It is good sometimes to get off your routine. Routines are great and are well known to help with productivity and healthy habits, but every now and then some disruptions that challenge our boundaries are a welcome change.
Every now and then it is good to stop what you are doing and take a look around. You might glimpse something amazing.
There is always something to look forward to, whether it is a big cake on your birthday, a new adventure over the Easter holidays, a sunny day, or even a good night’s rest.
Don’t get stuck in the day to day, keep your eyes and mind on the bigger picture. Things are never as bad as they seem, and you never know, one day you have your head stuck in a fence, in a few months you might be on top of the world.
There is always that one person that holds everything together. That person is not necessarily the captain or the manager, but without that person, everything would simply fall apart. That person is reliable, helpful, and really brings the workplace, or home, or animal sanctuary together. Sometimes, that person might be a special goat to complete the herd. With that in mind, I am pleased to introduce you to Pam from The Haven Zoo. Pam really completes the herd at the Haven, much like how a certain character from The Office kept the shift afloat and everyone going. Pamela “Pam” Morgan Beesly (later Halpert)’s official role when the series began was that of receptionist, but really without her the office would have completely fallen apart. If there is someone like that in your life, take some time to let them know they are appreciated. And also, check out how to support The Haven Zoo.
Meet Angela from The Haven Zoo. Angela was also named after a character from the US comedy The Office, the on-again-off-again romantic partner of Dwight (not to be confused with Dwight the goat from yesterday). The character Angela Noelle Martin was head of accounting, former head of the Party Planning Committee and safety officer at Dunder Mifflin. She loves cats, performance reviews, and ultimately, Dwight. Check out how to support Angela and all the other amazing animals at The Haven!
Incase you missed it, yesterday’s goat from The Haven Zoo was named after the character Jim from the US version of the comedy program The Office. Continuing on that theme, today’s goat is named after Dwight Kurt Schrute III, who was often the target of Jim’s pranks. In addition to being pranked repeatedly by Jim, Dwight also served as the “Assistant to the Regional Manager” role as part of his duties as a paper salesperson, health and safety enthusiast, volunteer sheriff’s deputy, and managed his family’s beet farm. Beets are nutrient dense, a great addition to salads, and actually in season right now! Perhaps consider trying out a new beet recipe, supporting the Haven Zoo, and then having a mini-binge of some hilarious Office episodes?
What’s in a name? Today’s goat of the day from The Haven Zoo is named Jim, after the fictional character James “Jim” Halpert from the US comedy program The Office. The character Jim was known for playing loads of pranks on his boss, Michael and his co-worker, Dwight. Thus, Jim is a perfect namesake for a goat, as mischief is a big part of the whole goat experience. I hope that you all were able to enjoy some mischief this weekend and that you can find joy, even if you have to work a mundane job in a paper factory. Check out how you can support Jim and his friends at The Haven Zoo!
Say hello to Vlad, the goat of the day. Vlad has the largest horns of all of the goats at The Haven Zoo. He was named by some of the Haven’s most dedicated supporters Eric & Lori Dessecker. The name Vlad was inspired from the fifteenth century prince of Wallachia (now part of modern Romania), Vlad the III, or sometimes known as Vlad the Impaler. Vlad’s dad was part of the “order of the dragon” which gave them the surname of Dracul. Vlad III was not a very nice guy, and earned the nickname “Impaler” because he actually impaled his enemies and criminals in public. Centuries later, reading up on some history caught the attention of Bram Stoker who based the title character of his classic Dracula, which has arguably been the inspiration for countless other literary and cinematic adventures featuring spooky bloodthirsty vampires. Fortunately for his friends at the Haven, Vlad the goat is most certainly not a vampire, evidenced by his presence in broad daylight in the photo below.
You may have noticed that for the past week or so, Goat of the Day has featured animals from The Haven Zoo, outside of Atlanta, Georgia. The Haven was founded by JohnieSue Thurman, an anthropologist who studied human and primate interactions in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and has over 14 years of experience working with animals. She also designed and conducted a research project that analyzed zoos in 15 different countries on four different continents to understand how each zoo cared for animals as well as making information about conservation available to the public. It is really inspiring that there are people like JohnieSue who set out with a dream dedicated to the greater good, and make it happen. Check out ways to support JohnieSue’s mission and/or volunteer.