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Saying Goodbye to Dallas

Discussion in 'Goats and Sheep' started by frustratedearthmother, Apr 17, 2019.

  1. Apr 17, 2019
    frustratedearthmother

    frustratedearthmother Sustainability Master

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    Wanted to post this for all the folks that expressed a real concern about the health of this special little goat. It has been a hard fought battle but we've come out on the other side! This little girl is a fighter and will be with me until she draws her last breath - be that tomorrow or 10 years from now. We may still have a few hurdles to conquer but the worst is behind us now.

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    Dallas and I are tired - so we're taking a little vacation. :)
     
  2. Apr 18, 2019
    baymule

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    I am glad that Dallas has improved and is doing so well. Everyone needs a vacation once in awhile--just don't be gone too long. :)
     
  3. Apr 18, 2019
    Mini Horses

    Mini Horses Super Self-Sufficient

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    She even looks sweet! Some just become "forever ours". :love

    I have a couple of them! One of mine is a big ole milk doe. Great mom, great milk, huge capacity -- ugly udder! :lol: We have a bond.

    Keep us up on Dallas. :caf
     
  4. Apr 19, 2019
    wyoDreamer

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    I like her grey coloring - will she stay that way when she grows up? I hope she recovers and lives a happy life. Thanks for the update.
    A friend had a "special" goat at one time. Now sure what happened but it was slow in learning to do normal things. It never did figure out how to climb on top of the picnic table like the rest of the goats would do, but that was a gift because her daughters would bring it out for tea parties in the back yard. It would wear a hat and scarf for those girls, lol.
     
  5. Apr 20, 2019
    frustratedearthmother

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    She should keep her coloration. :) This morning I put her up on a large spool because I wanted to try to get a pic of her with the sky in the background....she was having none of it and jumped right off the second I loosened my grip. It's a big spool too - about waist high on me and I'm 5'6". Silly goat - she's not even a little bit spoiled from all the attention...:lol:
     
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  6. Apr 28, 2019
    frustratedearthmother

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    I haven't cried this many tears over a goat in years - maybe decades. I made the hardest decision ever this morning and said goodbye to Dallas. I know I said she'd be with me forever - but that was pure selfishness on my part. I think I made the best decision for her today.

    A friend of a friend is an animal therapist. She came by this morning to look at one of the bottle monsters. Sounded like a great idea - and she loved the bottle monsters - except that the bottle monsters are crazy obnoxious. They jump all over you and chew on everything they can get their mouths on. Even though they'll calm down as they age and get weaned they're really not the best fit now.

    Then - along came Dallas. They therapist fell in love with her gentle spirit. Dallas is all about the hugs and cuddles. She's just a more laid back critter. Therapist wanted her - I said no. Therapist offered me more money than I had asked for the bottle baby - I said no. Therapist explained the conditions Dallas would live in and the job she would do and I broke down. It really will be best for her. She'll live with one other goat in a luxury barn and travel several times a week for never-ending hugs. I gave in...but, I couldn't take money for her - I donated her to the cause.

    However, I did sell her the pygmy baby that will be Dallas's life-long companion if things go as they should.

    I made her promise to call me and/or bring her home if anything goes wrong - ever.

    Last goodbye meal with mom - look how big she's gotten:
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    I'm gonna miss that girl!
     
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  7. Apr 28, 2019
    wyoDreamer

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    Aww! It does sound best for her, but dang! :hugs
    She is such a sweetie!
    I'm sure she will be missed, but you knew she was special and this is her special job in this world. Now she gets to make many people happy! I am assuming she is going to be a therapy goat.
     
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  8. Apr 28, 2019
    frustratedearthmother

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    It really is best for her. Here, she was constantly needing to defend herself. The others kind of picked on her because she was so mellow. Yes, therapy goat and she was born for it!
     
  9. Apr 28, 2019
    sumi

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    :hugs:hugs:hugs:hugs

    FEM, there was a reason that special girl survived and thrived. She had a special job to go do and she is so perfect for it! I'm sad with you and at the same time, so happy to hear what a wonderful role she's going to play and all those lives she's going to touch now.
     
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  10. Apr 29, 2019
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