Cuzco's Glamour Shot o' the Day

Discussion in 'Pack and Working Goats' started by Nanno, Jan 12, 2011.

  1. Nanno

    Nanno New Member

    Aug 30, 2009
    Rye, CO
    I'm taking the goats to show at the Colorado State Fair, and I was so sad that I had to shave them, especially the babies. I'm not sure it made much difference for the sleek Petunia, but it made her front end darker and the white strike on her side stand out a lot more.
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    Petunia's wings are as big as ever!
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    I'm being swarmed!!
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    I was so sad when I had to shave Nubbins downy-soft coat. It felt like rabbit fur, and now all that's left is a little bottle-brush tail.
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    Goat attack! AAAAHHHH!!!
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    "I'm a big goat! Milk me!"
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  2. Charlie Horse

    Charlie Horse Active Member Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2012
    Mmmm. Nope I dont think I like the shaved look. They look so 'dairy'

  3. Nanno

    Nanno New Member

    Aug 30, 2009
    Rye, CO
    Well, it is a "dairy goat" show, after all!

    We had a great time at the Colorado State Fair and even had time for a few (blurry) pictures. Cuzco has been ornery lately (I guess even a goat that's been neutered for 11 years can still feel the rut coming on), and he was especially naughty toward me when I came home after handling a friend's buck last week. He's also been after Phil lately (male dominance thing I suppose), so he's getting a shock collar this week. However, Cuzco was very pleasant and mellow over the weekend while the girls were out of town. Those women... I tell ya, they'll get a good guy in trouble every time!

    Phil looked very handsome in his white show clothes. But neither of us looked very white by the second day. Whoever decided that white was the color of choice for showing goats was a practical joker!
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    Lilly is a recorded grade and won her class each time. It helps when you're the only goat competing. We call this the "self-esteem division". You'll notice I left Lilly's beard intact. It so silky and pretty I couldn't bear to shave it. She was the only bearded goat in the show and caused quite a stir among competitors and spectators alike.
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    I didn't get any photos, but Nubbin won first in her class and got to go in the championship division where she won Reserve Champion for Recorded Grades in junior does. It was not a self-esteem class since there were eight competitors from all the junior doe divisions. I think Petunia is the nicer doe, but the judge preferred Nubbin. Unfortunately, Nubbin misbehaved the next day and didn't place again because the judge couldn't get a good look at her. I guess she thought it was the buckin' bronc division. But that gave Petunia a chance for the blue ribbon. Petunia won that class, but didn't cut it in the championship division.

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  4. Nanno

    Nanno New Member

    Aug 30, 2009
    Rye, CO
    The best (and most important) class at the State Fair was, of course, the costume competition. When Phil went to sign up, they asked him what division... "Junior or senior?"
    "Senior," he replied.
    "You mean 14-18?" they asked.
    "No, 34," Phil said.
    They laughed and wrote down a new division with the number "34" at the top. Phil and I were the only competitors in our age group.

    I went as Victourista Cruz, world traveler. Nubbin came as my trusty and oh-so-stylish luggage. It's a good suitcase and usually follows me faithfully, but sometimes airline security declares it to be "out of control baggage."
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    Phil was Eugene the nerd and Petunia was his robot, the P-9000.
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    Our favorite costume at the show was this lovely harem beauty with her camel. I especially love the fez!
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    We came home with lots of awards, including "Premier Exhibitor" for Recorded Grades. Another "self-esteem" ribbon, methinks!
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    The best prize was this one I got for winning the "34" division of the costume class. It's a redneck wineglass with a goat on it and filled with candies! Phil vows to soon fill it with marbles once the candies are gone (which won't take long, I'm sure).
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  5. Charlie Horse

    Charlie Horse Active Member Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2012
    Wow! It looks like you had a blast! I looked at the rules for the UT State Fair yesterday and none of my goats would be able to participate. They're not bred spinstresses or mixed breeds and some are not even girls. One is not a girl and also has horns. I'm going to show up on Sr. Doe judging day and look around though. I did, after all, meet Clay there doing a demo and thats what got me in to pack goats.

