Jeneric Jeneralities ~ by JenIG

I cannot fully express what a horrible morning this was.  Geoff left at six am with our four big kids to witness a hog being butchered (that’s not the horrible part).  I stayed home with the two little boys.  

Anyhow, I woke up to a very sick Dippy who had been puking all night (he still doesn’t look so good); after I stumbled into the kitchen to make coffee I heard this really awful barking, right outside the dining room window.  So I went over to see what was up, and Coie’s brand new goat named Belle (yes, that was the ‘G’ from her contest), was cornered by one of the dogs and looking stricken.  She bolted past the house and actually ran thru the carport and down the basement stairs.

I jammed my feet into some shoes and ran out to get her (I still have no idea how she got out) and brought her back to the barn.  When I got there I saw one of our brand new little goats (we got five) half dead on the ground with our other 3 dogs tearing into her. I flipped.  Somehow I got Belle back into the pen and got the dogs out and then bolted to the house and in a pure panic called Paul and Gena.  Paul, and her son Paulie, flew down here and we got the little goat wrapped up and brought inside the house. 

While we were trying to figure out if she could be helped I heard this awful panic stricken bleating, so I bellowed to Paulie to run out and see what was going on.  His dad followed him out, and right when they left the little pregnant goat starting thrashing and bleating and then just DIED.  And then Paulie came running back to let me know that the dogs had gotten back into the pen and had mauled Coie’s new goat, Belle, and that its intestines were hanging out.

And all this time I could not reach Geoff because his cell was out of range. My word, I tell you the truth, I probably would have lost it if Paul and Paulie hadn’t been there. Gena came down and kept me (somewhat) sane.  They were able to get Coie’s goat loaded into the van and took her to the vet.  She was stitched up and we think she will be ok.  The poor thing is pregnant; we’ve got her downstairs in the basement.  Coie has to give her two shots a day; hopefully she will heal and the little babies will be all right.

This has been a very rough week.  Pray for us if it comes to mind.  Who knew that losing animals would be so traumatic?  We will have to get rid of BoBo’s dogs.  That is going to be very hard for him.  Ugh.

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  1. tn3jcarter said,

    on December 15th, 2006 at 5:28 pm

    Totally horrible

    I can so sympathize and totally feel for all of you. It's so hard dealing with the suffering and/or death of an animal, and then deal with the fallout of how it upsets your whole family.

    Makes you just really admire those frontier women all the more. They not only had to be physically strong, but emotionally as well. After we lost that horse, all of our chickens got out one day and it just so happened that my big kids were gone that day too. I was just totally upset thinking, "If we've lost these chickens too, that's it, I'm done. d-o-n-e, done!"

    Fortuantely I wrangled 11 of them and then the boys were able to catch the others when they got home so we didn't have to put the farm up for sale. :o)

    Once you get over the trauma, you'll be able to look back and realize that you were stronger than you thought you were. You had the presence of mind to get the help you needed and to try and handle the animals.

    I'm so sorry you all had such a rough entry into the goat farming. Hang in there though. I'm praying for you all. Maybe Bobo can get a bassett hound or something that won't bother goats or chickens.

  2. chickadee said,

    on December 15th, 2006 at 5:46 pm

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    what a sad day. that has happened to me before too, though not with goats. i once went to my rabbit cage to find a huge black snake wrapped around 3 of my baby rabbits while swallowing another. i called my papaw and he grabbed the snake by the tail and pulled it out of the box. all the babies died but the mama rabbit was saved. i hope your goat will be ok.

  3. drewsfamilytx said,

    on December 15th, 2006 at 9:08 pm

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    That is absolutely horrible! I am so glad that it was the goats and not a one of your kids, though.

    I'd get rid of the dogs the quick way…

    Praying for y'all and for peace at Curry Farm!



  4. mycrazylife said,

    on December 15th, 2006 at 10:06 pm

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    Oh my goodness! What a horrible story! I hope the children are not too traumatized. That is just awful. We will pray for you and your family.

  5. Dalyn said,

    on December 15th, 2006 at 10:15 pm

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    I am SOOO sorry Jen! That's horrible. I felt sick just reading about it. I know that was hard on everybody. I'm really sorry.

