Friday, July 31, 2009

Greener Pastures


I've wrote about this before...Penne is a pushy gal. She is all about food and the pursuit of it. Don't forget to lock, not just close, the feed shed door or Penne will be right in there knocking everything over to get to the grain. She can open the latch with her finger-like lips. This makes it very time consuming to feed the animals. I tried locking her in with the goats but that doesn't make Penne happy...and when Penne's not happy ain't nobody happy. She slams herself into the fences and gates to get closer to the feed shed. All of my fencing is now slightly bowed outward. She hums and fusses until I break down and let her out where she makes a beeline for the feed shed. She has worried the chicken coop door almost off it's hinges just to get into their feeder.
Now Koo, the other llama, likes food just fine he just isn't obsessed with it. They are the classic nursery rhyme of Jack Sprat would eat no fat, his wife would eat no lean.
I thought that in order to keep Penne here I would have to get an electric fence to restore my sanity. It really doesn't help that we have had no rain in months and my pasture is burnt to a crisp. The llamas have eaten everything and are starting on the thistles and the nettles...which is a good thing but I have also had to break into my winter supply of hay to feed Penne's habit.
Penne also has this darling way of knocking over all the water buckets. It is really very cute if it's not 100 degrees and you haven't just changed every ones water. If she can't knock over the bucket she will step in it. The goats don't like to drink water that had Penne's foot in it.
So when my aunt called the other day and inquired about goats and llamas for her farm to help keep the pastures down I jumped at the chance of sending Penne off to greener pastures. You see my aunt has a beautiful horse farm without any horses-10 acres, a 4 stall barn and a heavy duty water trough. Since she is not fenced for goats I discouraged her from getting them but horse fencing is perfect for llamas. She has seven acres of pasture she needs to keep down. Now that may be a bit much for Penne but she will be in heaven giving it a good go. She will also have a box stall when the weather gets bad. Penne fit all their requirements, safe around children and loves to eat.
Now don't go feeling sorry for Koo...he doesn't care one bit about Penne, nor her for him. They can live happily apart...like some couples. He has his goats and she will be getting some once they fence for it.
So this morning Penne went to go live in the shadow of Mt. Rainer, on a beautiful farm with a proper barn and all the grass she could possibly eat. I am happy for her and relieved for me.
sorry frugalmom, it had to be

11 comments:

Clare said...

Sounds like a happy ending to me!

frugalmom said...

But, But. Wait. But. Sigh. I didnt even get a chance to say a proper goodbye.

It does sound like shes gonna love it there, tho. And she may not even be able to knock over the water anymore. I mean, a proper barn is nice, right? And all the grass you can eat....and soon to be goat buddies....

Then why do I still feel a little sad?

Bye, Penne...who every time I read your name, it reminds me of a noodle. I know you will be very, very happy in your new home. But, Ill miss you just the same.

goatgirl said...

I knew you would take it hard frugalmom.

Marigold said...

Well, it is all for the best. You just couldn't have her eating all the Peanuts. I am sure Corabelle and Filbert have inherited the Peanut gene.

frugalmom said...

I just wasnt prepared for this.

Heide said...

Happy Trails to Penne and "whew" for you and your remaining doors/fences.

Holly said...

Bye Penne! Have fun!

Kelly or Alex said...

It sounds like a lovely farm. Can I come? Please keep us updated on her new home and her happiness.
Kelly

Helaine said...

Hi

I wanted to know if you sold goat milk. I wanted to try making goat cheese. Let me know, Helaine

Elizabeth said...

Hey there. I just got back to Pa. from sunny S. Calif. & got caught up reading your blog. Wanted to let you know that our little girls (yorkie/shitzu mom & chih/poodle dad) are about 7-9 lbs. We almost lost one to a hawk this year. There was a news story about a 13 lb. weiner dog being taken by a hawk out here, so I would be nervous also about your little guy. Glad to hear you got Jack back.

goatgirl said...

Helaine, I don't have any milking does...so no goat milk here. Sorry.