Saving Hornsby (as in Bruce)
The first week of June 2014, HartSong staff members and many of our volunteers, became worried about a goat living an isolated, lonely life in a small round pen with no food, water or shelter. Concerned, we went a'calling and were told that the goat was removed from the rest of the herd because he was to go to another home in a couple of days. Another week passed and still the goat was in the same predicament. Temperatures on that particular weekend were expected to climb to 105 degrees so again, we went a'calling. The owner of the goat finally "broke," confessing that the goat was mean, "hated" and she wished he would just die! Unwilling to leave this animal to suffer a horrible death, we offered to welcome him into our care. Five hundred dollars, she snapped, "He's worth $500." "No way," we stated. She then countered with, "Okay, how about $50." Once again, we stood our ground. Finally, she agreed to surrender him into our care.
Circumstances being what they were, we had to wait a couple of days before we could transfer the goat we have since named "Hornsby" onto the sanctuary grounds. Thankfully, the owner allowed us to move him out of his sun drenched enclosure and into a horse stall where at least, he would have cover from the sun. A couple of days later, we entered this "mean" goat's pen, gently placed ropes around his most magnificent horns and calmly walked Hornsby onto the grounds of HartSong Ranch.