Jillian and I just went on a trip to Les Cayes, on the south-western coast of Haiti, so that I could shoot some pictures for the World Concern Christmas Catalog. (Which will be landing on your doorsteps sometime later this year!) WC does a program out in rural areas where, after taking classes, they give children a goat to raise. The program is great, as it not only teaches the children responsibility, but it also gives them a valuable asset. Each goat can sell for as much as $50, and because they are given females, that can exponentially grow that income when their goat pops out some kids.
WELL, Jillian found this little guy during our photo shoot and snagged him right up. His mother had shunned him and would not let him feed off her teet, so the young girl who owns him now has to hand feed him just so that he survives. The little girl saw the baby goat in Jillian’s arms and knew that they were a match made in heaven. “Take this goat,” she said with tearful eyes, “you two were made for each other.” Tears began welling in Jillian’s eyes as well, as she responded, “Thank you very much, little girl, I will name him Muttons!”
We tied a piece of twine to Muttons’ collar and walked him to the car, where he snuggled into Jillian’s arms and fell asleep. (He loves car rides!) Muttons likes to eat tin cans and backpacks that are left on the floor, and will go on short 5k runs with us when we are feeling like being healthy. He sleeps on a small bed of hay that we have made for him in the back yard, and can’t wait for his new Mama and Papa to come home from work everyday. I think Jillian and I have finally found a pet that we can call our own…
OH! Woops! Haha, well this is awkard…Hi Olie!
So the entire story above is false, even though it would be pretty fun to have a baby goat. Jillian did take a liking to the goat above, but we didn’t take it home. His name is not Muttons at all, in fact, after asking all the children what their goat’s names were, they were all just called ‘Kabrit’, or ‘Goat’ in Kreyol. They have no names at all. Only a ‘Blanc’ would name a goat, and that’s why Muttons is the best goat in all of Haiti.