Back in the fall when I headed out to Vermont to pick up the two new Golden Guernsey does, our friend Jane and I bought a GG buckling from Ardelia Farm as well. Jane kept him as she was planning on breeding earlier than I was, and we were counting on making the switch in December.
Well, farming being what it is, things did not go as planned! It ended up not being much of an issue as it appears Reddog is not quite mature enough to be interested in the girls. Sigh. One more complication in the breeding plan. But, we finally had the opportunity to make a handover on Sunday. Jane and I live 200 miles apart, so we met in the middle, in Bethel, Maine. After the snow on Saturday, Sunday was a brilliant blue and white day. A neighbor of ours in Round Pond was also meeting Jane, so we caravanned over. It was a beautiful day for a drive, and with a few mis-turns, we made Bethel earlier than we thought we would. We had a lovely visit standing in the parking lot of the Good Food Store on Route 2, and had a lovely barbecue sandwich from the food truck in the lot. Then we headed home.
Sunday was a beautiful day for a drive. Going toward the White Mountains and Mount Washington was quite a toot, and we had a great day. Little Reddog the Golden Guernsey buckling traveled well. Unfortunately, after it looked as though the big group of girls were going to accept him, if a little hesitantly, they ganged up on him yesterday afternoon. We had been watching the group dynamics pretty carefully, and even though he tried to run under everyone’s radar, it didn’t work. We had to pen him so the girls would not beat him up and push him out of the greenhouse into the screaming wind and single digit temperatures. Maybe they will get a little less hostile by the end of the week. At least he is out of the wind and eating well. Hopefully he is one of the breed bucks of the future! He just needs some time to grow into himself :*)