Two weeks ago at dog training class my dog zoomed through a series of hoops and towards me in a way I was not expecting, running under my uplifted foot/leg as I was walking briskly. I stumbled, and felt myself going down. Of course, when one falls it all happens in just an instant, but I did have the thought, as gravity grasped me, "ROLL LEFT!" This is because last year I fell and dislocated my right shoulder. I have just recently begun to feel like that injury is completely healed, and I did not want to repeat the ordeal. So, I twisted my body in such a way that all my weight landed on my left knee when I fell. It was a rather innocent little fall, really, and on thick rubberized matting, so I felt quite fine when I popped up. My knee felt funny, but I figured I'd walk it off. Moments later that knee was so swollen my pants legs were tight and I realized I had done a bit of damage.
I came straight home and filled a gallon zip lock bag with ice. Bravo looked on with interest as I propped my knee up and applied the cold stuff. By the next morning I was mighty sore, and some impressive bruising had begun. But the knee joint seemed fine, so I treating the injury as any soft tissue damage, with rest, ice, compression and elevation. OK, maybe not so much rest, because there were goats to milk and feed to carry and dogs to exercise and grooming to do. After a week, it was worse. Much worse. Two nurse friends scared me enough that I went to the ER. I was scolded, xrayed, ultra-sounded and cat scanned. After all that they sent home to rest, ice, compress and elevate. With emphasis on the REST. So that's what I've been doing, while my endlessly patient husband and amazingly generous daughter do all my chores, cook my food, do my work. Ok I've been doing a little work,
Meanwhile, I finally got around to putting out some on-line advertisements to sell some goat kids. We had 7 kids born here this spring, and sold two when they were quite young because they were bottle babies. The remaining 5 have grown fat and happy, drinking mothers milk and dining on pasture. I have to admit, I like them. But it was time for them to go make someone else laugh at their antics, so I took pictures and put the word out.
And today the phone rang. "Hi, I'm calling about your kids for sale. I'd like to buy the doeling." Well that should have been good news, but I found myself stalling. I couldn't bring myself to just say, "OK, come on over." I had to grill the poor woman. Did she have other goats to keep my girl company? Did she have appropriate shelter for goats? Did they have fenced pasture? She answered all my questions correctly, and 2 hours later her handsome, young husband pulled up. "I'd like to buy a wether (boy), too," he said."
And as quick as that two pretty babies were bundled up into the back of his truck. Secure in a large dog crate, with a nice comfy pad for them to stand on, too.
They protested. Loudly. Meanwhile, back in the pasture, their mothers ignored their piteous cries.
Off they went, to live on a 150 acre farm. I hope they will be happy and loved and have wonderful little goatie lives. I'm going to miss them.