Dratted Little Sadness


I hate it when stuff like this happens.

I went out to the goat house this morning and found Fanta’s little black one dead in the dog house. It has been extremely cold here this week, down in the teens. I’m sure they crowded into the dog house last night to keep warm and somehow she got squished. She was the tiny one. Very sad here…..


  1. CasieD says:


    So sorry… hate to find things like that when you go out in the morning.

  2. Deb says:

    I’m so sorry, it is always sad when we loose our animals too, and we seem to loose them far to often. Last year was a bad year for goats on our farm…not that the year before was great. πŸ™

    Goats do tend to lay on each other, so I’m sure thats probably what happen. It’s been really cold here too, but it’s suppose to warm up in a few days…may be in the 50’s next week if we are lucky! I can’t wait!! πŸ™‚

  3. texwisgirl says:

    Oh, I’m so sorry!!! Terrible to lose the tiny one.

  4. Mary says:

    I’m so very sorry πŸ™ It is always a shock. I’m an RN and former paramedic and have seen some stuff, but it’s always difficult when it’s one of your animals. Just yesterday my rabbit that I’ve had for 9 1/2 years, I found him dead in his cage. And it was a hard discovery.

    So sorry – thinking of you!

  5. Merino Mama says:

    I’m so sorry, Suzanne. She was a cutie. It has been so cold. One of ours gave birth day before yesterday and it has been in the teens here ever since. Making it so far. Again, I’m sorry for your and Fanta’s loss. πŸ˜₯

  6. Jen says:

    I am so sorry this happened. What a precious baby to lose. We’re thinking about you today.

  7. Kathi N. says:

    Oh! So very sorry to hear this. Thinking of you all. . .

  8. Wanda says:

    I’m so sorry Suzanne.

  9. Elaine Allen says:

    I’m so sorry Suzanne. The poor little thing, she was such a pretty baby with beautiful eyes.

    Elaine Allen

  10. catslady says:

    I’m so sorry. It is just heartbreaking.

  11. mary ellen says:

    I’m so sorry to hear such sad news. My heart goes out to you.

    Mary Ellen

  12. Vicki in So. CA says:

    Oh, Suzanne. I’m so sorry.

  13. lilac wolf says:

    Oh no, how sad. I’m so sorry to read this.

  14. Kathie says:

    Actually brings tears to my eyes.

  15. rainss61 says:

    oh Suzanne-I’m so sorry-the loss of any creature is hard-but a terrible way also to start the day-my prayers go out to you. Rain

  16. hollygee says:

    Oh, and one of your does, too. I’m so sorry.

  17. Jessica says:

    πŸ™ So very sorry Suzanne πŸ™

  18. Bev in CA says:

    Suzanne, know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  19. gen says:

    Heartbreaking. Nature can be so cruel sometimes….{{{hugs}}}

  20. Brittany P. says:

    :hug: Sorry to hear about the little one.

  21. Lynne says:

    Wow, I am very sad to hear this. It sounds like a reconfiguration or upgrade in their current shelter is in order to prevent any further tragedies.

  22. Angela says:

    I’m so sorry Suzanne. That’s so sad.

  23. Connie says:

    Awwww, I’m so sorry Suzanne.

  24. Window On The Prairie says:

    Oh no, I’m so sorry. Hopefully it will warm up soon and they won’t bunch up like that.

  25. mamawolf says:

    My heart goes out to you. They aren’t just animals, they arw part of the family. I will keep you in my thoughts today.


  26. Yankee Gal says:

    Sad – so very, very sad for you and the little one. Gosh it’s hard when these things happen. You’re in my heart today.

  27. Zusiqu says:

    πŸ™ That is so sad when that happens.

  28. MrsObe says:

    My heart goes out to you and Fanta. I felt a little pang when I read this.

  29. Sheila says:

    I’m truly sorry for your loss , she was a beautiful baby πŸ˜₯ .

  30. Jean - MN says:

    So sorry Suzanne — I am a new reader to your blog, but have enjoyed getting to know all the animals you have. You are in my thoughts today

  31. Andrea McCardle says:

    Susan I am so sad for you :*( I remember as a little girl when we would lose calves to nature, the elements, birth defects, or other unfortunate circumstances. Even though it is a farm animal, its still so sad becuase it was a life too.

  32. Jiller says:

    I am so sorry for the loss of your little one! It’s hard when you loose them so young!

  33. Tx Aggiemom says:

    πŸ˜₯ It’s a part of the circle, but it’s the part that is very hard. Every day you walk that circle, letting us see it through your eyes. You live it, the real stuff; not from a distance, but close enough to touch. You help remind me that life is fragile, fleeting. You remind me to not take it for granted. You remind me it’s also very good and to live it. God’s peace to you. Thank you. :turtle:

  34. Charlotte says:

    So sorry to hear. Poor Fanta. πŸ˜₯

  35. Robin Crittenden says:

    I’m so sad that this happened. Little babies are so precious. I know you are devestated. Know that there are animal lovers like you who feel your sorrow and silently weep for you and that little baby.

  36. twoturkey says:

    πŸ˜₯ So sorry to read this……!
    It’s been very cold here also so I understand the bunching up to keep warm…..sometimes hardship goes along with raising animals but that doesn’t make it any easier on you.
    Again, so sorry!

    Mrs. Turkey

  37. Teri says:

    Sorry for your loss – it’s been a rough winter here too! fortunately my goats are so far okay – just lost our rooster, goose and a couple chickens. Our cat passed away last weekend at 17. It’s so very, very hard when this happens. My thoughts are with you!

  38. Ramona says:

    Oh no, that is so sad. I’m sorry.

  39. roosterrun says:

    Suzanne, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Little ones are sooo cute and innocent.They amaze us, entertain us and bring us great joy. Baby goats are on my happy card. I hope you are able to get over your loss soon.

    Thinking of you,

  40. mammaleigh says:

    I am very sorry to hear this, it is hard to loose something even a farm animal. You become connected in a way, as everything else in life the sadness will pass. My thoughts are with you.

