Posted Oct 03, 2014
I got Annie for my birthday because a goat seemed like a reasonable way to see how responsible I was before my parents bought me a horse in a few years time. As a baby she was very affectionate and would chase me around the pen, playing hide and seek looking for pats, making this adorable little bleating sound.
Annie had a very lovely personality, the kind of animal that would have done well in a petting zoo because she enjoyed the company of people. However, her maintenance became an issue as the yearly shearing was a hassle and the intervals in-between left her coat matted. She lived in a paddock to keep the blackberries and weeds down, but her coat was not suited to the environment.
We had Annie for several long, happy years, before I became distracted with the horse and with my schooling. Eventually, we lent her out to another family (who had small children) and they fell in love with her. When my parents asked me if the other family could keep her, I consented, knowing that she would enjoy the affection of those kids. They also had more time to pay attention to her upkeep than we did.
Although Annie had a great personality and was very hardy, the coat of an Angora is not right for anyone who doesn't want to deal with the upkeep of it. Consider a Nubian or some other short haired animal if you are not after fleece.