One of my first articles that was published was about Red and Black. 2 goats that are our “boys”. That article showed how much animals care about each other. These 2 goats, Red and Black, have been raised together. They have never been apart. These goats have been fixtures on our homestead.
Last week, we found Red when choring. He had passed away in his sleep. Red was lying outside of his and Black’s house. We were heartbroken. This proud, majestic, loving goat would no longer rule his kingdom. No longer would he stand on back feet and give his momma (me) a kiss on the cheek. No longer would I talk to Red of his magnificence or lovingly stroke his gorgeous horns. Our mourning began.
Heartbroken we buried Red under his favorite tree by the house. We said our thanks to Red and we said our thanks to God and we praised them both for the gift of Red’s life and his love. And, grownups though we are, we cried like a couple of children at having to say goodbye.
But then there was Black. Black who never knew a day or a night without Red. And even though there are other goats on the homestead, Red and Black were never kept with those goats. Red and Black were always kept by the house in pastures where they could greet us and company when they came. Oh Black, Red was the leader and you have lost your security. Much like people when they lose their mates. Black’s mourning has begun.
Black put in 2 bad days and nights. With Black’s health being shaky, we were afraid we were going to lose him from mourning Red. The second night proved unusual and eventually led us to the answer.
Black, in the night, got out of his pasture. Something he had never done before. He made it to the crib and stayed by the other goats until we discovered him the next morning. He was mourning the passing of Red and did not want to be alone and yet seemed to fear the mob of goats.
What to do with Black? How to help him through his mourning? We took a chance and asked Helen and her 2 kids Little Red and Chester to move in with Black. Not knowing how Black and Helen would get along..we took the chance. Would they fight? Would having Helen and the goat kids help Black through his mourning?
The good Lord works miracles everyday, even for goats. Black “adopted” Helen and her kids and seems to be thriving with his first family situation. Having 2 small kid goats bouncing around seems to be keeping Black from mourning continuously. Those 2 rowdy little kids seem to have broken the mourning cycle Black was in the throws of.
Pictured are Black, Helen and Little Red and Chester. Somehow I think Red would be pleased. Thank you Red. For all that you have given me .. thank you. God is great and I just know we are going to all be together again. Yes, pets mourn other pets. All we can do is try to help them through the mourning.