Shanti, who died yesterday afternoon at 3:00 was my amazingly trustful, inquisitive, and loving goat right up to the very end. The empty place he left behind is still huge and gaping, and so incredibly hollow. I'm sure the pain will ease in time, but I will always remember him for what he was; my little baby and a great friend. I got him when he was 3 months old-- one of my very first goats. He was tiny and beautiful and braver than Pace, with fuzzy black fur. he grew up to be a very handsome bloke with shiny black fur and a tiny white star on his head. He was always the kind of guy that took no nonsense while still going with the flow. He was cuddly and sweet and pigheaded and greedy and very perfect in all his imperfection. He was a character, and I truly feel privileged to have known him. My goatpen will never again feel complete without him there standing on top of the rock baaing that loud low happy baa. He was only two years old when he died, much, much too young, when he was still so full of life. He would have been three in June, and Pace will live on, helping to keep his memory. Shanti died peacefully in my arms and I would not have wanted it any other way. He remained bright and curious to the end, to the point of causing trouble. Now he is not in pain, and is completely free to enjoy this wonderful Spring. Here is one of the last pictures I took of him, about two months ago This was taken fall of 2008 Exploring with Pace Doing what he did best: eating, and giving attitude On the rock with his buddies Frolicking through the field Here's the time I clipped him... yep, it was atrocious hehe Mr. Personality He loved to play and run Last winter Reindeer Shanti in 2007 Fall of 2007 Summer 2007, shortly after I got Melino Here he was as a kid, in Fall 2006 shortly after I brought him and Pace home His baby picture at his breeder's farm This might be my favorite photo of him. He was just over a year old Looking back at all these pictures just makes me miss him more right now, and tears run down my face as I write this. He was an incredibly special goat and will be missed terribly.