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Successful goat wrestling

I’m so proud of myself! I caught and de-wormed everybody (except for the new wether) last night. Murphy’s law was absent, probably because I had all the time in the world.

I de-wormed the goats first. I caught them one at a time, dewormed and let them out of the pen so that it was 1) easier to know which goats were already dewormed and 2) easier to catch the ones still needing deworming.

Catching the sheep was easier than I expected. I cornered them by holding the shepherd’s crook horizontally as I walked up to them. Then when I got close enough, I crouched a little bit, dropped the crook and grabbed for a sheep with both hands. It worked all four times. I ended up catching the little wether in *mid-air* as he tried to jump over the crook -- he really worked hard to get past me!

I caught the wether even though he didn’t need de-worming just so that I could read his tag and, yes, I admit it, to pet him and play with his fleece for a moment. His tag number is 10518.

Oh, wait, yeah, we have four sheep again. I don't think I ever reported on last weekend.

I took the trailer down to Morning Moon Alpacas and picked up a little jacob wether from D-. See, achaosofkittens was terribly disappointed with the sheep when I first brought them home because they don't have horns. This little jacob guy does. He's a wether because he has a fused right horn rather than a matching set for his two left horns. Poor little guy. Also, he is going to max out at about 80 lbs, while the jacob-CVM cross ewe could be 140lbs or more.

My other reason for going to Morning Moon Alpacas was to get a picture of my black shawl next to the alpaca who contribued to it. It's kind of funny. Black Streaker must have known I was coming, because he was covered in dirt when I got there. Very stylish, especially next to my clean black-black shawl. No, I haven't retrieved that picture off of the camera yet.

So while visiting D-, I got to see a 5-hour-old baby alpaca. He is pure white. He is also a disappointment because D- has plenty of males. Though she still makes some money off of them. Three of her "pet quality" (neutered) males were picked up by new owners while I was there.

I also got to visit with 5-week old orange tabby kittens. And I got some advice on my knitting. It was a good visit.
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