Friday, December 26, 2008

The Goat Who Locked Herself In The Truck: A Christmas Story


Dr. Gollum and my brother gathered up three baby goats to show my mother. My husband put the little black goat, Blink, inside the truck, then he started back to the barn to pick up the new kids. Behind him, he heard a click. Blink was standing in the side window. She'd apparently hit the automatic lock with her hoof. With the key in the ignition.
Dr. G and Brother G brought the kids to the house and started looking for a spare key. Meanwhile, I called OnStar.

Only it wasn't like in the commercials. They didn't rush to open the door. The OnStar account wasn't in my name, so they wouldn't talk to me. They wanted the doctor, and they wanted his blood type before they'd beam down Scotty.


Meanwhile, the baby goats were bleating and carrying on. "Tell her it's a goat emergency," I said, peering out the window at the truck. The goat stared back at me through the windshield.

Wink and Nod curled up in my mother's lap...

and took a long winter's nap.

On-Star unlocked the doors, and Dr. G ran down to the truck to rescue Blink. Baaaa!

Blink settled down, too.

Here's my brother--these are his goats.

It wouldn't be a Gollumy Christmas without some sort of excitement, but this one had a happy/funny ending.
Happy Holidays!

39 comments:

  1. What is wrong with this world when even On-Star doesn't recognize a goat emergency. The pictures are so precious...they are just the cutest things. And the look on your mom's face...that's priceless!

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  2. Dear Gollum, Thank you so much for sharing this story with us. The goats are soooo cute. :) I would have been frantic, I'm so overprotective of my animals.The pictures of the 'kids' with your mother are wonderful, I think one of them deserves to be framed. ;)

    We tried to take pictures, of the decorations, at the restaurant we went to yesterday, but all but one came out so blurry, they aren't worth posting. :(

    'D'

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  3. I bet that's the first time On-Sat got a call on a goat locked in a car. I'm glad all turned out well. It gave me a good story to read with cute pictures to look at!

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  4. Afternoon Dear Gollum! Goat Emergency, now this is serious! How dare that ole On-Star! Oh, I'm so glad there was a happy ending to the goat emergency - what beautiful little babies! Your Mother looks like she is enjoying goat sitting! Hope your Christmas was wonderful! I know it was eventful and exciting! LOL
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  5. You needed to tell those on star people that your "kids" were locked in the car and they're only babies!! *winks* Oh girlfriend they are sooo adorable!! Vanna

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  6. Gollum...Oh oh oh!!! I rushed right over when I saw it was a goat story! You know how I love goats! Your Blink looks like my godkid Christmas Cocoa! Soooo cute! My daughter's chihuahua Paco has locked himself in her car several times and she's had to call On-Star, too. I wonder if the person was surprised to learn that the culprit was a little goat? That really should be in an On-Star commercial! Thanks for the cute story!...Debbie

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  7. Now G - this posting is as cruel as cruel can be. You know that Debbie at Confessions of a Plate Addict is gonna have a fit when she sees those precious babies. You are gonna have to call On-Star again have her heart re-started when she reads this. LOL How precious! I love the pics of your mom, too. Hope you had a wondeful Christmas. Hugs, Barb

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  8. I love your goat, kid story! So refreshing! I am a city girl, moved to the country back in 1991. Everyone that I know, can not believe, I love living on a farm and staying awake to help when the babies, come. I always checked the barn every few hour all night for several months, back when we had 100 or so goat and sheep, not counting the newborns everywhere! Your story brought back so many memories for me, But I do have to say, I never had one locked in the truck! I know at the time your heart was beating fast! But its very funny, when the out come with ON Star came about! They have to have new rules now! For children and kids! Maybe for a buck or a doe, or a ewe! Love seeing your family, what a lovely Mother, you have! Hi, I found a lot of egg gourds,I had stored. If you like I will send the gourds! Hubby says there tons floating down our creek! They are round, I need to get out today, for its in the 70's and go get a few. I guess I could turn them into pumpkins, or snowmen! lol Oh I noticed your boots, You need my black toile ones I got from Briar tea room. She will ship! I have her tearoom on my side bar I hope to go soon. Plus I want to go to an Alpaca farm in Alabama soon. Maybe a trip to Louisana to sheep farm and angora goat farm, unless I find some closer. I flew two corridale lambs in from Colorado once. Thanks for the story, glad you had On Star, even though they took their time! lol

