Wednesday, January 28, 2015

RIP Houdini AKA Deenis



As our Twitter Followers and Facebook Friends are already aware, our friend Houdini AKA Deenis the Goat passed away Sunday night. We'd like to thank our friends for the outpouring of sympathy and support during this rough time.

Anyone who's owned a friendly goat knows they are much like a big, goofy, mischevious dog. He was a Boer/Pygmy cross, estimated at almost 200lbs when he passed, saved from the meat market by the farm he was born at thanks to his extremely friendly personality. We had many good times with him laying out in the sunshine, going for walks, and hanging out by the campfire on summer evenings. He was a great helper in the garden, turning unwanted piles of weeds into fertilizer! He was also a prankster, and loved to attempt to take off with and eat non-food items such as plastic bags, duct tape, tarps, and even a lit cigar when he thought you weren't looking!!!

He came down sick Thursday afternoon, with what we initially thought was just a bad case of bloat. We were able to treat the bloat, but it turned out that he was also suffering from Urinary Calculi, a total blockage of the urinary tract. It is most common in wethers that are castrated too early, and in the winter months when a variety of forage is scarce whether your rations include Ammonium Chloride or not. He was just 3 1/2 years old...

Deenis was certainly one of a kind, and is sorely missed by all of us...