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March 3rd, 2008, 09:53 PM
Hello. I am new to yjis site. My husband and I have a farm with many pets. 3 years ago we moved here finally realizing our dream of having a place in the country.
We have many pets. 9 goats, 2 minidonkeys, 5 horses,4 cats and 1 dog.Many are rescue or adopted.
Our pets are very loved and are like family members to us.
Our farm needs alot of work but we have felt very blessed to be here and to experience rural life.
We have had some challenges, some heartbreak and some losses but when we see all these loving faces everyday we know why we are here. For the animals, our unique loving, relationships with our furbabies.

March 3rd, 2008, 10:15 PM
Wow! That's quite a family you have there. :D I can't wait to see pictures of the crew! :thumbs up

Welcome to the board, FancyAppy!

March 4th, 2008, 03:20 AM
Welcome to :thumbs up Looking forward to seeing pics of your menagerie. :D

March 4th, 2008, 06:37 AM

Pictures pictures pictures


March 4th, 2008, 06:43 AM
FancyAppy,it seems you are living the kind of life most of us dream of.
Donkeys:lovestruck:I love Donkeys,unfortunately the town by-law does not allow them:laughing:
I hope you are able to post some pics and don't forget the kitties:cat:

March 4th, 2008, 10:28 AM
Thank you so much for the welcome. I want to post pics of our darlings. Can I post here or should I go to a diff portraits? etc...thanks again for the welcome .

March 4th, 2008, 11:42 AM
omg can't wait to see pictures of all the family members :thumbs up

welcome to !

It usually takes 1-2 days before you're allowed to post pictures.

March 4th, 2008, 04:24 PM
wow!!! I second frenchy...can't wait!! :crazy:

and Welcome!:D

March 4th, 2008, 07:29 PM

I can't wait to see pics, not here, they deserve a thread of there very own:)

You have a pygmy goat!!! OMG they are so cute, but nasty sometimes, but I just love them!I bet you have some stories to tell about him!:lovestruck::evil:

March 4th, 2008, 07:37 PM
:fingerscr:fingerscr pictures of goats!!! PICTURES OF GOATS!!!:D

March 4th, 2008, 07:46 PM
I will start a new thread for pics but here are 3 of our babies. They are wicked, sweet affectionate and ornery. I have such stories.......

March 4th, 2008, 07:53 PM
ahhhhhh :lovestruck::lovestruck:

We definately were missing some goats on :D:lovestruck:

March 4th, 2008, 07:54 PM
AWWWWWWWWW :cloud9: So adorable!!! but you can see that glint in their eyes :evil: big trouble written all over their sweet little faces!!

March 4th, 2008, 07:56 PM
AWWWWW so cute!!! :cloud9:

March 4th, 2008, 08:21 PM
ok just a couple more then I will start a new thread but I caught your excitement over my little guys and now I gotta show them to you.....SORRY!!!!

March 4th, 2008, 08:23 PM
black goats are SO CUTE!! i love the little wee black one

they just look so :evil: yet so ADORABLE!:cloud9:

March 4th, 2008, 08:24 PM
I LOVE the first one with black 'booties' :)
:flirt: and their lil tails

March 4th, 2008, 08:35 PM
I love the salt and pepper one (is it Bob) looks just like the one at our local zoo who I could sit and watch all day!! He was such a cute mean little thing.
He would wait for people to get corn out of the bubblegum/turned corn machine and just as it was coming out he would charge and hit them right in the bum, making them spill their corn all over.....just for him LOL :laughing:

March 4th, 2008, 09:45 PM
I LOVE the first one with black 'booties' :)
:flirt: and their lil tails

I saw the same thing :laughing: too cute , my fav is the first one , with the little grey muzzle , too cute ! But they all are !

And I LOVE your balcony !

March 5th, 2008, 07:17 AM
OMG,how great is that:laughing:goats on your patio:thumbs up
I hope they are not prone to eat wood:confused:
They look adorable:lovestruck:
I still have memories of my aunts black goat chasing me as soon as I stepped outside:laughing:

March 5th, 2008, 07:27 AM
AAAwwwww cutie goat pics. I wanna see the mini donkeys. I want one when we finally make the move.

March 5th, 2008, 04:01 PM
I went to a preschool that was on site with the junior college farm, so we had a pet goat at the school. Oh, he was fun! He butted me a lot for getting in his face, and I loved every minute of it.

