That fall, both of the goats were bred, so there would be new baby goats in March. We had been keeping our eyes and ears open for a jersey cow, but they were VERY hard to come by in
We bought her and brought her to the home of our friends (who we will call the Pastor Family) since we had to go out of town. We had a family function to attend in
We (the DeLand Jeeters as we were now called.... This is a term meaning "hillbilly") knew that we offered great entertainment to the neighbors. Almost the entire back wall of the Green's home was windows so they had a splendid view of The Back Forty. They had six children who delighted in the animals in our yard. Part of the entertainment came in the form of feeding Ellie a bottle, or throwing a ball for Star, or petting Minx, and even giving a try at milking. However, there were other forms of entertainment offered as well.
Michael, Joshua and I were all in The Back Forty working one day. Star was not allowed back there because she would keep trying to herd the chickens. She could not stand being away from her human family, plus those chickens were back there and they seemed to be in desperate need of being rounded up. So, under the fence she came. She caught one chicken and had all its tail feathers pulled. The back end of it looked like the chickens you buy at the grocery store. Well, this day was no different. We were out there working and under the fence she came. She started after the chickens and the three of us started after her. We were calling her very loudly and all trying to cut her off. She was too busy to listen to us. Joshua saw an opportunity and dived for her. He missed and hit the ground and landed on his belly. We were laughing so hard, it was difficult to stay with the task at hand. When Minx (the goat) saw "her boy" hit the ground, she was sure that the dog had intentionally hurt him. She had no love for the dog anyway. She would try to butt Star or bite her fur whenever Star was near. This time the dog had gone too far..... she had sent "her boy" flying. Minx CHARGED after that dog with the intent to kill. She had always been so lady like. Even when you tried to hurry her up, she just went at a gentle trot. We had never seen Minx run so fast or so furious. She was running like a deer being pursued by a pack of dogs. She was going to GET THAT DOG!!!! So now, we were chasing the goat who was chasing the dog who was chasing the chickens. (sounds like a song...) Then the cow who was VERY pregnant got all excited by the commotion and started in the chase as well. She was running and jumping and leaping. We were beside ourselves with laughter over the whole situation, yet worried about Buttercup being so upset so close to calving and we were full of frustration at trying to catch that dog. Finally, Joshua caught Star and started leading her up to the gate. He was going to tie her up. I was holding onto Minx so that she would not charge the dog, when all of a sudden, Buttercup went charging after Joshua and the dog. Michael and I hollered for Joshua to look out, and he got out the gate just in time. For twenty minutes Minx and Buttercup were very agitated. Minx was doing 360 degree jumps in the air. Some people would have to pay to see that kind of excitement. The neighbors got it for free.
To be continued...