Willie the Billy Goat
The animals in the petting zoo loved the times when the children came to see them. So when Mr.
Henderson, the owner of the petting zoo, brought them Willie the Billy Goat to join them, every one of the
animals tried to help him learn how to get the children to like him. At first, Willie didnâ€™t understand
why the children ran away from him.
â€œYesterday that little blond haired girl started crying when I came to see her.â€ Willie complained to
Chelsea the Chicken. â€œAll I wanted to do is be her friend.â€
â€œSo when she came over to pet you, was she smiling?â€ Chelsea tried to help her friend.
â€œYes and I did my very best Billy Goat things to make friends with her.â€ Willie complained. â€œI ran
in circles. I butted into fence posts and rose up on my hind legs and brayed and then to really let her know I
was her friend, I ate her dolly.â€ He said sadly having no idea why a little human girl wouldnâ€™t like
â€œWhy donâ€™t you do what I do?â€ Chelsea advised her new friend. â€œJust cluck around and peck
the ground but donâ€™t peck their shoes. They hate that. Then if its time go to your nest and lay an egg.â€
She said proudly.
But Willie was pretty sure he could never lay an egg so he sought more advice.
â€œWell I think they are afraid you might butt them. Little girls are easily frightened.â€ Said Peter the
Puppy. â€œBut here is what always works for me. Next time we are all out there, join me and my brothers
and sisters and yip and jump up and down and pant with your tongue out and then when the children throw
sticks, run and fetch them and then roll over and show your tummy. They love that.â€
This seemed like very silly advice but Willie was new so he was willing to give it a try. Things started
going wrong right away though. When the Children threw sticks, Willie outran all the puppies and ate the
sticks which made the other puppies angry. Panting with his tongue out made the children scream the word
â€œGROSSâ€ which he didnâ€™t understand. Then when it was time for all the puppies to play together,
Willie started butting them which is how Billy Goats play and the puppies all ran away and hid and so did
Willie was very sad and pouted all the next day. Finally, he was walking in the field where Mr. Henderson
put the animals to rest from being petting and he saw Mr. Henderson sitting near the creek reading
something. Willie walked up.
â€œOh hello Willie. Are you having fun being a petting zoo goat?â€ He asked. Willie just shook his head
because humans canâ€™t understand animal talk.
â€œI see. Is it because the boys and girls run from you when you butt them and eat their toys?â€ Mr.
Henderson guessed. Willie nodded.
â€œWillie, do you know what this book I am reading is?â€ He asked. Willie shook his head although it
looked like it might be good to eat. â€œIts called The Bible and it has words from God who created us all.
It has words to help you to Willie. See the Bible says that if we think about God, our creator and praise him,
that His peace will live inside you and guard your heart. You want peace with the children donâ€™t you
Willie?â€ Mr. Henderson asked and Willie nodded his head very enthusiastically.
â€œIt also says that you should make it your job to be at peace with all creatures. You can do that Willie.
When you are with the children, find out what they like. If they donâ€™t like butting, donâ€™t do that
then. Wait until you are in private. If they donâ€™t like for you to eat things they own, try not to. But all
children like touch animals and if you try to like them and find ways to get them to smile, they will love
you. Thatâ€™s the secret of being a very popular petting zoo goat Willie.â€
And Willie learned his lesson well. Before long, he was the most popular animal in the zoo and the children
called his name and begged for him to come to them to pet him and love him. Willie always made sure the
children had smiles on their faces when he was with them and what he found out is that he began to love
them from the inside. That peace and love of God that Mr. Henderson was talking about was really coming
out. Willie decided to sit with Mr. Henderson when he read that book more and to never ever ever try to eat