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.

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  1. marie says:

    HAHAHAHAHA!!! I loved this “luv story.” Made my day.


  2. Debbie says:

    Tee-hee Tee-hee! Cute very cute.

    Great story!

  3. Judy says:

    I think I read (or maybe seen on a video) that eventually you might breed the goats. Any future plans? I think Fairlight needs a husband LOL!

  4. Anais says:

    Judy & Debbie

    Glad you enjoyed the story. Jordanne has a way about writing about those animals!

    As for a husband … well, actually, her and me both! 😉


  5. Lizz says:

    That is hysterical!

  6. Christine says:

    Truly lovely! I’ve always just loved my animals when I have them. I’m very curious to see how much milk your does will give, after their bred. It will be interesting to see which doe gives what and how much. Any animal that shares thier milk with us, deserves our highest regard! I’ve had goats and a jersey milk cow. Nothing right now, but hope one day real soon. You never have too much milk on the farm. You can give it to just about anyone, or anything. We used extra to give to the chickens, in a dish of their own. Fed calves, and bumb lambs and ect. Also made cottage cheese and feta. Can’t wait to get back to it. After car accident,I’ve been healing up. Hope I can handle the chores once again! … This is such a delightful site and feel as though we’re friends, even though we live so far apart…. You need to publish your books, so you can buy that piece of land! God Bless, Chris

  7. thurm says:

    “As for a husband … well, actually, her and me both!” – anais

    You could try rubbing against the fence and wag your tail… it almost worked for fairlight =)

    Good luck in Spanish classes.

  8. Grizzly Bear Mom says:

    I look at Fairlights actions like this: these are the normal behavior of a healthy animal. We are privildged that you get to witness them. If you explain to the men what was happening they would be amused, and maybe even give the goats a little attention or treat. How sad that most people are so alientated from animals that we don’t understand normal healthy behaivor and must have them explained to us.

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