Welcome! I'm new, too, and finding so much feedback and answers to questions that already I feel like part of the community (even tho I'm not Canadian :) ). Your babies are adorable.

March 5th, 2008, 04:24 PM
Your goats are so cute! :lovestruck:
I can't wait to see the pics of your other furries, but I might be a little frightened of your donkey - I went to a petting zoo once and met a donkey named "Friendly". Next to his name was a sign that said, "My name is Friendly, come pet me!" . Yeah, I did, and I ended up with a chunk missing out of my arm :eek: (okay, slight exaggeration, but he did bite me!).
I still think they are cute, but I'm just a little wary.. :)

March 5th, 2008, 06:04 PM
Thank you all so much for the comments and your memories concerning goats and donkeys.sylvia is the grey one with black booties. She is a registered pygmy and was a bit pricey. She is one of a few animals on the farm that was not rescued or adopted. She is very smart and has been in several shows. We call her our little showgoat.
The porch the goats are on...well that is a story I will save for it's own thread...the battle for the porch ...goats vrs, my husband...goats win....
The donkeys are minis , not much bigger than the goats and they are CUTE!!!!!! bite though, just like Phoozies said....but teeney bites.

March 6th, 2008, 02:59 AM
I LOVE the first one with black 'booties' :)

Me too :D ....but they are all very cute. :lovestruck:

And, I love your porch. :cloud9:

March 6th, 2008, 08:43 AM
goats!!!! i love them!

my neighbor has 2 goats, and there's a goat farm up the road from us, and every single time I drive by and see a new baby just about takes all I have to not take it home with me. they are so cute (and crazy!)!

Your goats are great! can't wait to see more of your photos!

March 6th, 2008, 05:49 PM
The donkeys are minis , not much bigger than the goats and they are CUTE!!!!!! bite though, just like Phoozies said....but teeney bites.

Hey, teeny bites hurt! :laughing:

I'm sure they are all adorable, and I'd love to see them all together!

March 10th, 2008, 10:18 PM
Rainbow, Jessi, Phoozies thank you so much. All the animals here are so spoiled. And a bit fat. Here are some of the horses.Auggie is the leopard Appaloosa, The white butt belongs to our youngest, Rocky, who will be 2 in May. He is an Appy/draft cross. A big baby with huge feet.

March 11th, 2008, 06:06 AM
OMG you live in paradise!! It must be heaven living there!
I just love your horses too!!

Now where are pics of the 2 donkeys, 4 cats and 1 dog!:D

March 11th, 2008, 07:41 AM
Paradise for sure,beautiful horses:lovestruck:you are very fortunate to be surrounded by animals.
I am sure it's a lot of work,but work I would love to do..

March 11th, 2008, 03:49 PM
OMG you live in paradise!! It must be heaven living there!
I just love your horses too!!

Now where are pics of the 2 donkeys, 4 cats and 1 dog!:D

Here here! Donkey, kitty and puppy pics please! :D

March 11th, 2008, 04:25 PM
OMG you live in paradise!! It must be heaven living there!

I agree :cloud9: .....I'm coming down there for holidays. :D

The horses are gorgeous. :lovestruck: I love Auggie. :flirt:

And, why haven't we seen pics of the dog, cats and donkeys yet? :whistle:

March 11th, 2008, 06:11 PM
Rainbow, Chico,Happycats, phoozies...You guys are so nice. Thanks for the comments. Here are the donkeys..or the donketes as we call them. They are precious. they are absolutely tiny.and ornery. Black one is Diablo, grey is Pablo. I see them both latch onto husband butt and drag him around the field . He can hardly sit down, his butt's so sore from donkey bites ...but I have to admit I been laughing watching him walk around with 2 tiny donkeys swinging off his butt like flags in the wind.Thier legs are so short they don't really run , they do a donkey hop. And what deep voices come out of those tiny bodys!. We adopted them in November. Here are some pics of the little scamps. Thanks for asking about them.

March 11th, 2008, 06:43 PM
OMG they are soooooo sweet :lovestruck:!! I just love their names too! mini donkeys!

Okay now for the cat's and dog.

How do they all get along with each other?

March 11th, 2008, 06:44 PM
Thanks for entering our happy place.
I suppose your hubby doesn't need much attention from you!!
"He can hardly sit down, his butt's so sore from donkey bites ...but I have to admit I been laughing watching him walk around with 2 tiny donkeys swinging off his butt like flags in the wind."
You are so fortunate to be able to live the way you have dreamed of.