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  9. Gollum, I love the goat story. I would have been a nervous wreck. I am glad the story has a happy ending. Those kids are so cute!!
    Hugs, Terrie

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  10. Gollum this was the highlight of my day... I just loved this story it was so precious... Well now that the little one Blinkie was rescued... This was such a cute story and how sweet they look in your momma's lap... My daughter had some cute little goats... when they moved off the farm her MIL took them so the children get to visit the kids still...LOL LOL

    Happy Holidaze☺
    (((HUGS)))
    Donna

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  11. Now here I thought I was just toooo tired today to even Laugh!!You proved me wrong,I laughed all the way through your great story.Even though I do not have a goat within 5 miles from me,somehow with the way you bring words to life I could visualize the whole scene and even hear the background conversations that were not even in print. Thank you for sharing I am still smiling!Kathysue

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  12. Sweet little goats! Glad that Blink was able to get out with out too much trauma.
    Hugs, Bobbi Jo

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  13. Those little goats are soooo cute! Do you make goat cheese or use the goat's milk? Yeah, funny on the commercial, they don't play the part where they are asking 20 question before they help you.
    :-( Geesh!

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  14. Hi Gollum...Since this baaaaad thing happened at your house, it was FUNNY...LOL. Back in the 90s, pre-OnStar, my poodle did this same thing...but I had to call a locksmith out ($$) to solve my problem...They do look like precious little "kids" and your mom seems to be enjoying being their grandmother! ;-) Bo

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  15. Oh my gosh! That is so funny! I'll really be laughing if I hear you on one of their commercials saying your goat is locked in your car!

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  16. What a great story! I loved Vanna's solution. I wonder what they would have done if you'd said your Kids had locked themselves in the car. Only on the Gollum Farm could this happen. I hope the "kids" got something in their stockings. That little guy didn't mean to be baaaaaaaad! (sorry, too much eggnog... couldn't help myself!) Everyone looks as if they made a full recovery and all the grownups look pretty happy too. Hope your day was wonderful!
    Carol

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  17. how precious is that! i love the goats, but i don't allow myself any outdoor pets, the indoors are overwhelming enough... i love seeing them snuggled warm inside, sooooooo darn cute! winking, blinking and nod certainly do live the fairy tale life~

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  18. Oh poor little black goat! Glad it all worked out okay. Good thing the goat didn't know how to put the car in Drive.

    That's funny you let goats in your house! Don't they poop? But they sure are cute!

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  19. If OnStar is smart, they will use your story as a commerical. Absolutly adorable!

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  20. Oh, Gollum what a story indeed.
    You should have called Santa with the red nose rain....deer! I'm sure Santa had some tools in his sleigh? Well they are the cutes little goats I've ever seen.
    Just like kids you can't leave them in the car. It us so foggy here we can not even see our neighbor's house across the street. It has rained all day and the fog is layin so close to the ground. I'm staying put tonight.LOL
    Great Story.
    blossom

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  21. OmGosh, that is such a cute Christmas time story. Those little baby goats are so cute. I would have been frantic. But in the end all was a-OK. The pictures are precious! ~ Robyn

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  22. You tell the best stories! Love all the pictures. Your mom & the babies look so peaceful. What a day, huh? ☺♥☺ Diane

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  23. Only you would have a great Christmas story like this to tell! Too cute! I loved the pictures of your mother with the babies. laurie

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  24. Good thing he's now safe and sound;0 Hope you had a wonderful Christmas;) French

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  25. Thanks for stopping by my place Gollum. I think I'll get the silver service down from the top shelf in the pantry, polish it, and use it next week, when I'm having some women over for lunch. It's a sin that I have these things and don't use them. Everyone is so laid back here, I just never think to do it.

    I received a letter from my cousin, in my Christmas card this year. She writes editorials for a local newspaper as a side job, but is also writing a children's book. I'm not sure if she has a computer or not, but I'm going to try to get her to start a blog and join us. I told her most of us have slacked off writing because of the holidays, but I intend to start up again soon. That's if my husband doesn't keep me too busy helping him, while he lays down hardwood floors in our dining room. I usually get the clean up duty. :(
    It's getting late, I think I'll go shower and get ready for bed. I just can't seem to get warm tonight. :(

    Ciao
    'D'

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  26. Farm life and all it's ups and downs...this one takes the cake for sure. I read it once and went back a second time. Looks like the Gollum family enjoyed a joyous Christmas.....I posted the Rocky story this afternoon.

