I am a beautiful approximately four month old Nubian doeling, or female goat, but I am sick. My friends and I have had a bit of a rough time, being moved from one place to the next and not properly fed for a short while too. This caused our immune systems to weaken, because as you all know, stress does that. Then we got worms and had to take some medicine called Valbazen, but it did not work for some reason. Our new owner was not aware that the medicine did not work and thought we were treated and worm free, but the worms were taking the red blood cells and we were losing weight even though we were eating a lot.
Then it got very cold after a few days of rain and we all got pneumonia too. My good friend passed away the day before yesterday before she could get to the Doctor's, but I made it until morning. I had to have a needle with different medicines in it and I got to sleep on the mat in the porch, near Robbie, the border collie. I had a heating pad and several blankets on me all night to try to stabilize my temperature, because I kept getting real cold. When I went to the vet's, I was cold even though I had a blanket on, so the nice technician warmed some pads up and covered me with even more blankets and those hot pads until my temperature was normal. I could not keep it there though and through the day I felt cold even though I was in the sunshine and covered with blankets.
I had some more medicine and my pneumonia is starting to lift, but I have a long way to go to be better. I need to eat a lot of food that will help me gain some weight so I do not get sick anymore. My friends got moved to a barn this evening and are sleeping indoors so they should be a little warmer than last night. I am sleeping in the porch again, but in a kennel. I have not been able to move since yesterday. Maybe tomorrow I can stand up. I have been eating today and drank some blue liquid my owner made that has minerals and vitamins in it and a little dextrose, which is good energy for me. I could stay awake then so I could eat. I also had some of Elsie's milk, the Jersey cow. Thanks Elsie. It was really good! Maybe tomorrow I can have some more please? My friends will want to have some too, but Elsie's adopted baby calf drinks up all her milk and doesn't leave much for anyone else.
Anyhow, I am hoping I get better real soon. I want to feel great so I can run and jump and play again. I sure hope you will send some love and prayers my way and for my friends too who aren't as sick as I am, but who have worms and maybe could get pneumonia. Thanks a lot. Tomorrow will b
Fluffy writes daily about the experiences on the farm and with the bed and breakfast patrons.