You Know You’re a Goat Ma When…

A while ago, I did a post at Bleeding Espresso called “You Know You’re in Italy When…” and readers had a great time with it, joining in and adding their own fabulous responses. I’m hoping some more of the same will happen with this post I like to call:

You Know You’re a Goat Maaaa When…

  • You can’t find a piece of clothing without some piece of hay attached.
  • You always go back for just a few more face scratches.
  • You don’t even notice all the goat berries that surround you.
  • You can carry on a full conversation while deftly swiping away your goat’s teeth from your shirt/shorts/pants/shoelaces/jacket.
  • You take special care that your banana peels touch as few surfaces as possible because you know otherwise your goat won’t touch them.
  • Your kids come first, period.
Pinta and Pasqualina, my kids 4evah

Pinta and Pasqualina, my kids 4evah

So, what say you? How does one know when she’s a goat maaaa?

(Or goat paaaa; we’re equal opportunity here!)

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34 Responses to “You Know You’re a Goat Ma When…”
  1. 02.15.2011

    Your friends are amazed that you’ve spent 10 minutes with your goats and your jeans are still perfectly in tact.

    You can come out of the goat pen (or in my case, our backyard) without a trace of goat berries on your shoes.

    Your friends are scared at the loud thumping sound to which you reply, “that’s just my pet goat banging his head against our house.”

    and my favorite…

    Your goat greets your with loud bleats and jumps on you… like a dog!

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  2. 02.15.2011

    …you walk through the children’s clothing department in a store and imagine how some of the outfits would look on your goat kids.

    …you keep a running list of potential goat kid names in a special place so you don’t lose them.

    …you think it’s cute when you find hoofprints on the hood of your car.

    …you buy the peanut butter flavoured dog treats (vegetarian!) for your goats and you find that you have to tell the cashier that they’re for your goat when you buy them in case she might think you are just giving them to a dog.

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    Kat Reply:

    love the hoofprints on the car one!

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  3. 02.15.2011

    When you hear them yelling in their pen from in the house and even if your in your good running shoes, you run outside to make sure that there aren’t any problems. Then you end up staying outside for half an hour petting them and giving them scritches.

    You let the bottle baby come in the house whenever she wants.

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  4. 02.16.2011

    You have no problems using family sick or personal days for your goats.

    You have some of your best conversations in the barnyard without any other humans around.

    You know who is feeling well or not so well by just a glance, and you know favorite foods to tempt them to eat.

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  5. Nell
    02.16.2011

    You know your a goat maaaaaaa when
    you start thinking about and planning how to build goat play area’s

    Your know your a goat maaaaa when you prefer to go for walk s in the hills with goat’s as opposed to your other half.
    You know your a goat maaaaa when you give yourself the nick of Heidi

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  6. 02.16.2011

    You know you are a (want to be) when you ask your daughter’s Zia to find ANY stuffed or toy goats she can for Christmas so your child can have a goat!

    You know you are a (want to be) when you are trying to figure out HOW to master high heels & cute outfits with the possibility of new kids in your home 😉

    LOVE THIS!

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  7. 02.17.2011

    Yep! Yep!…lol! This is one of the BEST post! Love and Hugs!

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    michelle Reply:

    Loving all your comments! Thanks so much for playing along, and feel free to spread the word to other goat lovers so we can get lots more reasons!

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  8. 02.26.2011

    when you rescue a nanny from the slaughter in Colorado and let her ride on front seat of your Ford Ranger all the way home….xj

    Awwwww :)

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  9. You Know Your A Goat Ma When….
    You purposefully get the King Size Bags of Pretzels and Tortilla Chips!
    You don’t even glance at the super-cute cow coffee mugs, you look for goat!
    You watch with ecstasy when your tabby cat coms over and talks and rubs on the goats!
    Everyday, you log onto Goat Berries, looking for tips and tricks!
    -Livi (13-year-old girl), Nico (Pygora), Charlie (Nigerian Dwarf), and Jac (also a Nigerian)

    Aw love this, Livi; thanks!

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  10. Margi
    04.23.2011

    …when you can recite a goat’s lineage in your sleep
    …when you compare people to your goats
    …when you worry for your goats in a light drizzle

    Great lists and additions!

    Love them! I’m always scared of the rain too 😀

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  11. Nell
    07.14.2011

    Does it count if your married to an old Goat!)

    Of course!

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  12. Hej from Sweden,

    You know when you are a goat ma when the first thing you think of even before you lift your head from you pillow is “I wonder how the goats slept last night ?” and when the last thought on you mind as you drift off to sleep is “I hope the babies are all warm tonight and I hope I put enough straw in each bed tonight”.

    I just love each and every one of my goats, the mammas, the babies and the young noisy ladies and of course my “boys” !

    I can’t imagine my life without my little herd.

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    michelle Reply:

    Love your additions! Thank you!

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  13. 12.30.2011

    You’re in need of a frame for one of your goats baby pictures and you’re suprised when your spouse looks askance at you for suggesting to put it over one of your wedding pictures (temporarily, of course :)

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    michelle Reply:

    That. Is. Awesome.

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  14. Jeanne
    01.10.2012

    when you can’t go to sleep without one last check/goodnight to your goats

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    michelle Reply:

    Ain’t that the truth, Jeanne?!

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    Jayne Reply:

    So true! My husband works second shift and I make him go out after midnight to check on them!

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    michelle Reply:

    Hee hee hee :)

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  15. 01.10.2012

    Certainly you know you’re a Goat Ma when you….

    Can tell with just a glance whose not feeling well.

    Can describe each individual goats’ personality.

    Can walk out in the barnyard and they allllll follow!

    :)

    Jesus bless – interesting you’re in Italy! :)

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    michelle Reply:

    Thx for sharing these, April — you’re definitely a goat ma hahaha :)

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  16. Kat
    01.16.2012

    * when you don’t even get mad that your 70 lb billy goat just hooked you good with his horns

    *when you think it’s amusing and clever that they’ve figured out how to let themselves out of the pen and it takes you half an hour to get them rounded up

    *when you can’t go out to see them without taking treats from the kitchen with you

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    michelle Reply:

    Love them! I’m a treat-giver too :)

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  17. Samantha
    01.27.2012

    You pick up goatberries off your kitchen floor without gloves!

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  18. Samantha
    01.27.2012

    When… they’re like potato chips. You can’t have just one!

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  19. Samantha
    01.27.2012

    When… YOU bleat back at them.

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  20. Samantha
    01.28.2012

    You hear bleating in your sleep.

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    michelle Reply:

    Hee hee hee…..

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  21. 06.04.2012

    You know you’re a goat maaa when you dream about bottle feeding baby goats EVERY night.

    …you drive 120 miles in one day to get a fecal count done.

    …your pink pants turn brown and you don’t think anything of it.

    …you wish you were getting the shot, not your goat.

    …you have grain in the pockets of all your jackets.

    …the only thing you post on Facebook is pictures of your goats.

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    michelle Reply:

    Oh my, I LOVE these!!!!

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  22. 09.04.2013

    When you go out to the barn at two in the morning just to check on the newest kid-even though her mother is the best I ever saw. Or maybe just ’cause she’s so cute.

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  23. Kathy Meinberg (Goatmomma)
    12.16.2015

    You know for certain when every year you spend more on veterinary bills and meds for the herd than you do on your own health care.

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