At our goat yoga events we talk about animal assisted therapy. It is known to have substantial effects on our psyche to be around animals. Obviously on our farm, we are surrounded by animals. And the goats provide a lot of entertainment (and annoyance sometimes). I am recovering from surgery and haven’t been able to help with the farm chores. This has created quite a dilemma for me as I am usually on the go and trying to share the load as much as I can with Keith. However, with me stuck on the couch I have struggled with the thoughts about how I am not helping enough and the guilt of seeing everyone else do things. This internal struggle has been going back and forth since I got back from California. So I decided to see if I could feel a little bit better by having some goat snuggle time.
So Keith brought Joey inside for a bit. As we always say, Joey “prefers” to be held. He truly does enjoy it. So he came in and I snuggled him for a bit. He sat on my lap for about 30 minutes. The inhaling the smell of goat immediately made me feel better. In addition, his cute little lips were chewing his cud and he kept burping (normal goat behaviors FYI). I immediately felt calmer, I felt happier and knew that I need more goat time. After 30 minutes though, he was ready to go say Hi to the dogs (and poop on the floor).
Hopefully as I continue to recover, I can share my recovery with you all. And we will be sharing goat love next weekend at Faith Lutheran Church. Can’t wait to see you all!