Honey's Story...

Discussion in 'Dairy Goat Info' started by Faithful Crown Nubians, Jul 15, 2009.

  1. First off, Please do not move this to off topic. I want this to be visible to everyone.

    Honey was born March 8, 2009. She was born with really bad contracted tendons. This photo was taken the day she was born.
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    Our barn flooded the day everyone kidded. Of course that made a sloppy mess. All the babies were brought inside for a few days. Then they were bedded down in deep straw beds in the barn but they were let out daily to play in the barn while I was in there. Honey fell in the mud/dirt due to her bad front legs. She developed joint ill in her right knee. She was put on antibiotics immediately. She unforunately didn't have them along enough and the joint ill flared up really bad for a 2nd round.

    These are her legs 3 days after birth.
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    This is the 2nd round of joint ill in the same knee.
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    A very good friend of mine walked me through treatment. I got the meds and with her help on meds & and how to splint Honey's legs she started to improve. She went from not wanting to move around to being able to jump and play with a splint on her leg.
    Not very long after starting her round of antibiotics the swollen area ruptured. All of the infection drained. Her knee healed. Her legs straightened slowly, bit by bit.

    I never believed this little girl would ever make it as a show goat. She was my baby. She was Delilah's kid so of course she was my favorite and honestly if this kid was to grow up and live out her life here as just a pet, it was going to happen.

    She spent the first part of her life(month or so) in our bathroom. Now that wasn't all that bad. She was the center of attention...anyone who went in there and used the bathroom could be heard talking to her. She would struggle to stand up in her tote. She'd put her head over the side and practically demand attention.

    She was never a loud kid in the bathroom. Super quiet at night. Talked softly when she saw us coming with her bottle. She was an expensive kid with the vet trip and all of the meds. The vet said if I had the time and wanted to try to save her to go ahead and try to.
    This youngster has grown up so much from the time she was born to now. She proved that she was a fighter and wasn't going to give up any time soon. Some people thought she wasn't going to make it, I almost believed it to. But she's 100% healthy today.

    The vet couldn't believe it was her when he saw her at the time he was doing health papers. We went to Ohio and I had just mentioned that Honey wasn't going to be shown b/c I didn't have anyone to show her. A good friend ours, Brenda, from R&W Farms offered to show her for me. I am sooooo thankful she did.

    Honey has gone through alot and she is a two time Reserve Champion. I was so surprised and thrilled she got a Reserve Champion at her very first ever show. I'll never forget the judge saying 'that is why the intermediate kid will be my Reserve Champion today'. I literally had tears of joy when she got her Res. Champion.

    She's proudly displaying her rosette.
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    Here she is with both of them.
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    THANKYOU TO EVERYONE WHO KEPT HER IN YOUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. THANKYOU TO EVERYONE WHO OFFERED ADVICE. I'LL NEVER FORGET IT.
     
  2. Jo~*

    Jo~* New Member

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    Way to go Honey.
    And you to for the extra care.
     

  3. buckrun

    buckrun New Member

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    Wow- what a turnaround. Such perseverance on your part.
    Admirable. Lucky goat to have you for a mom!
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  4. Caprine Beings

    Caprine Beings New Member

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    :woohoo way to go Honey! And way to go Amy! Tammy
     
  5. NubianSoaps.com

    NubianSoaps.com New Member

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    That is just wonderful! vicki
     
  6. dvm-mommy

    dvm-mommy New Member

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    Aw........I have tears..

    What a wonderful story and what a sweet victory for you and Honey. Way to go for sticking with it.
     
  7. catdance62

    catdance62 New Member

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    I just love happy endings!! Congratulations!
     
  8. Little Moon

    Little Moon New Member

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    Oh Amy that is fabulous. I am teary eyed and sniffling. I am reading this and thinking it needs to be a childrens story. Heck even an adult story - send it to UCN or DGJ. Hugs and congrats!

    Anne
     
  9. Sondra

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    Beautiful goat Amy and what wonderful perseverance you had with her. I know that some said put her down she will never recover (hope they read this). HA! you and Honey prooved them wrong!! WAY TO GO!!!
     
  10. foggybottom

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    I agree it would make a teriffic story for DGJ. Beautiful story, happy ending! Warm fuzzy feelings..
     
  11. goatkid

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    Congratulations. I'm glad you hung in there with her. She's a beautiful doe. Kathie
     
  12. goatmom

    goatmom New Member

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    Amy - congratulations to you and your Honey!!!
     
  13. dragonlair

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    That is the reason I always give an animal the benefit of a doubt and will treat them until it's 100% beyond hope.

    Good for you for helping that little dear. I LOVE her face marking, looks like a 7! Lucky 7? Certianly was for her, and you!

    Congrats to you both! Never say Never!
     
  14. Gunnie

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    Congrats to both of you! Your story had me in tears! She's beautiful.
     
  15. favablue

    favablue New Member

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    Good story! Thanks for sharing it with us!
     
  16. :) She finished the show season with 2 Grand Champions.
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  17. Whitney

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    Wonderful story! Congratulations!
     
  18. Sondra

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    CONGRATS! awsome job you did with her.
     
  19. Bernice

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    Awwwww.....great job Amy! Honey turned out to be a beautiful doe!