Cuzco's Glamour Shot o' the Day

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

  1. Nanno

    Nanno New Member

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  2. Rockytopsis

    Rockytopsis New Member

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    Why do they like to roll in sooty places like that? We had a small burn spot that the goats loved till the grass covered it and I have also noticed that they like to rub around on dead fire ant mounds. ????

    I would totally give in to Ms Poopsalot and let her on the poarch. :lol:

    Nancy
     

  3. Nanno

    Nanno New Member

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    Yesterday was our Homecoming Parade, and Phil showed up as a Roman charioteer!
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    I wish I could have gotten a better photo, but I was on a horse and Cuzco was on the warpath. He wanted to run around and meet every horse in the lineup, but the horses didn't particularly want to meet Cuzco, especially with that cart trundling along behind him. So Phil had to keep him under a very tight rein the whole time.

    At first I was glad Phil brought Cuzco down, but as the parade progressed I became a bit jealous. I was riding with my local saddle club and my horse was stealing the show. He's the most amazing color right now--dark stormcloud gray and silver with black mane and legs and wild dapples all over. He was getting all the "ooh's" and "aah's" from the crowd until they saw the goat cart. :x
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  4. Rockytopsis

    Rockytopsis New Member

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    But, But, But wheres the picture of you and the horse????????
    Nancy
     
  5. Nanno

    Nanno New Member

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    Well, the photos of me and Jet came out pretty lousy and were all washed out, but I put one up anyway as per your request. ;)

    Phil and the goats and I are continuing to enjoy our beautiful deck. Phil came out with an afternoon snack and I mischievously decided it was a good time to let Cuzco join us.

    Phil is not convinced it was a good idea.
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    Apples for me??
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    Stay tuned for our upcoming "goat vacation"!
     

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  6. Rockytopsis

    Rockytopsis New Member

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    Is Cuzco in the swing??????? LOL
     
  7. Nanno

    Nanno New Member

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    For some odd reason, the goats are obsessed with the horse water. Naturally, they have their own supply of clean, fresh water that is changed daily, but they will always prefer to drink from the horse trough whether it's clean or dirty. I guess it's because animals are jealous by nature and are convinced that whatever they get, what someone else gets has to be better. Of course by the time the horse trough is halfway empty, I do wonder what they see in it. My horses have a nasty habit of using their water for mouthwash, swishing it liberally around before spitting it right back into the trough. So by the time the water level gets down a bit, it's always green, slimy, and full of bugs and other nasty floaties. But the goats will practically fall in just to reach it with the ends of their tongues.

    Cuzco will sometimes put one leg over the side and then lean down. One time he tipped the trough and dumped it over his head. I was in stitches. Cuzco was indignant.
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    The water must not be too low... Cuzco can reach if he just stands on three legs.
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    Nibbles can only reach it on two legs. I'm not sure how she manages to do this without choking. She always looks like she got hung up on the trough and died.
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  8. Nanno

    Nanno New Member

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    Stay tuned for news of another acquisition! Pictures to be posted after I get a chance to take them!
     
  9. Taffy

    Taffy New Member

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    I enjoy your posts so much! They really brighten my day!

    You really should write a book. Your posts and photos would win the world over!
     
  10. Rockytopsis

    Rockytopsis New Member

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    I am so looking foreward as to what you folks are up to next.
    Nancy
     
  11. Nanno

    Nanno New Member

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    Allow me to introduce you to "Lilly", a six-month old Alpine/Sable Saanen cross. She's an absolute love. We brought her home on Friday. Poor little thing doesn't have a friend in our herd right now. Nibbles uses her for a punching bag, and Cuzco won't let her anywhere near him. They ditched her and went out to browse this morning, so I let her come up on the porch with me. She made friends with the tin goats. They don't hit her when she comes up to say hi and they even let her sample their pumpkin!
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    Lilly is much less stocky than Nibbles but will certainly end up taller. She's got a fine, soft, silky coat that is amazing to run my fingers through. It's not nearly as thick as Nibbles' but is a bit longer. Lilly is a lot more "chill" than my other two goats. She was fine with hoof trimming, worming, bathing, and even blow drying. She was just happy to bask in the glow of human attention. She's nowhere near as feisty as Nibbles and will probably always get pushed around, but she doesn't seem to mind too much. Apparently she was at the bottom of the pecking order at the much larger herd she came from, so she's used to getting beat up. In fact, it's given her a very high pain tolerance. She didn't seem to mind getting zapped by my electric fence. Repeatedly. She doesn't like it, but I watched her stand there and take it for about four zaps until she finally decided to mosey on.

