The 100+ year old house next door is being renovated which means that for the last six months or so, we have had lots of activity there. And, the presence of a lot of men. Latino workers, that is.
Generally, this affects us very little. …
Until, Fairlight gets into her once-every-23-days heat cycle and then those workers become the object of her desperate desire. When she and Blackberry are let out of their pen for their morning and evening walks and time out in the yard, Fairlight saunters directly towards the fence in the most ridiculous little head-tossing strut.
There, she will rub all over against the fence, pressing her pink nose through the bamboo privacy slats and searching with those beautiful long-lashed hazel eyes for ANY subject of her desire.
Her tail flirts in little flippy back-and-forth movements and she nickers her throaty “mmmrhh.”
And then she finds him. Some poor unsuspecting young man who has probably never suspected in his whole life that he would be flattered by the full affection of a doe in heat. Fairlight’s tail starts flagging ever quicker, and that husky throat-call gains his attention.
At this time, I don’t know whether to laugh, hide, or to try to get Fairlight away from the fence as quick as possible. Usually, I end up doing the latter: Trying my darnedest to finagle my love-struck goat away from the attention of the baffled but obviously amused young man while feigning compete and cool sophistication. What? No, nothing bizarre here. Just y’know… something you see everyday. Nope, nothin’ unusual here, that’s for sure. Nice day, ain’t it?
Needless to say, that young man most likely had an interesting conversation subject at the dinner table or the local bar that night…
POSTSCRIPT: I’m happy to report that the goats’ heat season is coming to a close. Although Nigerian Dwarfs and Pygmy goats can “cycle” all year round, it becomes strongest during the months of Dec – Feb in So. CA. For the rest of the year, I sometimes notice slight signs such as a little more spunkiness or aggressive head-butting between the two girls on the day they cycle. But usually, to the average person, these small signs are non-existent — I just know my animals well enough to detect tiny changes in behavior.