This afternoon, after I finished milking the 24 Flint Hill Goaty-Babes, I decided to visit with the kids awhile. They were sleepy and adorable, and all too ready to socialize. Frank has grown a bit aloof, though he still comes for a nose scratch if he sees his sisters talking with me. Fiona is vocal and opinionated; she has a pouty sort of call that reminds me so much of her mother, my first goat (this time around!) Faith. Fairly (our adopted daughter, the only Toggenberg in my familial herd) always comes to me for a cuddle and a suck on my fingers, though last time, she chomped down and drew blood, so she's officially finger weaned. She was always such a frantic nurser; perhaps because I had to tube her to bring her back to life after her mother abandoned her. One doesn't forget that feeling of starvation. Ever.
And then there's Miss Fauni Dell. Fauni was the middle birth of Faith's triplets, and I had given her up for dead. She presented sideways, and Kathy pulled her that way after trying everything else she could (after I did the same). Little Fauni's head turned to the side as she was born, and we feared the worst; I had given Kathy the go ahead to just pull her to save Faith's life. I thought she'd have a broken neck; but she was small, and had no permanent injuries. She slept with her head to that same side for the first few weeks of her life ( I bottle fed the triplets and little Fairly), but she was up and running with her sibs in record time. And now she thinks I'm her Mama.
Fauni came out to play awhile tonight. I brought her out of the kids' stall (they stayed in because of the heat today), and put her on the ground for a few minutes. I stepped away, and she followed me. I took 5 steps, and she followed me more. Then we sat in the hammock, watered the garden, walked down to her goat-Mama's stall, and she followed me. Talking the entire time. Maaaa. Conversational.
We both heard Fiona complaining back in the kids' stall. Fauni even answered her a few times. I'm wondering if my little herd will follow me en masse; that's a game I'll attempt to play later this week, when I'm ready to videotape them. :::::LIVE UPDATE::::: CLICK HERE
Until then, I'm happy to be much loved by my little Fauni Dell, the wonder goat; our little miracle, who has Much To Do. And I'm hoping that by the time she's ready to be a Mama herself, I'll have a place of my own to keep her in, and I can know her family even better that I know her. My sweet little girl, who Was Meant To Be.