She was recently given a speech assignment about "how to do something," so she chose how to care for goats. The speech has to be between five and ten minutes long. Hers is already nearly five minutes long (without showing the accompanying photos and tools) and she has it down pat... no hiccups or hesitations...
About the tools. Because Casey can't take sharp objects to school, she spent part of last week tracing the hoof trimmers, hoof pick and hoof file onto cardboard and then painting them to look like the real things. She did a darned good job.
This weekend or next we're going to give the goats a bath in my bathtub. (I "kid" you not.) I think. Unless the weather is scheduled to get nasty again. Giving baths should give Casey a little more to talk about. Goats don't like the rain, so I have no idea how well they'll take to a warm bath.
We'll start with Shirley. She's white and would benefit most from a bath. She's also the mellower of the two. She's 99.9% clean looking right now except for where longer hair has grown on her fanny (3-4" from her not-so-private parts). That longer hair catches some urine from time to time, so it's a little yellow-looking. My plan is to trim that hair with a dog clippers or scissors so it won't be a catch all for spills. If I can do that, she should look more or less like a Disney goat from head to foot -- "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" -- practically perfect in every way. That's what we'll be aiming for.
If Shirley behaves well, I may have Jackie videotape some of the bath so Casey (and I) can show it. We'll see how it goes.
Update on the "Buck for My Does" Fence Campaign. So far $127 has come in for the goat fence. That's almost three 16' x 5' fence panels. I believe more $$$ is on the way but I'm not sure.
My 60th birthday is coming up on March 5th. That's a milestone. I want $$$$$ for my goat fence for my birthday. That's all. Oh, and a free e-card from every one of you, since it is a milestone birthday!
Everyone who donates to the fence campaign will have their names emblazoned on part of the fence. Most who have donated have sent more than one dollar. I usually get $3 or more each time.
Antje from Germany: $5
Lynda Lien from Lake Stevens: $10
Debbie Hirneisen, NY: $50
Byron Bailey $30
Edward Smith $40.00
Margot Worthington $25
Laurel Smith $25
Jackie Smith $50
Phil and Wendy $50
Jim and Kay Chelsea AL $40