Farm Farm

The Cone of Shame

In the movie Despicable Me, the dogs refer to those plastic cones dogs sometimes have to wear around their necks as “The Cone of Shame”, which seemed such a perfect name for them; the dogs are always so humiliated to have to walk around with them on. The kids and I have used that term for them since then.

I returned from Lexington to find that Bullet had a very sore foot. He was limping and it was swollen, so I took him to the vet this morning. It’s nothing serious, but he does have to wear the Cone of Shame for at least a few days. Poor thing.

The Cone of Shame

Another thing that happened while I was away is that the goat babies are finally weaned from their bottles! Now this really should have been done, oh, about 9 weeks ago, but Gracie is such a loudmouth and I’m such a softie, that every time I tried she would scream so loud I was afraid the neighbors would call the health department or something, and I would cave in. They were only getting 2 ounces in the morning and at bedtime, which was enough to keep them quiet. While I was away, Jim decided to take matters into his own hands and get it over with. Mostly I’m glad it’s over; one less farm chore in my daily routine. But, just as I was every time I stopped nursing my own babies, I’m a little bit sad too.

I raised Grace and Kiki as their mother from the time the babies were 23 hours old and I had to rush Cissy off to the vets, where she died two days later from Toxemia.

Kiki & Grace at a few days old. They were so small they would sleep underneath the hay rack.

There were long days filled with many bottle feedings, and my summer plans were completely thrown awry.

I had to teach them how to drink from a bottle.

Maia snuggling with Kiki.

We all quickly learned the art of double handed bottle feeding.

They were my little babies.

They don't fit under the hayrack anymore! Look how big they've gotten.

But those are nice memories that I have.


  1. Poor Bullet! I love the baby pics of Kiki and Grace!!

    Susan and Bentley

  2. Yes, poor pup, but those goats sure are cute!

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