Moving in the Wrong Direction


Maia continues to insinuate herself into life at the house. If she’s not pushing her way in the back door, she’s hanging around the porch, sleeping with the dogs, taking walks with me to the mailbox, trying to join in farm workshops, greeting visitors, attempting to jump in my car whenever I go anywhere, or nibbling on my flowers. I have to admit, I haven’t discouraged this activity as much as I should. She’s still small and can let herself in and out of the barn yard at will as babies are wont to do. This is never a problem as babies always head back to their mamas. Only Maia thinks I’m her mama. I’ve continued to let her have a bottle of water every evening. She’s well hydrated.
She mostly hangs around the house and yard, never goes into the road or causes any real trouble, lulling me into a false sense of her charm.

Who doesn’t want a pet goat? I enjoy sitting in my rocking chair on the porch, doling out cookies to her and scratching her behind the ears. I’ll teach her to be a real goat eventually. There’s plenty of time. She’s but a child….



That’s right. She’s sitting in my chair! MY CHAIR!!! Is it not enough that I have to deal with this:
Now I have to deal with THIS:
IT’S MY CHAIR! There are two rockers on the back porch. I gave up one to the cats already. Now Maia’s got the other. It’s wrong! It’s a bridge too far! It’s a travesty! It’s–
–cute, isn’t it?

I wonder if she likes whole cranberries or jellied? Because I’m pretty sure by Thanksgiving, she’ll be in a chair at the dining room table.
Pretty sure.


  1. Old Geezer says:

    Just a suggestion: yes, she’s darling, but don’t consider writing a children’s book entitled “My Pet Goat”. It might not go over so well.


  2. MousE says:

    Oh dear. ๐Ÿ˜† She is sooo cute.

  3. Diane says:

    That is too cute. Funny too. I once told everyone I did not want the dog to be on the furniture. That lasted all of 30 min. When we got this dog he decided he liked the couch. He has his spot and his chair! That goat kind of has that same look my dog gets when he is all comfortable hanging out in his spot. lol.

  4. farmgirldarlene says:

    She’s just keeping your seat warm for you. I love the little white patch on her forehead, it looks like a heart. She’s darling.

  5. ronald bennington says:

    Love this

  6. Cheryl LeMay says:

    How can you resist a face like that? It’s not possible! I think you’re going to have to get another rocker.

  7. Faith says:

    Happy July! Looks like its time for another rocking chair, you have lots of friends to fill them and that is a wonderful thing! How much longer do you think she will fit in that chair? ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. joykenn says:

    Cute as anything. ๐Ÿ˜€ I’d get a pet goat except I don’t think they can be toilet trained….at least I’ve never set “goat litter” for sale but have seen kitty litter. Or is she like a dog and will ask to be taken OUT at appropriate times? Can you train her so you don’t have to clean up accidents in the midst of serving Thanksgiving dinner? Inquiring minds want to know. I see a future for pet miniature goats everywhere if so.

  9. Remudamom says:

    Bwhaha! BTDT. You’re doomed!

  10. Flowerpower says:

    She loves you. Yep…doomed…. :happyflower:

  11. lesliedgray says:

    Whole please! LOL! She IS cute!

  12. Donna says:

    Joyken, believe it or not, I’ve seen goat diapers for sale on the internet. What’ll they think of next?!

  13. brendaE says:

    I wonder what she would do if you took her for a ride. She would probably jump in every time you started the truck up from that point on. She’s so cute how can you resist that face.

  14. wanda1950 says:

    Very simple–just get another chair! Or several because who knows who/whom will want to sit up there next. Seriously, she’s so cute & obviously is in love with you. I say let her hang around.

  15. Anita says:

    That last picture! That’s love in those eyes if I ever saw it! :heart:

  16. Grouchymama says:

    I have 11 pygmy goats and have nursed several of them :woof: on the bottle. The first two were nursed by my husband for FIVE months because he loved doing it. It is heartbreaking the day you have to put them in the goat yard and teach them to be a goat. The older goats butt them to teach the babies the pecking order. The babies stand at the gate and cry daaaa daaaa trying to get my husband’s attention to get them out of there. They think they are little dogs instead of baby pygmy goats. So for a few days–nobody around here is very happy. Sigh! Wish I had the luxury to have one follow me around-they are adorable.

  17. Dghawk says:

    She’s so special….and she knows it! She has definately brainwashed you. I guess it’s alright, as long as she doesn’t start EATING your chair!

  18. emmachisett says:

    Maia thinks she is your baby…she can’t see “herself” (out of her funny little rectangular pupils). She thinks she is your smaller dependent self. Yes, it will be very hard for her to accept that one day she has to become somethng else and go live with her “kin”…away from you as Grouchymama said. Personally, I hope you keep her close as she is now, no matter how large she gets. Once you start the bottle-feeding process, there are consequences , I guess.

  19. Karo says:

    You won’t get any good advice from me. I’d let her do whatever she wants!

  20. bonita says:

    Might she have been sent by Clover with instructions to keep you company?

  21. jodiezoeller says:

    Like Bonita, I thought of our old friend Clover when I saw this post. Maybe she was sent by Clover to be your new goat friend. She does seem to love you. I think she’s on the chair because it smells like you. Looking forward to continued Maia photos.

  22. Joell says:

    :happyflower: :happyflower: :happyflower:

    Shades of Annebelle.

  23. ibpallets (Sharon B.) says:

    She’s so cute- yes, let her do whatever she wants!

  24. wormlady says:

    You can see a picture of my goat kid on a dining table chair here: Of course you can’t resist spoiling Maia, I’m sure she’s perfectly charming.

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