The Photoes at the end of this post is not for Children to see. The photos at the end of this post are graphic. The photos are also not suggested for those with a weak stomach
Okay, so as most of my readers know I was in Texas yesterday getting two Colored Angora Does. Over 22 hours round trip. Yes, I wanted Colored Angoras but now I think Mom is more in love with them then I am. It isn’t that I don’t love them it is just that I love how friendly mine are and I, for some reason, probably thought that these new ones would be just as friendly.
In the back of my mind I am probably a little disappointed that they are not as perfect a fit as I wanted them to be. When you are getting something new you always want it to be perfect and you build it up in your mind to be this big, perfect, event and then when reality hits it isn’t quiet the same and you get let down even though the event was actually great but just not your vision of how it should be. (I hope everyone can follow that) I think that is what happened here. So why am I let down about getting my new goats?
Well, I better start at the beginning. We got up at Midnight Thursday Morning or would it be Wednesday night? Anyway, We headed out for Texas and the trip down was okay. I learned that Bazooka no longer puts cartoons in their gum but now they have these little challenges or corny games printed in with it. I can’t believe Bazooka Joe is no more … It isn’t the same and I have vowed never to buy that gum again. I bought a box to take on the trip but we all know that the flavor doesn’t last and with out the comics it just isn’t worth it for a kid … LOL … anyone want a piece of gum?
We got into the state of Texas before daybreak. But even after day break there wasn’t much to see. We were headed to the south western part of the state and out there only two things can be seen everywhere you look. Cacti and Yucca Plants. Oh, you will see farm land here and there but even then the fence lines had cactus and yucca plants growing along them. I made jokes about Cactus being whole flocks of Cacti. Along with jokes about Bazooka Joe’s Death and will gum bounce, Mom and I saw some big ranches for sale and her and I dreamed up living down there and how our lives would be if we did. Mom could so become a hermit!
When we got to where we were going to pick up the Does we met up with Ms. Polly again. She is the nice lady we met at the Dallas State Fair. We have been on the phone to her a number of times and we knew we were going after two does. One, Healthy but young and the other we were told was having an issue and she was said to have a “spot” on her backside where something got her. (It was thought that one of the other goats was horning her because she was the smallest in the flock) You know Mom, that didn’t mean a thing to her. Mom was happy to take her, as healing and helping is what she does.
When we got to the farm to get the goats we found that everything we were told was true. The part that I am a bit dissappointed about is that I thought they would all run up to us and be friendly. That didn’t happen. No, it isn’t a big deal but I am sure you understand that it was just the way I had it imagined in my mind. I know I can handle her down and in no time she will come right up to me and be loving and taking treats … Blah, blah, blah … But I want all that now! Okay, moving on.
The other thing I wasn’t quiet ready for was that they are Papered! That means I needed names to put on the papers. That means I had told everyone to get those names in and I am glad I did. I am sorry though no one gets to vote or anything. She needed the names while we were there so she could mail off the papers. So I just spit two out from what I could remember and that were colors. So first, I give to you … Sianna.
I know I spelled it wrong but Sienna, Sianna who will know how it is spelled if we say it the same? Besides isn’t she cute anyway? The only thing is that she is very scared and shy. I have gotten to pet on her twice now and she is really sweet and I know she will come around and get to where she is coming right up to us and eating out of our hands. For now, however, we will take it slow.
Next up is Cinnamon. And this is where it gets a bit sticky and I better do some explaining before you see her. As it turns out Nothing “got” her. She is actually doing it to herself. “Doing what?” you ask? Well, she is scratching herself with her own horn and chewing on herself but it isn’t as bad as it looks. Let me assure everyone that the first call we made when we got signal was to our vet. We explained the situation and he gave us instructions on what to do and what we needed.
We had to stop at 4 vet clinics before we found one that was open. (No Joke – a Thursday afternoon and most Vets were closed??) The nice people at the Anson Veterinary Hospital in Anson Texas stepped up and when we explained what was going on and that we wouldn’t be home until early morning hours and that we wouldn’t be doctoring her until then to help keep the stress down and that we needed a few things but our vet would be closed at those hours, They got us what we needed. They were so nice and just a pleasure to deal with. Mom says she is going to send them a little thank you.
After that our journey home was underway. It took a bit longer because we had to stop and check the goats, feed and water them and so on. We stopped at a few Historical Markers like this one.
And I even got Mom a part or two of those cacti that we saw. She says if it takes root she is going to plant them in the two planters out side the front door so she doesn’t have to plant annuals in them anymore… Check this out.
On the way home Mom and I also did alot of talking … We talked about how Ms. Polly did an awesome job of raising her goats. This little one just has an issue Ms. Polly isn’t used to dealing with so it looks worse then it is. When you are in a new situation that you are unsure of it is always hard. You see, Cinnamon has an EXTERNAL parasite. When Ms. Polly was told that the goat had parasites by her vet she did what she knew to do for parasites. She wormed her. The problem is that in the Southwestern part of Texas EXTERNAL parasites are very uncommon and not the same as INTERNAL parasites, which is what Ms. Polly treated for. So as the parasite made Cinnamon itch and bite at her skin she ended up eating her self up. She has two open wounds on her backside that have kind of run together and one long one down her leg. And all the while Ms. Polly thought she was treating it.
When we got home the first thing I did was to settle them both into the inside pen and delouce Cinnamon. That will kill the parasite and help stop the itching. Then we tryed to treat her. Trouble was that it was going to take all three of us to get it done and Dad was in bed because he had to get up in a few hours to go to work. Mom and I decided to go get some rest and get up in an hour or so with Dad and treat her then. At this point we figured out that the one thing Mom left behind at the shelter when she quit was her dog cone. So we made a temporary one out of a sign some company left in our yard without asking. It looks ugly but it worked until we got to town today and got her a new one.
When we got back up we trimmed all the fleece from around the wounds. We cleaned them up, flushed them and treated them. We treat them by packing them with Baking Soda so when you see the white crusty stuff in the photo please know it isn’t infected but actually looks terrible because it is packed with soda.
The last thing we did is something only my Mom would think of and do. She put a collar on her with a dog cone so that she can’t get her head or horns back to the wounds. Cinnamon will now be forced to leave them alone and let them heal. With us doctoring them and her leaving them be in a week to 10 days she will be well on the road to recovery. Now that you know the issue are you ready to see our little one? Meet Cinnamon … Weak stomachs stop here after the first picture. You can see her face in this one but after that it gets graphic.
I wanted to show you what we are dealing with but I didn’t want it to show to much so here is just a bit for those interested.