  41. knancy says:

    Four bathrooms, two laundry rooms and a baby goat dies in a dog house. This is really beyond my understanding.

  42. Gennifer says:

    Seriously Knancy?

    Susan you and Fanta have my condolences…

  43. Nancy in Iowa says:

    What a painful loss. How is Fanta dealing with it – does she look for her baby? I hope she can forget soon.

  44. Snapper says:

    Oh no! I’m so sorry….:(

  45. Heidi says:

    I’ve read about that happening before. Poor little squirt.

  46. Laney says:

    Oh Suzanne, I am so broken hearted to hear this.
    Poor little baby goat.

  47. Sue Nugent says:

    :snuggle: It’s hard to make some folks realize how much you can love your pets, but I do, and I am saddened to hear of you loss. It was truly a beautiful baby.

  48. iowacowgirl says:

    The world of livestock is full of mishaps. I’ve had a cow lay on her calf and unknowingly kill it..or a cow break a leg trying to climb a gate…one never knows..so don’t beat yourself up over it.

    Sometimes it is easy for others to anthropomorphise, but very unrealistic and unhealthy. Hang in there! There will be brighter days.

  49. Rose H says:

    What a sad day for you and Fanta. I’m really sorry to hear this and I can imagine how upset you must be. Sending you and Fanta a huge :hug:

  50. Melinda says:

    I’m so sorry about your loss. Precious little goat. I lost my female goose this week. I don’t even know why. She was just dead in the goose/duck house. Now, Mr. Goose will be lonely. I know how you feel. It’s like you lose a family member when you lose one of your animals. πŸ˜₯

  51. knancy says:

    I was not suggesting you bring them inside. I was referring to the priority of your expenditure in the planning of a “farm”.

    • Suzanne McMinn says:

      knancy, it’s really not that simple and it would be impossible for me to detail my priorities and expenditures here. I’m going to let my blog speak for itself as to how I care for my animals. Sometimes things can be prevented, sometimes they can’t. Sometimes you can foresee things, sometimes you can’t. Experience is a great teacher, and you don’t have it till you earn it, sometimes the hard way. I love my goats.

  52. Anna says:

    Oh my goodness, I am so, so sorry to hear this. HUGS.

  53. Anke says:

    Aww, I am so sorry about the little guy. It is always so hard to say goodbye to a pet…

  54. Cheryl McCloskey says:

    Hi Suzanne,
    So sorry to hear about the baby πŸ™ It’s funny how fast we become attached to the newbies.
    Hugs Cheryl

  55. Julia says:

    I’m so sorry. The babies tear at our hearts, don’t they?

  56. Chris B says:

    That is very sad. He was such a cutie and a big part of Stringtown.
    We will all miss him. These posts are hard for you to write but I appreciate your honesty and keeping us informed. Life isn’t always pretty.

  57. Linda Goble says:

    Suzanne, I am so sorry for your lost. For some reason it is only in Gods hands for the reason it happen. πŸ˜₯

  58. brookdale says:

    Oh Suzanne, I am so sorry! Some will say “It’s only a goat” but I know all your animals are loved like family members. It’s always hard when you lose one, especially a baby. She was so cute. My condolences to you.

  59. Pat Walker says:

    Suzanne, I’m sorry for the loss of the little one. You take excellent care of your animals; this comes through clearly in your daily blogs. As much as I love the idea of having animals (goats, donkeys, sheep), I know that I’m much better off living vicariously through yours. Even as a labor of love, the job of raising animals is NOT easy. Let us, your readers, help share the tough times as well as the joyous. Thinking of you (and Fanta).

  60. Melinda says:

    Everyone knows you love your goats…and they ARE animals and as such are used to being outside in the elements and you DID provide them with a safe goat house and a warm and cozy doghouse INSIDE of that in which to retreat and warm each other…….

    I think you are an awesome mama to your animals!

    We do the best we can for what we have with what we have got and sometimes it falls short because, well, that’s just life.

    I had a dog once that had puppies…8 of them…little beagle puppies…cute as buttons…I went outside to check on them and one of them had fallen in this TINY little crack in the floor of the doghouse and hung to death. Horrible. Yes. Did I not love my dog and fail to provide for her and her pups …I mean after all OUR house floors were rock solid….no, it was just one of those things that happens, I didn’t foresee it, makes you feel like crap, and you learn a hard lesson and move on.

    That’s what life is……..learning lessons and moving on…

  61. Jane says:

    Hey, I’m so sorry to hear. It’s always sad when you lose an animal, but it does happen – no matter how much money is spent on their well being or enclosures. She may have only had a few weeks, but they were good, natural ones, and that is what is the only thing that’s important.

  62. Diane says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss. She was a beautiful little one. Perhaps you can explain your reason for having the mommas give birth in the winter time. Its such a harsh time of the year, Maybe it has to do with when the does come in heat?

  63. Miss HomeEcs Daughter says:

    My heart is crying for you and the baby, the eyes aren’t dry either. So sorry for your loss.

  64. Jenn says:

    Very sorry for your sudden loss today! It is always hard on the heart when one hears of something like this happening. I’m even more sorry that you are having to deal with negativity today as you are an inspiration to the readers who follow your blog. I am more in awe of you today as I read the grace and poise with which you handle each situtation. Thank you again for being so real:)

  65. Kathi says:

    Poor little thing. I’m so sorry that you lost her. Sometimes I just dread going out in the morning; I’m sure you know what that’s like.

  66. drucillajoy says:

    Suzanne, my condolences to you & Fanta…I’m so sorry.
    knancy, β€œJudge not, lest ye not be judged.” (Matthew 7:1)

  67. prayingpup says:

    I’m sorry for your loss – I hope that spring brings more happiness. We farm girls know that this is to be expected and we accept it. You’re such a good, caring goat-momma!

  68. Yvonne says:

    πŸ˜₯ Very, very sad. Not only the loss of a baby goat, but then having to defend yourself. I know you take excellent care of all of your animals and love them. πŸ˜₯ :hug:

  69. laura says:

    Tears in eyes, so sorry Suzanne. You take amazing care of your animals. Sometimes farming really is hard.

