I, Millie Eltan, have an announcement to make. This is no April Fool's gag, even though I wish it was. This is real life...
I, Millie Eltan, want to announce that I have officially moved out. I cried. I screamed. I kicked. I ran away. I cried some more. My temper tantrums lost their efficacy so I have accepted that I must live in the barn with the rest of my kind. As of March 31, 2017, I no longer live inside the house.
FULL-TIME DIVA, PART-TIME GOAT
When Miriam the goat came to FARRM she was pregnant and in bad shape. Unable to produce an acceptable supply of milk, she was considered useless to dairy producers and was destined for slaughter. FARRM took Miriam in and provided her with something she’d never experienced – freedom! She was given care and love and was kept as comfortable as possible before ultimately succumbing to her health issues. Miriam moved on, but not before leaving FARRM with a legacy that would turn the sanctuary upside down!
Millie came in with a bang and has proven to be the most remarkable little goat. From the moment she was delivered, she secured her way into the hearts of everyone at FARRM. Since then, she has evoked every emotion and has touched the lives not only of founder Melissa and FARRM volunteers, but also of those following her story.
Millie has consistently beaten the odds. In the beginning, she was not predicted to survive her first 24 hours of life. Since then, she has continued to battle adversity in the form of various health issues. Three months may not sound like a lot, but for Millie, every day has been a milestone and an adventure. We continue to love this little goat like crazy and watch as she comes into her own; helping her find balance between being a princess and being a goat (the bigger challenge is the latter). Read about Millie’s life so far and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more Millie updates!
December 7, 2016
FARRM's founder Melissa helped Miriam bring a beautiful bundle of joy into the world. A little miracle. For the first few hours Millie was struggling to breathe and everyone waited with crossed fingers hoping the wee one would pull through. Melissa moved Miriam and Millie into her home where Millie was kept warm with blankets and human cuddles. Nobody slept and everyone waited with bated breath to see if Millie would pull through and survive the night. The little one eventually started wagging her tail and walking. With Melissa's encouragement Miriam and Millie started to bond.
December 10, 2016 AM
Millie's honorary god mother Patricia was given the privilege of naming her and after several hours the name Millie was chosen. Millie means "brave strength". Her middle name is Eltan which is a combination of the name "Titan" and "Ellie" - a duo of dogs that raise money for FARRM.
December 10, 2016 PM
Millie shows signs of weakness and lethargy. Miriam does not show interest in bonding with or feeding her. Veterinarians confirm that Miriam was not producing the colostrum Millie needed just after birth. Newborn kids must have sufficient colostrum to get their bodies' digestive and immune systems up and running. A kid's chance of survival is almost zero if it doesn't receive colostrum in adequate amounts and during the required time-frame from its dam (goat mom). A kid is born without a functioning immune system, so every protection that it has against organisms that can make it sick or kill it comes from the antibodies present in the dam's colostrum and milk.
December 11, 2016 AM
Millie struggled to lift her head, eat, and regulate her temperature through the night. The medical team gives her a 10% chance of surviving the night. Goat mom Miriam doesn't want anything to do with Millie. Human mom Melissa becomes her official caregiver and mama. FARRM volunteers don't know if she will survive.
December 11, 2016 PM
Millie's fever comes down and she starts to show the smallest sign of life. Millie starts developing a fever rather rapidly in the afternoon. She sees the veterinarian and we are told there is nothing that can be done. Most likely she has an infection that she was not able to protect herself against or fight. We are told to say our goodbyes and keep her comfortable.
December 11, 2016 Late PM
She's still fighting. Her fever has dissipated and she has lifted her head. Human mom said goodbyes hours ago but Millie isn't ready for that just yet. Still hoping for a miracle. Her body remains fairly lifeless but she's still in there.
December 12, 2016
Millie made it through the night and has totally defeated the odds. Twice the experienced medical team has recommended to say goodbye but here she is. She is standing today and while she is weak - she is still here. We realize it's going to be a roller coaster ride of emotions for us here at FARRM but we keep hoping that she is going to be a miracle and defy her prognosis.
December 13, 2016
Millie condition continues to fluctuate. It's been a roller coaster of emotions - mostly worry. Millie develops severe diarrhea. There is no goat in the world that has been given as much love, comfort, and attention as this little goat. 24/7 she is cuddled, kept warm under blankets, and loved. Regardless of what happens; little Millie has been given the tremendous gift of having the best human mom a baby goat could ask for.
December 14, 2016
The veterinarian let us know that Millie has liquid in her lungs and a mass in her abdomen. Her diarrhea hasn't subsided so it is very likely she has pneumonia. The mass could be from a blockage due to a narrowed intestinal track or it could be that something is twisted. Millie spent more than two hours with the medical team. She has been put on medication. It’s now been 6 days of uncertainty.
December 15, 2016
Our girl has started having solid-ish poops again (that's good news) and she is still in good spirits. She has had a touch of fever today and her breathing continues to be quite rapid. She hasn't wanted to eat so feedings have been somewhat of a nightmare. That all being said she is still here, still fighting, and other than her goat mother stepping on her head today all has been well.
December 16, 2016
Millie refuses to eat and so there is discussion of a feeding tube (last option scenario). Her prognosis and health continues in an up and down cycle.
December 25, 2016
Millie celebrates Christmas and seems to have turned a corner.
January 10, 2017
Millie continues to do well while battling on-going infections. With a weak immune system this little girl will likely suffer infections ongoing throughout her life.
February 7, 2017
Two months ago, Millie came into this world with a less than a 20% chance of making it this far. She was born to a very sick mama (that is sadly no longer with us after passing from the CAE virus) and spent the first few weeks of her life in and out of a veterinary clinic. Two months is a big deal because it signifies the "she's going to make it" mark. At two months goats have an immune system that is built up enough to fight off the bad stuff. She’s strong. She's confident. She's stubborn. She made it.
March 01, 2017
Millie continues to be a diva! She has a cold and is on antibiotics but it is expected given her weak immune system. Millie has grown little horns and loves bossing everyone around.
March 07, 2017
Millie turns three months and to celebrate, her human family throws her a celebration full of goat-approved treats, photo-ops and fun!
March 30, 2017
Millie moves out of the house into the barn - this transition takes over one month and includes much crying, kicking, running, and crying.
April 1, 2017
FULL-TIME DIVA, PART-TIME GOAT accepts that she must live with the rest of the animals.