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CHOMPE - NO LONGER A MARKET GOAT

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This sweet and friendly Nubian girl was our neighbor's 4H project, but Terry and I purchased her to ensure that she could live happily ever after somewhere...

Where? We had no idea.

I sent out email Action Alerts and a kind and concerned woman on our email list forwarded to someone she thought would be perfect. (THANK YOU, LINDA!)

It's the rescue ring of compassion. Working together to save lives...

Several people filled out SPA online applications to adopt Chompe, but one app stood out from the rest.

A very special couple, Drue and Rachel, who live in Michigan were indeed the missing piece in Chompe's happily ever after puzzle... and the fit was PERFECT! (The animals living on this land are not butchered).

After a 20 minute telephone conversation with Drue, Terry and I prepared for our journey to Irish Hills.

We had no idea how well Chompe would travel in the back of our van, but she was a perfect angel.

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When we arrived at our neighbor's to load Chompe up, she immediately jumped up against the gate of her pen, as if eager to begin this 'new life' adventure.

She jumped right into the back of our van, without hesitation.

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She was so relaxed that she immediately began chomping on the apple branches Terry had placed on the floor for her.

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It seemed as if a special something was there in her eyes, as she kept gazing out the window.

And not one potty accident.

She rode quietly and calmly, nodding off for short naps of five or so minutes at a time.

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We arrived at Drue and Rachel's gate at 5:15 p.m. ...the gate leading to her new and wondrous life.

Image -  - Gateway to Chompe's new life.

Gateway to Chompe's new life.

Every one of the following pictures tells a story... a "happily ever after" kind of story.

Image -  - Drue and Rachel hugging Chompe for the first time.

Drue and Rachel hugging Chompe for the first time.

I have to admit, tears fell from eyes as I saw her romp and frolic with the other three young goats... all neutered males.

Image -  - The three boy goats met Chompe through the fence, at first.

The three boy goats met Chompe through the fence, at first.

Chompe (whose name is now Stormy) seemed eager to let the three, 3 month old neutered male goats, named Thunder, Bolt and Lightning, know that she'd have them straightened out in no time as she ran up on the mound and head butted them one at a time.

Image -  - Bolt smiled with delight when he first caught a glimpse of Chompe's beautiful, long flowing ears.

Bolt smiled with delight when he first caught a glimpse of Chompe's beautiful, long flowing ears.

It was hilarious to see.

Image -  - It was love at first squeeze.

It was love at first squeeze.

Terry and I left, that day, knowing that our efforts to help rehome this very special little goat were worth it. Our hearts were warm and filled with joy. It's a day I will never forget.

Image -  - Drue handing out goat treats, something Chompe will soon get use to.

Drue handing out goat treats, something Chompe will soon get use to.

"Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect." - Chief Seattle

Image -  - Chompe takes a seat!

Chompe takes a seat!

Image -  - Even the ducks welcomed Chompe with open arms!

Even the ducks welcomed Chompe with open arms!

Image -  - Fifteen acres, all fenced-in, where the animals live in peace and harmony, together.

Fifteen acres, all fenced-in, where the animals live in peace and harmony, together.

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