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We Got Goats – And It’s The Greatest

 

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By Adam & Kristin Kleinert

Yes, you read the title correctly, and no, we didn’t mean GOAT as in “Greatest Of All Time” (though these sweeties certainly are). We are now the proud owners of our very own bottle-fed Pygmy Fainter and Nigerian Dwarf goats.

 

If you’ve read our column before, you know we are always mentioning – not complaining, mind you – our busy family schedule. In fact, many times we’ve shared advice and anecdotes surrounding our efforts to streamline. So, why would we add farm animals to our already jam-packed lifestyle?

 

The simple answer is we are on a quest to provide one of our kiddos an endeavor in which she just may thrive. The complicated answer is, well, a bit more complicated. Let us explain…

 

Our oldest two children have never needed even the gentlest of pushes in order to stay busy and involved. They play a multitude of sports, sign up for clubs and student organizations constantly, and volunteer for opportunities whenever possible. Our third child, however, has never shared the same gusto for athletics and extracurricular activities like her older siblings. Molly has tried several outlets, but nothing has ever truly clicked for her, save a love of animals and a need to belong. She’s been curious about 4H for some time and, when she vocalized aspirations about joining our local club, we began to discuss the possibility of letting her raise and show an animal.

 

Admittedly, said “discussion” was rather one-sided at first. Adam (let’s call him “Good Cop”)  grew up around farm animals and cherishes his own memories of 4H meetings and county fair projects. He was positively giddy at the prospect of signing Molly up to participate in the Clark County 4H Fair next July.

 

Kristin (we’ll call her “Bad Cop,” but “Voice of Reason” is much more appropriate) was concerned about the logistics of the whole operation. What type of shelter must be constructed? How much pasture would be needed? How much would it all cost and, most importantly, where were we going to find the time?

 

This Good Cop/Bad Cop exchange continued for some time. As is our practice, we isolated our conversations to times when the children were not present in an effort to present a united front after arriving at our decision. But let’s not kid ourselves; this brood knows what’s up around here. They knew we were entertaining the idea of new pets, and they made sure to prod us as best they could in their desired direction.

 

With all four kids and Good Cop clearly on board, the final two arguments were presented to Bad Cop:

  1. Molly needs something of her own; Something that appeals to her interests but also provides lessons in hard work and responsibility. Participating in 4H could be just that.

 

And…

 

  1. Our 4H farm animals of choice would be small goats.

 

Jugular hit. If there are two things that appeal to Bad Cop’s weaknesses, they are children involved in enriching activities and a longtime dream of owning miniature goats. And so, we became goat farmers. Well, more like goat owners. We’re still learning the ropes, of course, but that’s where the more complicated explanation we mentioned above comes into reference.

 

You see, this new experience really was intended for Molly’s benefit. We planned to get her set up, teach her what to do and then step back a little as she figured some things out on her own. We accounted for the time it would take her to learn what was necessary. We did not account for how much the other five of us would be drawn in. And drawn in we are.

 

First of all, these goats are endearing. One of them is adorably tiny and the other, while not as small, is soft and sweet and has such kind eyes. Both are quite funny to watch play, and it’s remarkable how fast they learn. They are truly charming creatures.

 

Next, we have been rather surprised at what family pets they’ve become. We knew all four kids would be intrigued at the idea of new animals on the property, but we assumed the newness would wear off quickly for all except Molly (who would have to tend to them, like it or not). On the contrary, we are settling fights over who gets to feed and water, and who gets to let them out and pin them up.

 

In the mornings before school, when Molly has to get up earlier than others in order to feed, our youngest, Brahm, insists he needs to get up as well to accompany her. We’ve been pleased at how willing Molly is to get up and perform this duty. She has always been our hardest to drag out of bed. Now, she bounces out into the dark in her PJs, her little brother trailing along. Afterward, when the two are dressed and ready to leave, they beg to spend their extra few minutes visiting at the goat pen before we head out.

 

The interest taken by our older two has been yet another surprise. Eli wants to visit and play with the little goats every chance he gets. Recently, we found him in the pen next to one while holding the other, all three fast asleep. If you know anything about Eli, you’d know how rare is a moment of stillness for him, especially one where the creatures around him can relax enough to nap.

 

Sydney’s attachment to the goats may be the biggest shock of all. While she doesn’t dislike animals, she’s never taken much interest. In essence, she’s a pet-the-dog-quickly-on-the-way-

into-the-house kinda girl. We certainly did not expect our busy, self-involved 15-year-old to visit and hold our new farm animals daily. But she’s doing just that, in addition to worrying about their welfare and their happiness. She asks about their health daily and worries about their eating and digestive habits. She is fiercely protective if we have to separate the pair for brief periods, claiming it makes her sick to see them sad.

 

Overall, Molly’s 4H involvement has unexpectedly manifested as a family affair with very positive results. We are enjoying this new adventure together as a family. Many evenings we find ourselves assembled in the little pasture, sharing in the chores and giggling at the funny antics the goats produce. We’re constantly discussing goats around the dinner table, and we enjoy hosting friends who keep stopping by to check them out.

