Special Ed

I shared that Sallie’s kids were way too long being born, and her boy was very bad.  He had a strong suck reflex, so I could feed him, but he would thrash about and cry and had no controlled movements.  I actually had called the vets to get an appointment to put him down.  Then my sister came and saw him and said, “You can’t put him down.”  So my mom came out to help with feeding and told her that he looked completely different.  Even his head shape had totally changed because so much swelling had gone down.

bottle kid

His movements were still uncontrolled, but you knew he was trying to do things.  His eyes lost the completely vacant look.  I honestly think he was blind to start with.  This was the turning point.  Anyhow, we didn’t have him euthanized, and my sister assured me he would continue to improve (she’d experienced this with a calf).  I couldn’t convince her to take him with her though.

Bottle Goat

I christened him Special Ed (yeah, I have an evil sense of hum0r, but I call him Ed, not SpEd).  Today, we took him outside for the first time, and he’s not looked back.  He’s standing and walking.  He’s still pretty shaky, but he’s doing so much better.

Bottle Goats

It’s been good for Fez (the gimpy quad) too.  He has a lot easier time walking outside rather than on the linoleum.  I still can’t get Haley’s boy to suck, and she tried too.  He did nurse her some, but then he couldn’t get the teat in his mouth.  I don’t know if there’s hope for him, but I’ll keep trying.

Sharing with Song-Ography where the song is Turn, Turn, Turn by The Byrds.  It’s amazing how these kids can turn around and thrive.  I’m also sharing with Shadow Shot Sunday, I Heart Macro, and SOOC Sunday (all shots).

One

Song-ography today is One is the Lonliest Number by Three Dog Night.  I present to you one of Litha’s quads.

baby goat

I’m also sharing at Shadow Shot Sunday.

Not Slowing Down

I swear things should really start to slow down, but they don’t.  I thought the end of the market might give me more time, but after unpacking my soaps, there are several kinds I need to restock along with a couple of new fragrances I want to make for Christmas.

goat's milk soap

I  picked a bunch of green beans.  They were awesome beans, not your end-of-the-garden beans.

green beans

My garden also gave me more tomatoes, and I made another batch of roasted tomato sauce.

roasted tomatoes

Since I didn’t have anything to bake or roast yesterday, I decided to turn the furnace on when I got home from work and discovered it was on furlough.  I still don’t have it fixed, but I baked some pumpkin oatmeal bread last night.  We’re not doing too bad.

oatmeal pumpkin bread

Cupid is doing better.  He’s spending a lot of time in the yard, and I think that’s helping him to get more food, since the other boys aren’t jumping him and trying to push him around.  I think the swelling is even down in his front ankle.

Cupid

Cupid

Then there’s getting ready for breeding, but that’s a whole post on its own.

Sharing with Wordless Wednesday with Create with Joy and In the Moment With, and Ruby Tuesday.

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