  70. Shelley (eastern Roane County) says:

    So sorry to hear about the little one. She will forever be a little star shining brightly when you gaze into the night sky. So very sorry. I’ve lost a little one and it’s tough.

  71. Mary in Indiana says:

    Hugs to you and Fanta, Suzanne. Ignore the insensitive comments if you can. No animals get better care than yours. If I believed in reincarnation, I’d want to come back as one of your goats. And not just for the cookies either! :hug:

  72. joycee says:

    So sorry πŸ˜₯ those teeny tiny stars that shine so brite, maybe they are placed there for us to remember the tinest who go so young.

  73. Dee @ Red Dirt Ramblings says:

    I’m so sorry this happened. It is so sad.~~Dee

  74. Gma Judy says:

    Suzanne, I am so sad for ‘our’ loss. I feel like these are my animals also. I only know them through you, but you bring them to us in such a wonderfully descriptive way. Please do not be discouraged by the 1 or 2 negative comments here. The people who left them are very negative people or they could leave such thoughtless remarks. I am an old woman now and I have lost my share of animals by accident that I wish I could have prevented. Dogs that accidently laid on their puppies, a kitten that got caught in a recliner, etc. And we do not know that your little ones death was not natural. Sometimes these things happen and we do not know why. You take very good care of your anicals and we love you for it. And we love that you tell us everything, the good and the bad. That is the way life is. Please do not let the negativity prevent you from continuing to share it all with us. That is what makes reading your blog such a pleasure.

  75. Cheryl says:

    I am so sorry for the loss of Fanta’s little goat. Like others, I thank you for telling us and I hope you recover swiftly from this sadness. That little baby lives in all of our hearts, thanks to you.

  76. Beth says:

    My heart hurts for you… πŸ˜₯

  77. LisaAJB says:

    So sorry for you and for Fanta. πŸ˜₯

  78. LisaAJB says:

    And it’s very obvious to me how much you love your animals and what a good job you do taking care of them! Life on a farm isn’t always rainbows and sunshine, but I read you everyday and see what hard work you do to take care of your all of them, especially the babies. :hug:

  79. CATRAY44 says:

    I am very sorry, Suzanne. You are, in my opinion, a wonderful steward of your animals and land.

  80. Karo says:

    So sad. She was the cutest little thing.

    I have to say it makes me angry when I see the occasional negative comment on your posts. Especially this post. Any follower of this blog can see how much you care for your animals. If Knancy wants to criticize, perhaps she should take a tour of a major food producer to see how their animals are treated. Your animals are fortunate to live on your little farm.

    That being said, I see very little hate on this blog and that is a testament to you. :yes:

  81. Debbie says:

    So sorry for your loss, Suzanne and for having to deal with the insensitivity of others!

  82. thunja says:

    I’m SO sorry. You poor dear.

  83. Karen Anne says:

    I’m with knancy on this one.

  84. Johanna says:

    I am sorry for your loss. That’s a cute little goat, and it’s hard to lose the girls, particularly. Maybe as you’re planning your next breedings you can do them a little later so the babies won’t be so little when it can be so cold.

  85. Regina says:

    I have been reading “Chickens in the Road” daily for about three months now. It seems I always find something uplifting on the site. But, not today. My heart is aching as I know yours is also. I am so sorry that you lost the baby goat. I will continue to read and hope for happier news. I am so sorry for your loss.

  86. Clarissa says:

    I am sad to read about the little black one’s death πŸ˜₯

  87. Katie says:

    Oh, so sorry. This makes all of us sad :o(

  88. cbarn says:

    So sorry to hear about your loss. I am with Gma Judy ,the baby may have passed due to other natural causes, regardless when dealing with farm animals these things happen. My grandparents had a large farm and lost animals from time to time and they loved everyone of their animals just like you do and I can tell you take wonderful care of all of your animals. Don’t let the negative comments get you down.

  89. Hugh says:

    So darn sad. And probably the cutest one too. Stuff happens on any farm. I hope mama is OK.

  90. Melissa (N4M) says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about Fanta’s little darling….and the comments that were insensitive and inappropriate….YOU are a wonderful person who takes WONDERFUL care of your babies (human and animal). I LOVE reading CITR everday…..I LOVE looking at the calendar all throughout the day of the animal babies….things happen, it is part of the cycle of life.

  91. Luann says:

    Suzanne, There is no doubt that you love your goats and all your animals. You know them each so personally. I am so sorry about the baby. By sharing your experiences, it helps those of us who are just beginning their journey. I thank you for sharing the good and the bad.

  92. Tina says:

    Well,darn it all, Suzanne. I feel deeply for you and your kids today, and for Fanta. Keep your chin up, girl, and let the negativity of others roll off your back like water off a duck’s! This too shall pass….xoxoxo

  93. Whaledancer says:

    Suzanne, I’m so sorry. Your friends here are sad with you. You share your love of animals with us, and we learn to love them, too. But what makes this site special is that you don’t sugar-coat or Disney-ize life on a farm. You show us the hard work, the chicken poop, and, yes, the death of beloved animals. I think that’s courageous.

    I’m actually shocked that anyone would be so unkind and ill-mannered as to choose a day when you’re grieving the loss of a baby animal to make negative remarks. I’m sorry you’ve had that to contend with, too. I’m sure you can’t help feeling stung by them, so I applaud your graciousness. I guess writing a public blog is a bit like farming that way: if you want eggs, you’ve got to deal with a certain amount of chicken poop.

    I know you’re a strong woman, but I’m giving you a virtual hug today anyway. I hope that spending time with BP and Glory Bee and Clover and the rest of the gang will bring you solace.

  94. Ellen McBryde says:

    Oh! Suzanne, I am so terribly sorry for the loss of you little one!

  95. ellen kelley says:

    Oh, I am so sorry. I know that this is heartbreaking and it is so easy to blame yourself. I was never a good farmer when it came to losses:Jersey calf, lambs, wee piggies. It’s all hard.
    I admire your courage and determination. You do such a wonderful job. Be well, take care and best to you, ellen.

