It is interesting how a lesson demonstrated or learned through our little farm will often apply to my life in general.

Let’s take “Patience” for example.

Very sadly, very unfortunately, I lost a young doe goat to internal parasites.  Although I had wormed her and treated her with medicine from the veterinarian, her system was unable to overcome the problem.  Apparently, goats are becoming resistant to certain strains of wormers.  Even though this was the first time she had been wormed, the resistance must have been passed on through genetics, her mother’s milk, …. something.

My veterinarian provided me with a different wormer to treat the two remaining does that I have.  I was also given the instruction to bring in a “fresh fecal sample” 10 days later to monitor for parasites.

Normally, goats are proliferate poopers.  They spew their little poop pellets like a gumball machine stuck in the open position.

Not so on the cold, windy morning I needed to collect the “fresh fecal sample.”

Enter “Patience” training.

After walking and following behind my goats with my gardening trowel and a baggie in hand with no luck, I decided to feed them.  They would stay in one spot for awhile and surely, what goes in will come out.DSC_1179

I grabbed a 5-gallon bucket to sit on out of the wind and waited.  And waited.  The cat peeked around the feeder to check for progress.Patience barn cat

Nope.  No poop, yet, I said.

The goats finished eating and seemed to delight in disappointing me.Patience 1

Luckily, they can’t help themselves and must entertain.  It is part of who they are.Patience Purina Patience with goats

Also, luckily, they finally produced.  I then took my baggie of so-labeled, “Caprine fecal sample, i.e. goat poop!” to my veterinarian’s office.  Yes, that is exactly how I labeled it.

Regarding life lessons:  I read the following Joyce Meyer quote,

“Patience is not the ability to wait but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting.”

Sometimes I just need to keep a good attitude while waiting for the poop to pass.

About Marla Rose

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22 Responses to Patience

  1. Wendy says:

    Poop on demand! That’s so funny. Thanks for a good laugh.

  2. Cindy H says:

    Love the Joyce Meyer’s quote and the “gumball machine stuck in the open position” word picture. 😉 Random combination, I know; but what can I say? 🙂

  3. Dianna says:

    Love the pic of kitty waiting word on the progress! Sure hope everything will be okay with your remaining goats. That has to be heartbreaking to lose one.

  4. Carol says:

    Great message.I plan to practice patience with a good attitude.

  5. Beth Ann says:

    Oh my. Waiting for poop to happen takes time apparently. Sorry about your doe— hope everyone else stays healthy! Great pics!

  6. pattisj says:

    Learning livestock are not pets has to be a hard lesson. How does one not become attached to them? Sorry you lost a doe, hope the others will be OK.

    • I think my two mamas are in good shape. Maybe it would be easier to not get as attached if we had larger herds of animals … but, I remember well from my growing up years on the farm that some always become favorites. It is what it is. Thank you for your comments.

  7. That quote is magic! How true … great pics. I hope you managed to sort that worm problem. 🙂

  8. dayphoto says:

    The good attitude is the secret…the whole secret!


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