We lived in the Conifer, Colorado area when I found my first introduction to goats. An older lady (like I am now) had the girls over for milk and cookies. The milk was so good and we went home with two little babies only a few days old and lots of instructions on their care. It was a great experience raising Martha and Tilly.
Unfortunately we had the sad experience of what a neighbor dog can do - and lost our first babies to these girls and almost lost the does. They were wounded so badly and only with the care we gave them, the time spend with the children sitting with them during their recovery time and a wonderful, dedicated vet did we manage to save our two big girls. I no longer tolerate any neighbor dogs coming anywhere on our property. It was a terrible experience for all of us to go thru.
Tilly was a great milker, giving us about a gallon a day - every day. She also learned to ride in the back of an old army jeep I had and we would go to a meadow close by in the mountains. Me, a goat, a big dog , and two little girls. Martha goat was always quieter than Tilly and didn't every want to go with us. Two totally different does. My Tilly goat was a remarkable animals. I could milk her anywhere - in the field, on the porch. She didn't need tied up and would just be so patient.
When we moved to Oregon the goats came too. Sadly we lost Tilly in a birthing and that was a terrible heartbreak for us all again. Almost stopped me from having anymore but after moving to a small piece of property found we had to get some more Nubians. Then on to 4H, cheese and yogurt making and have been hooked ever since. My first experience showing won my little doe a championship at an ADGA show in Astoria, Oregon. Was very exciting.
At this time in my life I fell for the little girls and we have more than we need but I guess that happens too easily. Nigerians produce such wonderful milk and it makes the best cheese and yogurt. My husband was unsure if he would even drink goats milk but now that is the only milk he wants. Nigerian goat milk. Best ever.
My youngest daughter Julie giving
Martha and Tilly a treat.
This picture was taken in the mountains
out of Conifer, Colorado back in the 70's