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FancyAppy
March 16th, 2008, 06:47 PM
I have posted pics and stories about our pets on a tread in the section " introduce yourself" so some of you may have already seen these but here are a few of our pet goat family. Our goats are affectionate, loyal, tender, bullheaded, ornery and crabby. They are wonderful contradictions and that makes them such interesting pets. They are very smart but what was the biggest surprise to us was how very loving thier personalities are.

Frenchy
March 16th, 2008, 06:55 PM
These guys are so cute ! :lovestruck: they always look like they're smiling :cloud9:

FancyAppy
March 16th, 2008, 07:18 PM
Frenchy...they do smile...and show their teeth...lick their lips and stick out their tonges....Thet snort and can whine really well. The whining usually always gets them a snack so they do that alot. Got us trained real well!
Preceeding post showed Lilly, Bob and Pansey. Here is Rose and Sylvia....more on next post

rainbow
March 16th, 2008, 07:19 PM
Our goats are affectionate, loyal, tender, bullheaded, ornery and crabby.

Sounds like my hubby. :D

Your goats are adorable :lovestruck: I wish I could have some. :o

rainbow
March 16th, 2008, 07:21 PM
...they do smile...and show their teeth...lick their lips and stick out their tonges....Thet snort and can whine really well.

Yep....definitely my hubby. :laughing:

FancyAppy
March 16th, 2008, 07:28 PM
And here is Rose, Chucky jr and Sylvia stuffing their faces on leaves

, Oreo looking into the camera and Herbert just ambling along.

FancyAppy
March 16th, 2008, 07:34 PM
Rainbow..LOL...not the first time I have said the same thing to my hubby..."you act just like a goat".....but between you and me, they have better manners than Hubby any day...ha ha ha

onster
March 16th, 2008, 07:49 PM
oh my! goat cutenesss overload!

Now I need to add a goat to my dream pets list too :D

Frenchy
March 16th, 2008, 08:12 PM
ohhh look at the black one ! Rose ? Amazing eyes :cloud9:

pbpatti
March 16th, 2008, 08:45 PM
they are really cute, I love Sylvia's booted feet. what kind of whine to they give? I can't say that i've been around too many goats in my life so I don't know alot about them. Do they butt you? patti

happycats
March 16th, 2008, 08:54 PM
OMG, Rose!!:lovestruck: the contrast of her coat colour and eyes are beautiful!

KimandAutumn
March 16th, 2008, 09:06 PM
aww what cute goats. I like goats. :lovestruck:

hazelrunpack
March 16th, 2008, 10:16 PM
Do they butt you? patti

I was looking at those horns and thinking the same thing! :eek: :laughing:

They sure are cuties, FancyAppy. I've always loved goats! They're such characters. If I ever own a farm, I think goats are definitely going to come to live with me. :D

Gail P
March 16th, 2008, 10:41 PM
Very cute goats, but I want to rename Bob Gabby :laughing: I still think he looks just like my neighbour's goat . I'll have to try to get a picture of him to show you.

loopoo
March 17th, 2008, 12:09 PM
those are awesome pics they are all adorable :)

ancientgirl
March 17th, 2008, 07:01 PM
They're so cute! The first three pictures made me smile, because they are smiling!!!! Goat smiley's!:lovestruck:

CearaQC
March 17th, 2008, 07:19 PM
Wow - the eyes on Rose! Sure gets your attention! Goat eyes are always cool anyway. They are tons of fun. I wish I had a few - organic lawn mowers. :laughing::laughing:

Do you milk them? You could be making goat milk soap. ;)

FancyAppy
March 18th, 2008, 12:02 AM
CearaQC, happycats.Frenchy...Rose is our tinest goat she is about 14 in tall at her shoulder...and just as wide. She has a high pitched whine-baa and flies like a bird. She will jump with flying goat leaps from structure to rock to igloo to play-deck etc so her feet won't touch the ground. Any thing to prevent her feet from getting dirty..she looks like a flying carpet with a big bulge in the middle. She is very spoiled and has to have her own food dish, won't share a dish with the other goats and it has to be set up on something ..of course she won't eat out of her pan if it sits on the ground...goats are very fussy! lol
She does have very bright eyes...it is that wicked glint in her eye!!!!!! lol

