Going it Alone?
Goats are an investment of time, energy, love, money and mental capacity that consumes much of my life. I will admit that I would not be able to do what I do without the love and support of my husband. For those of you that don't know him, he grew up a completely non-goaty life. I met him during an internship at Ecolab while he was working at Dairymen's milk company. (See.... everything comes back to milk!) He grew up just a few miles from downtown Cleveland and had only ever seen goats at the Zoo.
As our romance continued he learned that I love all things farm animals and that goats were my absolute favorite animal! He thought he could change my love affair with goats by introducing me to dogs. I never had dogs growing up, because our goats were our dogs! I did learn to love and appreciate dogs and I would not replace our shelter pup Sadie for the world.
In 2015 when we bought our farm and moved out into the country my first order of business was to buy a goat. I had missed their mischievous nature and all of the joy they bring to your life. With great reluctance my husband agreed and we bought Ivy in July of 2015.
That was the beginning of the end for my husband. He told me that we were only getting her because I wanted a goat and he didn't want anything to do with her. Well that all changed when I was traveling for work in September of 2015. My husband, that hates the heat was sitting on the front porch cuddling with Ivy, as sweat poured down his face. When I asked him what he was doing he told me how guilty she made him feel. She was our only goat at the time and was staring in our porch window crying and looking at him. She was lonely and would only stop crying if he went and spent time with her. From that day forward I lost Ivy. She forever favors my husband over me and will yell any time she sees him.
I am so blessed to have a husband that now loves goats almost as much as I do. We regularly have dinner conversations about goats, goat shows and silly things our goats have done that day. He has spent countless hours driving me to goat shows, volunteering and getting up early to help set thing up. I cannot tell you how happy this makes me that he supports me in the things that I love and even better they have turned into things that he loves an adores too. I wanted write this blog to show my love and extreme gratitude
for my spectacular husband.
To all the Goaty spouse and partner supporters out there keep on Goating it means the world to your significant other.