Penelope was born as the runt of triplets on April 12, 2009 to Shadow Mountain Calypso (Cally) and Ravencrest Luck of the Draw (Cody). Her siblings, Zeus and Athena, were much larger.
She was only 1# at birth. So she was not able to compete for the udder and got chilled. So she quickly was brought into the house to be warmed and bottle fed.
Being a house goat she need a diaper.
She also quickly got the nickname Peewee which has stuck ever since.
Somewhat fortunately for her, Shortcake was born on April 3, one of quadruplets. By April 23rd there was not enough milk for all four of them from our goat Saphy (who we still have), so she was brought into the house and bottle fed as well. They have been friends ever since.
Peewee grew up but remained a small goat.
In October 2011, one of our bucks Bumble busted through the fence and exposed Peewee and Shorty. Then in March Peewee had triplets (Shorty did not get pregnant).
She had Helen, Ulysses and Circe and was a great mother to them.
In October 2012 we purposely put Bumble in with Peewee and Shorty. In March 2013 Peewee had twins, Al and Pacino. Shorty had twins as well, Velma and Scoobie.
We stopped breeding so they just hung out after that.
Unfortunately Peewee injured herself in our back forty in 2015 and dislocated her shoulder. The vet was able to relocate it under general anesthesia, and she was in splint after that.
She recovered nicely. But in 2017 I noticed she was little thin so she was moved in with the skinny/older goats for extra nutrition.
Last summer I noticed that she was very thin. I especially tried to make sure she ate as much as possible and fed her bread every day by hand. This is the last photo of Shorty and Peewee from December.
Yesterday she seemed to be at her baseline. She fed well and when I did a barn check at bedtime last night she seemed OK. I was more worried about Jet, an old skinny ewe. But this morning I found her caught in the winch apparatus for our shearing stand. I have not idea why she did that. Maybe she was confused from the heat. Regardless she is dead, and I am sad. Rest in Peace lil Peewee.
Oh Donna, I’m so sorry for the loss of your Peewee! She was so beautiful and I can understand your love for her. She was so beautiful! When I saw the picture of her and William, I got a good idea of just how small she was! So special! Wish I could have known her.
She was a sweet goat. I miss her.
so sorry about PeeWee. she was such a pretty, sweet little goat. What a miserable day. 🙁
What a little darling; so sad to lose her. 😢
It is sad.
So sorry to hear about Pee-wee. I remember the post way back when she was born. You gave her a good home!
Thanks Jackie. I hope she enjoyed her life here.