The back of my car was bedded down with hay, laid over a tarp that covered the flat area in the back of my Goatmobile—a 1995 Toyota Camry wagon. I left my house at 6:45 and met my friend Maria at 7:00. Maria was my navigator and copilot, and my relief driver if needed. I was sure I’d need a second driver after having gotten to bed way too late, and getting up earlier than usual. Have you ever noticed that the one sure way to get a short night’s sleep is to need and plan on a long night’s sleep? It always takes longer than anticipated to make everything ready for the morning.
After a prayer for safekeeping, we filled the tires with air—they were all low!—and made our journey southward. It was a long drive, but there’s something about having a friend along, conversing and laughing and catching up on old news, that makes the miles fly by. I blessed Maria’s presence many times during that journey. It’s so much easier to have a second person looking at maps and directions than trying to drive and navigate at the same time.
We arrived in Westchester around 1:00 and picked up my new doe. She’s a skittish little thing and an escape artist, they told me. They were right! We pulled over a short time after we left their farm to shorten Bella’s lead, as she was very close to climbing into the back seat. As I opened the hatch to my car, quick as a wink she was out. If I hadn’t tied her to the hand rest, she’d have been gone. Whew! Needless to say, I didn’t make that mistake again.
A few hours later, only 45 minutes from home, my car died. Aaargh! But you know, the location was perfect: 10 minutes from my sister’s house, and after towing the car to his garage, my brother-in-law packed us all into his pickup, goat and all, and drove us home. I was in the back seat with Bella, and every time she tried to stand up, I soothed her and kept her down. When we got to the farm, Bella jumped out…..and relieved herself. Ah! Timing! It’s everything.
Bella got the big stall with the 2 round bales in it. She was a bit lonely, but settled in very well. In the morning, she’ll go into the stall where she can have contact with the others. I hope she has a restful night.