 

While our reasons for adding livestock to our busy lives began as a simple plan to give one of our crew more purpose, they’ve morphed a bit along the way. Those reasons now include connecting with one another – and with our pets – on a level we hadn’t anticipated. And so far, it’s the GOAT.

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Feeders Supply Company Opens Corydon Store

screen-shot-2018-08-20-at-11-53-04-amFeeders Supply Company – aka Feeders Supply – announces has opened a location in Corydon at 2363 Hwy 135 – NW, Suite 111. This is the 22nd store for the locally-owned pet supplies company.

Feeders Supply opened its first store in 1959 in Louisville, and is celebrating 59 years in business. Over the past 20 years, the company has opened a new store nearly every year throughout Kentuckiana.

“We are so excited to serve our pet lovers in Corydon and to play a bigger role in the community by supporting the local adoption groups and other community initiatives, “ said Pam Longwell, CEO and president of Feeders Supply Company. “We are looking forward to many, many years here and truly hope that the pet lovers of Harrison County are as excited about us being here as we are. We are thrilled!”

Feeders Supply will offer an extensive lineup of premium pet food brands and pet supplies along with offering space in the Corydon store for adoptable animals from a local rescue organization and a self-serve pet wash.

“As new Corydon residents, we will continue to serve the needs of our customers and their pets. We recognize our responsibility to give back, to share our good fortune in ways that help make our communities great places to live,” Longwell said.

For years, the company has partnered with humane societies in respective cities offering adoption centers in the stores, plus working with other rescues to offer adoption events in stores. Thus far, more than 50,000 animals and counting have been adopted. Feeders Supply donates and helps raise money for animal charities, and donates pet food and cat litter to animal rescues and shelters.

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ANIMALS FIND REFUGE WITH ARROW FUND

By Grant Vance | Photos by Courtesy Photos

FRODO, PIXEL, RAINBOW AND ROSIE share a common, lifelong connection they can’t shake. Sure, they all have an affinity for treats. All bark as an alternative means of communication to traditional human language. These traits, of course, are akin to most dogs. What separates Frodo, Pixel, Rainbow and Rosie from some of their furry friends is a tragic past, and the new beginning granted to them by The Arrow Fund, a non-profit dedicated to providing medical treatment to animals who have suffered torture and extreme forms of abuse and neglect.

 

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Katie, Cello, Otto & Walter (Feature Image) are available for adoption. To find out more, go to www.TheArrowFund.org.

The Arrow Fund has operated for nearly seven years and continues to be Kentuckiana’s only organization that specializes solely in animal cruelty cases. It began when Founder and President Rebecca Eaves found Aiden, a dog who was in critical condition and suffering after he had been shot with an arrow at close range. This degree of animal cruelty didn’t start here, unfortunately. Horrifying tales of abuse and neglect of animals is nothing new. It did, however, start The Arrow Fund’s initiative to end it.

Aiden, along with Frodo, Pixel, Rainbow, Rosie and many others, are all living happy lives now, nursed back to health and either living in a foster home or happily adopted. No matter how bad of a situation an animal has suffered, The Arrow Fund strives to “make damn sure they have a happy ending,” said Thom Ham, director of operations.

The animals’ placement after recovery is thanks to Foster and Adoption Coordinator Kelley Luckett.

Although the work can be tiresome and emotionally draining – animal rescue is a 24/7, 365 day mission that never ends – Ham and Luckett said the work doesn’t go unrewarded.

Luckett recalled Aspin, a puppy who suffered severe injuries that required a full body cast. “Trying to keep a puppy in a full body cast is no joke,” Luckett chuckled. It was no joke, but it was worth the trouble, especially since the pup has recovered.

Some of the dogs even let their high spirits feed their ego, joked Ham. Frodo – a dog who was found in downtown Louisville with horrible injuries that included duct tape wrapped tightly around his muzzle and clear evidence he had been used as a bait dog for dog fighting – can work a room with his “catfish smile.”

Stanley, a beautiful yellow Labrador who required partial amputation of a front leg has a sweet, smart attitude – and he wants you to notice. “He’ll let you know,” Luckett said.

In addition to battling animal cruelty and abuse throughout the Kentuckiana community, The Arrow Fund also strives to raise awareness regarding the need for stricter animal cruelty laws (Kentucky is currently ranked as the worst state in the country for the lack of anti-animal cruelty legislation). The organization also works to help children understand the importance of having empathy for animals. After all, the majority of individuals who hurt animals very often do that – or worse – to human beings.

If you’re interested in helping The Arrow Fund, there is no shortage of avenues  to do so. This can be as simple as a monetary donation or as involved as a foster home, and there are several different forms of volunteerism falling in between. For more information on how to get involved visit their website at www.thearrowfund.org or contact info@arrowfund.org.

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