In memory: Cassia

cassiaFour births, one death.

Cassia delivered healthy quadruplets, an astonishing feat for a goat doe, but one that claimed her life. Cassia had the sweetest personality, was a doting mother to her many kids, and was a strong elder, respected by all in the barn. Fare well, Cassia.

The four orphan kids are thriving under Sarah’s care, with assistance from Junebug on the post-milkbottle clean-up:

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27 thoughts on “In memory: Cassia

  1. Mary Lou Knapke

    Oh! Oh! I just feel and hopeful Sending strength and caring for the four little Ones S Mary Lou

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  2. Julie Moffitt

    My sympathies. I didn’t know Cassia, but I do know goats, which are lovely creatures, and I follow your posts, so I am saddened by your loss. Best wishes for the kids!

  3. Mimi

    I ‘m so sorry and do know how you feel. I’ve had it happen several times with goats and sheep, even horses. One never gets used to death on the farm. Raising orphans, though, can be a tender time for the caregiver. And kids have such personality! Best of luck..

  4. John Salmond

    ‘Media vita in morte sumus’; ‘Lilacs out of the dead land’; new life carries on the old lives in endless chain, sweeping us all along in the wonderful process

  5. Rosemary Stiefel

    So sorry. What a sweet little litter. I know you will take good care of them! So enjoy your posts…even the sad ones.


  6. Anonymous

    I’m always sorry to hear the loss of a goat. We have used them to clear kudzu from the Williams Creek Urban Forest in Knoxville and I fell in love with each and every one of them. Glad to hear her babies are getting such good care.

  7. April Minkler

    Even in her death she was such a Champion! Maybe one of the new babies will have her Gift of Abundance.

  8. katherine

    I’m so sorry that you lost Cassia. And quadruplets! Oh my – what mixed emotions must be happening in your world! Love, warmth and sunshine to you all!

  9. Scott

    I never would have thought that I would have had much of an emotional reaction to the loss of a goat…and then I got some goats to help with land stewardship. They’re wonderful, affectionate animals–nothing at all like their reputation among those who are not “in the know.” I can imagine your sorrow, David.

  10. martine

    I am very sorry about Cassia´s death and send you and your wife my deepest empathy.
    Goats are very nice and lovable animals and, like for many other animals, our vocabulary is very unfair and give them an inequitable reputation.

  11. Ralph

    I’m so sorry to read this. What a beautiful being Cassia was. I hope the hole she left can be somewhat filled by those stunningly adorable kids. My thoughts are with you all.


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