What would you do if you if you found a frightened goat living alone on a river bank? One small goat, far from its herd, bones showing, and terrified of humans?
Well, for the first two weeks I would cross the large field she lived beside to bring her food and water. It was summer, so very hot and dry. The goat would be found hiding in an abandoned tent, her little face staring out on constant alert.
As I approached through the long grass she would dart, fleeing into the thickets.
In time, she accepted my presence and food, but was virtually untouchable. She would keep her distance as she ate, watching my every move. I could sit quietly, admiring her fuzzy brown body, large floppy ears, and cute, tufty tail, but I couldn't catch her. And every time I visited her I worried I would find her remains torn up by coyotes.
I called the staff at KTRA for help. To my relief and elation the word 'YES' came back through the phone:
'YES we will figure out how to save her.'
'YES we will bring her to KTRA.'
'YES we will do our very best.'
Yet the question hovered unspoken: will the goat heal and improve enough to live at a therapeutic riding center?
Some way, somehow, the skinny, scared goat was caught and transported to KTRA to join the friendly animals there. She was named 'Chicklet' due to her large teeth! The staff sent me photos of her first day with her new family; the other goats greeted her with sniffs and kisses!
It was fall by the time I saw Chicklet in her new home. The riding center was bright yellow with turning leaves and waving grasses. It was bustling with horses and riders. I entered the main stable in search of Chicklet. I expected her to see me and bolt.
She didn't run up demanding pets like the other goats, but she didn't flee. She stood, relaxed, and sized me up. She was chubby and calm with a healthy coat. I called to her gently, extending my hand. She retreated slowly, then pranced off with her stable mates. It was a good start.
Chicklet is adored by staff, clients, and volunteers! She is an acrobat and entertainer! She is bouncy, sweet, and loved by her whole dynamic family.
Chicklet found her forever home despite the odds stacked against her. She is a fuzzy testament to love and hope. You can visit Chicklet at KTRA!