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Well, I’m a week late on this one, but better late than never…

Last Saturday– July 11th– we took Todd to see the goats at Goatalympics, at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds.  This is an annual fund-raising event for New Moon Farm Goat Rescue & Sanctuary (located in Arlington, WA).

I’m familiar with this event because I volunteered Fridays at the rescue, from the Fall of 2008 until December 2013.  (I stopped volunteering shortly after I found out I was pregnant with Todd, due to 1st trimester fatigue followed by an increase in my work hours.)

In Goatalympics’ first couple years, Eric and I helped out by timing and judging.  It was fun but a bit hectic back then!  We didn’t attend the 2013 or 2014 events.  Now– with the benefit of past experience and a more coordinated volunteer effort, the event runs efficiently and it gets bigger every year.

This year what I absolutely LOVED about it was the addition of 2 vegan food trucks (more on that later).  They were obviously a hit with everyone because they sold a ton of fantastic food.

Vegan Ice Cream!?

Vegan Ice Cream!?

We showed up shortly after it started (which was 10 AM) and were delighted to see such great attendance early on.  The goat events were already underway and there were several tables set up with numerous silent auction items to bid on, as well as raffle prizes.  We found Ellen (the owner of the rescue) and her parents, and we said our hellos.  We three hadn’t seen Ellen since just before Millie, our cat (and Ellen’s former cat) died in February of this year.

Arriving at Goatalympics

Arriving at Goatalympics

Goatalympics - July 11, 2015

Goatalympics – July 11, 2015

Todd meets a wether

Todd meets a wether

A wether is a castrated male sheep

A wether is a castrated male sheep

Checking out the goats

Checking out the goats

Good view of his 1st tooth! - July 11, 2015

Good view of his 1st tooth! – July 11, 2015

Todd & Eric

Todd & Eric

Todd & Elisa

Todd & Elisa

Of course, we had to partake of the vegan food offerings.  We both ordered the Beer Battered Avocado Tacos from the No Bones About It vegan food truck.  While we waited for the food, Eric let Todd stretch his legs and “kick some tires.”

"No Bones About It" vegan food truck

“No Bones About It” vegan food truck

Future mechanic?

Future mechanic?

Off and running!

Off and running!

Beer battered avocados (GF) in corn tortillas with smoky chipotle aioli, creamy cilantro slaw, tomatoes and comes with a side of charred tomato salsa.

Beer battered avocados (GF) in corn tortillas with smoky chipotle aioli, creamy cilantro slaw, tomatoes and comes with a side of charred tomato salsa.

After lunch, we walked over to where the adults race cars…and then where the kids race cars.  Todd enjoyed shaking the fence.

Always interested in plants

Always interested in plants

Todd

Todd

Back at the Goatalympics, we each got a vegan ice cream sammie literally right before they sold out.  The only flavor left was Matcha (green tea) ice cream with almond sugar cookies.  It was actually a nice opportunity to try an ice cream flavor that I normally wouldn’t get.  Of course, it was scrumptious (the tea flavor was subtle)!  The ice cream is coconut milk based.  Todd got a few licks and a few bites, too.

Elisa at The Cookie Counter

Elisa at The Cookie Counter

Almond Matcha tea ice cream sammie

Almond Matcha tea ice cream sammie

Look at the size of this!

Look at the size of this!

I feel kind of bad that I didn’t take many goat pictures, so I’ll leave you with these pictures, taken at New Moon Farm on August 10, 2012.  Notice I was wearing my 2012 Goatalympics shirt!

Little did I know that day…that exactly 2 years later would be the day before my baby’s due date.  So crazy!  My life is now categorized in my brain as being either BT (Before Todd) or AT (After Todd).

Elisa and Opie (wether) - August 10, 2012

Elisa and Opie (wether) – August 10, 2012

Part of the permanent herd at NMF - August 10, 2012

Part of the permanent herd at NMF – August 10, 2012

Goats are so sweet!

Goats are so sweet!

If you want to read my other posts about New Moon Farm Goat Rescue & Sanctuary, simply click on my sub-category tab for that, under the main category of “Animals.”

 

I’d like you to meet my buddy, Opie.  Opie is a wether (castrated ram) who lives at New Moon Farm Goat Rescue & Sanctuary.

When I volunteer at the rescue on Fridays, Opie is usually eager to rub his head against my thigh for as long as I’ll let him.  This is okay when I wear pants, but in the summer I have to tell him no.  His wool is just too abrasive against bare legs!

Like the ocean– I’ve learned to “never turn my back” on Opie.  If I do, he’ll run up and try to butt me in the rear.  If I do turn my back– and then see him running toward me– all I have to do is turn around and put my hand out.  He stops right in his tracks!  Opie could do some damage to me if he wanted, but the truth is, he’s just a lover.  Enjoy these pictures of my fluffy friend.

Eric with Emmett & Opie – 3/19/10

Elisa & Opie – 3/19/10

Opie – 3/16/12

Elisa & Opie – 3/16/12

Such a sweet guy!

My friend.

Opie running toward me!

Acting tough!

Opie is a sentient being– just like me and just like you.

Opie with his full winter coat – 3/23/12

6/14/12 – He’s so handsome when he gets a haircut. And so skinny!

Lazy summer days – 8/03/12

Elisa & Opie – 8/10/12

Opie is safe, but too many of his brothers and sisters are not.  Here are some ways that you can help:

  1. Don’t eat sheep (lamb, mutton).
  2. Don’t eat cheese made from sheep’s milk.
  3. Don’t buy items made from wool.  Learn more about the wool industry.
  4. Don’t buy personal care products that contain lanolin.  Don’t buy products tested on animals.
  5. Learn about vegan sources of Vitamin D (that don’t contain lanolin).  Buy Vitashine Vegan Vitamin D3 or Global Health Trax Plant Based Vitamin D3.
  6. Go VEGAN.
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