This is me at age three weeks. Wasn’t I absolutely adorable? Who would want a dumb dog when we goats are so cuddly, affectionate, ornery and fun? This photo was taken in my new back yard, three days after I was brought home. This is what happened:
I was born on a farm in southern Stark County, so they say, surrounded by other Nigerian dwarf goats, although my memory of those days eludes me. I remember only that I was standing in a cage in Carroll County, where herds of humans were walking by on their way to some country field day thing. Most walked by, but two humans stopped to visit, one impatient to get inside, saying something about being late for work. The other, the female human, oohed and aahed over me. A few hours later they returned, and the male was more relaxed. I was lifted from the cage, and the humans took turns holding me and feeding me milk from a bottle. After much discussion with the farm owner — “We don’t know anything about owning a goat,” worried the male — they handed some paper to the farm owner and carried me to a car. I immediately fell asleep on the lap of Mrs. Human while Mr. Human drove, and when I next awoke, I heard a voice call from a house, “Are you crazy? You bought a goat?!” That was Mr. Human’s cousin June. June invited us in, and I ran around her front room, leaving little dark goat berries on her carpet. We returned to the car after a short visit on the porch, and I next awoke at my new home.
That night I saw many more strange humans when we attended a birthday party in a back yard. Mr. Human walked around the yard among many other people, but I stayed on his heels, I knew from the start who my head goat was. The humans borrowed a big cage from the birthday people, and I lived in that cage in the garage for several weeks until two older men with big noses and big ears and resembling Mrs. Human built a great big house of wood and erected a metal fence. I cried for my humans that first night on the dark hill, but I soon felt safe in that house, and that’s where I’ve lived for more than five years.