Have you ever bought something and got it home only to feel that pit feeling in your stomach that you shouldn’t have bought it? We had that feeling not too long ago, only we were driving out of the sellers driveway after we bought their goats when the feeling hit…way before we got home. We looked at each other…What were we thinking?
We told ourselves it was for our daughter. We drove over an hour to purchase 3 goats. The Craig’s List ad said “milk goat”. When we got there it wasn’t exactly what we were expecting. The goat was “in milk” but wasn’t actually being milked by a human…there is a huge difference and one you should always clarify prior to buying a milking animal. And it didn’t appear that she had ever been milked. Bells and flashing warning lights should be going off in your head after you find out these important pieces of information when looking for a milk goat. This milk goat also had horns…something we had forgotten to check out before we drove all the way over there…and something we definitely did not want.
However, we already drove over an hour to get there. We looked them over, ignored the bells and warning lights and loaded them up. All the “we should of asked this…and this and that…” questions started to flood my mind. My husband reminded me that we could always sell them again….no worries.
That first night was horrible. We learned that Nubian goats are extremely loud and scream like nothing we have ever heard before. If we were any closer to town, I am sure we would have had the police at our house that night investigating the hostage torture situation called in. Yep, we should not have bought these goats for sure! It was too late, the kids (our human children that is) were instantly attached to them despite our warnings that we were not keeping the babies and the momma was really iffy at this point. Our plan was to bottle feed the babies and sell them at weaning time.
That time came and went. We sold the two bucklings to a nice ol’ farmer who was kind enough to show our children around his sheep farm. We dehorned the momma goat, started milking her and since then she has grown to be one of our favorite farm animals and a great milk goat. Like my husband said, “no worries”! It all worked out.
The other morning my husband and I were sitting down by the pond watching our ducks and enjoying the fine spring day when Chesnutt spotted us….and broke the silence.
And as she always does, she greeted us in her own unique way with a loud, “Mahh…Wahhh….Ahhahhahhh….Mahhwahhhwahh…” as she come galloping up and over the hill towards us with her dumbo ears waving in the wind. She makes us all smile when we see and hear her coming!
Sometimes that buyer’s remorse pit feeling in your stomach surprisingly turns out to be one of the best deals you ever stumbled upon!