In mid-August (while my husband was away), I started reading about goats. They were always something we'd discussed, but it fell into the 'someday' category. When I started learning about the Pygora breed I knew it was for us. Pygora goats are a mix between Pygmy and Angora and are small with lovely fiber. Since we're still deciding whether we'll milk the goats, I loved the idea of getting some fiber.
I broke the news slowly to Dave. (I think I may have told him over the phone I wanted goats, and by the time he got home from his trip, I explained why it was imperative that we pick them up in two weeks).
He took it well.
We didn't have quite enough time to build a custom shed, so the next weekend we went to Lowes and brought home a pre-fab shed, went to tractor supply and got some fencing, and ordered a few goat books online. The plan was to divide the shed into 2/3 goat home and 1/3 chicken coop. By the time we picked up the goats we had the walls and half the fence up. Needless to say the goats spent a day in the garage before we got everything together.
Our goats are both Pygoras although they look very different. Sam, the caramel and white goat, is a whether and is very shy. Christabelle (or Belle) is over the top friendly, and licks and wags her tail like a dog and gets right in your face. I was a bit concerned at first that Sam had horns and Belle had been dehorned, but with the exception of some rough play head butting instigated by Belle, it doesn't seem to be a problem yet. They are both sweet, gentle with the children, intelligent, entertaining, and oh so soft to touch. I'm looking forward to shearing them in the spring for the first time!
Here are a few more videos:
Sam Climbs a Fallen Tree
Pygora Goats at Play
I shared at: The Barn Hop