Thursday, 16 November 2017

A clean goat

I looked closely at Mel the other day and realised he was well overdue for his annual bath - by well over 18 months in fact! His nose was grubby and his belly looked decidedly beige instead of cream.

He's spent time on the boat, up in Scotland with the grandsons and then he's had 18 months or so on the boat by himself before we arrived in May this year. He came home with us in October, happily vacuum packed for the journey and we are pleased he didn't require an internal examination in case he was a drug goat as opposed to a mule ...

So yesterday was bath day.


Waiting

Yay!! A bubble bath!

I'm in - see, Uncle Murray, I love it!!

Time for total immersion therapy!

My sister Dee and her husband Murray think it is very inhumane and unkind of us to put him in the washing machine to spin, but honestly, he loves it. And imagine how long he'd take to dry if we didn't. Or there would have to be some extremely inhumane wringing out done ...

And as a sop to them, I didn't hang him out as I usually do, i.e. pegged by his toes and fingers (cloven hooves, really). Instead he dried like a wuss - inside a towel hammock. So he would feel quite manly, I did peg his front hooves to the side of the towel - actually, it was to stop him falling out if there was a gust of wind ...

He is now clean and fresh as a daisy!

4 comments:

Eileen Turnbull said...

Maryland you have such a caring heart especially for dumb animal!!

Eileen Turnbull said...

Blinking predictive text It changed your name!!

Marilyn McDonald said...

Wash out your mouth, Eileen! Mel isn't a dumb animal - he is very intelligent and has such sparkling conversation!

We've had him since 1994, so he is a well established member of the family - although both our kids suffer from sibling rivalry about him ...

thistleone1 said...

Your adopted/surrogate kids also suffer from sibling rivalry about him too.............well one of us does, I shouldn't speak for Luke really, that's a dumb thing to do isn't it!! He can tell you himself on Friday how he feels about Mel..... :-)