Apparently it means something like ‘cutie’ in German*, but it’s also the name of our latest goat. Schneckle recently joined us because she was lonely as an only goat, and is settling in well with our little herd. She’s standing her ground quite effectively, struggling only with Beyonce who has turned into the beastgoat from hell intent on preventing the new arrival from ever eating. The goats do need to determine their hierarchy, but Beyonce is being separated for a short while at feeding time for now.
The only other difficulty is that Schneckle is absolutely petrified of dogs. She’s been attacked in the past and I’d overlooked the significance of this at a farm with eight dogs. Slowly does it, we’re working on introducing her slowly.
* I’m interested to see that if you remove the L and write schnecke it means ‘slug’. You don’t want to make that typo when writing a love note, would you?