A Far Cry

This is a far cry from the post I had planned for today. I was going to talk about how excited I am for goat kids to arrive, and that kidding is less than two months away.

Instead, I have to report that yesterday our goat barn burned to the ground. I lost 9 does, all pregnant, 5 doe kids, and my registered buck. They'd been put away in the barn for the night.

When our neighbors saw the smoke, they came to help while we waited for the fire trucks, but nothing could be done except use the garden hose to try to keep the fire from spreading.

The other two bucks were in another pen and are ok. The horses were in the pasture. One of the two yard dogs was missing for several hours but she did show up. The barn cats have come back one by one from wherever they were hiding. We also lost our hay, and all the feed that was stored in the barn.

It's painful for me to talk about, so I'm just going to end this post here.