The World’s Cutest Fainting goats are used to going into a stall so we knew that getting them into a stall would be no problem. Bubba on the other hand has never been too keen on confined places where he might be trapped with one of us useless idiots that have given him a home for so many years. He will occasionally go into a stall for treats but it is a rare event. Thus I could hardly believe my eyes when Bubba happily trotted into the stall along with the fainting goats. Jason slammed the stall door shut before Bubba had a chance to realize what was happening. Phase one of goat moving was already complete! Woot!!
Jason carried one fainting goat at a time to the trailer. Mina is a hefty girl and I was pretty amazed that he was able to haul her from the stall to the trailer but they made it. Next up was getting Bubba to the trailer. Bubba is bigger than the fainting goats, stronger, and decidedly unfriendly as well. Our plan with Bubba was to herd him into the dog-turned-goat crate and then the two of us would carry the crate and its (not really) precious cargo to the trailer. (You will recall the dog-turned-goat crate from a previous post when Mina broke her leg and had to be transported in the crate.)
If you can believe it this plan actually worked. I know, WE can hardly believe it worked. We only had to chase Bubba around the stall for a minute or two until he darted into the crate. We zipped the crate shut with lightening speed and that was that, Bubba the ungrateful stray goat was captured. Jason and I then hauled the goat crate over to the trailer. My back is going to hurt for at least a week after lifting and carrying Bubba around but the plan worked. My aching back is worth it.
Jason tried to reassure the goats in the trailer for a few minutes and then it was time to hit the road. Mina was most unhappy about being transported in a stock trailer. Stock trailers are for livestock. I can assure you Mina does not place herself in the livestock category. Once we arrived at our destination and were ready to unload I was little bit alarmed when I peered into the trailer to make sure everyone was ok. Jo and Miss Lyle were standing up looking around, Bubba was standing up in the crate, but Mina was laying down and looking stunned. I had a minute where I really wondered if she was ok. Thankfully she was just fine. Mina is something of a drama queen.
The goats wandered around their new paddock checking things out. They checked out their ghetto fence. Mina came to the horrifying realization that at the moment her only shelter is a couple of dogloos. There is no goat condo here. We explained that we intended to build them a new goat condo but we haven’t had time yet. Mina was not pleased. The goats definitely attracted the attention of the horses that were in nearby pastures.
I realize how utterly disappointing this post must be to our dear readers. Nothing went wrong. Everyone who was supposed to get on the trailer got on the trailer. We’re fully aware this is not our usual outcome. I’ll be honest, it feels kind of weird, but I’ll take it.
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