  96. Lisa says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Suzanne.

    And I’m also sorry that one of your readers has decided to behave badly. Shocking, really.

  97. Staci says:

    knancy, just go away.

  98. Tori Lennox says:

    Oh Suzanne, I’m so sorry. πŸ™

  99. katpecosa1 says:

    Suzanne – I am so sorry! I have enjoyed the stories about you and your babies, and I can tell you are close to each one! You are in my thoughts! I know that has to be so hard!

    Sending a big hug!

  100. Nancy K. says:

    How terribly, TERRIBLY sad! I know that this was heartbreaking for you Suzanne. There is no doubt that you love your animals. I was concerned when you mentioned you had baby’s being born this early in the year. Baby goats are very fragile creatures. Maybe if you plan kidding for later in the Spring next year you’ll avoid such a tragic loss. Like you said, all that any of us can do is try to learn from our mistakes. Once thing is for sure, that little angel didn’t die from lack of love…


  101. Jackie Georgiou says:

    Oh, Suzanne! I’m so sorry.I think this is the toughest thing about living on a farm…

  102. GrammieEarth says:

    OHHHH πŸ˜₯ I am soo sorry to hear this Suzanne.
    Your blog DOES speak for itself and shows your love for your pets/animals. That slash I used is meant as the ‘very fine line’ between pets and animals. It’s clear that you treat them all with good healthly lives and tons of love and caring. Many humans would wish they had it just as good…

    My sympathies to you and the goat house.

    (((((((((((((((HUG HUG HUG)))))))))))))))))))))))


  103. katpecosa1 says:

    I posted my comment before actually reading the comment strings above. If it’s any consolation to you Suzanne – I lost my twin son when he was 6 days old-he had lost oxygen before birth. I realize some could argue that does not compare to an anmial, but I am a firm believer when you love someone/human or animal – a loss is still a loss.

    In my experiences – people tend to say things without thinking (in this case typing w/out thinking). They can say some of the most hurtful comments that can tear you to the bone. Please know your heart shines thru your blog, and the majority here are sending you love and support! :hug:

  104. Darlene says:

    It’s true Suzanne, you really don’t know what happened unless you have a bet do his thing. We have to remember that city people really have no clue what it is to work a farm. May I share what happened when I was 13 and we moved from the city to the farm. My dad built a large barn and had individual stalls for 16 or so calves. I kept the stalls clean and full of fresh straw. I fed the calves twice a day. And we lost every one of those calves. One got sick and it went to each of them. We had a vet out when the first got sick and did everyting he said and we still lost them. It happens. And it hurts. God bless, Suzanne.

  105. northcountrygirl says:

    Suzanne, I’m so sorry to hear about the little goat. Poor little one. Hugs to you for your loss.

  106. Darlene says:

    Sorry “bet” is suppose to be “vet”. Got to get my glasses changed.

  107. Melinda says:

    Darlene – 8) < try these!

  108. Ginny says:

    Oh, I’m so sorry, all of our animals and I’m sure yours as well are family and it never gets any easier. Thinking of all of you. πŸ˜₯

  109. Sandra in SC says:

    Oh, I am so sorry about the loss of that precious baby. Hugs.

  110. claudia w says:

    It is the hardest thing about loving animals. You care for yours so much and so well, it boggles the mind how these things happen. Life on a farm can be so delightful and yet so heartbreaking. I am so sorry Suzanne.
    It was the one thing I learned early on in life is that we do lose our animals no matter how well we take care of them!

  111. Kelly says:

    So sorry to hear that, Suzanne. We’re thinking of you.

  112. Judy says:

    So sorry for your loss. Little black was a beautiful baby.

  113. charmaine Deadman says:

    How very sad. I’m sorry that happened.

  114. judydee says:

    Condolences and deepest sympathy to all at Stringtown Rising Farm. Loss is never easy, but is so much a part of life.

  115. Brenda E says:

    Oh my heart is broken – he was so darn cute – poor little baby. I know in the animal things like this happen but it just breaks my heart as much as it does yours. I’m sure you did everything you could for them – things like this happen unfortunately.

  116. Brenda E says:

    Uh – I meant to say “in the animal world” – sorry.

  117. billie says:

    Very sad for you too. just sad.

  118. Emma says:

    πŸ˜₯ I am so sorry to here that Fanta died. I hope spring breeding can bring new babies to love!

  119. Kathy says:

    Oh, no! Sorry to hear about that. I know how much you care about your animals, just from what I have been reading here.

  120. Deb says:

    I’m so sorry to hear this Suzanne, they are such sweet baby goats. It’s part of farm life to sometimes lose our precious animals; and sometimes there’s nothing we can do to prevent it. ((Hugs)).

  121. Diane Gordon says:

    So sorry Suzanne,

    Why are babies born in the dead of winter? It doesn’t seem fair.

  122. Nona says:

    I am so sorry Suzanne. I hope you and Fanta recover well from this sad event. I know you care and it makes it real hard when we do. Caring is golden and a needed thing in life. Huggs!

  123. wvhomecanner says:

    ‘Four bathrooms, two laundry rooms’
    ‘the priority of your expenditure in the planning of a β€œfarm”’
    SERIOUSLY knancy??
    Having been at Suzanne’s, slept there, rocked on the porch and having been fed from her kitchen – I have to say that the house made perfect sense to me as a home planned for three soon to be teens and all the friends that come with, the last home she plans to have – the home where her kids can grow from and come back to with their kids. Where grandbabies can be rocked on the porch and where she can stay for the rest of her life. Home for the family and the heart of the farm. Priorities? I think they are spot on.

  124. jfdavidson says:

    so so sorry for your loss and sorry you must deal with jerk off comments from people who are supposed farm, animal people. what a jerk-

  125. Michelle says:

    I’m so sorry! We lost a litter of bunnies last month because of the cold. Winter is a rough time for little ones. πŸ™

  126. Turtle Mom says:

    Oh no! I’m so sorry! That is so sad. πŸ™

  127. ann/alba says:

    I am so sorry Susanne huge massive huge to you and our Darling Fanta….
    The poor wee thing tears are tripping me she was so pretty.

