Sly Devil


sly devil, also goat, also Clover. 1. Clever or cunning, especially in the practice of deceit. 2. Stealthy or surreptitious.

It was raining early Friday morning as I was packing the car for our trip. Goats don’t like rain, and a rainy morning usually means they don’t get up till 9 or 10. They’re never in a hurry to get their hair wet, even for food. I was surprised to see Clover up, but then I figured she wanted to see me off. We’re close, you know. I told her to keep her chin up, I’d be back.

Then she started hollering and screaming, and threw herself down on the ground and hollered some more. Sheesh. I didn’t expect her to take it that hard.

I said, “Clover! I’ll send you a postcard! I can even call you if you want! But I’m LEAVING!”

She got up off the ground, went to the goat house, threw everybody else out in the rain, and slammed the door.

I went down there and said, “Clover, you know I love you, but–”

And she said, “Stop being such an idiot, Woman. I am HAVING A BABY.”


To be continued…….. (When I can get home and take proper pictures of THE SURPRISE BABY!)


  1. Casie says:


    What a nice surprise!!

  2. Mermonster says:

    Wow! Congrats to you both. Is it hard to tell if goats are pregnant?

  3. Kris Sherrill says:

    What? Didn’t she just have 2 kigs a few months ago? I cannot wait to hear the rest of this story.

  4. Kris Sherrill says:

    I meant KIDS.

  5. wickedgoodshari says:

    They almost always choose the best time to inconvenience you, I find. Give Clover my congrats!

  6. Julia says:

    Oh my! I’m looking forward to the pictures and all the details.

  7. Barbee' says:

    Well! What do’ya know! I guess she will do anything to try to keep you and all the treats there on the farm. You did take Ross some cookies, didn’t you?

  8. wildcat says:

    A surprise baby?!?! Oh my!!! Congratulations (and extra cookies) to Mama Clover! πŸ˜†

  9. Phyllis says:

    The lenghts that they will go to to keep you down on the farm. Have a wonderful trip and pictures of the baby when you get back.

  10. Cheryl LeMay says:

    How can that be? She had babies not that long ago.That is a surprise!

  11. Kelly A says:

    Am I confusing Nutmeg and Clover? Nutmeg is Dr Pepper’s momma right?

    Well Clover is always so roly poly, guess she should be on the show ” I didn’t know I was pregnant” or in this case ” my chef didn’t know I was pregnant” πŸ˜€

    Have fun on your trip and YAY!!!! more goat babies!!!!!

  12. Mary says:

    YAY Clover! But how mean to have a baby before your momma leaves on a trip. Couldn’t you keep your hooves crossed for a week?

  13. Nancy in Iowa says:

    Oh. My. God! She really decided to spring this on you now? Now we all can’t wait for you to get back so we can see pix! Love the one of your wonderful kids.

  14. CATRAY44 says:

    HaHahaha… that Clover. (Kind of neat that she new she needed to get your attention, though!)

  15. Robin says:

    Awesome! Her [lack of] timing is pretty impressive.

  16. Teri says:

    Wow! Where have I been? I didn’t even know she was pregnant! Did you?? I have to tell you Suzanne, that your goat stories and pics have inspired us to get our own. Our new babies were just born two weeks ago and we will be able to pick them up in June. (They are bottle fed for eight weeks first) We’re so excited!!

  17. Mandy says:

    Wow a baby! Yay! I love babies πŸ˜€

  18. Rys says:

    What a nice suprise!

  19. holstein woman says:

    Yay for Clover, it is nice to know she doesn’t have trouble birthing. Have a great time!

  20. Leanna says:

    OMG…what a sly devil indeed! Can’t wait to see baby goat pics!

  21. Laura B says:

    I had a feeling when I read the title that it meant she was having a baby! If it was me I probly would have stayed home!

  22. Heidi says:

    Haha, how cute!

  23. Lynette says:

    Congratulations Clover! You sure keep things interesting on this blog!!

  24. Jennifer M. says:

    Congrats Clover. :snoopy: We are all proud of you.

  25. Rose H says:

    The things Clover will do – you should never have shown her your vacation dates! πŸ˜†
    Congratulations Clover πŸ˜€

  26. Miss Becky says:

    oh my. now that IS a surprise! congratulations are in order – for your and Clover! Can’t wait to see the photos. :yes:

  27. Zusiqu says:

    D’Oh! I <3 Clover.

  28. Sonia says:

    Well….now that was unexpected!

  29. Urbanite says:

    I adore Clover. What a clever goat!

  30. Auntie Linda says:

    Congratulations Momma Clover! You are so special – and so good to your “woman”, providing her with grand kids all the time. <3

  31. Pat in Eastern NC says:

    Congratulations, Clover! Will there be a baby shower? Have you registered? Can’t wait to see pics of the new baby. Dear Woman, have a great time and safe trip back to WV.

  32. jean says:

    Oh boy. There is going to be hell to pay when you get back! You better bring her loads of cookies maybe even a few cakes. Congratulations to everyone!!

  33. Urbanite says:

    I was going through the goat archives and just realized Clover’s last babies appeared unexpectedly, too. (And also not long before a planned visit to Ross – is Clover jealous of Ross?) What a sneaky girl! My favorite part of the current story is where Clover threw the other goats out of the goat house into the rain and slammed the door.

  34. Patricia says:


    That girl can really keep a secret!

  35. Sundownr / Bev says:

    I’d say Clover decided to have her baby(ies) BEFORE Suzanne left instead of while she was gone! I bet Ms. Clover thought she’d get extra cookies! And there’s the suspected Ross jealousy thingy, too!

    Congrats on the new kid(s) and have fun on your vacation!!

  36. ann/alba says:

    Aweeeeeeeeeee Clover you sneaky wee devil,
    congratulations on the surprise baby.

  37. GrammieEarth says:

    Clover will do just about anything for a cookie….

  38. Cheryl LeMay says:

    I wonder who the daddy is. She must have been sneaking out to the buck pen at night to meet with her lover. She’s an amazing little goat.

  39. Amie says:

    So all this time you’ve been giving her the business about her cookie consumption, and she’s been eating for two!! πŸ˜€

    Congrats, Clover and Daddy and the whole Stringtown Rising family! :snoopy:

  40. Mountain Blessings says:

    Seem like Clover will do anything to be the center of attention! I can’t wait to see the new pics, just one baby? Congrats Clover!! :purpleflower:

  41. Angela P says:

    I sooo can relate to this…well kind of. I wasnt leaving for a warm, fun vacation. I did leave to go to the store though…When I came home I found my goat Miss Tilly code name now, Bimbo, in with my buck Peace! I think Tilly and Clover are related…I was NOT planning on breeding her this year….guess again!

  42. Ramona says:

    Congratulations on the new baby!

  43. Marilyn says:

    Suprize baby?! Can’t see how that would be with her having an udder like that.
    Please tell us you waited to leave until she safely delivered.

  44. Sheila Z says:

    LOL I guess the Buck yard was put in a bit too late.

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