Both of my grandfathers were farmers. So I guess it was in my blood. My father's father was a watermelon and peanut farmer from Oklahoma. And my mother's father worked on a farm in Wisconsin. So I guess it was inevitable that one of their offspring would eventually follow in their foot steps! So you are off the hook Dad!!
It just happened that one Valentine's Day party at my son's Kindergarten the local Vet showed up with two pygmy goats. Love at first sight!! They were so adorable. When my husband asked me what I wanted for Valentine's Day, I answered a pygmy goat!
So I searched the Internet trying to find a local breeder of pygmy goats. I found Wendy Weisenbach in Indiana. We went out to Wendy's house and bought one. Well, goats are pack animals and Petunia wasn't very happy being our sole goat. So back to Indiana we went to buy another goat. While there, I noticed Wendy had some Dairy Goats. Hmmmmm!! Won't it be a great idea to "grow" your own milk!! So back to Indiana,we went again for a Dairy Goat. The pygmy goats didn't last long. They are cute, but not very useful. We sold them to a good home and with the "proceeds" bought another Dairy Goat.
Soon a buck was purchased, baby goats were born and I learned how to milk a goat. With only 3 people in our house, we had more than enough goat's milk to sustain us. I hated throwing away good milk. Back to the Internet and began searching what to do with excess goat's milk . . . goat cheese, goat fudge . . . hmmmm goat soap?? Now that is an interesting idea . . goat soap! So I began making soap - very basic at first. Then I started researching oils and their properties. I also "talked" to various soapmakers on the Internet. After a year of experimenting, I came up with my current recipe and B & D Goats was born.
So why goats? Just because - that's why!!