(Kechena and Sahali Raven, her daughter)
Guest contributor: Diane C. Nicholson of Twin Heart Photo Productions
At the beginning of this month, with my head buried deep in my horse’s mane, I felt her life gently ebb from her diseased body.
Kechena (ke-shay-na), was a granddaughter of the great Secretariat. But, as is so often the case with horse racing, she was retired at the age of 4 after breaking a leg during a race.
My old horse, Beau, had just died and I took the beautiful, highly spirited mare. She had one Dutch Warmblood filly, Sahali Raven, and I allowed mom and daughter to remain together—even to self-wean.
So when Kechena died at the age of 27, Sahali (19) became very depressed and lonely. I don’t want another horse right now, but it was clear that she needed a companion. I started looking for, and found, just the right goat.
This sweet boy is about 16 months old. He is a Nubian wether (neutered male). He doesn’t know his current name so I want just the right name for this really adorable new family member.
He arrives on Saturday, the 18th, after the goat proofing of the paddock is finished.
If you think you have the right name in mind for him, please enter the contest. The winner will receive a signed copy of “Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Cat Did What?” in which I have 2 stories, mailed to their door.
You may enter as many names as you wish, up until the evening of Oct. 22, 2014, either once a day, or all together.
23 years is a long time to have an animal in one’s life and Kechena will be remembered with much love. But our new family member will help fill the void left by her and will no doubt provide much laughter and fun.
Let’s find a perfect name for my new, perfect goat!
To enter the contest, please CLICK HERE