Last Family Portrait

goat barn

With a heavy heart I decided this summer to find my goats new homes. Having to put my favorite goat down this spring after a long illness was the final straw. We think the problem we have here is sulfur water which inhibits the uptake of copper in goats. I wanted them to have the best homes they could and luckily there were plenty of good takers.

Our sheep seem to be thriving on our water and respect electric net fencing better which means they get to graze almost all year.

Goats are too heart-breaking for me–yet the barn will always feel a little empty without them.

42 thoughts on “Last Family Portrait

  1. Adrienne, so sorry to hear about your struggles! It is so terribly hard to raise animals, even with the rewards, but it sounds like you are doing the best thing here. Lovely photo, such a tribute. PS, say hi to your ducks for me, too.

  2. Oh, I’m so sorry. I didn’t realize that was what had happened. How sad for you and your family! But, no, you wouldn’t be able to keep them once you knew that. So the digestion of goats is a lot different from sheep and humans?

    1. I guess so. Who knew? But since half the family can’t have dairy it didn’t make sense to keep getting up to milk them either. We did keep two baby castrated boys as pets– since we can give them copper (they are companions for our rams now). Milking takes a lot out of the does so the mineral intake is more a big deal. The sheep are super cute though not as in your face friendly. lol

      1. No. My husband has chronic Lyme disease so he’s supposed to stay away from dairy and now I have Lyme! I hope it’s not chronic. i refuse to believe mine will be chronic. πŸ™‚

      2. OK, I didn’t like this comment because I like that you both have Lyme disease! How does it happen? Is it from ticks? Does chronic mean permanent? What are the symptoms? It sounds horrible.

      3. It’s a controversial topic, it seems. When you first get Lyme you can have flu-like symptoms or just vague aches. Lucky people get a bull’s eye rash so they know they have it.

        In my case I had a bunch of weird symptoms that I just attributed to working hard, etc. But then I got tested because the symptoms stopped going away.
        Some say there’s no such thing as chronic Lyme while others say it’s just a really slow recovery because it destroys your immune system. I’m not sure what I think.

      4. Oh man, I hate illnesses like this. Chronic fatigue. Fibromyalgia. All the ones that doctors don’t really understand and so the diseases become suspect.

      5. They still might. You probably can imagine how that goes. heh My hair stylist has been sick for years and finally was diagnosed with lupus when all her tests were haywire although she was feeling a bit better. Then she started feeling worse and they repeated the tests. Then they came back negative. How frustrating is that? And I mean she’s been SICK for years.

      6. That would be awful.
        My husband went through all of that so I’m heading for the holistic healer (who my doctor thinks is a quack). I’m open to the use of supplements and diet as well as conventional medicine. It seems a lot of people find relief with a strict diet. (that is a little depressing. LOL)

      7. I’m sorry. I can’t say yum. I love pumpkin pie, and it used to be my favorite breakfast growing up. But sweet potato pie has always tasted like it’s trying to be pumpkin! I hope it works for you!

  3. Animals are always harder on our hearts, simply because we connect with them so easily (no conditions…well, maybe not for fences anyway πŸ˜€ ). But as you have said, they have gone to good homes so at least they are well looked after.
    Now…what animal could you share your heart with now? πŸ˜€

    1. Thanks equinoxio. I’m doing really well. I’m always interested in methods of healing so it’s been fun to try Chinese medicine and dietary changes to see if they work. For me they do! I actually have more energy than ever but I did have to give up refined sugar and gluten. It’s worth it though!

      How are you doing, my friend?

      1. Glad it works Adrienne. πŸ™‚
        We are doing as well as we possibly can. Getting geared up to join Daughter #2 in Asia in December for 3 weeks. It will be a nice reunion.
        Take good care of yourself.

  4. Sorry to read about your goats. Sweet, playful. and mischievous. Sorry too about the lyme. Still, you have a very good life, it would seem, and you are a gifted writer. And your golden….how I miss Pumpkin.

    1. My husband is so in love with our golden! my husband’s already saying he’ll never live without one. We do still have two goats who keep our rams company. I’m enjoying our sheep too–and I don’t have to milk them πŸ™‚

      I hope all is well with you and your family. Maybe it’s time to get another baby Pumpkin. πŸ™‚

      1. A baby Pumpkin is not in the cards. While we miss her all the time, we are at an age where our energy is somewhat diminished and the demands of a puppy are too much. But I do get what your husband is thinking. In a very real way, she left us full of everything she gave, so we are for sure better for the experience, pain and sorrow included.

  5. Adrienne, I’m so sad for you … there is a quiet stillness in your post. It must have been tough for you to have to put down the goat but sounds like you have found the best solution for the rest of them. The goats look adorable in your atmosperhic photo, cute and wise at the same time. Take care, Annika xx

    1. We still have two “pet” goats but I’m finding sheep so much easier — and they’re just as cute. πŸ™‚ Now that all the lambing is done I can just enjoy seeing them frolic in the field. Yay!

      How’s Canada these days?

  6. Middlemay Farm:
    Katahdin Sheep, Chickens, Ducks, Dogs and Novelist Adrienne Morris live here (with humans).

    So – what does that make Adrienne Morris? LOL I think a very special farm girl.

    How did I just discover that you have another blog, just about your farm? I’ll spend some time over the next months, tooling around here to see what it’s like to live on a farm. I’m such a city girl and this seems like quite an adventure. You’re an excellent photographer, BTW.

    But it appears this is the last entry on this blog site. Maybe you grew discouraged after having to let go of your goats? I hope you’ll return, now that I’ve come on board.

    1. Oh, no. not really discouraged. I found the goats happy homes and still have one who keeps our rams company (or that’s what i tell my husband).

      I ran out of storage on that blog somehow (no technical giant here) and it was just easier to take photos for instagram (our internet is SLOW).

      That’s why I started putting some farm stuff on the main blog.

      So glad you enjoy the pictures. it’s such a simple pleasure documenting beauty. i love it.

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