On Saturday, the Rose Lake Miocene 4-H Club held its annual Petting Zoo at Boitanio Mall.
With so many vehicles in the parking lot, it looked like old times. Granddaughters #6 and #7 are members of this 4-H group and their contributions to the show were Carly, a rabbit, and Timothy, a goat with an awesome set of horns.
Carly, a veteran of public appearances, thrives on attention. Timothy was blasé about the whole thing.
He lay in the pen accepting as his due the little hands reaching through the bars to pet him.
He arrived at the mall in style, travelling in the back of the family station wagon.
I think he would have preferred riding up front.
I first met Timothy when he was a youngster.
We went to visit the GDs in our new van and Timothy promptly climbed on the roof. He managed that without leaving a scratch or a dent.
He’s lonesome now because his buddy goat passed on this winter.
He goes to the house for meals and would probably move in if they let him.
The petting zoo is a wonderful chance for people, large and small, to meet different beasties personally.
Diana French is a freelance columnist for the Williams Lake Tribune. She is a former Tribune editor, retired teacher, historian and book author.