    I totally love your goat-jar trophy. I totally love that you kept the beard (Someone has to take a stand). And your costumes were fantastic!

    Did you see any goats you wanted to take home? You know I'd asked at the fair about getting babies and the prices I was hearing nearly caused me to have an asthma attack. And I dont have asthma. For a minute I thought I must have wandered into the alpaca barn with prices like that.

    White clothes. I read those rules and of course I wondered why white. When I was hiking in the Uintas a month ago I stopped to watch a deer. Amelia stopped and turned toward the deer-- then peed on my foot. The shoe was new but has now moved into the definitely not new category. At least they're not like dairy cows.
  6. Taffy

    Taffy New Member

    Dec 8, 2011
    Washington State

    Congratulations on all of the fun you had at the state fair! It's obvious your goats are multi-talented (and so are their owners)!
  7. Nanno

    Nanno New Member

    Aug 30, 2009
    Rye, CO
    We had so much fun at the State Fair that we decided to haul our goats up north for the CDGA Harvest Show the following weekend. After all the work of shaving and primping and packing, going to a second show was the obvious choice. We won no awards this time, but we still had fun and our goats held their own. However, there wasn't even a costume class! We're going to have to do something about that for next year. Or perhaps add a race or a talent show or some such "fun" activity to make showing more worthwhile. What's the use of having a goat show if you leave out all the classes that are actually important??

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    Cuzco heard we were leaving and didn't want to spend the weekend at home by himself, so he arranged a medical crisis at the last minute so we would have to take him with us. He turned up with a painful, swollen cheek the morning we left. I loaded him up with the other goats so I could have him checked out at the vet on the way to Longmont. Turns out it was no big deal... he just got a sticker or bashed his jaw on something (probably Lilly's head) and the vet prescribed penicillin. But my problem was whether the CDGA people would let me keep Cuzco at the fairgrounds. It was an ADGA sponsored show, and there are very clear rules about male goats and horns. However, the powers that be were very understanding and let me have a pen for Cuzco. My biggest fear was that the other competitors would think I was bringing in a goat with CL, but luckily the swelling went down drastically during the night, and between the halter and the hair no one could see the bump on his jaw.

    My next concern was how to keep him from menacing people. He's been moody lately, and a toothache wasn't going to help. The pen was so small he would not be able to avoid unwelcome intrusions into his personal space. The goat people would probably be ok... they usually know better than to grab a goat by the horn and they are familiar with unfriendly goat body language. But there was a horse show and a gun show going on at the same fairgrounds, and I wasn't sure what kinds of people would be coming over and thrusting their hands into Cuzco's face. Being a very large, handsome, and distinctive-looking goat, he tends to attract more than his fair share of attention, and men, for some reason, can't seem to resist grabbing that horn and giving it a good shake. They wouldn't dream of pulling a dog's ears or tail, but they think nothing of yanking on a goat's horn. I like to ask them how they would feel if they had a gun on their hip and some stranger walked up and snatched it out of the holster. This puts horn-grabbing in a whole new light! But I couldn't be there all day to ward off ignorant behavior. So I posted some signs:
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    For the most part they seemed to work. Every now and then I saw people reaching over anyway, but I figured if they were dumb enough to ignore a fair warning they deserved what they got. Once or twice I heard the quiet scrape of a threatening horn on the rails, but most people were respectful, and Cuzco was actually pretty chill. I think he liked having his own space where the girls couldn't share his hay or touch his water. But he was starting to get bored by the end of the second day and decided he needed more action. So he tore down one of signs in hope of luring in unsuspecting victims. I put it back up, but he tore it down about three more times before I finally ran out of tape and cable ties and had to give up. Luckily by then it was time to go home.

    The girls had a good time and actually drank water at this show. They hardly drank anything at State Fair and Nibbles barely got an udder while Lilly looked like "concentration camp goat." It was kind of embarrassing. Well this time I introduced them to Gatorade powder in the water and it really worked the trick! The only drawback was that they all had orange chins, and Lilly's beautiful white beard looked like it had gotten rusty. But I'll take funny-colored goats over dehydrated ones any day.

