Right, Caroline?! He's such a sweetheart. And he tries so hard! I just love how much he tries.
And his tail is a really nice "get-it"-meter. When he understand a cue, he wags when he does it right...but if he doesn't understand the cue yet and isn't really sure what I'm looking for, he doesn't wag his tail really at all. He's cute. :)
He really makes me wonder what other goats could be, if more goats were trained...you know?
I mean, he had a rough start that definitely colors his perception of the world - what if he had had a perfect start AND got this kind of training?
Also, why aren't there Guide Goats?! I feel like a goat could, perhaps, make a better guide animal than the guide horses people have..? Why horses but not goats?
After all, there are goats that are naturally small enough [no dwarfism issues] and Angora goats, like Hazel, are about the size of a Lab and incredibly laidback...of course, it'd have to be an Angora mix to avoid the shearing thing but that's not hard!
Haha Guide Goats...my new calling in life.
SO, I put Atti's backpack on him again yesterday and it went really well! He's totally chill about the straps now - YAY!
He gets a little panicky when I remove it and have to pull the chest piece over his head, but I'm sure that'll fade with repetition.
Hazel's doing SO WELL! Guys, she is chubby, she is playing, she is GALLOPING, she is JUMPING stuff that's in her way...I do not even know. Go Hazel!
I'm really happy for her!
Her hooves are looking fab [at least her front ones, her back hooves are never going to be "normal"] too - Lacey's hoof trimmer has been doing them every 5 weeks since November-ish and this is the first time in Haze's life that she's actually getting regular "correct" hoof care. So that's cool and I'm sure it's not hurting anything! Her front hooves are actually starting to be really upright, like goat hooves should be. It's wonderful!
Onto the part half of you have probably been waiting for: NG.
I am currently conflicted.
Last night he was a little stand-offish, but friendlier than the week before. So that was good.
He reminded me more than once that our Kentucky Derby thing is next Saturday and, when I told him we needed to discuss that [I needed more info, etc], he actually sought me out after church and made sure we talked about it.
I think I found the reason for his behavior last week: I told you guys that he's going to Tennessee for the summer, right? He got some job and everything kind of worked out perfectly for him to go there [he did his undergraduate at some college there].
Turns out that, after we had lunch, he found out he would be moving to Tennessee for a YEAR. That the job had been extended from just the summer to a YEAR. And he's leaving on June 15th.
So I guess I can see that.
I mean, I'd probably do the same thing if I were in his shoes. If he were to, hypothetically, have feelings for me and something happened where we became a thing, it would basically automatically be a long-distance thing. And that'd put a lot of stress on everything. After all, we only met 4 months ago!
The "logical" thing would be to throw some distance between us now, here, so it's easier to leave.
So that really makes a lot of sense.
I would do the same thing.
And it also makes sense that he couldn't just tell
me that. I wish he had
just told me. But I can understand.
Things got interesting again.
Yesterday I texted him a question about the KDerby and he didn't respond. So I was kinda "ok, whatever."
Then, today, he posted on my Facebook status "write a book." [which is what he posted on a different status last week..Caroline, he's a gentleman after your heart?
And not even 10 minutes after THAT, I got a text from him saying that his friend who was gonna come with us to the KD had accidentally made other plans and that it sounded like I was pretty busy too [at church I told him about the interview and how those two things back-to-back were gonna be stresssfullll], then stated that he was gonna be busy on Saturday morning too, and asked me if I wanted to get lunch tomorrow.
Then, 15 minutes later he texted me again to say that the Preakness is in a few weeks and maybe we could plan on going to that instead.
WHAT IS HAPPENINGGGG??
So I lost the Kentucky Derby thing, gained lunch tomorrow, and gained the Preakness??
OH MY GOSH. Why can't I like normal people??
Well, ok, I wouldn't like NG if he was "normal" - let's be real. I like him cuz he makes no sense and makes me laugh and makes my mind feel funny.
To quote Gman: "oh geez. So much confusion that man is causing..."
Gman doesn't even know the HALF of it.
So I really don't know. But I guess I'm having lunch with NG tomorrow? It was great before, I'm really looking forward to it.
Let's see how many times he brings up marriage.
[ETA: 999th post!! Whoever posts next gets 1000! This is so exciting! I never thought this journal would last this long! LOVE. IT.]