FancyAppy
March 18th, 2008, 12:14 AM
pbpatti hazelrunpack..big horns yes but they do not butt us ..just each other..they really see us as mommy and daddy and rub against us, snuggle in laps, nap at our feet, lay their heads in our laps etc. They don't act agressive towards us in any way...but they are very jealouse and will smack each other out of the way , knock each other over to get treats and petting from me. If I am petting one another will sulk or butt the one being petted. They follow us around and where ever we are ..they are...very sweet. but they butt the heck out of trees, trash cans, rocks...and each other.

FancyAppy
March 18th, 2008, 12:33 AM
onester, ancient,gail,loopoo kimandautumn...gail would love to see gabby
Thank you, we really love these guys. And they smile alot . always smiling shaking their heads and stamping feet to accentuate their baas. They have long complicated conversations with each other then look at me to get my opinion...'Well what do you think mom, am I right about this?'...I just walk away don't want to get in the middle of their goat politics...

rainbow
March 18th, 2008, 12:48 AM
Awwww, it looks like somebody wants to come inside to visit......too cute. :D

SARAH
March 18th, 2008, 08:07 AM
Big horns? Nah ... wish I had pics of my "Pigeon"! HE had horns!! And used them on hubby's big butt too :laughing: :laughing:

You have mini goats right? They're cute. I had 13 Alpines, all knew their names. Goats are smart.

If I called Reglisse, only she would lift her head, or Cafe-Creme, what a darling she was :lovestruck: sticking her nose into my pockets to get the pieces of apple she knew I had in there :D Mimi was nuts, I think she had a neuron loose! Her mom, Chaussette, always got mamary infections when she had kids; every single time :frustrated: Victor got dangerous, we had to put him down; he'd attack any of us for no reason, we couldn't get near him in the end. Caramelle, Gazelle, Canelle were all sweet little females, Canelle was the only one I milked actually, because her baby died and I couldn't just leave her like that!

I miss my goats:cry:

FancyAppy
March 18th, 2008, 09:41 AM
Sarah..Do you have any pics of your goats?..Alpines are beautiful. I know you miss them.
Any chance you may have some again in the future?...oh yes these little goats horns would not be nearly as impressive and scary as your Alpines.Alpines are big beautuful goats.
What beautiful names you gave your goats....and I am sorry about Victor.
Our Pygmies are classified as meat goats, not milkers, but they, like most pygmies are just pets....should not say "just" because they are very precious to us.
Ours all know their names also but come running to a single call..."Baaabeeeee Goooooates!!!!!!!!" they all come running cause that means SNACKS!!!!!!!
Here are our biggest horns..on Bob and Nugget .These are also the oldest goats.
and baby horns on Pansey
Thanks for sharing about your goats. Would love to hear more.

FancyAppy
March 18th, 2008, 09:49 AM
Rainbow.the 3 older ones, Bob, Nugget and Lily Always want in the house.
They love to come in.They are the house bandits. We call them the goat gangsters.They break into the house, eat newspapers and magazines. Raid the pantry..Then they will sleep on the couch and wait for us to come home.....
They can't get in any more but I must say I kinda miss them surprising me with big grins when I came home as if saying "hi Mom..how was your day? ours was FUN!"

jessi76
March 18th, 2008, 11:05 AM
your goats are adorable!!!!!! I love goats! My neighbor has 2 - they have a REALLY nice area with a rock pile they play on. I love their rectangle pupils! Do all goats have rectangle pupils? something I've always wondered...

