What do you love about goats?

Discussion in 'Goat Frenzy' started by PACE, Dec 13, 2007.

  1. PACE

    PACE New Member

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    Oct 8, 2007
    Mass
    What are those little things that make our little hooved wonders so endearing? List anything you like about your goats... even those things that are annoying, but secretly you think are cute.

    I love:

    ...how they always are excited to see me, always greet me eagerly at the gate, and always attempt to slip out when I'm trying to leave

    ...their little goat "kisses" when I sit on top of the rock with them.

    ...how they always slurp their water and smack their lips happily when they've finished drinking.

    ...when they completely spazz out and get really playful and bouncy. You can just see how happy they are

    ... when they greet you with a chorus of "come feed us!" in their goaty voices, and how I can tell who is calling me by the tone/sound of the 'baaa'

    ...when you refill their hay racks and they stand munching the hay without wasting much... especially when you bought it for a good price

    ...how they can make themselves look so innocent, cute, and so curious, then you turn your back and they manage to get into a heap of trouble!

    ...how fuzzy they are in the winter

    ...how they run and hide behind my legs when something startles them

    ... how they manage to be so devoted to you, but at the same time find a way to defy all the rules

    ... and of course their... goatiness... you know, their essential selves

    Okay, that's all I've got for now (without really starting to ramble anyway) so what are those things that make raising goats so rewarding?
     
  2. Muddy Creek Farm

    Muddy Creek Farm New Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Keokuk, Iowa
    EVERYTHING!!!! Seriously. I love everything (good and bad) about my little goaties =)
     

  3. PACE

    PACE New Member

    404
    Oct 8, 2007
    Mass
    LOL I know what you mean :lol: Their little quirks make them all the more charming.
     
  4. goathappy

    goathappy New Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Illinois
    I think you got them all :D LOL Goats are just great in general I think :D
     
  5. LiddleGoteGurl

    LiddleGoteGurl New Member

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    Nov 29, 2007
    WI
    Yeppers!!! I love how they figure out little things to do to make you pet them or scratch them.. for instance, when I stop petting Pixie she paws at me and bites my hand. Haha!! :D. My brother's Atta will start to lean her head back and slowly start scratching her back with her teeth. She does it right in front of you, very obviously. She always gets someone to scratch it for her and she practically falls asleep!! ROFL. Ohhh I just love goaties :).
     
  6. sparks879

    sparks879 New Member

    i think thats one of my favorite things, the way they always find a way for you to pet them, whether it be rubbing their head on you or nibbling on your fingers. One of my yearlings, ruby likes to gently nibble my fingers it always works. Pulling on the strings of my coat or swaetshirt works well too, or pulling on belt loops of pabts.
    beth
     
  7. debpnigerians

    debpnigerians New Member

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    Oct 19, 2007
    north central Texas
    what do I love about goats.....

    The way they lay with thier heads on each other's bellies or backs to sleep.
    The way kids jump on thier momma's back to go for a ride.
    The way each new kid is obviously certain that THEY invented jumping and running!
    The way they remember who thier friends are - reguardless of their species.
    The way my buck Pierre poses for pictures at shows when he hears someone say "look over here boy".
    The way it felt several years ago when a controlled burn got a bit un-controlled and the flames started heading towards the barn. I ran up through the fire (just a grass fire, nothing heroic) to get ahead of the fire and hose down the area, and when they saw me coming through the flames my frightened goats ran TOWARDS me - and the fire - because they knew I'd take care of them.........I felt very humbled, and very loved!
     
  8. enjoytheride

    enjoytheride New Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Humboldt Co Ca
    I love to watch them drink too- making a noise like soda through a straw- then standing there chewing on it.
    I love that they come to be scratched and I love that they are so reluctant to go somewhere new until I go first.
    I love that no matter what I'm doing, they have to come check it out and hang around with me.

    But I wish they would poop square berries that didn't roll when I try to sweep them up.
     
  9. sixshooterfarm

    sixshooterfarm New Member

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    Oct 18, 2007
    Valley Springs, Ca
    enjoytheride====== :ROFL: :ROFL: :ROFL: square berries I can just imagine that lol!! oh my gosh I cant quit laughing over that one, thanks for that one, that was too funny!!!
     
  10. eliya

    eliya New Member

    I love...
    The FLOPPY ears on a newborn MiniNubian (or Nubian, but am partial to the Mini's :) ).
    The adorable way that the babies lay their head on your shoulder.
    The contented little maa's that they give when they have their tummies full of milk.
    The bouncy, jumpy, cavorting of a little kid. But even more fun is when an adult gets spunky! :D
    The smell of a newborn goat kid.
    The caring and understanding of the goats when you are going through a hard time - I swear they know what you are feeling at least as well as a good dog!
    The fun people that the goats bring into our lives
    The funny, funny looks they give you when you do something they are not used to, you know, that "what on earth do you think you are doing" look.
    The curled lips when they smell or taste something strong (like vinegar).
    The silly way they act when the taste cayenne or other hot peppers - rubbing their faces on everything!
    The goofy looks they give me when I have to get up at 12 and 3 in the morning to feed babies - "what on earth are you doing out in the middle of the night!?"

