As with any story there is a beginning although this isn’t the beginning of our “new life” in North Carolina, this is the beginning of bringing new life to the farm. We figured with all the construction and the lack of real experience with farm animals, we would start with what we thought was easy. We spoke to some neighbors got in touch with a guy who was looking to sell two lonely goats, that he no longer had a need for. The day they arrived was an exciting day for us, because well they were our first new residents. Now I’ll be honest the only real interaction any of us have ever had with goats before was at our zoo back in Florida, and at a petting zoo or two that we would take the children too.
I didn’t think in my mind that it would be much different, I assumed they would be like any other cute, friendly, hungry goat we had ever visited with in the past. Let’s just say that wasn’t at all the case, in fact, I don’t think these goats had ever been really handled, and most certainly not handled by the likes of us. Let’s give you a mental picture, we are that family whose voice changes when we speak to living things, we are the family who attempts to speak dog, cat, or in this case goat. We didn’t think it was too much to ask for the goats to immediately love us, I mean hello ladies don’t you realize how amazing we think you are! As we showed the goats their new home, they ran as fast as the could away from us, we went to the left they went to the right. The kids had treats, food, and even looks of come on goats we just want to hug you!
As the kids looked at us with complete disappointment, my husband and I looked at each other and thought, why oh why hadn’t we just bought the tiny little bouncing goats we saw for sale online? This was better we told the kids, since this is new for all of us, it’s better they are full-grown and hardier, they would be safer from potential predators, as I attempted to reassure myself, I mean them, I was also googling, “How to make a goat love me” and made it my mission to break the goat code with these two lonely goats on a hill. Wait wait, that sounds familiar high on hill was a lonely goat, that’s it we will name them after Vontrapp children because who doesn’t love the VonTrapp’s. Welcome to the family Gretl and Brigitta, you’re going to love us, we goat this!