Farewell Snowball

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the departure of our beloved goat, Snowball.

Dan purchased the goat several years ago. Ideally, the goat was supposed to keep the weeds down around our pond. While I’m not really sure what Snowball’s diet consisted of, I can tell you, it did NOT consist of weeds!

In addition, in the last year, the goat became more aggressive. He was often seen ramming things with his horns or rearing back on his hind legs and charging forward. In the process, he was tearing up our fence, which separates our backyard from our pond area.

So, we had a goat that wasn’t serving his purpose, our kids were terrified of him, and he was tearing up our property. It became clear, THE GOAT HAD TO GO!

However, before we sold, Snowball, he performed one final good deed.

For the last couple of years, Dan, has wanted to place, Snowball on a silent auction at our church. And for the last couple of years, my Mom has told him, “Nobody would want to buy a goat!”.

…And then the two of them spent the day together in a canoe. They enjoyed a few frosty beverages as they went. And by the time the canoe trip was over, they had it all figured out. It was a meeting of the minds.

Snowball, would be placed on the silent auction at an upcoming church function. People could pay to have the goat placed in their yard or someone else’s. And because most people don’t want a goat, insurance would also be available. For a small fee, you would be protected from Snowball arriving in your yard. And if by chance, the recipient of the goat didn’t really want Snowball, a small removal fee would be charged.

So, at Casino Night (our church’s fundraiser), a picture of Snowball, was proudly displayed on the silent auction table. Several people placed bids, and numerous people purchased goat insurance. My mom, was one of the first people to purchase the insurance. She had met Snowball before, and was less than fond of him, or any other animal for that matter.

Sadly for her, however, my dad did not purchase goat insurance. Therefore at the end of the night, they were the proud new owners of Snowball the goat, courtesy of my uncle Steve.

Several weeks later, Snowball, was delivered to my Mom and Dad’s.

Steve (on right) seemed pleased…

and my Mom was a good sport!

Snowball, however, did not stay long as my Mom promptly paid the removal fee.

When it was all said and done, Snowball raised over $700 for our church.

With his good deed complete, and several weeks later, it was time to relocate the goat. So, one evening, Dan, posted an ad on Craigslist. I can only imagine what it read: Cantankerous goat for sell…

Surprisingly, a few days later, while I was at work, Dan sold the goat.

And nobody, including my Mom, shed a tear…

Only At My House,


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