War in the Back Forty

There is a war being waged in the Back Forty.  (nobody was injured in the war) It’s not what I was expecting when I went for a walk with the goats this evening.  I saw the pair of Canada geese hanging out again.  I was surprised that they were brave enough to let me get close to them.

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It wasn’t long before the goats began browsing by them.  My goats are used to geese, so they really didn’t even pay any attention to them, but the geese were getting a bit peeved that the goats had entered their territory.

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Without warning, they launched an attack on poor, unsuspecting Joani.  She fled in fear.  Geese 1. Goats 0.

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Joe, being the wise goat she is, decided she was not about to engage in battle; she merely gave them the goat stare of death, and they gave up.  Geese 1. Goats 1.

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Soon, they found their next victim, Muffin.

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Muffin quit browsing and prepared to engage the enemy.

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And this melee goes to the goats as well!  Geese 1.  Goats 2.

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The geese were not about to give up though, and they flanked Muffin on both sides.

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Suddenly, it was a surprise attack!

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Casey stood watching behind the battle lines, grateful he was not about to receive the wrath of the goose, but who was she after?  Was it Muffin again?

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No!  It was a surprise attack on Blaze!

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The Canada geese took their place of victory on the old log.  Today, they had won the battle, but they haven’t won the war.

Sharing with Alphabe-Thursday for the letter W.  W is for War.

Vixen’s Girl Visits the Vet

We had a pretty nearly perfect kidding season this round.  We didn’t lose any moms or kids.  Everyone is feeding their babies.  Life was grand!  Then I noticed Vixen’s girl, Fawn, had a watery eye.  For some reason, the lower lid turned in.  That means her lashes were constantly rubbing against her eye.  Usually, if they have an entropion eye, it is obvious right away.  I don’t know why hers started curling under now.

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It’s quite painful!  I shut her and her brother and her mom in, so my mom could catch her.

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She visited the vet and got a clip put on the lower lid to hold it out, so the lashes don’t rub.  It will stay on there for a week or so, until it just falls off.

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By then, it should stay in its proper position.  She was very happy to get back home to her mother and brother.

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It already looks much better.  Now we’re back to pretty much perfect!

Sharing with Alphabe-Thursday where the letter this week is v.  V is for Vixen, visiting and vets.

Under the Workbench

When it’s cool and rainy, kids don’t like to go outside and play.  They prefer to stay inside.  Kizzy’s doe discovered that she could get up on the shelf under the workbench.

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She had a lot of fun running back and forth.

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It gave her a whole new perspective on things.

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I’m guessing it won’t be long before some other kids join her on the shelf.

Sharing with Alphabe-Thursday where the letter is u. U is for under the workbench.

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