  128. Tow Lady says:

    We lost two tiny newborn pups this last week when Mama Bear laid on them. My 20 year old daughter and I cried like babies. πŸ˜₯ Things like this just happen in the animal world, and sometimes there is nothing you can do to prevent it. Keep your chin up, Suzanne. Don’t let the negative get you down. Some people have nothing better to do than to judge people and make nasty remarks. Your love for your critters shines through in every post. They are a very lucky group of animals!

  129. Nancy Stickler says:

    Aww…I’m so sorry! Sad part of rearing animals of all types…please don’t let ignorant comments sway you! You’re obviously a wonderful Mom to all your kids, two legged and four!

  130. Linda Bickford says:

    I’m so sorry to read about the little one Suzanne. Breaks my heart to see that sweet black face in the picture. Sometimes you just
    have to ask “Why?”. I hope you and Fanta are both doing OK.

  131. naomi says:

    This is very sad and it doesnt matter how many bedrooms or bathrooms or anything else that is in Suzanne’s house that is not the point here she has lost a part of her Farm Family and it is sad ! my heart goes out to you , I have a baby goat right now and my heart would break if something would happen to him because he is a part of my family …. Keep your head up! everyone that is here reading your blog knows how much you love each and everyone of them

  132. Peggy says:

    So sad to hear today’s news. I am glad you have pictures and good memories. Something like that could have happened even in the best goat house in the world. Your goat house looked very comfy, but this winter has been cold and wet.

  133. Kirsten says:

    I would try to rig a heat lamp suspended from a chain in the goat house. Even if it ups the temp a couple degrees it may help. I did in our chicken coop, and they LOVE it. Just takes the edge off on the really cold nights. Sorry you lost the baby. It sucks plain and simple. I guess maybe they need a bigger “warm place”.

  134. Linda says:

    That is so sad (sniff)….I am so sorry! πŸ˜₯

  135. Leann says:

    I’m so sorry to hear this Suzanne. She was a pretty little thing. πŸ™

  136. Cheryl says:

    Im soo sorry for the loss of your kid πŸ™ And sorry that there are ppl like knancy that feel they need to rub salt in the wounds. I cant imagine that she’s ever even *seen* your goat house set up. Why do ppl comment about things they havent taken time to understand? You have a VERY nice goat set up..the dog house is a house inside of a house. I suppose there is some crushing risk..without it they’d not be as warm and youve had a freezing risk..with it and babies theres some risk to someone getting in a bad spot. But it has NOTHING to do with your *priorities* and i found her comments so insulting. Until someone lives the homesteading life they dont have a clue what they are talking about. Its a very satisfying life..but its not an easy one! Just this week ive had 4 different friends lose newborn lambs or kids in this cold snap. We are setting cold records. -31 degrees overnight does *not* happen in Oklahoma..but it did. No matter how hard you try you just can NOT prevent ever *accident*..thats why they are called accidents. Hang in there! You are doing an awesome job with your critters and i LOVE your blog!

  137. Mandy says:

    Aw no πŸ™ I’m so so sorry πŸ™ I was looking forward to watching this one grow up and it hurts me too πŸ™ I know its hurting you a lot more though πŸ™ I’m so sorry for your loss. I, as well as all of your readers (well most I think) know how much you love your animals and that you give them the very best care you can. I’m so sorry for your loss :(:( :hug:

  138. Shelley says:

    So so sorry to hear. My thoughts are with you.

  139. Cheryl says:

    Please be very very careful if you chose to hang a heat lamp! The risk of a fire, esp with goats is so great! I do hang one in the barn when i have lambs coming but i fasten it 3 different ways so theres no way it can come lose and only use one that has a lamp guard. Last year a friend burned her barn down using a heat lamp and lost a mama goat and twin kids in the process. Just tonight my neighbor was using a heat lamp for his 4 little dogs in the old house behind his trailer and set the house on fire and lost all 4 little dogs. Fortunately he didnt lose his trailer or his life thanks to the fast responses of neighbors. Heat lamps are a big risk.

  140. Linda Distlehorst says:

    What a very sad event! She was so cute. I have no idea how little she was as I have no point of reference,( Can you tell us?)but she reminded me of my pet.
    Sympathy to you and to Fanta (will she know that she has this loss?)

    I am totally ignorant of farm animals but love learning about them through you. This must be very hard for you.

  141. farmershae says:

    I’m so sorry you had what I call a “rough farm day.” Thank goodness the rough days only make up about 2% of farm life (90% are “hard farm days” and 86% are “good farm days”!). There will be plenty of sunshine coming your way to make up for today though. We all know you love those animals like kids. :heart: Darned goats, shouldn’t have been over-snuggling. You’re in my thoughts and prayers :hug:

  142. Shannon from Wisconsin says:

    sad πŸ™ I’m sorry hun.

  143. leanna says:

    Suzanne, so sorry for your loss. She was a cutie…Enjoy your other little ones that much more!

  144. Wendy B. says:

    My heart goes out to you as well. Ditto what Whaledancer said. Keep your box of Kleenex nearby and your chin up.

  145. Susie says:

    I just read about your little one passing away. I’m so sorry for your loss Suzanne and Fanta.I love all your animals. You are the perfect momma to them all!

  146. Gem says:

    I HATE when these things happen too. (So sorry)

  147. Sara says:

    So sorry to hear of the loss of your little one. πŸ˜₯ That is so sad. (((Hugs)))

  148. Urbanite says:

    What very sad news. She was loved and happy for her short life. I used to raise rabbits and the babies would sleep on one another in a pile. Sometimes the smallest ones would suffocate. It is just one of the hard things that go with raising animals, no matter how much love and care they get.

