Friends come in all shapes and sizes and Katherine, the latest addition to our Edgar’s Mission extended family, is discovering that those “shapes” include pigs and goats after adopting rescued Betty, Betsy, Barbara, Blondie, Curly and Little John as well as Peaches and Melba from Edgar’s Mission.
As always, it warms our hearts to hear stories of our former residents settling into their new homes and causing their new families to ponder just how life existed before they shared their world with a farm animal. But we think Katherine says it best when she told us, “No book, no research on the internet, could possibly prepare me for the love and friendship I have found with my new family members. Sharing your life with a goat (or six!) or a pig will enrich every day in ways that you may not have imagined.”
Read on to hear more about how Katherine’s new animal family have changed her world.
What I Learned From Adopting a Farm Animal Family
Imagine my excitement when I learned that I was to become “mom” to six goats: Betty, Betsy, Barbara, Blondie, Curly and Little John and two pigs: Peaches and Melba. Little did I realize how my new family members would become such an important part of my life! Of course I did all the research on dietary requirements, environmental needs, hoof care – yes, I was an expert. I knew my Barley from Oaten Chaff, the percentage of dolomite and seawood extract to add to feed, food to avoid. Fences were completed, shelters were built. I was ready.
What I wasn’t prepared for, was the companionship – the sheer joy of skipping across new grass, the simple delight in a tummy rub. No book, no research on the internet, could possibly prepare me for the love and friendship I have found with my new family members.
My goats are never happier than when they are following me around the paddocks as I work. Naturally, they are finding that I am somewhat difficult to train, as I seem to be slow on the realization that they are really meant to be house goats!
They love to be cuddled and are very placid and content just to be in your company. One of my goats recently required veterinary care. When I rang up to make the appointment the nurse explained that the vet could only do house calls on the next day. She was very surprised when I said that we would come into the clinic as my goat was quite happy to sit in the car! All the staff at the clinic were entranced by little Betsy’s calm composure ….. oh, and it certainly helped that she is so darn cute!
My pigs, Peaches and Melba, have taught me the meaning of good housekeeping – they spend hours each day arranging their bedding and “tidying up” their little house. When we bring fresh straw they greet us with squeals of pleasure (although the close proximity of food will always result in the highest pitch and loudest squeals of all!).
We are currently training the girls to “sit” on command. The training is going well and Peaches and Melba have almost managed to curb their frustration with us (humans can be so stupid!) for long enough to learn to sit for the meals.
Sharing your life with a goat (or six!) or a pig will enrich every day in ways that you may not have imagined. I can not imagine life without them.
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