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    Speaking of funny-colored goats, I saw the goofiest thing in the silent auction--a can of black spray-on livestock paint for touching up coat color before a show! Phil and I really like colorful goats, but nicely-built ones can be hard to find and even harder to get ahold of. So we thought if all else fails we could just buy some Saanens and paint them up with Weaver's livestock paint! Yay for instant party coats!

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  8. Nanno

    Nanno New Member

    Aug 30, 2009
    Rye, CO
    It's about time I posted some new glamour shots! We took these on the morning of October 16. We had 14" of snow that morning! This is the sight that greeted me in the morning. I really have nothing in life worth complaining about, do I?
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    Petunia fit perfectly in Nibble's blanket from last year, and like Nibbles, she kept it neat and clean. I guess "like mother like daughter" does not apply in this case--Lilly was always a disaster with blankets.
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    Nubbin, on the other hand, takes after Lilly and always gets at least one foot through the neck of her blanket no matter how much I cinch it down. Go figure!
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    Nibbles yawns in the morning sun.
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    Cuzco licks the snow off his nose. :)
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    I tried to get Petunia to go sledding with me. It didn't work out so well, but we had fun anyway.
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    It's hard to get going with this many goats on your lap!
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  9. Huckleberry

    Huckleberry Senior Member

    Mar 11, 2010
    Looks like a fun time! I love Cuzco in the background at the top of the hill, I can just read his mind......
  10. idahonancy

    idahonancy Member Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 2008
    Idaho North
    This thread should never die or get buried. Long live Cuzo the ambassador of fancy pants airplane ear packgoats.
  11. Nanno

    Nanno New Member

    Aug 30, 2009
    Rye, CO
    Thanks Nancy. You're very kind.

    Ugh... my images are all messed up again. I spent way too much time fixing them last time they changed the website. I'm not sure I can go through that again.

    It's a good morning to reminisce about "the good ol' days."

    A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...

    Cuzco still had TWO horns. :)

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  12. TDG-Farms

    TDG-Farms Dave (TDG Farms) S.E. Washington State

    Jul 12, 2013
    AHHH! A rip in the space time continuum! :)
  13. Used2bmimi

    Used2bmimi New Member

    Oct 2, 2012
    Western Colorado
    I love this thread! I just spent the evening reading through all 26 pages! I laughed out loud at the pictures of Cuzco's poor demolished red blanket. So glad that you are here!
  14. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    I love all the pics, very nice. :)
  15. nchen7

    nchen7 Goatless goat momma

    Feb 25, 2013
    I just read through the entire thread! love the stories and pictures! you should write a book about him and your adventures together.

    oh, how did you come up with the name Cuzco? I'm not sure if I missed the story on the name somewhere.....
  16. Nanno

    Nanno New Member

    Aug 30, 2009
    Rye, CO
    Cuzco is so glad you like his thread. :smile:

    Cuzco is named after the arrogant emperor who got turned into a llama in Disney's The Emperor's New Groove. While they don't share the same species, his "I'm awesome and everybody knows it!" attitude is exactly the same!

    If this cold, snowy weather keeps up, we could actually have a good winter this year! We're incredibly sick and tired of drought. If we get lucky, I might even have to break out Cuzco's earmuffs. I noticed frost around the edges yesterday, but Cuzco didn't seem too concerned about that. He just wanted a cookie. And to be allowed inside by the fire.


  17. nchen7

    nchen7 Goatless goat momma

    Feb 25, 2013
    :ROFL: awesome name for an awesome goat (and now even more people know it!)

    love him and his thread. all you pack goat people is making me want a pack goat now.... I told my bf last night that one day, when we have land and proper goats, that i'm going to have to have a pack goat! for now, I shall live vicariously through you all!
  18. Damfino

    Damfino Well-Known Member

    Dec 29, 2013
    Right behind you
  19. Goats Rock

    Goats Rock Member

    Jun 20, 2011
    NE Ohio
    I read the tribute and it was beautiful. Had to wipe many tears just to finish it. (And I never even met that wonderful old fella) RIP Cuzco.