March 11th, 2008, 07:05 PM
Rainbow, Chico,Happycats, phoozies...You guys are so nice.

Does that mean I can come for holidays? :laughing:

Ornery or not Pablo and Diablo are soooo cute. :lovestruck: But, your poor hubby's butt. :eek: Must have been funny to see though......keep the camera handy next time so we can have a laugh too. :D

March 11th, 2008, 07:10 PM
Dorothea..The donkeys are very small and won't get much bigger They may be as tall as a great dane at maturity .The are so friendly and nosey. always digging into our pockets for treats.
The donkeys are really very sweet.But I can't believe how tiny they are. The grey one has very bowed legs and the black one is potbellied so they were going to be sent to auction{slaughter} so we adopted them. we don't care if they are not perfect. They are perfect for us. They are very noisy. have very big mouths and talk all the time and run like cheetas in thier crazy donkey hop. you have to laugh cause you wonder how they don't fall over. They eat like horses. big appetites. but they run it off. they will run for 20 min just for fun. here are a few more donkey pics .
The goats and donkeys live in great harmony and do not tease each other. at feeding the donkeys will kick at the goats but really quite halfheartedly. The goats do a fake head butt in thier general direction but never make contact. they sleep together and when the donkeys are taken out of the field the goats baaa for them to come back. The donkeys are way to small to live with our horses so they ended up with the goats by default . it turned out just fine. Ty for looking at our little family.

March 11th, 2008, 07:17 PM
Does that mean I can come for holidays? :laughing:

Me too!!! :clap:

March 11th, 2008, 07:21 PM
Rainbow. yes you are so right about the camera. These animals are so funny. They are quite a bunch of comedians.Always picking on my husband mostly.And yes come visit...these goats need to be seen to be believed. They are really smart and are always scheming and plotting against us. LOL. I have never had so much fun as with these goats.They break into the house, jump into the car for groceries, chase the UPS truck, unplug the electric fences and let the horses out. Then , I swear, they laugh in goat-laugh at the confusion and bedlam they create....would not trade them for anything. they are a riot.

March 11th, 2008, 07:21 PM
Awwww what happened to Diablos snout? Looks like a sore? pooor guy
I just love their colours! especially Pablo.
I can't believe anyone would want to slaughter them:mad:
You and your DH are:angel2: for opening your hearts and home to so many.

March 11th, 2008, 07:31 PM
happycats.Diablo is ok..he has a tan/white muzzle and specks of tan hair on his face and neck. They are pretty hardy for little guys.We built them a huge shed, very sturdy and warm and they would rather stand in the rain. they like snow and sleet. Just opposite the goats who act like they will melt if they get wet.Thank you for your comment about our rescues and adoptions. There are so many sweet animals we have taken in that are now our family. I know many here are just as passionate about rescue and adoption.
But no matter where any of our furbabies come from, as furparents ,we all have one thing in common. We love them and give them the best care and best homes and best lives we can.
I can tell everyone here feels that way about their pets

March 11th, 2008, 07:36 PM
We need video pics of Pablo and Diablo's antics. :crazy: :fingerscr

And, don't forget the pics of the cats and dog. :goodvibes:

:o I'm so demanding. :o

March 11th, 2008, 07:49 PM
We have 4 kitties. They have adjusted well to country life. Although they had always been indoor cats they now go out for a bit each day if the weather is good. They scream till we let them out ...put it that way. Then they catch field mice and sneak them into the house and bury them in the bed pillows.Albert the yellow boy won't drink out of a water dish. he has his own cups on all the sinks and they have to be changed daily. Littlekitty is the grey tabby, Sylvester is white and Cisco is our youngest and only black kitty we ever had.I adore cats and have never in my adult life been without at least two.

March 11th, 2008, 07:54 PM
Awwwww such beautiful kitties!!.........where's the fourth?:o

March 11th, 2008, 07:57 PM
Here is our dog Patches.Patches has been with us only a short time.
Our dog of 20 years , Rusty, died in November.Rusty was orig a rescue dog .abused. but she became a wonderful companion and overcame her fear and distrust..
We were not going to get another dog right away but events just kept putting Patches in our path.She is from the humane society. She is such a great companion. Now I can not imagine home w/o her.

