My Dairy Goats
In 1999 I purchased my first dairy goats, a pair of Saanen does from a friend. Jewel and Sweetie were six months old and wild as could be.
I would sit in the goat pen and wait for their curiosity to get the better of their fear. They came to accept and love me. Sweetie didn’t make it past the first year but Jewel was a good friend until 2005.
Saanen's are a Swiss goat. They are the Holsteins of the dairy goat world, usually giving large quantities of milk. They have very sweet easy going personalities, although you can get a really hardheaded one every now and then. :)
I still love to sit out in the pasture and just watch, “my girls” and their offspring. I don’t have the time to do it like I use to but when I get too stressed, need to relax or enjoy God’s gifts and blessing that’s where you’ll find me.
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My youngest daughter, Hannah with Easter and Lily. Guess what day they were born on.....yep! Easter Sunday morning 2006.
Miriel a full blooded saanen dairy goat day dreaming about the grass being greener on the other side of the fence. This was in 2002.
Meet Titian, our ever faithful guardian. He is a Great Pyrnee's. We bought him when he was 6 months old in 1999. He is such a gentle giant and a great protector for our small herd of dairy goats.
He is especially fond of children!
On July 12, 2012 our beloved Titan passed away. I miss his "smiling face" and warm welcome when I walk into the pasture.
He will always be remembered and missed.
Gone but not Forgotten
My Annabelle (1999-2006)
Annabelle was born in March 1994 and was bottle raised. The first month of her life she lived in the house, she slept at the feet of my children as they did their school work and played with them when they got through.
She was very sweet and loving. She was the first to greet me when I came to milk and feed, rubbing her nose against my leg and waiting for me to rub her head. She was a wonderful mother and was a gallon a day milker.
She wouldn't have been classified as a "beauty" in the world of dairy goats, some might think of her as "homely". I loved her dearly and was heartbroken on the day I had to have her put to sleep because of an old injury that was racking her poor body with pain.
I still miss her sweet face and gentle spirit.
Jewel was the first Saanen doe that I purchased. She was the "Queen of the herd". She was the first to eat, the first to be milked and the undisputed leader.
She was also a great mother, always throwing twins. She would give a gallon of milk or more a day and that was with her kids on her. There were times when I didn't think I'd ever get her milked so I would milk until my hands gave out and then put her kids on her to let them finish up. :)
She was hardheaded but still one of my favorite "goat pets".