    The only time when Lilly is NOT chill is during feeding time! She knows if she doesn't eat fast, she won't eat at all. She figured out the secret of diving her head into the bucket and keeping it there no matter what the other goats do. She got her head into Nibbles' bucket, and Nibbles lifted her off her feet a few times trying to dislodge her. Lilly simply picked up the bucket with her head and ran off with it, which worked great except she couldn't see! She ran into the side of the house and lost half the grain there, but Nibbles was forced to eat what spilled because Lilly simply wouldn't let Nibbles into the bucket. Nibbles was extremely put out until she discovered that biting Lilly's ears did the trick. Phil and I were laughing too hard at their antics to interfere. Lilly may get beat up, but she knows how to take it and she will stand her ground when the stakes are high!
     

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  12. Taffy

    Taffy New Member

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    You find the prettiest color goats! I'm looking forward to hearing about Lilly's adventures!
     
  13. Nanno

    Nanno New Member

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    Yes, we're very picky about goat color, and since we're in no rush to expand our herd we can afford to wait till the right goat comes along.

    I'm glad you guys enjoy my thread. Sometimes I feel a bit narcissistic posting all these photos of my own goats, so I'm glad to hear that this thread is not entirely self-serving. My goats make me so happy it's hard not to share. ;)

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  14. Nanno

    Nanno New Member

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    Lilly loves to help out around the house. Today I was vacuuming windowsills and washing windows. I'm amazed at how calm she is. I turned on the vacuum while she was hanging her head in the window and she didn't even flinch.
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    Lilly spent the afternoon with me on the front porch while I washed windows. She is always mildly interested in whatever I'm doing, but unlike Nibbles and Cuzco, she stays out of the way and out of trouble. I thought for sure I'd have to guard the water bucket, the rags in my back pockets, the squeegees. But no, she was content just to follow me around and not interfere.

    Lilly is a very talkative little thing. She's quiet when she's by herself or with the other goats, but she keeps up a running commentary whenever there are people around. She's not loud or fussy, just conversational. She's the caprine equivalent of Anne of Green Gables. :lol:
     

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  15. idahonancy

    idahonancy Member Supporting Member

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    Never stop writing this is my favorite thread line and can honestly say I have read them all from December 2008
    to today.
    IdahoNancy
     
  16. Taffy

    Taffy New Member

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    I agree with IdahoNancy! This is my favorite post on the list! Always entertaining. :lol:
     
  17. Nanno

    Nanno New Member

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    I'm so glad people enjoy this thread! I think some of ya'll should do threads about your own goats so it's not all one-sided. ;)

    I can't get over how sweet Lilly is. I never felt this bad for Nibbles when Cuzco was mean to her because Nibbles is a scrappy, rough-n-tumble little thing who seems to enjoy a bit of fisticuffs, even if she loses. And let's face it--Nibbles regularly asked for a beating. Lilly tries to stay out of everyone's way and still gets pummeled. Nibbles is starting to be a teensy bit nicer to her, but Cuzco pounds Lilly (and I mean HARD) at every opportunity. I'm sure the poor goat is black and blue under all the fur. At least she's faster and more nimble than Cuzco, so most of the time she can get out of his way before he reaches her.
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    As for me, I'm learning the art of managing three goats on walks. Cuzco knows he's not to pound anyone if there are people nearby, and he's really very good about it. If he starts to turn and give Lilly the ol' stinkeye, all I have to do is say his name in a menacing fashion and he immediately backs off. Nibbles is still learning. She'll usually be good, but every now and then if Nibbles and Lilly have been walking side-by-side for too long, Nibbles can't resist the urge to suddenly haul off and pound Lilly (usually right into my legs) for no apparent reason. That's when Nibbles gets a spanking. But those spankings are happening less often now, and usually I just have to say Nibbles' name gruffly when I see that head start to tilt.

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    We haven't even had Lilly one week and already we're teaching her all of Nibbles' bad habits... er... tricks. Yesterday I got them to do some synchronized dancing.
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  18. Rockytopsis

    Rockytopsis New Member

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    Adorable, just adorable, and no do not stop filling us in please.
    Nancy
     
  19. TDG-Farms

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

    Jul 12, 2013
    LOL I got something for you and or anyone else to try. Take a powerful flash light (i use a 1 million candle spot light) and on a dark night shine it almost straight up, back and forth in the air over the goaties heads. I do it when standing outside their pens. Its freaking hilarious! Some will stand to reach the light, others will follow the light with their heads and some will start to sway their heads to their own beat... lol
     
  20. Nanno

    Nanno New Member

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    Haha! I'll have to try that trick with the flashlight sometime!

    This is Nibbles' favorite spot to greet the sun in the morning:
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