Becoming a Herd

Our task must be to free ourselves… by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. — Albert Einstein

Ahhhh… the sun and its wonderful powers. The girls and I spent time outside today in the goat and chickens run. We were trying to teach the goats that they want to follow us; we are the herd leaders. We walked in a big circle around the fenced area watching to see if they would follow us. Most of the time they followed right away. It is a proximity thing. They will stay where they are, licking the ground or chewing on leaves, if they can see us and are within about 20 feet. The moment we are out of their line of vision, they run around the corner and find us or trail closer behind. As we played our follow us games, I yearned to unlatch the gate, take a few steps out into freedom, and walk down the grassy path that follows the stream towards the woods. Pure happiness. I guess I can wait a bit longer to take that walk with the doelings for the first time. We want to be sure we are officially a herd.

Caroline, Chris and I went out to the barn for the last feeding of the day around 8:15. As we fed  Luna and Areida, Caroline told us a story. Last night, while I was grocery shopping, Caroline and Sabrina went out to the barn to feed the goats around the same time as tonight. Chris was a couple of minutes behind them. The barn is fairly lit, but still some dark corners. Caroline said they didn’t hear the barn door slide open, and suddenly their stood,peering into the goat area… Big Foot in the dark doorway.  All they could see was the big fuzzy head, which actually was a funny winter hat that reminds me of something Elmer Fudd would where, plus some extra fur. Fun in the barn…

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One Comment on “Becoming a Herd

  1. WHAT A NICE SAFE PLACE THEY HAVE TO ROAM AROUND WHILE THEY ARE STILL SO LITTLE. BIG FOOT, HUH? DO THE CHICKEN JOIN IN THE HERD?

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