FancyAppy
March 18th, 2008, 01:24 PM
jessi76...their eyes remind me of cat eyes..very oblong sorta triangular pupils.Speaking of your neighbors goats and the rocks.
Here is my dear Bob and Nuggett fighting over a pile of rocks. Last summer they fought over this same pile of rocks EVERYDAY.
For hours....smacking each other in the head, tumbling each other off the top, sticking toungs out at each other and snorting.
Bob always won by sheer ability to shove Nugget off the rocks because he weighs 25 pounds more.
He would then stand on the top and gleefully baaaaah his superiority to all the farm....
but only a few moments after he would proudly climb down and strut away, Nugget would sneak back up over the rocks ,
scamper to the top and...grin!

rainbow
March 18th, 2008, 02:30 PM
Rainbow.the 3 older ones, Bob, Nugget and Lily Always want in the house.
They love to come in.They are the house bandits. We call them the goat gangsters.They break into the house, eat newspapers and magazines. Raid the pantry..Then they will sleep on the couch and wait for us to come home.....
They can't get in any more but I must say I kinda miss them surprising me with big grins when I came home as if saying "hi Mom..how was your day? ours was FUN!"

:laughing: :laughing: ....that is hilarious. I can just picture them laying on the couch with their goofy grins. :D

Lukka'sma
March 18th, 2008, 05:14 PM
I don't know how I missed this thread for so long, but OMG what a cute family you have
I am in love with Sylvia, what is her little goat personality like?:cloud9:

FancyAppy
March 18th, 2008, 06:09 PM
Lukka...Sylvia is a little tough girl. she swaggers when she walks. she needs to be a member of the Goat Gangsters.She is the only hornless got we have. That does not put her at a dissadvantage though, she is brawny, baaaad..and every other goat gives her respect.
She is our tiny little showgoat. She goes to shows and struts her stuff.It is so cute to see and we get all puffed up cause we are so proud of her.
With us she is super sweet, loves doritos, absolutley loves back rubs. She will close her eyes and sigh. I just adore her. She is a registered pygmy .
I think her color and booties are pretty. She is quite a girly girl goat even though she put on that tuff girl act.

FancyAppy
March 18th, 2008, 06:14 PM
more pics of Sylvia

happycats
March 18th, 2008, 06:16 PM
our friends had goats when we were young, and when we would go to the top of their "mountain" they would all come running to knock us off!! They seemed to love playing king of the castle :D
Do yours play that with you? (or do you just stay off their mountain :) )

FancyAppy
March 18th, 2008, 08:39 PM
.lol they are always waiting to get chased off something...the tractor, car, deck...they think it is a really fun game. Eric says "off the porch " and they run to the front and peer thru the front porch rails waiting for him to come round then they run to the back and wait for him to come around the corner...then off they go again. I swear they are laughing at how easy it is to get Eric's goat.

Here is a pic of Bob saying 'Hurry up they will see us!"
Here is a pic of them looking for us as they do a sneaky step by step up to the porch.
Here is a pic of them looking for Eric to come around and "chase" them off the porch.

ancientgirl
March 19th, 2008, 08:06 AM
They're so cute! I love how they like to play. And people say animals don't know anything.:frustrated:

FancyAppy
March 21st, 2008, 02:21 PM
Ancient.. You are so right ..how can people think animals do not reason, solve problems, find solutions...let alone feel . Our big funny family proves every day just how smart they can be. For example here is Bob eating animal crackers. I always buy Walmart for them but this is a different brand and he can tell the difference. He spit his out, stuck out his tounge and stamped his feet...then refused to eat them...cause they were not the ones he liked.....I was amazed he knew the difference!

ancientgirl
March 21st, 2008, 02:28 PM
:laughing::laughing::laughing:See there you go, Bob proved it.

My friend, you best go on back to Wal-mart and get that little guy his animal crackers.:D

SARAH
March 21st, 2008, 02:44 PM
Oh stories .... lol, after about 8 years of having the Alpines, I guess I have a few

I remember when Bikou, Caramelle and Canelle died one after the other from "charbon" ... not sure what that even is! Reglisse pulled through, she and Bikou were vaccinated at the last minute and he really faught to live but had to give up poor boy (huge goat, no horns at all - naturally - he was as tall as my waist line!! and soooo gentle and sweet :rip: ) but Reglisse poor thing, all of a sudden she was all alone! Cafe-Creme (her mom) had died earlier from old age, so she was our sole goat after that little catastrophe.