March 11th, 2008, 08:02 PM
Awwwww patches is a cutie :lovestruck: What breed is she?
She looks like a beagle/bc mix?

March 11th, 2008, 08:06 PM
Happycats....Whoops! forgot Fat Albert!!!

March 11th, 2008, 08:08 PM
Happycats....Whoops! forgot Fat Albert!!!

Awww Alberts not fat......just big boned:D and very handsome :cloud9:

March 11th, 2008, 08:27 PM
Here are some of the horses.Auggie is the leopard Appaloosa,

:lovestruck: she's a beauty :cloud9:

March 11th, 2008, 08:31 PM
Dorothea..The donkeys are very small and won't get much bigger They may be as tall as a great dane at maturity .

OMG so I could own one !!!! :crazy: the donkeys , doggies , kitties , horses , they all are beauties , your place is heaven :cloud9: so where are you located exactly ? :D

March 15th, 2008, 07:59 PM
Frenchy we are in Pennsylvania, very rural secluded setting. We moved here and the place was a wreck. but it is coming along slowly. My city slicker husband even learned how to drive a tractor.
Yes you could have a mini donkey and a bunch of little would love I am trying to convince my husband to get a couple of mini horses. I have contacted a couple rescue organizations already but he does not know that. Maybe they will be here one day when he comes home and I can say "why they have been here for years, you just never noticed them before" HA ha HA!!!!!!!

March 15th, 2008, 08:43 PM
Goats on the car!! :eek: LMAO!! :laughing:

March 15th, 2008, 09:32 PM
Welcome to the board!

OMG, what an awesome fur family you have :cloud9: All of your animals are absolutely gorgeous! an they are all so adorable:lovestruck: We definately need more pictures of all of them especially the horses, do you ride them? :D, you live in a amazing place! your very lucky! and good plan on getting the miniature horses in there! i mean with that many animals he surely wouldnt notice! :D

March 15th, 2008, 11:03 PM
Alleymack thank you so much for your kind comments. We do ride. Western, mostly trail riding. We had boarded 5 horses for several years and it was expensive. It made more sense to buy property and have them with us all the time. We had seven after we moved here but have since found loving homes for two of our rescues. We now have 4 adult horses and one baby who will be two in May.
...I really hope I can sneak a couple mini horses
Here are some more pics of the horses.

March 15th, 2008, 11:13 PM
Happycats...yes on the car...they love to nap there....and on the tractor...and on the porch.....and on the car....on the just move from one nap spot to another in the summer...lazy lugs!!!!

March 15th, 2008, 11:41 PM live in paradise. :cloud9:

Patches is a cutie as are all your kitties. :lovestruck: Cisco is so shiny and I love Albert...I've always wanted an orange tabby. :cloud9: And, the pic of the goats sleeping on the car is too funny. :D

March 16th, 2008, 06:57 AM
WOW,that's all I can say,again and again,WOW!!
You are the luckiest person on earth,as are all the animals you rescued,from deathrow to paradize:thumbs up
I could not imagine a more fullfilling life than living with all these guys/girls.
The mini-donkeys are adorable,obviously funny,since they like to bite hubbys butt:laughing:
Goats on the car:yell:my hubby would just die:laughing:
The kittys are adorable as is Patches and the horses,one more WOW!!they are stunningly beautiful..Thank's for all the wonderful pics!
We drive through parts of Pennsylvania every year,on our way to South Carolina and it is very beautiful..

March 16th, 2008, 09:09 AM
i LOVE the first shot, of all three of the horses. They are gorgeous, ooo, a youngin' only two years :cloud9: i have only one baby right now, but she is almost a year (in april) and two more babies on the way They will be here soon, i'm so excited. You just have the most amazing place:cloud9:.. You live in Pennsylvania :sad: thats so far from me, haha :D

March 16th, 2008, 09:33 AM
Rainbow..our orange tabby Albert was my sisters cat and when she remarried Albert dispised her new husband. He would roll his cat doo doo out of his litterbox and into new hubbys boot. Down goes the foot in the morning into warm boot and ....squish!!!!!!!needless to say new hubby could not live with Albert. So he came here and his doo doo has stayed in the litter box....but we are very careful not to make him mad.....

