A very difficult decision recently had to be made concerning our dear Trixie. Tests have confirmed that Trixie contracted CL, a highly contagious, volatile disease of which there is no cure.
In order to not only protect the rest of our herd but also to ensure she doesn't suffer, the decision was made to put poor Trixie down. Due to the nature of the disease and the fact that very little is known about it, we agreed to donate
Trixie to the Ontario Veterinary College. As horrible as this may sound, we had to consider that very little is known about goat health in general still and that the future of health and wellness for goats relies heavily on the donations of animals to the school so that future generations of Vets can learn "hands on". Trixie will spend the next two weeks being examined and handled by future veterinarians, and we hope that it will be through working with Trixie that some student there will decide to become a caprine specialist or even find a cure for CL. She will be very well looked after and receive a great deal of attention and love while staying there and she will in turn teach these students more than any book ever could. Before Trixie begins to suffer the effects of her disease she will be humanely euthanized. Her legacy will be through the education of the students who will get to know her in the next few weeks and the love we all have for her in our hearts. Farewell dear Trixie. You will always be remembered for your feisty attitude and attention getting "love bites".
We love you Big Mamma xoxoxo. You will be greatly missed :o(
5/14/2012 1 Comment
So here I am, doing something I thought I would never do. I am starting a Blog. I guess this could help to keep my thoughts in order while I continue to take on more and more responsibility. I am after all, a sucker for punishment and certainly seem to enjoy staying busy! So for my first blog post I figure I will just ramble about the recent goings on here lately and see where it takes me.
So, I finished my Child Welfare class last week, something that I dreaded taking part in everyday as it really is a brutal subject. Now for the rest of the summer I just have my medieval history class, which I love. I officially changed my degree to Child and Family Studies two weeks ago which puts me a great position for entering into the MSW that will be starting at Nipissing in the next year or so.
Aside from school, we are all still anticipating the birth of Trixie's first baby (ies). The guy we got her from obviously had no clue when she was bred as based on his information, she should
have given birth a month ago. To all you sceptics - YES she is pregnant (according to our vet anyways!) lol She will finally pop when we least expect it OR are at our busiest.
Poor Dixie went through dehorning yesterday. What we thought were scurs (a horny growth
where horns grown after disbudding as kids) actually turned out to be horns so it's a good thing out vet Kelli and her new associate Haley were taking care of it. Fortunately for Dixie, we don't risk any procedures around here without heavy sedation and freezing. She now has two holes in the top of her head where her horns once were but they will grow in and she'll be just fine. No more worries about that wonky horn growing into the side of her head!
We suspect Billie went for a swim yesterday. He suddenly showed up at the front door after dinner,
soaking wet. After checking the fence line a few times, we can't figure out how on earth he got out of his pen. Such a mystery! Here is hoping he doesn't try it again anyways. Goats hate water and he was dripping wet.
Well, for a first blog post I guess I've written enough. I will continue to try to write frequently as I modify and build this website up.
Thanks for reading! Cheers :o)
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