    You take great care of your animals, as is obvious from their healthy appearance. I am shocked and saddened that anyone would have the insensitivity to make ugly insinuations about your priorities and your animals. It isn’t my business to comment on your priorities, but I will anyway. I honor you for the priorities you have clearly displayed in caring for your family and your animals. They are lucky to have you.

  149. Betsy says:

    Sometimes people say the most stupid things…just unbelievable! So sorry for your loss, Suzanne.

  150. Karen B says:

    :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug:

  151. beverly says:

    Poor little sweetheart. It must be awful for you, so sorry.

  152. Rys says:

    I am so very sorry. (((HUGS))) !

  153. Lauralynn says:

    ((((hugs))) from a country girl, so sorry! If I lived closer I’d bring your other sweet goats some cookies. Your doing a fine job all your animals are lucky to have you!

  154. Miss Mae says:

    Oh, that’s terrible! So, so sorry, Suzanne!

  155. Teri says:

    So sorry to hear about your loss. πŸ˜₯

  156. Angie May says:

    I’m so sorry πŸ™ Such a sweet baby.

  157. Julia says:

    Kathleen (katpecosa1) I’m very sorry to hear of your loss as well.

  158. Carmen at Old House Kitchen says:

    Oh Suzanne, I am so sorry for your loss. She was such a cute little thing. Pay no attention to those who think they know the answer to everything. wvhomecanner –Amen, sista! Hang in there, Suzanne!

  159. MJ says:

    Oh, I’m so sorry, Suzanne. It must be hard for them to be safe when they are so little and the others are so big . . .
    It amazes me that I am the 163rd person to express condolences for the loss of this tiny four-legged life. You have such an impact on the lives of your readers.

  160. Karen Argent says:

    Oh, my heart… I am so sorry. Bless you and those precious animals.. the little one knew she was loved, and you gave her the best in her short little life. She’s playing with the other goats and lambs that surround Jesus in heaven. No worries, she is safe and warm and awaits the time until she see’s you again. In fact, I have a feeling she will be an angel for your beautiful farm. Warms hugs and love to you.

  161. Madeline says:

    Oh Suzanne,soooo sorry.OBVIOUSLY your blog speaks for you and for your compassion,passion,and love. Oh,yeah, and your HARD WORK day in day out… I hope the meanies who make nasty comments just go away!!! YOUR farm is special and so are you and all those beautiful creatures! Sorry for your loss.Please keep sharing with us ,the meanies will just go away, obviously they are not of a like mind or spirit!!!

    Hang in there.. your “tribe” love you!!!!!! Hugs to Fanta too…

  162. Kelly in TX says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about the Tiny One, Suzanne. Ignore the sorry and ignorant comments by those couple of posters who really need to keep their uninformed opinions to themselves. There are always losses on a farm, and they are never easy. That’s real life. Hopefully this freakishly cold winter will ease up on all of us soon. Let’s all try to focus on the sweet little goats that are still alive and well and make us smile.

  163. Lindsay says:

    Oh that’s so sad…I’d be heartbroken, I don’t really know what to say. I’m so sorry that happened.

    I know this won’t make up for your loss, but I’m glad you have such good readers who genuinely care about you and your family (including the four-legged and feathered members). That one incredibly insensitive person is just a tiny drop in an enormous bucket of people who know how much you love your animals and admire/care about you all the more for it. I hope you guys are okay.

  164. Miss Becky says:

    this news makes me very very sad. if I’m feeling this sad about a little creature that I didn’t even get the chance to touch or smell or watch play or eat from it’s Momma, then I suspect you are feeling pretty darn sad too Suzanne. Please don’t blame yourself. life happens on farms, and yeah, death happens too and it’s all part of the natural cycle. she lives on in your heart and you did the very best you knew how in providing for all the little ones this winter. bless the little one…and a big hug to you Suzanne. :hug: :hug:

  165. Tina says:

    I’m so very sorry, Suzanne! She was such a precious little girl.

  166. Sharee says:

    Regardless of priorities etc… You have always had them in the right place. Animals will always be a wonderful addition to our lives and our childrens lives. I lost 15 chickens in the space of a week. No trap or late night shootings helped. We could never catch the HUNGRY little bugger that was eating my chickens. Obviously their priorities of feeding their family beat out my priority of giving my kids fresh eggs and a chance to learn responsiblity! Its life and I love it. Your goats are fine. You know that. They have a great spot and regardless of when you breed them or dont…or if the house is big enough or not…you loved them and they knew it. So sorry Suzanne. I read your blog everyday. Religiously. Have a better day tomorrow!

  167. CindyS says:

    Oh, Suzanne–How sad! You must be devastated. Everyone knows that you love and care for your animals and this was just a tragedy brought on by weather. Other farmers are also having problems with the bitterly cold weather and babies. Ignore the likes of people like knancy who obviously doesn’t have enough sense to know when to keep her mouth shut. You don’t have to justify yourself to anyone, least of all to someone who has decided that a holier than thou attitude is appropriate in such sad circumstances. You might try moderating her from now on and filter out inappropriate comments. Yes, especially those that are critical of you.

  168. Mokihana says:

    Oh, how terribly sad. I am so sorry to read this…. I know your heart is grieving… sending a hug….

  169. Alice McKay says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. We have a farm and we recently lost a foal with birth defects that meant she couldn’t make it once she was born. It was an incredibly sad experience. All kinds of things go wrong with animals despite our best efforts to keep them safe and happy. Clearly you care for your animals deeply and they are very, very, very lucky that they live with you. I’m sure your heart is sore and I’ll have to settle for giving you a ‘virtual’ hug. I enjoy your blog so much and especially love the baby goat videos (they made me want goats!)

  170. Deb Colucci says:

    I’m so so sorry ~ love on the other babes. That will help some.

  171. Doreen says:

    :hissyfit: Suzanne, I am SO sorry to hear about the Tiny One. Although new to you & your life on the farm, I’ve loved reading about it all, and particularly the goats, since we own and raise them ourselves.
    Nigerian Dwarves are capable of breeding & kidding year-round. Many owners of dairy goats stagger the breedings in order to have milk throughout the year. The practice of putting a dog “Igloo” or dog house inside a barn or barn stall for the young kids born in very cold weather is a common and accepted practice. Sadly, deaths from overcrowding sometimes happen. Whatever the cause of Tiny One’s death, my heart aches for you and I’m praying that yours will soon heal. (((((Suzanne)))))

  172. Tess says:

    So very sorry for your loss Suzanne.

