Cuzco's Glamour Shot o' the Day
The girls are intrigued.

Lilly is also intrigued, but she has a certain amount of experience with these horny little beasts and will only investigate if she is the one on top.

Stay away from my girls!

Please let me out of this madhouse!
Pac-Man passed his preliminary health check on Monday (vet says he looks healthy, has no worms), but until we hear the results of his CAE test, he's got to be penned up separate from the girls. I felt comfortable letting them all be together under supervision for the first couple of afternoons while I worked on his new pen because Lilly is bred and the younger two went out of heat two days before he came. But no more free time with the ladies after this! He was a lot more subdued the second day after being thoroughly rebuffed on the first. He's smaller than these Amazons, so he learned very quickly that he can't take advantage if they don't want to play.

Also, there's Cuzco to contend with. Cuzco doesn't mind if Pac-Man plays nicely with his girls, but the minute there's even a hint of flirting, Cuzco is on the scene in a flash and starts using Pac-Man for a dust mop. Nubbin is desperately in need of a friend right now so she went over and engaged Pac-Man in a bit of friendly head-butting on the back patio. That lasted about a minute before he stuck his tongue out, swatted Nubbin with his front leg, and started blubbing. Cuzco, who was quietly grazing with his back to them about thirty feet away, sprang into action like he'd been shot out of a pistol. I haven't seen him move that fast in several years. He charged through the patio gate and broadsided Pac-Man so hard he was swept off his feet. Cuzco smeared him half-way across the patio before he managed to get back on his feet and beat a hasty exit. The mood for romance was thoroughly crushed and that was the last blub I heard from Pac-Man all day. In fact, he kind of kept away from the ladies completely after that except for some polite sniffing and looking (no more ogling, and he kept his eyes firmly on their faces!).

I put the two boys in their own pen last night and they seem to be getting along well. Pac-Man is terrified to come to the gate for treats if Cuzco is there, but he's got some guts! He continues to challenge Cuzco to head-butting contests, and as long as they're engaged in a legitimate fight, Cuzco is a gentleman and doesn't pave the yard with him. They just go back and forth like Cuzco used to do with Nibbles before she died, which makes me think they'll be good friends before long.
Glad to hear everyone is getting along good, it will only get better as time goes on. Cuzco sounds just like my big guy, Basil.

Pac-Man and they girls look like they'll make some pretty kids, can't wait to see what they look likeSmile
LOL that cracks me up. Kinda reminded me of all those farmers daughter jokes Smile
Pack Goat Prospects For Sale.

S.E. Washington (Benton City)
For some reason I liked this picture of Nubbin scratching on the stump with Lilly reaching around.
I forget how big my little girls are because to me they're still my babies, and some of it, of course, is camera angle, but still... Nubbin as no longer a little nubbin, and while still the cutest and fluffiest of my goats, she's lost most of her baby look by now and is fast turning into a beautiful young doe. Her feet are also turning out much nicer than I originally feared. She was pretty pigeon-toed for a long time and she'll always have a funny little waddle, but she seems to be getting better with age, and conformationally, she seems to be an improvement over her mother.

I told ya Petunia is a monster! Look, she's even giving goat-back rides to horses now!
No pictures, since I'm preoccupied with a sick Petunia this morning, but the beauty of a laptop is that I can sit with Petunia by the fire and still type on my computer.

Pac-Man has been entertaining us non-stop this morning with his antics, which we can see through the back door window. I'm not sure he ever had high things to play on before he came here because he didn't seem to know what to do with the stump and the spool. Well yesterday he apparently discovered what they are for (and a very clumsy display he made!), and this morning he woke us up bright and early like a kid on Christmas so he could play with his new toy. He's been out there for an hour fighting with himself on top of the spool. His hair is all stood up on end, his tail is wagging viciously, and he's bouncing and posturing and head-butting invisible enemies. Sometimes he even gets pushed off! He is exactly like a kid with a toy sword, fighting invisible foes, getting stabbed, then jumping up to fight some more. Phil and I can't stop laughing as he spins, rushes, butts, flies off the spool sideways and leaps back up, hackles raised, to twirl and pounce and fight again.
LOL ah great post. Sorry to hear Petunia is under the wether.... er I mean weather Smile Maybe a video when all is well would be in order? Smile
Pack Goat Prospects For Sale.

S.E. Washington (Benton City)
I want that horse!
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It got pretty cold last night and poor Pac-Man was shivering by himself in the little Dogloo because Cuzco won't let him share the big shed no matter how much he begs. I piled straw underneath and inside, covered it with some pieces from an old horse blanket, and banked snow around the outside for extra insulation.

It reminded me of a cold night long ago--almost exactly 11 years ago to the day--when Cuzco was the exact same age as Pac-Man (did I mention that those two share the same April Fool's birthday??) when Phil and I took him on a road trip with us to visit Phil's relatives in Stowe, VT. It was -17 degrees when evening fell and they had no shed where we could put Cuzco. So Phil and I built him an igloo!

I was quite proud of the result, and Phil's uncle Steve gave us some flags left over from a car rally to decorate it.

Cuzco wasn't too sure about this strange shelter at first and would only put his head inside to snatch hay, but as the night deepened and the cold grew worse, he crawled right inside and curled up on his cozy bed.
It's amazing how similar Cuzco and Pac-Man are at that young age! That's a very nice igloo you built him!
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