The first sign of Spring at the Tucker Farm is KIDS!
We kicked off the season with a bang today when two of our ladies gave birth just minutes apart. Barbie had three kids and Norma, one. Kidding season is amazing as well as an exhausting time for us. While we love this time of the year, we can’t wait for our first batch of goat cheese! We’re also excited to make goat milk soap for the first time.
In addition to delicious goat cheese, baby goat cuteness, and soap… goats provide many benefits on the farm. They are excellent weed-whackers – they particularly love poison ivy! We raise Nigerian Dwarfs, which are the smallest dairy breed, often kept on hobby farms like ours. The kids move to new farms each Spring and this year some of our baby goats are going to work at an outdoor yoga studio! Until then, our little farm girls love taking care of their kids.
Stewie has been here for 2 weeks now. The first 2 weeks of his stay here was spent on quarantine in our basement. But today he was finally granted freedom! Stewie met every member of the pack and played like he had never played before!
We’ve been fostering animals for over a decade. First, we were just excited about playing with cute kittens before sending them to their forever homes, but then fostering became so much more to us. We saw the overwhelming need for foster homes and never looked back. It began with kittens and expanded to other animals including dogs, birds, bunnies, horses. And while all of our foster animals are special, our hearts belong to dogs, so that is what we most commonly foster.
Foster homes are crucial in saving animals and they are always needed. What most don’t realize, fostering is easy. It really doesn’t take much. Rescues often cover vet costs and provide supplies for the animals. All that is required is time and love dedicated to the homeless animal until it’s adopted. The rewards far outweigh any sadness on adoption days. The best part about fostering is watching the animals thrive! Just look at our current foster, Stewart. What a difference 10 days of love and care make. It’s amazing. Stewart came to us neglected and emaciated and now he’s a flourishing puppy. We’re proud of the little guy and proud to be his foster family.
What most people want to know about fostering is ‘how do you let them go?’ If you follow us on Facebook, you know some we don’t let go, but the majority we do. We put our feelings aside so other families can feel the love we feel, and we can help another dog in need. You see, when a dog is adopted, it allows for another to be saved. What people don’t realize is foster parents are proud of what they accomplish. It feels amazing to help homeless animals and to make other families complete!
We foster for Friends to the Forlorn Pit Bull Rescue. They are an amazing group of selfless, dedicated compassionate people. FTTF is currently seeking foster homes. If you want to foster a pup like Stewie and live in the Dallas, Georgia area, please apply here. If you don’t live in Dallas, GA, please check out your local rescues. We guarantee they need your help and we promise you won’t regret your decision.