    All in all I like almost everything about goats (except when they decide to torture me and all gang up by trying to knock me over as they all rush through the gate) O.K. that is funny when it happens to someone else, but is NOT funny when it happens to ME!
     
  11. mystic's_mom

    mystic's_mom New Member

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    Oct 5, 2007
    Northern, MN
    Hmmmm...I pretty much love everything about my goaties.

    Individually, I have to say I love the way Mystic will lean into a hug like as if it's the last one ever! She's also the one who loves car rides...so every once in a while I gotta make every other driver's day interesting by taking a drive with the goatie on my front seat!

    Mira...hmmm...she's a brat??? Well she is, but I love her anyway...Lol! She can be sweet when she wants to be.

    Buckaroo...he's just a little 'moosh' of a goat...although he's a bit stinky for hugs at the moment :roll:
     
  12. LiddleGoteGurl

    LiddleGoteGurl New Member

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    Nov 29, 2007
    WI
    Oh yes, I forgot! I LOVE it when all of a sudden, for no reason, someone just gets their spunk on, and goes flipping and running. It is especially fun when the really calm ones (such as my three legged Olivia) start!
     
  13. PACE

    PACE New Member

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    Oct 8, 2007
    Mass
    Wow, so many good things to say about goats :stars:

    I too love how they are so different and all have their own way of getting you to do things for them.

    Eliya, you're making me jealous! I'd love to have bouncy kids! But my fat and sassy boys will do :wink:

    Reading this it makes me want to go fighting my way through the snow in the pitch dark right now to visit the boys... but not enough to actually go out! It's freezing lol!
     
  14. PACE

    PACE New Member

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    Oct 8, 2007
    Mass
    And debpnigerians, what a sweet story! Your goats must really trust you! That's another thing I love, how, once you gain their trust, they just KNOW that you're going to take care of them and will follow you anywhere.
     
  15. eliya

    eliya New Member

    Oh, when I was out in the barn last night, I was reminded of another thing...

    I love the way that they fight for all they are worth to get at a treat! They are so funny if there is one bowl with grain or something in it and they all crowd around it and try to shove their heads in. They are so goofy! The kids around the lam-bar - a bigger bossier kid will have a nipple, get knocked off but still press his head against the nipple and the other kids mouth so they can't drink either. They sure are selfish at times! ;)
     
  16. PACE

    PACE New Member

    404
    Oct 8, 2007
    Mass
    Oh yes :roll: and they're completely shameless as well, so as they're fighting with all their might to fulfil their selfish desires they are so cocky. You can tell they are feeling good about themselves! LOL

    I also love when their bellies are full after grazing for a few hours in the mid afternoon in summer, so the sun is slanting and making everything warm and comfortable. They've been munching on lush grass and they come and plop down right next to you (or on you). That's incredibly relaxing. Maybe I'm thinking about that since right now I can't even see anything green outside- too much snow!
     
  17. sparks879

    sparks879 New Member

    Ah yes the fighting. I have two does who growl at the grain bowl. They are kids from last spring so still in the kid pen. They have one big bowl that they all share from. The two does are sisters. Their mom did the same thing when someone else came near her food. Even when the chickens sat under her dish to pick up everything she dropped. Its the funniest thing. I wish i could get a recording of it.
    And the noise mom makes to her newborn kids. that deep throaty maaa. its the only time she ever does it, its very quiet and loving.
    beth
     
  18. liz

    liz Active Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Shelocta PA
    I love the way My Bootsie will be standoffish until I get the brush out a start using it on Angel, then she "quietly" puts herself between Angel and me so she gets the attention, she ONLY does this with Angel!
    The contentment they all have on a quiet summer evening just laying around chewing their cuds.
    The way they make the barn smell like Christmas time after I have given them my Christmas tree! Nothing like a piney goat belch!
    When my girls know that I comfort them during labor and kidding, and the sweet way they talk to their babies afterwards.
    There are so many ways that my goats help keep me sane....believe it or not cause we all know how they can drive us nuts, alot of times I get so depressed thinking that I'll never be a mom that I think of my goats when I feel that my life isn't worth living without children...they keep me sane because they NEED me and they show their love for me when I don't have any hope left.
     
  19. sparks879

    sparks879 New Member

    So this is the best thread that i found to go along with my goatie experieces this evening. I juat got back in from feeding, i was bending down by the hay feeding getting a bucket or something, and juju (who is noamlly not that affectionate) starts licking me all over my face. It was so sweet, a few minutes later she was still looking through the hay feeder waiting for her turn for dinner and she made this little squeaky maa sound as if to tell me is chrome done yet i want mine.
    When i got JuJu last summer she was wild as a march hare. Now she is quckly becoming one of my favorite does as she continues to get more affectionate and more sweet.
    beth