Saturday, October 30, 2010

goodbye

In a few hours a family will be here to adopt Finn. He's going to live with two wethers and some llamas at a small family homestead. It's bittersweet. Part of me feels pangs of guilt, since he's been so well behaved since we got the fencing right. It showed me that with proper planning goats are wonderful homestead animals. Finn found his place here with Sal as his good friend, and his antics have lightened the pasture into quite a scene. But the other part of me is relieved and happy. For all of Finn's goodness, he is still a goat in a sheep farm. He's grown bored, destructive (just ask the apple trees, field fencing, and shed walls) and misses the company of other goats. While it will be a gut punch to see him drive off in that mini van, it's also time he did.

This is a sheep farm. I know that now.

22 Comments:

Blogger daisy said...

You are feeling the pangs of motherhood, my friend. God's speed, Finn.

October 30, 2010 at 8:04 AM  
Blogger Justine said...

Good luck to finn and to your growing sheep farm. It is and seems like it always will be an awesome adventure at cold antler. Keep up the good work!

October 30, 2010 at 8:24 AM  
Blogger A and B Farm said...

I know how you feel. I recently let a family adopt my three goats. As my family misses them terribly, I think the garden and other foliage was happy to say bye.

October 30, 2010 at 8:49 AM  
Blogger djp said...

My thoughts are with you Jenna. I know it hurts, but it's the best for Finn.
He will be missed.

October 30, 2010 at 9:21 AM  
Blogger Fresh Eggs Farm said...

Oh Jenna...I know that your heart is hurting...but I'm sure you have made the right decision. Your focus should be on your sheep...that is your life calling. You've found a great home for Finn - THAT makes you a good owner.

October 30, 2010 at 10:03 AM  
Blogger Flartus said...

In retrospect, maybe you can look at Finn's role as leading you to find a place you could own. He may not have turned out to be a permanent resident, but he was a big reason you got to where you are today.

Will you be able to visit him occasionally?

October 30, 2010 at 10:55 AM  
OpenID urbanadaptation said...

Unfortunately, it so often seems like the right decision is also the hard one, but you've made the right choice, for you and for him. And the fact that you were able to look at the situation honestly and make that decision? Well, that speaks volumes.

October 30, 2010 at 12:03 PM  
Blogger Dawn Dutton said...

bye Finn

October 30, 2010 at 12:10 PM  
Blogger Affi'enia said...

Oh hun. Tis certainly a shame but I'm sure Finn will be much happier. You've done the right things as much as it is hurting you.

I'll miss seeing pics of him.

October 30, 2010 at 12:41 PM  
Blogger Heidi said...

as a goat lover/owner, i will miss reading about Finn and commiserating over crazy goat antics. i'm sure he will be happy in his new home. you did the right thing.

October 30, 2010 at 1:14 PM  
Blogger sheepkelpie said...

He might have been nice to have for company for your ram....

October 30, 2010 at 1:27 PM  
Blogger Stargazer 2 said...

JENNA,

JUST REMEMBER "FINN" WITH ONE
OF YOUR BREWS!!!
"FINN'S COLD ANTLER FARM KICK ?
CHEERS WITH A HEALTH DRINK!!!
RONNIE A VERY HAPPY SEAT WEAVER!!!
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October 30, 2010 at 1:34 PM  
Blogger Cindy said...

Have fun at your new home, Finn. Jenna, I know that this is going to be a difficult day. My prayers are with you.

I tried having a goat when I was in TN, but he wasn't a good fit with the cattle, and drove my boyfriend crazy. I visited him after he moved to a farm with other goats, and he was a much happier critter. I'm sure it will be true for Finn as well.

October 30, 2010 at 1:35 PM  
Blogger SouthernHeart said...

I know you'll miss him, Jenna. Finn will find "friends and fellowship" with others just like him...

October 30, 2010 at 1:39 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

It's good that he's moving to a home with llamas. I understand that they are great herd guards, so they will help keep Finn out of trouble.

Saying goodbye to any friend is hard, but you will shortly have your hands full, so maybe that will help heal the hole he's leaving. At least it's in your heart, and not your fence!

October 30, 2010 at 1:49 PM  
Blogger bookjunky said...

I always hate to see any animal go. You are doing the right thing and Finn and you will both be happier for it.

October 30, 2010 at 2:19 PM  
Blogger Tara said...

Good on you for being clear-sighted. Here's wishing Finn a happy, goaty life, and a more peaceful, sheepy one for you!

October 30, 2010 at 6:05 PM  
Blogger Manzanita Farms said...

Finny-Boy....we will miss him as will you (but not for long as you will too busy). May he have a long and happy life playing with his new friends and getting into goaty mischief.

October 31, 2010 at 12:59 AM  
Blogger treehuggers kitchen said...

You're a good woman, Jenna. You've made the right choice, even though it hurts.

October 31, 2010 at 9:33 AM  
Blogger Diane said...

It sounds as if he will have a happy life and have good pasture-mates. I will miss seeing pics and hearing stories about him, though!

October 31, 2010 at 4:52 PM  
Blogger John Taylor said...

Via Con Dios Finn!

November 1, 2010 at 1:38 PM  
Blogger jim said...

so long big guy, i'll miss you and your wondering ways- have a long, happy one-----cheers

November 3, 2010 at 8:50 PM  

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