March 16th, 2008, 09:43 AM
Chico2...thank you for the kind comments. After we bought the farm we knew we had funds and room to foster/adopt/rescue. We had alwayd done that with cats and dogs but had no idea how many farm animals were in need of good homes. abused , neglected, started with one abused goat...then horses...then goats...donkeys....more goats....So now we have over 50 % rescued animals . We have not kept everyone we brouht here. We have adopted out several goats and two horses. 2 more goats go to a great home in May....It is rewarding to see these creatures fatten up and bloom again...that is the best part of living let me tell you about all the MUD!!!!!!!LOL

here is the tail end of 3 horses at dusk last fall.

March 16th, 2008, 10:20 AM
I love this thread and all your animals, FancyAppy :lovestruck:
They are really beautiful and also so nice that a lot of them are rescues! I've never been to Pennsylvania, but if there are places like yours it must be really nice-- really does look like paradise :D

March 16th, 2008, 10:54 AM
ally...oh how exciting to know babies are on the way! please you must post pics for sure of the babies!..nice to know you love horses also..they are astounding aren't they?...what kind do you have and what type of riding do you do? thanks again for your sweet comments about our big happy family.

March 16th, 2008, 11:10 AM
solamio..thank you so much...the farm was a dream for us and at times as the years continued to pass we never thought it would happen...After it did we were a bit unprepared for all the work, difficulties, repairs...etc...we were a bit overcome at first with many challenges but it has slowed down abit now and I think this summer we will finally really enjoy fully the space around us...but we have no car, no money,no vacations..LOL...but no
thank you for viewing our family and for your kind words about the rescues.Here are a couple pics last spring and fall of our farm.

March 16th, 2008, 11:48 AM
Ooooooo, so beautiful! What a dream come true :cloud9:
Are you open to human adoptions?? (well, it would be a package deal, one human, one dog, two cats, four chickens! - maybe the chickens would be the selling point, I see you don't have chickens yet....:D - we can bring our own house :laughing: we have all our shots, most are spay/neutered, except chickens and human, house trained, etc.)

March 18th, 2008, 12:43 AM
otter..oh yes and please bring the chickens. I love chickens. what kind are they? bring your house and all the pets...we have lots of room...and need the help!!!!!!

March 23rd, 2008, 07:55 PM
Hubby too this pic today and it gives a better view of how tiny the donkeys are. This is Chuckie, goat, Diablo and Pablo

March 24th, 2008, 06:03 AM
Oh they look soo sweet,do they require a lot of grooming,just like horses?
I bet they can get pretty dirty rolling on the ground.
Maybe I could get away with pretending one is a big dog and keep him in a nice shed in the back??
I'd probably need two though:laughing:

March 25th, 2008, 12:44 PM
Chico. They get very dirty. They lay in the mud and enjoy standing in pouring rain. They are very fuzzy so their hair is usually matted. They do not enjoy being groomed like a horse does.They like their face rubbed but don't enjoy being brushed.
We can't wait till spring weather brings a shed out . We think that is the only way they will get clean. The goats are so prissy. They keep themselves so clean and the donkeys are little dirt balls.They love flopping down in a mud hole.
They do not need alot of room but you are right, donkeys like horses and goats are very social and can not live happily without a buddy. Diablo and Pablo are very attached to each other. They are within 12 inches of each other nearly all the time.
I think you should get a couple. They don't want to get out like the goats and are very easy to care for. They are so tiny they don't eat much.
So you could definitly get at least two! LOL!

March 25th, 2008, 03:38 PM
I can just see my prissy neighbors face if she saw 2 donkeys in my backyard:laughing::laughing:
She's all up in arms because I feed anything that comes in my yard,does not even like my bird-feeders,but that's just tough poop:laughing:

March 25th, 2008, 04:13 PM
ally...oh how exciting to know babies are on the way! please you must post pics for sure of the babies!..nice to know you love horses also..they are astounding aren't they?...what kind do you have and what type of riding do you do? thanks again for your sweet comments about our big happy family.

yes, for sure i will post a ton of pictures, seems to be what people want :) although i dont know if i will be able to get pictures during the birth (if she needs my help, i wont be able to take pictures while helping) but there havent been any problems before. I have a Morgan, Imager and two standardbreds ( well one is the mom, Misty, she doesnt race anymore, and her baby, Rain, who is too young to race, and i am not sure if i want her to race anyways, but we'll see about that, when she is old enough to start training.) but i use both of the moms (imager and misty) for riding (western), although i do like english(thats how i learned to ride), but i do find western alot more comfortable.