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  27. Your mother's face is priceless. I'm so glad you were able to get these little darlings out.. but my goodness what is wrong with Onstar?? Didn't they realize we could have had a crisis on our hands? Only at Gollum's place....
    hugs ~lynne~

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  28. Oh Gollum I KID you not this was a great story with a super ending..these are just to cute...I love seeing them napping on my Mama lap or do they call her Nanny?? I also see DR.G has on a golf sweater so I now know he's a real DR. never met one that did't like golf..Am you had a fun time Christmas at Gollum..Your Mom is really a looker ....I have On Star so do how fast they move..I locked my keys one time in my SUV and had to give them everything but my first born child to get them to unlock it for me ha ha!!! hugs and smiles Gloria

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  29. The kids are so adorable, and now the mischievous one has given you a delightful Christmas story to share with grandchildren! I really love the way that you brought the "kids" indoors to your Mom. I so admire the fact that you really use your lovely home!

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  30. Michael, you've GOT to be "kiddddding" me, Sweetie!!! That poor lil' thing probably had NO IDEA what a RUCKUS that lil' "click" created! ~ He was probably just "as happy as a pig in ___ ", to be all comfy/cozy inside a nice, warm truck!!! I L-O-V-E that fact that you brought those precious ones INTO your lovely home~~~ it made it even WARMER n' COZIER n' even MORE CHARMING than EVER with their oh-so-cute & heart-melting presence, especiallysitting/resting w/ their "Grama" loving on them!!! No doubt your Christmas was EVENTFUL as WELL as wonderful!!! "Happy, happy", Sweetie! Linda

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  31. Oh Gollum...I keep coming back and looking at your goats!! They are no bigger than my cats! Maybe I can sneak one in. The thought of the little guys running around in Pampers makes me laugh. Maybe one day... but until then I'll just enjoy yours! Thanks so much for sharing!...hugs...Debbie

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  32. My brother had one and it got so no one could go near one of the horses. Billy the goat had become friends with this horse and no one else could go near it. In the end they found another home for Billy. Kathy

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  33. Gollum~ ~
    We are in the country too and our neighbors have a little black goat named Ruthie. I call her my gardener because she visits and prunes my shrubs for me. She loves to snack on the Burning Bushes. What a great story and thanks for visiting my blog. Do you happen to have any Angora Goats? I would love to have one myself to use the wool for spinning & knitting.

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  34. The little farm down the road (w/ the big barn painted like the Texas flag) recently added about a dozen baby goats to their collection. Mama's were having babies daily for a week. And there's not much cuter than a wee baby goat. Love your pics!

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  35. Good Grief...who would have ever thought it....;O)
    Your mom is just beautiful....

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  36. Oh my gosh, those baby goats are so adorable, I am glad everything turned out well for everyone!

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  37. I really enjoyed the story, and I'm so glad it had a happy ending. You have the cutest animals! Connie/puddin07

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  38. Dear Gollum, When I read ths I thought I had to share with you that the same thing heppened to me with our toy poodle years ago....I had picked her up from the groomers and stopped to drop a movie into the box at the rental place. Pulled up to the curb, got out to drop the movie into the slot and heard "THE CLICK"!!!! Same thing, car is running and Nettie is locked inside!!!! I had to call my husband to LEAVE WORK, come and drive by and unlock my door!!!!! Thank God he thought it was kinda funny!!!!! I am glad On Star did come through for you! The goats are SOOOOOOO cute!!!!! Hugs, Pinky

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  39. Oh that's so darn funny! and yep onstar does require blood! Your story reminded me of my Dad. At one time we had 80 goats on the ranch mainly due to him. None of them locked themselves in the car but I do remember the day he drove home with 3 goats in the backseat of his MERCEDES! and we aren't talking a couple of cuddly kids here either but full grown, stinky goats! His business was about an hour and a half away from the ranch and on the way home he drove past a "Goats For SALE" sign and couldn't resist! Can you imagine our surpise at him opening the backseat to goats? :) Thanks for helping me remember that treasured story....and you enjoy those babies! They are adorable and the look on your mother's face is priceless. :) ~ Laurie

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