I fell so in love with Luna, I bought a second goat. Another white dairy goat, part Saanen, part Nubian. She was a tall goat, and only one word could properly describe her. Regal.
On my birthday in March, Nova delivered three adorable dark colored
kids. The first kids born here. It was magical and wonderful. I got to
help clean them off and welcome them to the world. The kids were beyond
cute. But Nova didn't bounce back from the birth.
didn't want to stand, or eat much, or drink. The veterinarian came
out. She scratched her head. I gave Nova calcium drenches. I shot her
full of antibiotics. I wormed her. I gave her vitamins. I tempted her
with fresh romaine lettuce from the market. We insisted she get up and
move, which became more difficult by the day. She got worse and worse.
We made the heartbreaking decision to put her down.
So, here I was with three infant kids and no mama to raise them. I was heart broken about losing my goat friend. And Chanel the horse was bereft. She called and whinnied for Nova, looking for her everywhere. It was a sad and dark time at FairWinds. My farmer friend told me something that stopped me in my tracks because it was so stunningly truthful. "Where you have livestock, you will have dead stock."
And there you have it. The blatant, in-your-face, facts of life that one experiences on a farm. New babies bringing joy and laughter. Sweet companions dying before their time and knocking you to your metaphorical knees. The circle of life is blatant when you live with animals.
Nova's legacy lives on here, embodied in her two daughters, Ella and Celeste. I catch the occasional glimpse of her regal spirit in the arch of their necks, the curve of their voluptuous frames. Living this close to animals is bittersweet for certain.