Baby goats! And Heifer International!

Time to make good on my offer to donate $1 to for every copy of The Wrong Enemy preordered.  (And it’s also over at now! That makes me feel more official.)

And…{drumroll}…they’re getting a goat!

Heifer International tells us that goats are the most effective livestock for getting a family out of poverty. Goats are easy enough for an eight-year-old to maintain a small flock, and they’re able to eat scrub plants in locations most other animals can’t get to. Two dairy goats can provide a gallon of milk a day, which increases a family’s protein intake, and then the family can sell the extra for a source of income. Plus, it’s easy to pass along other goats to another family within the five year pay-it-forward timeframe.

I don’t have a picture of the actual goat, of course, but I a few weeks ago, I got to see baby goats at a local farm. The first time we visited, we saw a baby goat just an hour old, but I didn’t have a camera. The next week, we got pictures of all the new little ones. I think this is the newest of them. He was still having trouble walking around.

This one was also fairly new.

And these guys were in the older batch.

Out in the parking lot was the escape artist goat. She’s been getting loose all summer, but she doesn’t seem to know what to do with herself once she gets out. So she played with Kiddo3.

He didn’t have any food for her, so she decided to investigate my car. And found something.

Goat, what are you doing?

Goat? STAHP!

Fortunately a goat is (as Heifer reassures us) easy to manage, and I was able to get her out of the car before she took the keys and headed down to Sprouts R Us.

Thank you everyone for your pre-orders, and I hope you enjoy The Wrong Enemy!


  1. Normandie

    I’m surprised your son let you go home without one! So glad to know we helped a little bit–love Heifer.

    1. philangelus

      The one he really wanted was the orphan goat he bottle-fed a few years back.