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25/06/2020
Just kiddin’ around with Blaze

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We’re not kidding when we tell you that this little guy has to be the cutest goat around town. Blaze is two years old and his human mum, Tess Runting, was meant to foster him for a few weeks, but she knew she was kidding herself when she saw his face. 

He was born prematurely at 11pm one night on a friend’s farm. Blaze’s mum was a maiden – a first-time mother – and she didn’t even look pregnant. His mum had no milk, and he was very tiny, sitting at just under a kilo. Given this, he was quite weak and wasn’t able to stand alone, so even if his mum could produce milk, Blaze couldn’t reach her udder. Unfortunately, his mum had absolutely no interest in him, in fact her mood lifted when they took Blaze away.

Since then, Blaze has become besotted by his new mum and his big sister Lettie – a lamb that he was raised with. As babies, the siblings went everywhere with Tess – including once when Blaze rode Tess’s horse with her. We kid you not, his favourite outing is attending the sheep shows as the ultimate apprentice where he has the chance to walk around the show with Tess and meet everyone. He’s pretty protective of his sibling, and proceeds to push all of the other sheep away from the pile of hay, and invites Lettie to join him for a private dinner – he’s a gentlemen after all. 

“Blaze loves Weet-Bix, savoury Shapes, Doritos and Cottee’s cordial,” said Tess. “He has the cutest begging face. It’s very hard not to share your snacks with him.”

Blaze loves to steal Tess’s hat – he thinks it’s hilarious. He also enjoys squeezing through gaps in fences. One day he gleefully met Tess in the driveway of the farm as she returned home. While Blaze was super proud of his mission, Tess wasn’t too impressed, despite the impressive feat of getting through five fences to get there. Luckily for Tess, this is his only typical goat trait, as he hasn’t picked up climbing or chewing – because he thinks he’s a dog, or a sheep or a human. Tess isn’t sure, and neither is Blaze.

“Blaze knows his name and will chat to you if you call out to him,” said Tess. “And he can balance on his hind legs to give you a hug, but his best trick so far is shaking hands. Of course he hasn’t been doing much of that lately due to COVID-19, but it is his favourite trick to show off.” 

Blaze grew up on Tess’s farm where she breeds beautiful wool-producing sheep, but now he’s moved house to The Ranch Mornington Peninsula in Boneo where Tess works. He’s in his element here as he’s a popular part of the kids’ parties and school camp program. If you see this adorable lad, he’ll greet you and you can shake his hoof. Get to know Blaze by following him on Instagram at @just__kiddin to admire his skills in posing for the camera. 

“He always does something cute or silly – or stops being naughty – when he sees my camera pointing his way,” said Tess.

KATE SEARS

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