Shelby is the first goat to provide us with milk, she is currently about 8 years old and she has had quite a life!
As a young goat Shelby was the only survivor of a wild dog attack. She did have injuries from the attack, but she pulled through. She then became pregnant and had a baby, but would not care for her kid. The injuries she had suffered during the dog attack injured her udder area, and she could only produce milk from one udder. Shelby then became extremely ill after giving birth and almost died. Her owner at the time felt she was a "good for nothing goat."
Then along came my friend Ellie, who was looking for a pet goat for her two sons. She found Shelby and felt it would be a good match! Shelby loves her new home and playing with Ellie's sons. She especially likes to play football, yes, she will chase the ball! Another favorite activity is trotting along while the boys ride their bike!
Early one morning in February 2013, Shelby had a huge surprise for her family! She had given birth to twin girls! No one even knew she was pregnant! Ellie did notice Shelby had been putting on a little weight, but thought it was due to the change in her diet. Shelby has quite a sweet tooth and enjoys eating leftover pancakes with syrup after the boys are done with their breakfast! The baby girls are named Coconut and Spritz. Unfortunately, Shelby became very sick and again, would not care for her babies. Ellie began to milk Shelby by hand and bottle feed the babies!
At the time Coconut and Spritz were weaned from the bottle, Ellie asked if I would be interested in the milk for soap! Of course, I said YES! This was the beginning of our goat milk soap line.
Shelby continued to produce milk for us, from her one undamaged udder through September 2013. At that time she could no longer produce milk, and because of the difficulties after giving birth, the decision was made not to breed Shelby anymore.
So, Shelby has retired! She is currently living a happy life on Ellie's farm. She still enjoys playing football, trotting alongside the bikes and now she chases after her kids!
Update: On January 10, 2015 Shelby passed away peacefully. She will be missed by her human family, as well as her daughters, Coconut and Spritz, special friend Rosie the goat, Helga the cow and Alibay and Senora the horses.