Monday, February 4, 2013

Maisie's Angels (And A Giveaway)

For some reason Maisie was just not able to fully process the lamb milk replacer.  And while it was keeping her alive in the beginning, between her rapidly declining digestion, bone and joint compromise, hair falling out and no telling what else going on we couldn't even see, I would be very surprised if Maisie was still with us if Natalie and Lou hadn't hooked us up with the kind folks at Happy Goat Hills Farm. 


The goats originally started as a 4-H project for son Jacob but have now become a full family project, complete with breeding, milking, selling offspring (just didn't seem right to say "selling kids" ;-), soap making...and just plain enjoyment.


Might there be some cookies in those pockets?


Ladies in waiting.  Knowing full well there are cookies in the milking parlor :-).


"Hey!  Let me in!  I want some cookies too!"

I think this was the doe they let come in at the end even though she isn't milking yet.  I think everyone got a cookie before it was all over.  Sound familiar?  Our kind of people :-).


This is Peaches on the milking stand.


But Bambi has decided she doesn't want to go up on the stand anymore, so Steve kindly milks her on the floor.


And then cuts up an apple for her afterwards.


The white board, with upcoming due dates.


I can't take your picture if you keep sticking your nose up to my camera lens, silly baby.


So pretty.


And you two, too.


It's obvious their animals don't like them much, eh ;-).


Nice farm, nice goats, nice people.  Thanks for including Maisie in your big, happy family!

Besides saving sick lambies, goat milk makes wonderful soap.  Happy Goat Hills Farm has several new flavors curing, but have really nice lavender and lilac soaps ready now and have shared a few bars.  Let's give a big shout out of thanks to Bambi, Peaches, Jennifer, Steve and Jacob! 

If you are unable to leave a comment, drop me an email (thecrazysheeplady AT gmail DOT com) and I'll include you and on Wednesday we'll have Maisie draw for a couple winners :-D.


63 comments:

Tombstone Livestock said...

Now those are real goat people, neither rain nor snow will keep them from their scheduled milkings. So glad you found them for Maisie, you can really see her gaining weight and improving on their milk.

amyfibre said...

What a great story! So glad to "meet" Maisie's angels. And love the peek into their operation.

KC said...

I have enjoyed your blog for several years now and seldom leave comments. But I am sighing such a sigh of relief I had to say how happy I am that this post was about the dear goats that have saved Maisie's life. The way it began scared me;)

Thanks too for sharing your stories. They bring smiles and tears and most of all joy.

rodneyssaga said...

The goats are cute and the snow is scenic, but the layers of clothing on the people is making me shiver to look at.

Debbie Norton said...

I'm a regular lurker/reader and I will very honest and admit that your giveaway has coaxed me out of hiding to leave a comment.

I really enjoy you blog, who can resist all that fuzzy cuteness that is Maisie. I am so glad you were able to find a meal replacement that agrees with her. Yay to goatsmilk!

Andee said...

Oh what fun people! Oh and the goats seem so sweet. Farmers with cookies in their pockets are my kind of people. The giveaway seems so exciting too.

small farm girl said...

Do I see a goat or two in your future? lol I would LOVE to see that!!!!! Oh, and....Pick me! Pick me! Pick me!!!! Did I get your attention? lol. I'm glad you got your milk. It's pretty good drinking for humans too! I can't wait until my goat freshens.

Mary Ann said...

What wonderful pictures of people who clearly love their animals... and I am so glad they could help Maisie.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

As always - love your picture stories! Yeahhhhh HAPPY GOAT HILLS FARM!! Such good people who love their animals, care for them and other mammals like Maisie!!
My aunt couldn't take my grandma's milk or their cow's milk, so they also had to go down the road and Aunt Charlotte was on goat milk for her first year of life.
Think I missed out on something--- please put my name in the pot for what ever Maisie will draw out!!

Merinda said...

I've been reading your blog for quite some time - love it! I'm here in Central KY with my 2 Cardigan Welsh Corgis. We even do a bit of sheep herding :)

Jean said...

Glad to meet the peolpe and goats behind Maisie's transformation! So hopeing she picks my name out on Wednesday!

