June 17, 2009

Peeps!

This is Peeps. She is a goat, a baby goat actually so she is called a kid. She is half Nubian and Half Boer. I guess that would make her a Boubian? Or would it be a Nuber? She is also a female baby goat so she is also called a doeling but I tend to call her a pest. Yes, Peeps is a pest that is always under foot but in the best, most adorable way possible.

The only decent picture I could get of her was while she was napping because she doesn't really have any concept of personal space, so unless she is napping ... extreme close-ups of her nose is about the only pictures I can get of Peeps. She has a need to be the center of attention, maybe she let the fact she was born on Easter go to her head so now she thinks she is the most special kid in the pasture. Of course she should get our complete and total attention and affection.

Most of the goat kids are friendly but for some its more in a "Hey, I wonder how far I can jump kick off of this person" sort of way. (though that phase wears off when they get older) I think those kids tend to reduce us just to another toy or as a piece of hair to chew but Peeps really seems to enjoy the company of people. She especially likes to have her chin and the sides of her nose rubbed. Her mom Dym is the same way, it must be the Nubian in her. It never fails as soon as Peeps notices I am in the pasture, here she comes! She will stand up and put her knees up against my leg, stretching her head and neck up as far as she can reach. "Rub my chin! Rub my chin!"... I always give in. This is a habit that needs to not be reinforced but then she gives you those sleepy doe eyes and who has the heart to ignore her?

It isn't just me she likes, she is an equal opportunity attention hound; as far as she is concerned the world revolves around Peeps and who wouldn't want to rub her chin? Every visitor to the farm is there just too see her. She will put her little hooves up on any person, especially if the pasture is muddy and they are wearing nice pants. Nobody escapes the Peeps pasture without her personal little hoof print signature. Nobody believes me that she was never a bottle baby, but she wasn't. It isn't a bottle she is looking for when she comes running, it is just some human company and a good old chin rub. She isn't the most fancy goat kid in the pasture but Peeps stood out this year because she is Miss Personality all the way.

I wish I could keep them all but I can't and since this is a working farm I can't base my decisions on personality alone, not when I already have her mother and two half sisters in the herd. Our herd size is based on how much pasture we have available and we are pretty much at capacity for the amount of pasture we have fenced off at this time. So if Peep stays, that means someone else would have to go. She is going to make someone a nice dual purpose goat someday. Her two half sisters from the same mother and a different Boer buck are both fair backyard milk goats and always produce the fastest growing market wethers every year.

Peeps the Pest did grab a little piece of my heart this year so it won't be easy to let her go but sometimes life on a farm is about making difficult decisions for the good of everyone, including Peeps. For that reason Peeps is for sale and she is looking for an appropriate, special home where there is other goats and she will get lots of attention and chin rubs. If you would like the position give me a call. Peeps will be conducting interviews the middle of next month....just don't wear new pants.

23 comments:

Becky said...

Peeps is a sweetie! She will be one of the "hard ones to let go" bunch. I know you will find her the perfect home.

Flartus said...

What a sweet post! I don't envy you having to select a good home for Peeps. Maybe she will let you know, in her unique way, which human she chooses.

Kathie @ my net finds said...

awww, Peeps is adorable! I wish I could have her :-)

Jenny said...

She sounds like a real sweetheart. Hope she finds a home where she can be spoiled appropriately. I'd almost be inclined to buy her just to tell people I have a Boubian!
~Jenny~

Pricilla said...

It is hard. Kevin is like that...I don't want to let him go.

KathyB. said...

I love that last line, " just don't wear nice pants." Ha ha. She sounds like a goat who will love whomever she lives with, and she is beautiful!

Magaly Guerrero said...

My first thought was "What is she talking about? That's a huge goat!" Then I looked a bit closer and went "ohhhhhhhh, Peeps!"

That has to be hard--to let them go--but like you said, the baby is going to be loved by someone else. I pray Peeps goes to a very good home.

Mama said...

Awwww she's so sweet,love the post;)

Joanna@BooneDocksWilcox said...

Our SweetPea loves attention and food. If I am sitting down, and not paying attention, she will jump in my lap. Now her daughter, Gabbi, from the C-section, that we have been bottle feeding is going to be an attention hog too. Best wishes to Peeps, I hope she gets a forever, lovng home.

Mom L said...

It's really hard to part with any animal that gets into your heart, no matter the reason. I know it won't be easy for you. Peeps looks like she'll even help you pick out the right person! Good luck...

Nancy in Atlanta

Delicioso Mama said...

What innoculations are giving you kids? I was given a purebred Boer buck and three Nubian X. Hubby thinks they should be innoculated and wormed...with what and at what intervals do you do this?
Thank you...Mama

Callie said...

It is a good thing that I live in California because if I lived close to Peeps I would be in line to adopt her for sure. I remember those kids who liked to walk on people. I would lean over to pick up a bucket and a kid would land on my back. Surprise!

farmlady said...

It's the "Nubian" in Peeps, but also..., some goats are just people friendly. My four Nubians just love people and especially my husband, but we have one (Black Bart) who just knocks himself out to get his ears rubbed. I just love the way he vies for attention.He flirts and gives me what I call "the wonderful goat look".
I would love to take Peeps but we have no more room right now. Hope you find her a good home.

Twisted Fencepost said...

Nuber Peeps, the Easter goat.
So cute!!!

barefootchef said...

How very sweet. I wish I had room for the Peepster!

Future Mama said...

How CUTE!! aww! And I love how you have to take pictures of her when she's sleeping! LOL! What a cute goat! And she sleeps sitting up? how interesting!!

Heather said...

Awww, Peeps sounds adorable. It is a pity you cant keep her, that would be the hard part for me and raising animals. Still hoping someday to have a couple of my own, maybe I'll drive up to kansas and get one from ya ;)

Pamela said...

What a sweetie. And just how lucky will her new owners be? They will have a real little jewel!

Alix said...

Peeps can autograph my nice white pants any day. I just love your stories so much and envy your life. What could be more wonderful than a yardfull of goats.

Kiss each of their little heads for me. Okay?

And keep the wonderful stories coming. I thrive off of them. Oh, and by the way? "Peeps" is the perfect name for that little darlin.

Oz Girl said...

Peeps sounds like such a sweetheart -- I can imagine just how hard these decisions must be for you! But with this post, I can't imagine that she's not guaranteed a really special home! :)

DayPhoto said...

I so enjoy Misty and Linkin's goats when they go on thier daily (evening) walk up to Grammys (and Grandpa's). They give me little goats kisses all over my face and like to be right where we are sitting on the patio having ice cream. They want ice cream too, but would also like to have flowers, hummm, I don't think so.

Now a Nilla Vanilla cookies, yes they can have some of those.

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com/

Mildred said...

What a cute post. Made me smile to read about Peeps!

Heather said...

I knew that puppies, kitties and babies were skilled at using their cuteness to their advantage. I had no idea it worked for baby goats too. Very sweet.