When you have critters, livestock or domestic friends, you always run the risk of a lost friend. There have been many times that the dogs have taken off into the canyon and they are gone for hours. I worry every time that they will meet a cougar, or a rattlesnake, or miss step and fall into the river to be swept down stream. But, the goats have always stuck very close to us. That comes from their attachment to me. The lady with the bottle when they were babies. The woman that feeds them daily. They are all over Lee too, but he has had to bribe them a little. Tuesday afternoon, Lee took the goats and dogs on a training hike. Everything was going great until they were on their way home, then our biggest fattest, laziest goat decided he was done walking. We thought he would come out of the canyon on his own, he has wandered home without us before. But by 8 pm, he still wasn’t back. So, Lee headed back into the canyon to search into the dark. Still nothing. The next morning we were both very worried. He still wasn’t back. Back into the canyon Lee went, searching high and low for that silly goat! By noon I needed to leave for town, so Murphy and I took a slow path and headed down some side roads that go along the canyon rim. I told Murphy to watch for horses. I thought he may have decided Hay and horses meant staying put for a while. We were creeping along and I hear Murphy say,” there he is!” I said, ” You see a horse honey?” He said, “No Mama, there’s Charlie!”
and there he was. sitting in someone’s drive way less than a mile from our house in the shade of a juniper tree.
The people at the house didn’t know what to do. They hoped someone would come looking for him. Which we did.
I decided that the goats needed collars and tags. When we get to the point that we take them on real backpacking trips, they will need I.D. But, I have purchased big collars before. They aren’t really what we want. I didn’t want to get little metal tags to be clanging around all the time either. I went to the goodwill hunting for belts.
I figured belts would be perfect. A good sturdy leather belt will hold a ring for a pack string someday, and I can make them pretty!
I got out my pyrography iron, and burned a handwritten script into the leather with instructions for lost goat return.
Here is my step by step:
1. draw your design onto the leather
2. Heat up your iron
5. cut your excess and adorn your friend!