Susan said...

I love the photo with the ears all going in the same direction. What nice farmers. What nice goats. And what lovely photos.

peggy reed said...

love goat milk soap! thanks for the "behind the scenes" goat story and thanks to the goats for giving Maisie a chance and your blog readers, a beautiful story to follow.

Carol said...

I enjoy reading your blog...especially about Maisie.
It is wonderful to read about such caring farmers.
Please enter me in the drawing.

gtyyup said...

I want a baby goat...and a lamb...stop it Sara ;~)

Goat's milk must be the cure all...it works great for orphaned foals too.

Alice said...

The earth angels in your blog are a true Godsend. How blessed is Maisie!

MarmePurl said...

I think I am now in love with goats.

Tyche's Minder said...

Goats and sheep. What a great combination. Thanks for the lovely story and pics.

Spinners End Farm said...

What a great farm. Maisie wanted you to meet those animals and their people!

Lori Skoog said...

I LOVE THESE GOATS! I could not be happier for darling, sweet, beautiful Maisie...and you! So glad you found a farm and people who have your same caring for animals.

Jenny Glen said...

So wonderful that the goats milk was the fix! Nice to see such a well cared for farm and animals.

Leslie McNeil said...

so enjoy your stories and pictures! thankful goodness!

Miha Giustina said...

I was wondering where the milk that likely saved Maisie's life was coming from! Now I know:-). Nice people!

DFW said...

So happy for you & Maisie. Those lovely goats look like they've got it made!

Maureen said...

Aw now that is TOO cute! Those little kids are darling... what great photos. So glad to read about such wonderful people and farm. Thank you for sharing their story with us too!

LaColline said...

The respect and kindness at Happy Goat Hill Farm for their animals is such a gift to the Universe. Thank you, Sara, for sharing their world.

I have another request that you add to the special prints list; the little brown goat (just below the nosy wee black goat)~ that is an art print. The angle, the lighting, the colors = perfect. And her eye brings you right into the scene.

A great big thank you to these lovely goat shepherds. They are wonderful partners in Maisie's success. lvbj

Michelle said...

What are a greyhound and a milk goat? Two things on my wish list.

majorasue said...

I am so looking forward to getting milk from my 2 goats. It looks like it will be next year, since neither is showing any signs of being pregnant (frown). So glad that you found your angels and that goat milk is working for Maisie!

Suz said...

goodness gracious, what beautiful goats....Hope Farmlady sees them...
Bless this wonderful family for helping to save Maisie..
Now you have me curious as to what goat's milk tastes like....must be good stuff
so many nice blogger followers you have

janna e said...

Yes, the start of this post really had me scared too. I'm glad it was such happy news, but I think you need to keep the soap for yourself and have a long, hot soak with it-you need a bit of pampering yourself after all this!

Christine said...

I love Nubians! It would be just like our Holly goat to step in and save a baby. :)

C-ingspots said...

So glad your goat is doing better! And your pictures are just wonderful...the little goats are adorable!! I've always wanted a goat. I'd get a Nubian as a kid and raise him like a pet. So cute!!
I have used goat soap, it's super creamy and luxurious.

Hidaway Farms Shetlands said...

Love, love your bottle lambs! We have raised several also. The first one lived inside with a diaper and went to school with me! She still doesn't believe she is a sheep at 8.

Michelle said...

Well, this post only made me want to get a few goats....even more than I already do! What beauties!

Far Side of Fifty said...

Thanks for saving Maisie..you guys are heros! I can tell that they love all their animals..how lucky for you to find them when you did!! Love the photos of all the angels:)

LannieK said...

Yea Bambi! Yea Peaches! Yea Jennifer!
Yea Steve! Yea Jacob!
Yea for Wonderful Goat People!
Yea for Amazing Lambie Moms & her "Assistants"!
Yea for Maisie!
(Yes, way too much tiling being done here :-/)

Thirteen Sheep (Or More) said...

So, when did you say you were adding goats? You did. I'm sure that you did. I didn't dream it, did I?

Sheepmom said...

