MLGH Phoenix's SGITWW Firefly (Sweetest Goat In The Whole World)
G Sire: Mamm-Key Alex's Capone Sire: L.D. Delights Capones Phoenix G Dam: L.D. Delights Collette G Sire: Unknown Dam: MLGH Sally Goat (SGITWW) (NOA) (Native on Appearance) G Dam: Unknown
9 times Grand Champion, 10 times Best Udder in class, 1 Best Udder in Show. 8th place at ADGA National Show in Loveland
Firefly's story is still too fresh and raw in my mind to tell yet. We lost her back in June. I still miss her SO MUCH!
Sally Goat SGITWW (Sweetest Goat in the Whole World)
Sally was one of our first two goats. She was a hoot in a half her whole life. She was handicapped and never knew it. She lost her hoof on one foot and it blocked half of her udder use when she jumped a barbed wire fence and got caught. She had twins her first year with us and her overweight condition caused her to prolapse and that meant stitches and checking her every couple of hours till she kidded. Then we didn't breed her for a few years and just milked her. I decided to try one more time and breed her to pure Alpine. She prolapsed and again stitches, and constant checking and being there to remove the stitches. Then out came hooves and a tail.....then it peed on me. A GIRL!!! My champion girl Firefly. We have been chasing the dream ever since to let Sally live vicariously. We have been showing and dreaming each year in hopes to get that CH on Firefly's papers. Due to technicalities and 9 GCH wins later, we need one more sanctioned win to do that. We lost Sally this year in August. She had been really struggling with her good three legs that were failing and then she got another respritory problem going into fall and cold weather. It was time to help her out. She was a champion her whole life from an injured yearling to 11 years old with a champion daughter and granddaughter. My SWEETEST goat is gone. I was blessed to have a rescue goat I paid $50 for. She milked for 4 years after Firefly was born. She was the QUEEN of the herd too with her sister Oreo. They were such a pair and a great foundation to our herd. RIP my sweet Sally Goat. UPDATE: In May of 2013 at the Torrington, WY Fuzzy Goat Show, Firefly was sick the first day and got a reserve. But back to her old self the second day and won GCH in BOTH rings, BOB, and Best Udder in both. With 11 GCH wins she is finally a finished Champion! I dreamed about coming home to tell Sally about her winning it. This way she got to watch and I will always believe she was with us everywhere we go with the girls.
At Four Winds Amber
This is one of the original herd I ended up purchasing almost all of the goats they had, starting with two adding a buck, and then two more does. The very next month after Amber came to us she presented us with quadruplet kids. One 6 #, one 7# and two 8# kids. Her life has been nothing but phenominmal when it comes to producing kids. She took a year off after those kids and then had a set of triplets, the following year another set of quadruplets, finishing her career with three more years of twins each time. You must admit 17 kids in 7 years is pretty impressive. She has dried up now and has no teeth so we feed her well to keep weight on her. She was Sally's buddy for a long time and is now trying to get along with Oreo. She lives a good life and is happy just being around the other goats. She especially likes a good romp with the Dad who thinks it fun to encourage her to head butt people. They shove each other around pretty good still and at 14 years old this summer its fun to know she has a daughter and grand daughters still with us. Her daughters have continued to be multiple producers of kids with numerous triplets to their credit.
In November of 2013, at 14 years old, Amber succumbed to congestive heart failure. We helped her cross over with very heavy hearts and many tears. She is very much missed here, but her daughter is with us and we will never forget.
Elvira -- Faverolle / Easter egger cross
This sweet funny girl is a product of our farm as well and was hatched naturally by Annabelle during a successful setting. Elvira is the daughter of Trouble and Butterscotch, our easter egger. She has an extra toe on one foot but not the other. She is a good layer and very sweet too.
Trouble-- Faverolle Rooster
Trouble is just his name...he is the second sweetest rooster we have ever had. He eats treats from your hand and lets Dad pick him up so Mom can trim his nails. We bought him at the county fair 4 years ago as a young rooster from a 4-H girl who shows poultry. He placed 2nd so she kept first place and sold him to us. He should have a patch of bronze feathers over his shoulders. We enjoy having him with the girls but we do wish they would let his tail grow back. Faverolle have an extra toe on each foot and he grows some huge spurs as well.
Cloud -- California White
Many of you have met Cloud at our Homesteading Fairs and know she is our oldest girl. She is 8 1/2 years old. She is a California White, which is one of the breeds of choice for the battery cages. What we didn't know is because production birds are usually replaced every few years there was a flaw in their genetics. Cloud and her sister Gemini also California White, both developed cateracts in their eyes at about age 2 and she has lived with them since. She gets around well and has her own coop. We give her friends especially in the winter to keep her warm and she helps us raise the youngsters until they start picking on her. This year she has the guineas and Madaline to share with. Sadly we lost Cloud in January of 2013 at almost 9 years old. She was missed at the Homesteading Fair last week.