Drawing Battle Lines


Clover, enjoying her peace, her serenity, her vanquishing of that silly milking business.

She has so many dreams! The babies are growing up. It’s Clover time! Time to think of herself. Time to pick up those hobbies she gave up when the children came along. Time to improve herself, maybe take up French. Or Italian? Maybe flute lessons and ballroom dancing and pastry classes…. The world is her salt lick!

Of course, there’s still family time, play time. Time to feel like a kid herself!

And time to relax. Perhaps schedule a nice seaweed spa massage and a hoof manicure…..

But… Hark! Is that the wind, blowing back in another direction?

Oh yeah. Yeah, baby!!!


Uh, hold on. I didn’t mean that.

I’m not daring you!

Stop thinking!



  1. wkf says:

    Way to persevere!


  2. angiecmt says:

    Too cute! Hang in there!!!

  3. Becky says:

    Clover sure ain’t camera shy, is she? I just love those pictures.
    Good luck with the hobbled up goat milking adventure! She sure looks like she’s determined.

  4. Diane says:

    Clover is thinking of a way out of that milking business. She is thinking there must be a way to get my foot loose so I can sit down on that silly lady. lol. Love the pictures.

  5. Kacey says:

    That is one thinking goat! I’m probably enjoying your adventures in milking a bit more than you are :mrgreen:

  6. jane says:

    Love the pictures!!!! I cant quit laughing – leg in the air- made my morning.

  7. tswickey says:

    Clever!!! think back 10 years ago….did you ever think the majority of your day would be spent trying to out smart a dwarf goat??? boy do things ever change huh?

    I hope it worked for you!

    Tresh in ok

  8. hayseed says:

    You are very resourceful! but then again so is Clover-She and the babies are such beautiful little creatures! I”m enjoying your adventures in milking.

  9. Shari C says:

    Love the photos and Clover looks like she is thinking really hard about her next move. Thanks for starting my day with a huge smile.

  10. IowaDeb says:

    Clover is such a smart cookie!She loves a challenge.

  11. Crystal B. says:

    So cute. 🙂

  12. Abiga/karen says:

    Hmmmm…. I don’t know who I should root for anymore. That face on clover seems to say a lot. Keep trying. And I read something about when hens are ready to lay but you may not want to check all of it out. This is what one book said – a week or two before a pullet is laying her wattles and comb begin to enlarge and to turn bright red.(That was the easy part) Her pubic bones spread apart until you can fit three fingers between them, her abdomen becomes softer and her vent becomes more moist. I hope this doesn’t get censored. Not sure you are friends enough with the chickens to check this out. Blessings.

  13. Pamela-ATL. says:

    They really like to climb on things. way too cute.

  14. Suzanne, the Farmer's Wife says:

    Seriously, don’t let PETA see those photos of Clover hobbled up like that. They’ll be all over you like a bad suit. And forget your cheese made from goat’s milk…..have you seen their letter to Ben and Jerry’s??? EEWWWWWWWWWWWWW.

    – Suzanne, the Farmer’s Wife

  15. Suzette says:

    Milking Wars and all…it’s clear you have happy goats. And that’s got to count for something. I’m always for happy animals. :heart:

  16. Jill S. says:

    Are all goats this difficult to milk, lol?

  17. TeresaH says:

    Too funny! I had a thought though, do you think that maybe the more uncomfortable you make Clover when you try to milk her the more determined she is not to be milked? That maybe it brings bad thoughts? I know it’s a dilemma since she is so determined to persevere herself…just a thought! Has any of the “experts” there given you a time frame on how long it takes to get one used to being milked?

    I think she is holding out for more cookies!

  18. catslady says:

    Didn’t you start out doing that to her leg? or something similar lol. Still think you just have to start thinking about those story books!!

  19. Robin G. says:

    That is one stubborn goat.

    Which makes sense, I guess. Being that that’s one of the defining traits of the species.

  20. Christine says:

    Yep, you’ve cured me of my goat desires. No goats for me. LOL

  21. Donna says:

    I LOVE the goats…they are so adorable..I just with I could hug them and play with them! :sheepjump: :mrgreen:

  22. J CopperCreekers says:

    :rotfl: Clover looks as if she’s thinking of a few nasty goat cuss words…. and … ah…. she still has a touch of that stubborn look on her face :wall:

  23. Maureen says:

    That was too funny! Thanks for the laugh!

  24. Estella says:

    Your struggle with Clover is too funny!

  25. Brandy says:

    She does have that “planning” look, doesn’t she? *G* Watch out!

  26. Susan says:

    Oh no! Suzanne, don’t taunt Clover or she will come up with a new strategy. :sheepjump:

  27. Shirley says:

    I’m wondering how much cheese you are going to have to make to pay for all you’ve gone through to purchase the goats, and all the equipment for milking and then all the time you’ve spent.

    That better be some good cheese. Could you mail some out to your readers? I’m sure we would all love to sample it for you and give you our opinions.

  28. Mustang Sally says:

    I’m beginning to understand the saying, “stubborn as a goat.”

  29. Imogene Birdette says:

    We once had a pygmy goat named Riah who looked just like Clover, and she never, ever had any intention of letting us milk her, no way, no how! But hey, don’t let that discourage you, Suzanne. That expression on Clover’s face tells me she’s thinking “That lady has been so nice to me, with the cookies and all, I’m going to let her have all the milk she wants, no more trouble, I promise!”

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