Sometimes you get lucky and have your camera ready for that great shot! This is our granddaughter, Livi, with her favorite baby goat, Birdie. Birdie was only three pounds at birth. Livi became fast friends with Birdie because she was so small and Livi could carry her anywhere. As you can see they adore each other (and still do!)... March 2014. (UPDATE- September 2014 - Livi says Birdie is too big to pick up now, but they are still great friends.)
This group would follow David to the end of the earth...
In summer 2011 the goats browsed in the Kudzu and hayfield pasture. This old car is what they uncovered as they ate the kudzu back into the gullies. We didn't know the car was there, it had been covered with kudzu for over 30 years.
We became a "Vacation Destination" for a friend's family reunion. Folks came from Illinois, Alabama & Tennessee. Young or old, enjoyed petting the goats and holding the week-old kids.
Here is the car in the summer of 2012... World of difference in the terrain... Amazing goats! They love kudzu!!! They have helped us reclaim the hayfield by eating the kudzu down. Every summer we have baled hay off this field to help for the wintertime AND fed the goats for the summer. (photo 7/2012)
LOOK WHAT THE GOATS FOUND NOW!!! An old VW bug! I'm afraid they might uncover a bus next! We had no idea there were so many old cars in here! But this one reminded us of our son and his first car (a VW bug that father and son spent many hours working on.)
Buck in the tall grass.. Sept 2012
Sometimes when you're the littlest kid you need some help staying warm on those below freezing days. Tube socks and hot water bottles work really well....
Licking their lips over something tasty!!
A painting of this photo hangs in our living room.
This is Dorothy and her five kids - 3 girls, 2 boys. Our first set of quintuplets born March 2013!!! Dorothy was an amazing goat. She is Hoss's mother. She has been the subject of two stories in The GoatRancher. Dorothy passed away late 2013. She set the bar high for all other goats. Truly one of a kind. She will be greatly missed. Fortunately, we kept a doeling from the set above. I hope she will follow in her mother's footprints.
David & Deb Johnson, Owners/Breeders
Windy Hill Farm - Jackson, TN
Doelings & Windy, the donkey, munching on the hillside on a early spring morning. They love to play on the tree limbs. May 2012