When I got a goat when I was younger it was the second day after I had purchased her... she had just been weaned (black nubian with floppy white ears). Anyways she managed to slip from me and being totally freaked out she took off running, across the road, and continued on to the plowed field. I took off running after her and my neighbor was out with his 4 wheeler, so I jumped on with with him and before we caught up to her she crossed the drainage ditch and kept running. By now Im totally covered in mud and upset so I keep on after the goat. She ran into a grove of trees (a farm about 4 miles from my dads) I looked around the grove and nothing. So I went up to the farm house and asked them if they had seen anything and they had not. At this point im tired, dirty, and upset and I asked them if they would call my dad to have him pick me up (he had no idea that I had even left the farm).... so that night I went to bed feeling horrible... no goat that I had just paid $90 for, I knew that she was out in the "wild" with no food or water, and I just was blaming myself for allowing her to take off.
The next morning (a Sunday) we got a call from the neighbors (the farm that I ended up at). They had caught the goat... they found her in the round bale feeder that they use for their cattle. They said that normally they wouldnt have noticed anything but the cattle were acting scared to go over to eat, here is was my goat.
Needless to say that never happened again and we went on to win Grand champion showmanship and champion overall Doe at my county, and reserve champion at the MN State Fair. She also produced some nice babies for me... but Ill never forget that spring day...lol
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- Paul "Bear" Bryant (Former college football coach)