Thursday, August 27, 2009

A Tale of Two Goats


My cousin Cora Belle came over yesterday for more fair walking practice for the goat show. It is incredibly dull and boring. The goat and the person walk around in a circle and that's it. That's the whole show. No popcorn or anything.

Just a goat and its person walking around in a circle joined by a few other goats and their people walking in a circle. Once in a while they stop and the person pokes the goat around a little bit, "setting it up" and making it look good. It's completely ridiculous.

I am very glad it has been decided I am not going to the fair. Anyway the whole thing was rather odd because Cora Belle seemed to enjoy it and she would let any person walk around with her, even a three year old, and would allow herself to be posed like a Gumby. I find it very strange that she is Hannah Belle's daughter; Hannah Belle will not obey anyone, not even the farmer.

But Cora Belle paraded around extensively and it was very dull until she was joined by Tangy.

Tangy used to be known as "the swordfish" for her style of walking, which is to throw herself up into the air and flap around like a marlin on a sportfishing show. We were all very impressed by it. But she has even outdone herself now.

Yesterday she was doing fair walking practice and she had a full-blown tantrum and threw herself up into the air and then flat on the ground. The farmer's friend who is a very very good showman did not let go of the collar as Tangy expected, just held on patiently with Tangy flopped completely on the ground.

Tangy refused to get up, turning her body into a boat anchor, which wasn't hard since she is the fattest yearling here. After a few minutes an ordinary goat would have gotten up, but not Tangy; instead, since she was already lying down, she took a short nap.

The farmer says she isn't going anywhere much less the state fair but I hope they do take her to the show because it was a lot more interesting than Cora Belle's style of white glove perfection. Cora Belle must get that from the Shirley Temple side of her family.



PS I forgot to mention all photos were taken by PETA representative Wendy Webster. No animals were injured but the farmer's elbow was slightly wrenched, not that anyone cares. In future we will try to get an observer from the Human Fund to insure that human injuries are kept to a minimum although there is no guarantee they can be avoided entirely since Tangy is part Nubian. Thanks.

12 comments :

goatgirl said...

Dear PETA, No animal was harmed in the making of this. Tangy eventually woke up and did a fine show walk.

Texan said...

My Sugarcube is big on the laying down thing when you try to do anything with her :O)... she just folds up and heads for the ground LOL... :O)...

Lisa T. said...

I think she is doing yoga. Dead Goat in the Afternoon. All very zen.

Smiles,
Lisa

DebH said...

Ok..that one made me laugh till I cried!! you couldn't of described that any better!!

Daisy said...

I would pay to watch Tangy walk!

Marigold said...

Very good comment, Lisa. I agree one-hundred percent...although I might have called it 'Upward Facing Goat Head with Downward Facing Body'. Goatfarmer, are you absolutely *sure* she is not part Nubian?

Farmama said...

Hi,
I like your goat blog & your humor! We raise dairy goats on our small farm here in Colorado.....veggies too!
Take care,
Sara

Teresa said...

Oh, my! Your goats are so entertaining! I needed a laugh at the end of the day. I had no idea that goats could be so contrary.

Tania said...

hi! i randomly found your blog while searching for some goat info for a friend. what awesome luck! i can't believe how hilariously well millie writes. peggy tells me the goat documentary is still in the works. i sure hope it's true. i have such fond memories of the days we spent shoot the film at your farm... and the goat milk lattes. sigh.

goatfarmer said...

Hello Tania! Regards from Millie also!

Farmgirl_dk: said...

I sure hope Cora Belle wasn't watching Tangy's little show. We wouldn't want her to pull that trick out suddenly while she's at the fair!

Claire the Shepherdess said...

Oh I had such a lovely giggle reading this post, and looking at the picture of Tangy. Superb writing! I have some sheep who like to perform the same sort of "dead sheep facing sideways" yoga pose when they are being led. I think it is a learned trait.