    Getting rid of the dogs has to happen sometimes on a farm. Once they do that kind of thing they don't stop. I have said good-bye to alot of dogs.

  6. quietcajun said,

    on December 16th, 2006 at 1:07 am

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    oh that is terrible… I am so sorry. I will pray for Belle.

  7. Anonymous said,

    on December 16th, 2006 at 7:32 am

    Oh, how HORRIBLE!!

    My City Slicker sister moved to the country in Kentucky. They, too, have had some horrific things happen to their beloved pets. I know how hard that can be on everyone! Oh, I'm so, so sorry! I will pray for all of you….


  8. KarenW said,

    on December 16th, 2006 at 7:40 am

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    I'm so sorry! I'll be praying for you today and poor little BoBo. I know that will be hard for him.

  9. LaMereAcademy said,

    on December 16th, 2006 at 9:45 am


    That sounds terrible. I'm so sorry for you and your family.


  10. Joanna said,

    on December 16th, 2006 at 10:24 am

    It's not fun

    I'm so sorry you had to go through that! It's very traumatic. We have a dog that attacks our goats, though she's never managed to do much damage. I've stood in our yard literally screaming and trying to disentangle them. Our vet did recommend putting her down, because he said once they did that, they would do it again and were no good for the farm. We have put it off by keeping her chained or in a kennel, which is no great life for her and gets us yelled at by people who think dogs shouldn't be confined, but the only alternative for her is death. I can't give her to someone else who might have little kids who might get in her face. No, No, No.

    We'll be praying for you all. Goats, unfortunately, are notoriously hard to keep penned.

  11. jayfromcleveland said,

    on December 16th, 2006 at 3:26 pm

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    Oh wow, what a bummer. What a shame for your kids to witness all that. One thing about farm life, you observe the food chain up close and personal. Hate to say it again under the circumstances, but like I told you before you guys bought this farm, people always wax romantical for the days when folks canned their own jelly, but no one's pining away for the days of scrubbing clothes on a washboard. Never forget that there's always a dark cloud inside every silver lining. Maybe you guys should ditch the farm and get some tropical fish?

  12. JB said,

    on December 16th, 2006 at 4:02 pm

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    Hi There,

    I am so sorry about your goats. We had a similar situation with our goats which involved a Saint Bernard, some teeth, and a dead goat, too. That was tough, and I know how you guys feel! Well, I'm going to go check on our momma nannies–they look like they might be delivering any time now. Isn't it wonderful how life moves rhythmically, each down beat making the upbeats stand out more brightly? God is good.

    Have a wonderful evening!

  13. tnmomtomanyblessings said,

    on December 16th, 2006 at 5:15 pm

    oh my….

    I just read your message and thought — OH MY! I am so sorry you all have had to go through this. We have lost rabbits, sheep (to coyotees), and chickens to dogs and ??. We got a Great Pyranees dog because the are uard dogs to livestock. maybe you can get one of those to guard your new animals. I hope the goat and her babies are ok.



  14. Anonymous said,

    on December 16th, 2006 at 6:10 pm

    Actually a thought about your previous post

    I am very surprised that you advocate 'spanking' a child. Surely as a Christian you would not want to hurt others. You are the adult here and far from the children's behaviour choosing this punishment you have the choice to give this as a punishment! As a Christian words are very important to you – you read the bible I assume so I am sure you could find a way to describe the 'wrong' your child has commited and find a way to convey this to them. Indeed you talk about how childen need to know how they to be a Christian in your first point and how aware they are of words – to me hypocrite springs to mind. Surely words or a removal of 'nice' things are always preferable to smacking. We have now made it illegal in the UK and as a teacher I am so sorry to say I have have been in the unenviable position of having disclosures from children who have been physically abused in the guise of smacking or spanking as you would call it.

  15. Momof5littlewomen said,

    on December 16th, 2006 at 7:52 pm


    What a bad morning you had but glad you had family around to help out. I pray the goat and babies will pull through!


  16. foxvalleyfamily said,

    on December 16th, 2006 at 8:41 pm

    Oh – how awful!

    We just went to the shelter today to look at dogs – now after reading this – I'm not so sure I want one after all!

