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  A Boy and His Friends
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Saturday, March 04, 2006
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"Until one has loved an animal, 

A part of one's soul remains unawakened."


Anatole France



A young boy named David

Has an ailment known as ADHD*

But luckily he has two best friends

Who help him cope most graciously


David’s friends happen to be goats

One is a caramel pygmy** named D.J.

The other is an Alpine named Blessing

And for David they always have time to play


All three of them could be found watching TV

Or out back gleefully romping on the trampoline

David and his two best friends shared everything

Including fruit juice junk food and sunflower seeds


And David’s two very best friends in the entire world

Even used to happily walk with him to meet the school bus

But David’s neighbors recently decided that goats can’t be pets

So they want his friends gone – and they’re making quite a fuss


David’s mother sadly says they cannot afford to move anywhere

And this young lad will be completely lost without his two friends

It seems we live in a world that even crucifies handicapped children

And I wonder when and why humanity’s compassion came to an end


To me this is a very similar situation to the wounded soldier and her dog

Most people insisted that Air Force rules had to be followed and obeyed

But thankfully many others finally used their hearts instead of their heads

That rule was changed - allowing those two friends to remain together today


©2006, Ed Kostro




*ADHD - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a medical condition that becomes apparent in some children in the preschool and early school years. It’s extremely hard for children afflicted with ADHD to control their behavior and/or to pay attention in school.

And a child with ADHD faces a difficult but not insurmountable task ahead. In order to achieve his or her full potential, he or she must receive help, guidance, and understanding from parents, counselors, the educational system, and his/her neighbors.


David has been able to keep his school grades up because he knows he doesn't get to play with, or take care of his two best friends, unless he does well in school.


And very sadly for him, his pals D.J. and Blessing can’t accompany him to the school bus stop anymore – his family has now been forced to keep them out of sight because of their merciless neighbors who insist that his best friends cannot be classified as ‘pets.’


Yet young David believes that these two goats motivate him more than any other beings in his life.


"They don't really listen very well,' he said, "That's kind of like me.

And I think they know me better than anyone else.”


** The Pygmy goat originated in Africa and was imported to the U.S. in the 1950s.  As its name implies, it's much smaller than other goats, and most people keep these animals for show and fun and companionship instead of for meat or milk.

And some kids in 4-H, like David, love Pygmy goats because they are easy to raise and handle, and they are affectionate, lovable, and playful.

A full grown pygmy goat weighs from 40 to 70 pounds – the average weight of a large breed dog.  And they don’t even bark.




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Reviewed by Connie Faust 7/15/2006
This is painful for me, since I have 2 dear
grandsons who have ADHD. They so need friends.
Do you have any update on this boy and his pets?
I sure hope he gets to keep them.
Reviewed by Joseph* OneLight*® 3/7/2006
You said it, Ed. We must learn to sense and respond with our hearts.

Blessings of Love & Light,
Reviewed by Birgit and Roger Pratcher 3/5/2006
Thanks for this great write! Now, is there an address where we can send our hmmmm, opinion on the cruel acts against this child and his friends? This would be a cold world for a lot of kids if they would not have the love of an animal.
Birgit and Roger
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 3/5/2006
Awwwwww...I feel for this young boy...but hey you know how naughty coats can me...we had one and he stole the sugar ate the butter...not to talk about other stuff...soo cute but Oh so naughty too....just like two humans I know!!

Take care and I hope everything will work out for David too!!

Love Tinky
Reviewed by Abdi-Noor Mohamed (Eagle Of Hope) 3/4/2006
Pets are part of our lives. In my house In have a cow, and several goats. they are part of the family. They move with us to wherever we move. I feel pity for this young boy whose rights to be with his pets were violated
Reviewed by Sherry Heim 3/4/2006
I was raised with a barn full of goats and they are the most wonderful companions. I cannot understand the neighbors concerns. Goats are very clean animals and do not stink or attract flies, like many other barnyard animals. People are sometimes so intolerant wishing to impose their will upon others. It is a power struggle and those people should be ashamed of themselves for interfering with this child and his pets. If I were his mother I would be calling on my Congressman and Senator for assistance before the local government takes away his pets because it is the simplest thing to do. She might also try calling the local media, both newspapers and television and solicit some publicity and support.
Take care,
Reviewed by Regina Pounds 3/4/2006
Ed, how incredibly cruel people can be and get away with it, too! I'd echo F. William Broome...can someone with clout be alerted to this?

There should be a protective agency or a local politician ...

Here a private business owner rescued a mother goose and her fledglings off the street and was legally persecuted for it because of some ordinance...I don't understand the mentality of people anymore.

Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 3/4/2006

Please keep speaking out for the less fortunate; a powerful clarion call for change. Terrible, how people treat the poor, elderly, disabled...and especially the furry friends who accept them as they are. Why can't humans learn to do the same??????? Powerful, heartbreaking write--

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 3/4/2006
It just goes to show you: people would rather isolate disabled people than what they already are. It's pathetic!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :( >tears <

Heartshattering write! Those people need to leave the kid be and let him enjoy the company of his animals; they NEED to be together!
Reviewed by F William Broome 3/4/2006
Ed, Ol Buddy - Isn't there a minister, school official, politican, or someone with a REAL heart, who could intervene in this crappy situation? A respectable and authoritative figure needs to tell these unkind people - in a kndly way - to Piss Off!

Reviewed by Kate Clifford 3/4/2006
Sounds like a great pet to me! and as far as the neighbours go I wish they would mind their own business!
Reviewed by Anne Williams 3/4/2006
to take away a childs joy, that's just unthinkable. what is it that would let a person see a beneficial bond like that and turn around and say well we just can't have that. off with the goats! *shaking my head* it's good to see compassion win.
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 3/4/2006
No matter the pet, as long as it belongs to the family and does not make alot of noise or messes, why should anyone have anything against it...people suck & should get a life of their own...Ed
Reviewed by Peter Paton 3/4/2006
We live in a sick and perverted world, that takes sadistic pleasure
in inflicting pain and anguish on other people.
Having just read Rage of Reason's magnificent poem The Human Experiment, it seems certain that the curtain is about to be brought down on this deviant civilisation of the 21 st Century
The picture is gorgeous Ed, and signifies the joys of childhood !
Reviewed by E T Waldron 3/4/2006
The human race has a lot to answer for! Instead of making progress in our attitude of life and acceptance of others , many seem to have regressed, and have forgotten what relationships are all about.The old saying "Live and let live" no longer applies. There are too many bitter hateful people always wanting to stir the cauldron! Hope he can keep his pets. Thanks for sharing Ed, another fine write and info! My best friend has 3 goats on her seven acres, helps keep grass etc under control.

tiger lily
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