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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Name That Goat

They're here! It was a lot of trouble, but I finally have my goats. Two female Boer goats. One is 11/2 years old, and the other is 6 months old. (Ha! Same age as Nana.)

From the moment they arrived, I started worrying. In the back of my mind I kept hearing the lament another goat owner once expressed. From the moment they're born, a goat is looking for a place to die.

Oy vey.

These two look sound though. I was very picky with my selection. I put them on virgin ground too, so hopefully they won't pick up any parasites. Goats need to be regularly wormed.

All the dogs have met them (one on one) and so far no one seems to mind the other too much. Iko is probably the only one who's a little annoyed with the interlopers. (Iko hates change.) Tank and Maggie couldn't care less. But Nana wants to herd them. She runs circles (outside their pen) trying to keep them in the center.

Even though these girls haven't been handled much, I managed to get them to follow me with a little pelleted food. You'd think I had offered them crack!

It was a long time in coming, but I hope they'll have long and happy lives here. The only predators I need to worry about are coyotes and parasites.

But, wait! They each need a name. Something short and easy for me to yell from across the pen.

Any ideas? Leave your suggestions in the comments below. Enter as many names as you like.

If we pick your name, I will send you the print edition of Mistress of the Stone, coming out July 2nd. This is open to anyone on the planet.

If two or more people pick the same name, we'll put the names in a hat and pick a winner that way.

We've raised chickens, ducks, turkeys, rabbits, pigs, rheas and emu. And now goats. Wish us luck!


Angela Brown said...

I've considered what to name a dog, if we ever got one, but can't say I'd have the slightest idea how to name goats. Do they scream like a few of the goats I've seen on YouTube?

Oh...names...yes, I'm so easily distracted.

Lila and Tika
Kell and Belle
Sadie and Zoe

Please don't ask why I even tried lol!!! I just couldn't help myself lol!!

Maria Zannini said...

Angela: They bleat. But so far these girls are relatively quiet. I'm sure it's the new environment.

Great names!

Darke Conteur said...

Oh they are ADORABLE! Emma, and Zoey? Not sure if I spelled the second name right.

Mark K said...

Gorgeous animals - funny how the expression on their face always seems to say, 'What have you got for me?'

How about Bib and Brace?

Or from the old mime due: Tick and Tock?

Candy and Floss?

Sorry, I can't go on without delving into the cliché names.

Still, no matter what they are called, they are still gorgeous :)

Shirley Wells said...

So, so cute. Absolutely adorable. Congratulations and I hope you all have many happy years together.

Names? Ha. It takes me forever to come up with the right name for anything - characters, dogs, cats and definitely goats. I'd go for Daisy and Karma (no idea why but they look like Daisy and Karma to me). :)

Mike Keyton said...

I want a goat! I'll try think of a name in the bath but avoid Eureka

Maria Zannini said...

Oh, you guys are coming up with killer names! Names I never thought of either.

Keep it up. I'll probably pick a winner in a couple of weeks. (Gotta wait for Greg to come back so he can meet his new goats.)

Maria Zannini said...

Re: I want a goat!

LOL! Get you one. They're as smart as a dog and you don't have to bring them inside. Your shrubs may suffer though.

Michelle H. said...

Ah, cute goats! I kept thinking if the kid's story "The Billy Goats Gruff" had names for the goats but I'm coming up blank.

Perhaps Betty and Billy (hey, Billy can be a girl's name). Or you could go totally sitcom and pick names like Laverne and Shirley or Lucy and Ethel

LD Masterson said...

Gert(rude) and Edith - my grandmothers.

Georgia and Gracie

And I like Michelle's suggestion of Lucy and Ethel.

Giacomo Giammatteo said...

I always have to wait until I have an animal a few days, or even weeks, before I name them. An attempt to find something that fits the personality. It's tough, though, because Mikki is an instant namer.

R. Mac Wheeler said...

Curly and Knuckles

Carole Remy said...

Goats! Wow! I wanted goats a few years ago when we had a lot of grass to keep in control. These are adorable! How about

Mocha and Cappy (short for Cappuccino, and also Capricorn) or

Panela and Oaxaca (pronounced Woks-aca, two delicious Mexican cheeses sometimes made with goat's milk)

Have fun with the names! I asked for help to name my new rescue dog and got about 20 suggestions, but all he would respond to was Maxi (not a suggestion), so that's his name!


Stacy McKitrick said...

I see goats, I think the Alps. How about Liesl and Heidi?

Jenny Schwartz said...

They're adorable. Names? Trouble and Double :)

Gwen Gardner said...

Yay, finally! How about Millie and Molly? Betty and Bertha? Dora and Dolly? Jackie and Jill? Lana and Lulu? LOL, I guess I'm into alliteratives!

Maria Zannini said...

I am LOVING all these names! I'm so glad I asked you guys for suggestions. This is going to be harder than I thought when it comes down to choosing.

Anonymous said...

I'm going to second Liesl and Heidi.

Mocha and Latte
Gypsy and Sassy
Cocca and Caramel

They are adorable Maria. I hope they live long and prosper :)

Love that picture with Nana!

Barbara Ann Wright said...

When I drive to my in-laws, the only way I remember one of the turns on this country road is by the goats climbing this hill of tires. I hope they never get rid of them.

My names are Frick and Frack.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Lilly and Jilly, billy-goat gruffs. They're adorable.

Marguerite Butler said...

Thelma and Lousie

Holly and Ivy

Grace and Hope

Jane and Doe (I crack myself up).

Enjoy your goats. They're so much fun.

Nadja Notariani said...

Hi Maria!

I'll vote for...

Leather & Lace

Good luck with your goats! My mother had a goat - Nanny was her name. She ate EVERYTHING. Windshield wipers off her car even once. Ha hahaha.

Ellie Garratt said...

Bless. They're so cute. My suggestion is Taya.

Anne Gallagher said...

Oh, they are just too cute.

We have two Chihuaha's and my daughter named them Spotty and Fluffy. But I've always wanted two animals I could name Poncho and Lefty (for that great song by Hank and Willie).

Although, Heidi and Liesl fit them perfectly.

Mike Keyton said...

Okay, after some consideration, and after discounting Sheri and Della, I'm opting for Greta and Garbo