  173. Lori says:

    my ex has boar goats, and yep… they deliver in the coldest of the seasons. He separates Moms & babies from the others and then he puts a heating pad under the hay for the babies to keep warm. He also clips on one of the lamps with the metal shroud and he puts a heat bulb in it. Really helps keep them warm.
    Death is part of life…for as sad as that is. It is important that you care and respect your animals and give them every chance at a good life. For what you can control– you do a great job.

    See heaven has a new little black goat- for all the little babies to play with.

  174. Tammy says:

    I’m so sorry, Suzanne for your loss and the further grief of those few “readers” who clearly know more than you about the care of animals (She says with sarcasm). The rest of us who read your blog daily have no doubts about your love for your animals and the care that goes into their upkeep. Even the few who shrouded their judgement with condolences, suggesting that you were at fault in the timing of the breeding, should be ashamed of themselves. How do they think animals survived without our intervention for thousands of years? They pile up to keep warm, and they are built for survival, WITHOUT US. Yes, there are some modern conveniences that make our, and their, lives better, but it’s still a crap shoot. You provide food, water, warm bedding, shelter, and all the love you have to give, and hope it’s enough. Of course, someone can always do it better, especially those with no concept of reality outside their own perfect lives. If you’ve got nothing but negativity and criticism to share, keep it to your miserable self. Suzanne, I applaud you for having the grace to not lower yourself to that level and respond in kind. You are a better woman than that, and it shows. You’ve given us a glimpse of your life and your family (animals included!) for years now, and I’m grateful for that. I’ve learned a lot, about the care and feeding of animals, and the realities of farm life, but also about your character and ability to keep calm and carry on when life hands down one loss after the next. You know who you are and what you’re about. Turn the other cheek, my friend, and you’ll find your support over here on the other side. God’s blessings on you and yours.

  175. Tina Manley says:

    Even if you had the most expensive goat house in the world, the goats would still pack in close together and possibly smother a little one. Anybody who has raised animals knows that things like that happen. A hawk got another one of my chickens yesterday. I could keep the chickens penned up all the time but they love to roam and eat bugs. Most of them learn to hide from the hawks and survive. It’s all part of life’s plan.


  176. Julie says:

    Suzanne, I am so very sorry for your loss.

  177. Erica in VA says:

    Suzanne, I am so sorry! We have lost a few over the past few years that we have been raising them and it never gets any easier. Please don’t take the following as criticism, because it is not. Just something that might help, should you find yourself with babies in cold weather again for whatever reason.

    I have seen some folks make a “baby warmer” – they take one of those big plastic drums and cut out a small opening along the bottom (only big enough for babies, but not mommas) and then a little hole in the top. You can put a lamp (doesn’t even have to be a heat lamp, could just be a light bulb on a a cord) inside and thread the cord through the top. The light, combined with many little warm goat bodies, keeps everyone warm, with much less risk of squishing when it is cold out. And since those barrels are pretty tall, having the light all the way up in the top makes it nearly impossible for the babies to get anywhere near it.

    Keep your chin up, and give the others extra snuggles, because I’m sure it’s not easy for them either.

  178. Heidi says:

    I’m so sorry Suzanne, for the loss of your baby goat and because you have people rude enough to leave uncaring comments. Those comments can not have come from someone who has actually followed your blog long enough to have seen what your set up is like. Or to have seen how well you take care of your goats and other animals. I highly doubt they have ever seen a farm first hand to be able to say such hurtful things.

    A loss hurts and having mean people say things like that makes it hurt more. I hope knowing that there are so many of us who understand and know first hand how quickly unforeseen things can happen helps ease the sting of thoughtlessness a little. (((((hugs)))))

  179. Myrna Mackenzie says:

    Suzanne, I’m so sorry for your loss. And please don’t let the couple of ugly comments get you down. I’m a city girl but my parents were farmers. Those judgmental people obviously know nothing of farming. They also appear to know nothing of human kindness. I am always shocked at people who are quick to get out their pointed sticks but seem to have lost the ability to empathize with those who are hurting.

  180. Susan says:

    Oh wow, was so NOT prepared to read about this..so sad. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family, no one is ever prepared for any loss. I love the picture that you have of the “Little Black One,” what a wonderful way to remember her.

  181. windspiritwhimsies says:

    So sorry to hear about the baby. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  182. langela says:

    I am so sorry for your loss, Suzanne. I hate it when we lose one of our animals. I also hate it when I see people expect farmers to keep their animals as if the animals were humans. They are animals. We care for them the best we can. We love them whole-heartedly, and we grieve when we lose them. But in the end, they are animals and they live instinctively and sometimes die because of it. It is no reflection on how well you obviously care for your babies. Your priorities seem fine to me– family first and animals after that. Your mama goat didn’t refuse her baby (at first) because you had an extra laundry room and this little one didn’t die because of how many bathrooms you have. It’s all part of life with animals.

    Sorry again and hope your grieving lessens soon.

  183. Mary says:

    Knancy is a knutcase!

  184. Cheryl says:

    Aww so sorry for your loss. I know how much you love your goat babies and their mama’s too. They are such cuties!

    P.S. I concur with Mary!

  185. Amanda aka Salamander says:

    So very sorry for your loss and sorry you have to deal with a few bad eggs leaving nasty comments. Hugs to you :hug:

  186. Deanna says:

    To the people who have made very insensitive comments I just wish you could “walk a mile in Suzanne’s shoes (or should I say boots).” You must not realize how much hard work goes into running a farm and taking care of animals. The loss of an animal never is easy. But it is a fact of life. Our animals are very well taken care of and spoiled and it is heartbreaking when one dies, but unfortunately it does happen. We can all tell by this Blog that Suzanne genuinely loves her animals and they receive the best care possible. Shame on the people who posted negative comments to Suzanne.

