Every goat has a unique personality.  Some are shy around people.  Some are indifferent.  Some love being the center of human attention.

Our goat Sheeza falls into the “hey, pet me” category.

Cherie and Sheeza

Cherie and Sheeza

She’s lucky to be alive. This winter she kidded (her first time).  She had grown so little I didn’t even know she was pregnant.  I found her trying to deliver.  I had to pull the kids, both of which were very large (and stillborn).   The first was one of the largest kids I’ve ever seen.  I still have no idea how she carried those two.  She had a lot of trouble recovering and was near death a couple of times.  We brought her into the barn and away from the other goats to give her a chance to recover.  To our delight, she bounced back.   She’s still too skinny but she’s back to pushing around the smaller goats and she insists on being petted whenever we’re in the pasture with her.

Sheeza having a close look at the camera.

Sheeza having a close look at the camera.

We like giving our goats musical names.  When Sheeza was born I thought I’d already used up all the names from Ramones songs, but a friend and fellow Ramones fan suggested “Sheeza,” inspired by the song “She’s a Sensation.”  I thought it was a great suggestion (Cherie was not so keen on it then, but I think the name has grown on her).

When she was born her mother developed a problem with her milk bag, so we had to bottle feed Sheeza and her brother (who we naturally named Heeza) for a while.  No doubt that contributed to Sheeza being so spoiled and lovable now.

For more on the early days of Sheeza:


11 comments on “Sheeza

  1. Bob Braxton says:

    definitely, Sheeza whiz


  2. shoreacres says:

    Oh, thank goodness. When I saw the title, I thought, “Oh, NO! There’s been more (insert agricultural disaster here) and there he is, standing in the middle of the rows saying, ‘Oh, Sheeza!'”

    I’m glad Sheeza’s a cutie and not a cuss word. And she is a cutie. I must have read about her before and just forgotten — thanks for the reminder!


    • Bill says:

      Yeah I’ve been doing too much of that lately–fussing about things. This post was just an excuse to share the cute picture of Cherie and Sheeza, who seems to be trying to climb into her lap.


  3. Bill, life on the homestead is a rugged life with torrential rain disasters, new life, untimely deaths, but when things come together and a cuddly goat survives or a garden over produces unexpectedly, it makes it all worth the effort, don’t you think? Experiences and emotional joy coming from living on a homestead just can’t be explained at times. It has to be lived and experienced. It always has difficult times in every season but in the end, the sense of accomplishment can’t be compared to any thing else. That’s my humble opinion anyway.

    Have a great Sheeza/Heeza day on the homestead.


    • Bill says:

      The reality isn’t all pretty and bucolic. Often it is, but not always. Sometimes it’s dead kids and washed out gardens.

      But sometimes it’s a friendly happy goat who survived when we didn’t think she would. 🙂


  4. Goats have always been one of my favorite farm animals, exactly for the reasons you outline. While I don’t farm, I always head straight to the goat barn whenever I visit a fair. And there are always goats who immediately come over to have their heads scratched. My second favorite animal at the fair are the pigs. 🙂 –Curt


  5. df says:

    Sounds as though you are very lucky to still have Sheeza with you today; what a great personality!


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