn't be close enough to bother neighbors which is good since Dixie has a loud 'voice'!

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  17. I love your new goats! They are adorable.

    I can relate to your dream of having more acreage...I know so much can be done with 1 acre, but I still long for more land. :)

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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  18. Your comment made me smile, Joy! They are pretty cute. :) Maybe someday both you and I will be able to realize our dream of more acreage . . . and in the meantime, do as much as we can on the acreages we are blessed with now!

    I hope that you have a wonderful weekend as well!

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  19. Oh Dixie is so cute! :o) How fun to be able to milk her. Have you thought about making soap as well? :o)

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