Such happy goats! The little black kid with her nose to the camera is right off the cute-o-meter. No wonder Maisie is doing so well - the milk is full of good vibes as well as nutrition. You might want to buy extra and stash it in the freezer. You never know when a lamb will come your way and you may need it desperately. Seems like good insurance. Do the goat folks have a blog? They should.

Sandra said...

First Visit to your site. Love the goats. My oldest daughter loves Nubians.

English sheep gal said...

HI Sara, loved the recent pics and video of Maisie looking healthy and lively, running around outside. Keep hearing good things about goats milk soap, but have never tried it, so please enter me in the giveaway. Thanks, Hannah

BarbaraH said...

A big thank you, from a city girl, for your lambs and sheep. I check your site every single day and soak up the sweetness and love from your blog. Since I have always had a special love for goats, this post just adds to the love. Love that Maisie looks so much better, and that the goats were a part of that.
Hug Blossom for me too.

Lisa said...

aww so cute! They have basset hound ears!

Felting Sunshine said...

Fabulous pictures! Glad to hear your baby has some nice goat milk to keep her going!

Dicky Bird said...

Nice pictures. Cute Nubian goats! Please enter me in for the give away. Blessings from Wisconsin.

Stephen Andrew said...

Do you think a few goats may be in your future? Those little goats are so cute!

thecrazysheeplady said...

I've toyed with adding a couple goats, but we'll see...

cyndy said...

Your photos are stunning!

(my mother used to raise Nubian's)...love that photo of Peaches on the stand...(peaches and cream!)

4tocks said...

I love reading your Maisie (and other) stories. I usually share with my children, but not today. They want sheep, and goats, and everyone else, but I'm not ready for that commitment. And since we were at 4-H last night... Well, lets just say it would be a long and painful battle. What wonderful goats! Maybe I'll lay down the no more animals law, and then let them read it!

Nina said...

We had pet dairy goats when my boys were young.. all females named after hockey players! They were the sweetest, most personable animals ever. Always ready with a greeting and definitely treat loving.

Sandy said...

A few years back, a friend gifted me a set of your notecards and I've been following your blog ever since. I start each day looking for stories of mischief-making by the critters at Equinox Farm! I am a fellow fiber-groupie; my weaving has taken a back seat for now while I catch up on my quilting, but I will return.
Please enter me in your drawing. I tried to find Happy Goat Hills Farm on the web, but no luck. Do they have a site where they sell their soap......just in case I dont win?

Bandon, Oregon said...

Wonderful pictures!!! My Favorite was the goat looking in the window of the door...LOL too cute!! Thank You for sharing Maisies Angels with us.

Faith

I'm gonna tell Mom! said...

Now I want a goat.
~kim

Stephen Andrew said...

I think that's a yes in disguise :)

Stark Radio said...

I can here via Chickens in the Road. Lovely blog! Great photos. Thank you for sharing your adventures.

CathyD. said...

Oh, I just had to put in my 2 cents and join the chorus. Enjoyed seeing the goat farm soo much. They're adorable. The goats are cute too. Do these folks have a website? Maybe a goat would make a good friend for Betsy when Maisie grows up, she's going to be bereft.

Terry said...

I only use goat soap!
So glad these nice people and their goats helped our Maisie.

Jan baby said...

I LOVE the first photo, a classic. They should use it for advertising.

adriene said...

Thank goodness for these people! What an amazing life they must lead to be around such lovely animals day to day.

Bee Lady said...

I never realized goats were so cute until my cousin, my rough and tumble green beret cousin, sent me a picture of him feeding a baby goat... And holding it like a baby. Adorable. I'm so glad they could help with Maisie. I too was concerned the way this post started out. I've had goats milk once and loved it. I'm sure it makes Maisie happy too.

Cindy Bee

Windswept Farm said...

Just found this blog and had to leave a comment for the give away. I may be reading for a while until it is time to take a bottle out to my rejected ewe lamb.
Carol

Jane B. said...

I'm thinking that Maisie and Betsy's next new friend will be a baby goat?!

Willow said...

Good folks ,good farm good life for Maisie !
She will be growing strong soon with her non stop supply of fresh goats milk.

Shirley said...

They are cute.... but not as cute as sheep!

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