Pictured: Jade Snipes, with his brother Corey, enjoyed raising Totsie for the fair. Photo by MAURICIO JULIAN CUELLAR JR.

Goat is more like a family pet to kindergarten student

Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Alice Echo-News Journal

Totsie acts more like a family pet than a tiny goat. She is the newest addition to the Snipes family, and for six-year-old Jade Snipes, Totsie is his Jim Wells County Fair Pee Wee Goat Show project.

The Orange Grove kindergarten student was content on Saturday just playing with his toys and relaxing with his boots off in his wagon. After a hard summer raising little Totsie, Jade was one tuckered-out kid.

Craig Snipes, Jade's father, said the two formed a connection at the very beginning.

"When we first went to get Totsie, Jade had four goats to choose from, they were nearly identical," Snipes said. "Jade pointed to a goat and said, 'that one.' We said wait, and let him pick again, and he picked out the exact same goat. They all looked the same."

Jade spent several years looking up to his brother Corey, and the way he cared for his lamb in preparation for the fair. Jade felt it was time to join in, and decided the Pee Wee Goat Show was right for him.

Totsie is slightly larger than Jade, and at 48 pounds, she can be a handful for her owner, but Snipes explained that out at their home, Totsie acts more like a cat or a dog than a farm animal.

"She'll come right up to you, and just stand there next to your feet. And if she's not around you, or can't see you, she'll make a cry, like a child crying, till she finds you," Snipes said.

Jade said his favorite part of the fair is getting to play and also the ribbons. As for the name, Jade said he felt Totsie was a good girl's name. As for the future, Jade said he's interested in branching out to other animals.

"Maybe rabbits," Jade said. The Pee Wee Goat Show was held Saturday at the JWC fairgrounds. The fair came to a close Sunday.