A long, long time ago, I purchased a beautiful Nigerian doe of 2 years of age. She had been offered at the National show some years before as a kid for over a thousand dollars, I've heard.
She really was exceptional. She was also charming beyond measure.
I saw that Nigerians weren't a breed I was able to really market well in this area, and a woman then went to great lengths to convince me she not only greatly needed dairy goats (small ones) for her daughter's health to provide raw milk, but that she would offer the best of care for the two does and 2 bucks I had to offer, so I sold the four under an agreement they would be kept as a herd at an EXTREME Discount where they could only be re-sold back to me.
The woman proved very dishonest. She also did not provide sound, good care.
I later found out she had the bucks sold to other people before she even arrived back home and never kept them at all, though she claimed otherwise.
One doe must have died right off, as well.
Only Voodoo made it through. The woman didn't like that I questioned her dishonesty and stopped communication with me.
She spread malicious lies concerning my farm and me for a long time because she knew how guilty she was and what she had done to these animals and me.
One day, I saw a photo that I recognized on another friend's profile. I KNEW THAT DOE!
It was Voodoo!!
I learned she bought her from the dishonest lady recently and that when she picked her up, she was the only goat on the farm.
I was so thankful to know she was safe and cared for, at least.
Eventually, she was sold another friend of mine who actually had a Voodoo daughter from some years prior, and Voodoo now lives a happy retirement very near me!
Her owner shared updates with me! Pictured is Voodoo now, her last doe kid born at her current farm and an image of her over 5 years ago here.
The take away is that dairy animals really weave their way into your heart, you cannot ever really be sure what will happen once they leave your care and to be thankful when your livestock end up with with people who give good care.
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