Sunday, April 15, 2012

Poor Riot



This afternoon I was giving the goats their dinner and noticed a black and white hump down in a depression in the pasture. It was the same color as my older wether Riot. I took a quick look around and he wasn't munching on the hay I just thrown down so I knew it had to be him.

I clapped my hands. Nothing.I clapped harder. Still no response.

I opened the gate and walked up to him with dread in my heart. He was curled up just like he was sleeping. He wasn't breathing.

What could have happened to him in just the few hours I saw him last?
He looked so peaceful.
I bent down and petted his head and said "poor Riot" several times.

His eyes flew open and he jumped back just as fast as I did. I could tell he was fine the minute his eyes opened and I saw the look of someone who has just been woken from a very deep sleep.

He stood in shock for a second (while my heart pounded)then noticed the other goats eating the choice green orchard grass. He ran over, butted a few heads, and I knew we weren't digging any graves tonight.

Just an old goat sleeping.

20 comments:

Mary Ann said...

oh my gosh... it scared ME too!

Clare said...

Whew! I was holding my breathe on that one, Wendy!

Chai Chai said...

OK, you had me worried there for a few moments.

Brenda said...

Oh! I hate it when they do that! I've had my share of heart pounding dread when seeing them so deep asleep that I think to my self "That looks dead". Then when they wake up, I could just kill them! My buck did that to me a couple of weeks ago.

I'm glad he was okay. :D

DebH said...

LOL! That is just the thing to get your heart a pounding. So glad you weren't digging either! Been there with that feeling a time or two...I like a good outcome too!

small farm girl said...

That would have scared me to death!!!!!! Then if it didn't kill me, I would have died laughing. lol!!!! That was soooo funny! I'm glad he's not dead though.

petoskystone said...

Oh. My. God. That deep sleep of an older companion...sometimes I sit & watch my senior cats, just to make sure they're still breathing, they sit so still!

Terry said...

How old is he? I can't imagine my boys missing any feeding time.

edenhills said...

Glad he's fine. I hate when they do that to me. I was a bit worried about my Boeris all flopped out on his side earlier today.

Danni said...

Oh, for PETE'S sake! My heart was racing...
Good ol' Riot...sweet boy.

Tombstone Livestock said...

So glad you were able to wake him. One of my baby boer goats was laying flat out in pen one day couple weeks ago. Same response, clapped hands, made lot of noise, nothing, picked a handful of fresh grass threw it over the fence on top of him, nothing, rest of the goats ran to get the grass ... he finally moved when they started picking grass of his ribs, jumped up and ran to other side of the pen. Think he was saying "Fooled Ya" as he jumped up.

Marigold said...

the Goatfather sleeps like that. :) Glad he is okay. He is aptly named, by the way. Love his coloring.

Holly said...

this one made me laugh out loud! That could have been ME so sound asleep!

icebear said...

i was already crying, lol

goatfarmer said...

Poor Riot, can't even take a nap in peace.

Sara Schumacher said...

Oh my!! I was SO worried!! Thankfully he was napping or my little heart would've been crushed <3

goatgirl said...

Terry, He's 9

Karen C said...

Phew, that story had me scared!

Kelly said...

Oh I just knew that there was going to be a sad ending. Whew! Hey, it takes us old goats a while to get to sleep. Add sun and we just don't wake up too easily.

Wrensong Farm said...

Was it a sunny day? I know when we finally get the sun around here "I" feel like lying around in it like an old dog (or goat!) ;)