Up until then, they'd all been tethered, and we moved them once a week to fresh blackberry brush (far more tasty to an Alpine than mere green, juicy grass :D ) but I had to let her go loose, she just kept crying and pulling towrds the house.

I'd find her in the dog house with the dog outside on the gound :laughing: walking inside the living room if the door had been left open :eek: :D and my rose bushes? History!! But she was happy again, she had a new "flock" to be with.

A neighbor got tired of her Alpine, Chaussette and the kid Mimi, so I took them off her together with Pigeon that a guy wanted to place in a foster place as he didn't have room for him (and his neighbors were complaining about the bouq-smell! Yeah, he could stink - twice a year, but it was a natural smell, nothing offensive!)

Well, female + male = kids! Except Reglisse, she never got any babies. I called her the auntie of the herd :D and she was just adorable to the end.

We build an enclosure for them so they didn't have to be tied up and could be closer together when they wanted to. Of course, being goats, they found a way out :laughing: and went roaming in our woods all day, coming home in the evening when I called them, shaking a bucket of oats for their snack.

One day, Reglisse didn't come home. She was about 12 years old by then. I think she went to lie down in a hollow by herself and die there, not wanting us to have to see her dead and have to deal with the body. She'd seen us cry over the others we lost from time to time.

Gazelle? I have NO idea where she came from! One day my daughter came in and said "mom, there's a goat in the garden!" I thought one of ours had gotten out of the enclosure and into the garden somehow, but when I went outside, I said "Hey, who are you!?" she was not ours at all. Sweet-natured as anything, tall, gazelle-colored (hence the name), so I just opened the gate from the garden to the enclosure and she ran to the others and was integrated at once. How did she get there? Total mystery. Maybe someone dropped her off, seeing that there were goats there already? Or she got away from someone and stopped when she saw the other goats? No idea.

I forgot the last ones in the earlier post ... Cleo, Victor's mate. She had a few little ones, twins like Rouletabille and Ribouldingue (from a French kids' story, lol) and I must admit I've forgotten the others' names :frustrated:

The last time we had three little kids at the same time, we piled them up in the back of my CR-V and drove to the vet with them. He came outside to give them their shots in the car :laughing:

Funny thing ... while I remember this one! I had to have about 10 of them vaccinated at one point, and the vet came out to do it. They weren't tethered at the time! We ran around catching them one by one (and they didn't want us to! Oats or not) for over an hour! Once it was over, he gave me the bill ...
LESS THAN ONE EASY SHOT AT HIS OFFICE FOR ONE DOG :yell: I eman, is that even logical?

No pics :sad: it was pre-digital days, and all the pics I did have are with my ex :cry:

FancyAppy
March 23rd, 2008, 07:51 PM
Ancient...you are so right and we did get him the "right " ones. he is happy now,

Sarah... I really enjoyed reading about your goats. There is alot of love in those words. I wish I could have met them all. I think you had a wonderful goat family and I am glad you shared them with me.

ancientgirl
March 23rd, 2008, 08:37 PM
Yay for Bob!

