Since my Nubians are dairy goats, they get milked twice a day. They go out to pasture during the day and come in when it starts getting dark. At least they did until my goats vanished.
A lost kid happens. Each time means a frantic search until the kid or kids are found.
This time it was the entire herd.
Everything started out normally. Morning milking was done. The goats poured out of the gate, crossed the bridge and headed for the south pasture.
Over the day the goats vanished into the hills. The acorns were falling and my Nubians love acorns.
Late afternoon arrived. I went out and started doing afternoon chores like gathering eggs and putting the bucks into their pens.
The herd was not in sight, but I wasn’t concerned. They had taken to waiting in the pastures for me to come out and call them. (My goats are not spoiled.)
After putting hay out, I opened the gate and walked out across the bridge and toward the south pasture. The walk is pleasant even though time is short. Dinner preparation takes time.
The goats weren’t in the hill pasture. The goats weren’t in the south pasture. I walked to the north pasture. No goats there either. My goats vanished and failed to reappear.
Sunset was streaking the sky. I raced back to the south pasture to check the ravine and the hills.
Getting a flashlight I clambered up the hills in the dark. This was not a smart thing to do as this hill was covered with loose gravel at a fifty degree or more slope.
There was nothing more I could do in the dark. I left the gate open and went to the house. My goats vanished. Maybe I could find them in the morning.
Before going to bed, I walked over to the barn one last time. I had left the lights on and needed to turn them off for the night.
The brats were laying around chewing their cuds. I closed the gate. I considered milking, but it was already eleven.
The next morning I considered keeping the goats in the small pasture for the day. The brats begged and I relented. The goats vanished again.
This time I saw them reappear and know where to hunt them up next time my goats vanish.