Goats never bring their own tools to a project.
Considering they do not have opposable thumbs to carry a tool box with, this makes sense.
This limitation in no way inhibits their willingness to get into your tool box and begin to pull them out. Box wrenches, screw drivers, the teflon tape, vice grips, no matter. They will rummage through all of them until they have found one to their liking. It does not even matter if they have selected the right tool for the project. At least not to the goats.
There is never enough time to capture it in pictures, so let me paint it for you. It is a nice day out and you begin working on your project. Nothing hard or complicated, just something you needed a few tools for that you carry in your everyday tool bag. You get out your box wrenches, screw drivers, a hammer, the measuring tape and get started. In this case you had to climb a ladder to get to your project. So tools in hand or pocket, the rest in your bag left on the ground, you climb up and get started. Soon you discover that you grabbed the wrong size of something and you have to go down and get it. Making your way back to your tool bag, you discover that goats have a curiosity for hand tools that rivals any instinctive desire for linens hanging out to dry on the clothesline. Turns out they love tools. Especially the shiny box wrenches. Second choice will be the small sized screw drivers with their seemingly tasty plastic handles. You now know this because one goat has pulled out several box wrenches and strewn them on the ground with one still in it's mouth. It's almost as if he was really looking for the right one until he found it, still in his mouth. Meanwhile, another goat approaches you with one of your screw drivers, as if he has anticipated and brought the tool he thinks you needed. He has tested the screwdriver by chewing on the handle to see if it feels right or not. Lastly, you notice off in the distance another goat who isn't really interested in helping, but was very interested in the teflon tape. There is about 3 feet of it trailing behind him as he walks away with the spool.
Where is my screwdriver?
Goats also do not have very much experience with projects, but they are more than happy to get right in the middle of yours, apparently to determine if you are doing it right? I am not sure. They usually don't have much advise to offer and you are left with the task of escorting them off the job site. Coming back, you look everywhere for the screw driver you know you just set down. It's not there. You tell yourself it is not possible as you look in the direction of the shooed off goats, and find out your notion was correct. It's back in the same goat's mouth who tried bringing you one earlier. It seems individual goats do have their preference of tools.
This is comical the first five times it happens. Then you start to get tired of restocking your tool bag with tools that now have goat spit and teeth marks on them. Your tools are important and if you are like me, your accumulation of tools were driven by one need or another. You started something, found you didn't have the right tool, so you bought it. It's there now for the next time. There are some tools that are basic and generally necessary for most projects. The screw drivers, adjustable wrenches, pliers, hammer, measuring tape, duct tape, etc,. You can not get far in life without those.
Fortunately, there are some projects I work on that require tools that are kept in goat proof tool bags. This blog is one of them. Many businesses, business owners or organizations use blogging to reach out to their clients or customers. Blogs get posted online, so it gives them an opportunity to reach out to others who come across the blog while doing web searches. Blogs can really be an effective way of drawing attention to your work or organization.
Another tool I use for myself and my clients is E-mail Marketing. E-mail marketing remains a very effective way to target clients, customers and potential ones with strategic information about you and your organization. E-mail marketing is limitless in what you can do with it. You can sell products. You can advertise your next event and offer signups or registration straight from the e-mail. You can update your clients or members with important information. You can create and post surveys that are helpful, even vital to your decision making. I can go on and on, but apart from putting something in the mail, it is still the best way to reach large numbers of people quickly. All the while, you are providing avenues for people to explore your website that you have worked hard to keep updated with your latest and greatest...right?
These tools are safe from goat predation. Rest assured, I do not allow them into my office. If either of these tools are not in your tool bag, I'd love to talk to you about putting them to work for you. I won't bring the goats either..., unless I get special requests of course.
I am a website designer with calloused hands.