    I am so sorry that that happened to your goats, your dogs and your children. How sad for all of you!

    I would have been completely panicked ( and grossed out!)

    I think I'll stay a 'city slicker!'

    Prayers for you all!




  17. Amy Scott said,

    on December 16th, 2006 at 9:50 pm

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    So sorry about this. I hope you will post a follow-up, letting us know how the dust settles. I'm interested in your little lambs, er, I mean goats and if it impacts how you move forward with your hobby farm. Blessings and prayers for what must be some shakin' nerves.

  18. Kellyque777 said,

    on December 17th, 2006 at 12:46 am

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    Jen, I reiterate what the others wrote, and am glad that the dogs were "found out" before they went after one of the kiddos. As strange as it sounds it may have been the blessing that has come out of these terrible tragedies. I agree it is time to get rid of the dogs, because when they get a taste of blood it is hard for them to go back to being tame. ((GREAT BIG HUGS)) from our family to yours. God bless you my dear.

    <>< Kelly

  19. Abiga51 said,

    on December 17th, 2006 at 7:28 am

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    No comments, just prayers and love sent your way for strength, healing, and wisdom. Blessings.

  20. livin4Him6 said,

    on December 17th, 2006 at 4:08 pm

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    First off I want to say to the very brave "Anonymous" commenter ( I say that tongue in cheek), did you not read Jens post?? She just endured a terrible experience and here you are reprimanding her for a previous post. Yikes!!

    Now to Jen, ((((((((((to you))))))))))). I know the heartache of losing a farm animal, and it must be doubly hard when its by a beloved pet. I really have no words of wisdom, but can pray for you and your family.

  21. SuperAngel said,

    on December 17th, 2006 at 6:46 pm

    I am soo…

    sorry for you all!! I will be praying for Belle and Coie and all of you!!

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  22. StitchNchick said,

    on December 17th, 2006 at 10:20 pm

    Oh no…

    I'm so sorry that this happened to you! I too can relate and understand the sadness involved. We've had many losses over the years on our farm and none have been easy. I cry when I lose a baby chick! Luckily, I have older boys who are a bit tougher than Momma, and can help me take care of things.

    One of our dogs attacked our fair pigs one year and we had to get rid of her–it was quite a loss for us, but we knew it had to be. I'm praying for your family as you go through this…Farm life is so wonderful, but I suppose you have to take the bad with the good.

    Thinking of you~


  23. JustGiveMeStarbucks said,

    on December 17th, 2006 at 10:51 pm

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    I'm so sorry — that must have been so traumatic for you (and the poor goats!). I'll be praying that the Lord will keep His arms wrapped around you, to calm you and soften the memory of what happened. I'll be praying the same things for your kids, too. Hopefully you'll all be stronger because of this.

    Update when you can, so we know how you're all doing. You're in my prayers!


  24. dawilli said,

    on December 21st, 2006 at 6:16 pm


    All I can say is "oh, man!"

    You poor thing, what trauma!

    I never would've guessed goat without some serious barnyard-type clues, I was thinking guitar…

    Hang in there & keep on keepin' on,


  25. kampsplete said,

    on December 21st, 2006 at 8:34 pm

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    Jen ~ I just wanted to stop by and say I'm sorry for what happened with the dogs and goats. When I was young I stayed on a farm once. Some stray dogs got into the sheep. One was ripped up really badly, and another was cornered in the barn. The son had to come home from work, and when he got there I could not get the door open to let him in to get his gun. I finally did, and the police came, and he ended up having to shoot the dogs. It was terrifying for me, and something I have never forgotten. I'm praying that Belle will be all right, and that her little baby will be saved. I remember listening over the intercom in the barn to the daughter as she took care of her injured sheep that night. It was heartbreaking to hear her cry, she was so sad for her poor sheep. I hope Coie is doing well. I too am sorry for the anonymous commenter that chose this day, of all days, to write such a comment. I hope you were able to see past that one to the love and concern expressed in all the others from your FRIENDS. God bless you all…..

  26. tami said,

    on December 25th, 2006 at 5:25 pm

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    i am so sorry that happened! i hope it never does again. thank God for family who can come and help out .

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