OMG, you have little donkey's too? That's what they are no? Little donkey's? How cute!!!:cloud9:

FancyAppy
March 23rd, 2008, 09:08 PM
Ancient..Yes we adopted these two little guys last Oct. They are mini-donkeys or Donkeetes as my hubby calls them, They are very ornery. I have lots of storys about them and pics too. Thanks for all your nice comments. You have made me and my furry "funny farm " bunch feel very welcome here.

ancientgirl
March 24th, 2008, 08:48 AM
I'd love to see more pictures. I think they are all just the cutest little guys and girls. :cloud9:

Frenchy
March 24th, 2008, 11:43 AM
They are mini-donkeys or Donkeetes as my hubby calls them,

omg they are too cute ! :lovestruck: If I had some , they would live inside the house with us :laughing: yep , I should stick to dogs :D

FancyAppy
March 24th, 2008, 07:01 PM
Frenchy..lol ...our wicked little donkees are funny bullies. They have tiny little feet, about the size of a quarter but they try to kick you anyway. and their teeny little mouths still pack a punch when they latch on to our butts.After they are finished roughing us up they want petted and fussed over. Won't leave your side and bellow when you say goodnight.They make us laugh out loud. They are such lovable little meanies.Here is Lily , goat, challenging Diablo over a food pan...He just ignores her...and she gets more and more mad.

FancyAppy
March 24th, 2008, 07:05 PM
Ancient.. Thank you ...I will start another thread for the donkees. they have some funny stories. Thanks again for taking an interest in our furries. We really love all these guys. As crazy as it gets around here sometimes, it is still so wonderful sharing life with these funny characters.

ancientgirl
March 24th, 2008, 07:33 PM
I think it's so neat to see these little goats and donkeys. I remember when I first saw the miniature horses. I wished I had a farm so that I could have one, and thought, heck, I'd probably just keep him/her inside the house!

Do you ever let any of them inside your house?

I'm looking forward to seeing and hearing more about all of them.

Never mind, I just read over the posts. LOL, I was too busy looking at the pictures and missed some of the words.

SARAH
March 24th, 2008, 07:48 PM
:laughing: :laughing: seeing the little grey donkeet with his foot in the water trough reminded me of Spot (one of the goats I'd forgotten the name of!) - every time I'd fill his buchet with fresh water, he'd look at me, and spill it with one kick or push :wall: totally on purpose :laughing: Spot? Named for a white spot on his flank, the rest of him was the color or his mom, Caramelle.

But those doneky-faces ... just the type of donkey face I've always wanted (no, not on my body!!)

Frenchy, I knew a family who ran a riding school, they transformed the loft of the stables to an apartment, with a glass floor, so they could see the horses at all times. Sounds like something for you - and Fancy, and me!! :D all our dogs, donkeys, goats, horses, lamas, alpakkas, chickens, rabbits etc etc running around under our feet :cloud9: :lovestruck:

Frenchy
March 24th, 2008, 08:02 PM
Here is Lily , goat, challenging Diablo over a food pan...He just ignores her...and she gets more and more mad.
:laughing: You go Lily !!!!


with a glass floor,

omg the cleaning :eek:

FancyAppy
March 25th, 2008, 04:14 PM
Sarah..
yes, living above our furries would be the life,but our animals would probably be disgusted because then they would have no privacy. like being on a reality TV show.They could never get a break from us. lol...might make a good TV show though...The day in the life of a crazy pet lover ..I really like your goat stories. Your memories are sweet. Spot reminds me of my Bob.

Frenchy and Ancient.
The goats love to come in the house. Only the original 4 have ever been in but they make themselves at home, sleep on the couch or dog bed, drink the cat water, raid the cupboards and eat magazines. but they stay out of the trash and don't do their business in the house.They get bored in about 15 min. and go back out....not enough to eat in the house for my fat goats.
They are not allowed in anymore ...hubby just does not understand..lol...and put his foot down. No goats on the porch or in the house!!!!!

Here is Bob today pitching a fit because he wants his snack.

ancientgirl
March 26th, 2008, 08:06 AM
Bob is quite a little character. :cloud9: Don't you ever wonder who the boss really is when it comes to our pets? I know I do:laughing:

SARAH
March 26th, 2008, 08:13 AM
Wooden fence, large chain-link and a shed in the back ground? LOL, could be my old place :D except the shed was an old trailer, and the roof was haolf torn off in a freak tornado one Christmas :eek: an oak fell on the fence, but the goats stayed in the enclosure, not one went out onto the road.