  187. Mechele Armstrong says:

    So sorry to hear about the baby. πŸ™ I check in all the time to see how the little ones are doing. And the big ones.

  188. Phyllis says:

    So sorry πŸ˜₯

  189. Traci says:

    I have kept my mouth shut and my mind to myself long enough. I have been a full time farmer (livestock and crop) since 1982. I did all the farming 1200 acres, 250 sows, 130 cow/calf pairs, 200 ewes and 178 goats, cats and dogs and 2 kids, while my husband taught school. It’s the only JOB I’ve ever had and honestly wanted. I have lostso many animals over the years, and they all seemed like family. When you truly love what you do, you put your all into it. Money is just an object, it’s the time, dedication and love that makes it work. I have had heated barns with heated floors, sheds and barns, better than my house, and you still lose some. It’s the way of life, especially, in the farming life. Suzanne, you are an amazing person. We have all someamazing things, throughout our lives, but not many actually have the strength,desire or determination to FARM. Farming has so many different angles, but for someone that has chosen the country “farm” life over the city life, knowing a small amount about it, at first and who is continuing to learn, with drive and desire, I salute you! Go for it…learn what you can, by trial and error, good and bad. The key is to LEARN! You have that desire…don’t let bad comments, make a difference…just makes you want to fight harder. Continue to tell your stories..they are true and they are LIFE. Everyone that has ever had livestock, have had some losses, the sad part is that those who, can’t admit it and that blame it on someone or something else, should not have them! I’m sorry for your loss..I too am in the middle of kidding (100 nannies)(200% so far) and I’ve lost some. So if anyone thinks they can do better and will guarantee no losses…you’re hired!!! come on down. Keep up the EXCELLENT job and keep telling it ALL….

  190. Gen-IL Homesteader says:

    Oh, I’m so sorry! It is so hard to lose an animal. I only have chickens (which aren’t nearly as cute as that sweet baby goat), but it breaks my heart when one of them dies. πŸ˜₯ We have an 11.5 year old lab that is really aging and I know the end of her time is coming. It’s so hard to think about. So sorry for you all.

  191. Melissa Daniels says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss. I have been an avid reader on this blog for the last few months and love hearing your farming stories. This is not your fault and could not have been helped, please don’t let the heartless comments by some hurt you. It is apparent how much you love your animals. Hang in there!

  192. Sharon says:

    Suzanne, I am so sorry. I know how hard it can be. Last spring I bought two baby goats from a local dairy to raise. They too were in a dog house. I didn’t have such a wonderful set-up as you did with the goat house too, but did have them well insulated. But I went out one day to feed them and one had squashed the other during a morning nap. He was just too small and sometimes there is nothing you can do. You are an inspiration to the small farmers here and your animals are better taken care of then any I have ever seen. If someone could say something critical about your care, I say they have probably never been near livestock or they would know that loss of the young is a normal thing. Even animals raised in a heated barn would have unexplained death. Keep up the good work!

  193. SarahGrace says:

    I’m glad to see more support than not. Suzanne, from what I’ve seen at your house and meeting your family, you DO have your priorities straight. Loss is part of life and especially part of farm life.
    I really like whaledancer’s comment,
    “if you want eggs, you’ve got to deal with a certain amount of chicken poop.”
    Love it!

  194. Shirley T says:

    So sorry about your/our loss. A big hug coming your way. :snuggle:

  195. Denise says:

    Posted my condolences yesterday, but somehow they are not there. Anyway, sorry again for your loss. =(

  196. Randy Duff says:

    I am truly sorry for your loss, we have 5 goats and our smallest one is the pride and joy of my wife, if something happened to him she would be devistated. I am truly sorry for you.

  197. Elaine Harrison says:

    So sorry to read about the little one. πŸ˜₯

  198. Valerie says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your baby goat but even more sorry that someone would come to your blog to leave a nasty comment about it. You are a kind hearted and hard working person who clearly LOVES her animals. Seriously, if I were goat I would LOVE to live on your farm! Who else feeds their animals cookies they could eat themselves? πŸ™‚ Anyway, just want you to know that I’m thinking about you and your family right now. For the record, my husband built an insulated chicken house for my in-law’s chickens and the rooster was found mysteriously dead. Sometimes the death of animals just happens no matter how much care you extend.

  199. Sandra says:

    So sorry for the loss of your little one…

  200. Gini says:

    Mean people suck! You are a great goat mama, and don’t you forget it!

  201. Debbie L says:

    How sad! She was so cute. I’m so sorry you’ve been put in the position of defending yourself because of a few insensitive comments. Wonder if they also commented on the many days you tirelessly trekked out to the goat house to hold Sprite until she got the hang of motherhood……wonder if they questioned your priorities on THOSE days too? (said very tongue in cheek, in case anyone tries to miscontrue the fact that I’m bashing the nay-sayers and not Suzanne). We love your goat stories, and all the animal stories, or we wouldn’t be here everyday to check up on the Farm Family. Please don’t stop doing what you are doing – you are the best Mommy any kid, human or goat, could ever ask for. πŸ™‚

  202. Ilovethis says:

    That is so sad. :no: I had to put a chick out of its misery last week. I did not enjoy it. And people told me to toughen up and that farming is not all skipping through the tulips.
    I think you need a cookie. Maybe even two. Preferably with chocolate in them or on them.

  203. DEBBIE WHEELER says:

    We had the same thing happen0twin pygmy goats were born during the night. One got squished and the other had a touch of frostbite so we named him Frosty. So sad!

  204. AnnieB says:

    I’ve just been catching up after several days away. Suzanne, I’m sooo sorry to hear about the little one. I know how hard it is to loose a loved one – both human and furry. Keep your chin up girl – and don’t let any sourpusses get you down. There will always be death, and there will always be insensitive jerks. But also there will always be more dear creatures to nurture and love, and there are so many people with GOOD hearts. ((((((HUGS))))))

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