Our friends have four registered alpines. One buck, 2 adult does, 1 dry yearling, and more on the way. And although they take excellent care of them, they don't seem to have any emotional bond with them WHATSOEVER. They have a small farm, and all of their animals have a purpose. Except a few like the dogs, their animals get like NO affection, or time spent with them other than chores. Their dogs are sort of pets, but mostly for sheep herding and breeding, goats are for milk, and bucklings sold for meat, sheep are for wool, and lambs are for meat, rabbits are sort of pets, but mostly breeding and show [they are super nice dwarves] and they just got rid of their meat breeders [I mean killed], chickens are for eggs and meat, and one cat is for harrasing and a mouser. The girl who is my age there, is my friend, but she doesn't like her goats at all! She has 4 beautiful alpines, but she doesn't like them! She calls them dumb and the sheep dumb too. She hardly even knew their names, and didn't know what doe had what kids, how many they had, and whether they were bucks or does! And she didn't know the lamb in the pasture was a ram, and he was like 6 months old! Like most of you, I can tell someone everything there is to know about my 8 goats, even exact birthdates, and even the exact time of day that our twins were born last year. She is not 5, she is almost in 9th grade, [but homeschooled]. She just likes her dumb hermit crabs. I don't understand how someone who has 24 hour access to goats could care less about them. She doesn't help with any chores of them either. She wasn't there when the kids were born. We went to her house 2 weeks ago, and she had the cutest ewe lamb ever. She was in the house because she was too week to stay outside. Well I saw my friend just a moment ago, and she said the lamb died. I said that was so sad, and she said ''You think that is sad''. Then laughed. :veryangry: I just had to vent. I understand that this family lives off the land, but why would someone not even like their beautiful animals? I know she could enjoy her goats if she tried. Who wouldn't?