Skies have been grayish-white most of the week with brisk temps and wind for added chill, but the sun came out this afternoon and for a brief time a very warm wave blew through.. During this welcome reprieve from the cold, I headed out for a stroll with my dog and my camera . Along the way, horses in large pastures trotted up to greet us at the fence line, and twice the goats ran up to us. Amid one friendly group of goats was a lovely, lone sheep. The goats were wagging their tails with curiosity and eagerness. After awhile some of the more adventurous goats let me pet them. One went to head butt my dog with a fence between them, but Cooper was quick and dodged all impact. Any time I get to be around animals is a good time!
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You'll notice little hair covered knobs on some of the goats. They're called wattles which are simply appendages covered with hair. Some goats have one wattle and others might have several. The wattles appear in different places from their lower neck to up near their ears. There's no apparent use for them an no advantage or disadvantage. Some breeders prefer them while others will remove them. I like the ornamental effect!
I love how all around this farming country instead of dogs coming to greet me when I'm walking with my dog, the horses come trotting up or walking over, and the goats and sheep too. These goats saw us coming a long ways down the street and one, by one, they started walking toward us. I think it was Cooper they were most interested in seeing. The sound of their bells reminded me of the bell wearing yak in Nepal on the Everest trek.