Friday, July 18, 2008


One of the things I love about the country is all the room for the girls to play. I can knit on the porch while I watch the cherubs romp around in the fields. This morning, I released the girls into the great outdoors while I quickly donned my flip-flops so I could follow them out.

The door was barely closed behind them when I heard neighbor Sandy frantically calling in through my front door. She had both my cherubs by the hand.

I went outside to see neighbor Sandy, neighbor Wanda, and this:

Now, I don't know if you can tell from the photos, but these guys aren't ... er ... fixed. Apparently, that makes them pretty mean. And, of course, as soon as the cherubs saw the billies, they made a beeline straight for them. Sandy corraled the girls to keep them from being bitten or butted.

I brought Bean and Cakes inside, making sure they were safely behind the storm door. Then, as neighbor Wanda tried to call Animal Control, the police, the fire department, anyone that would come herd some goats and take them away, I ran inside to get my camera. My first thought after my children's safety was, "Ooo! Great blog post!" After taking some pics, with the zoom, I ran at them, yelling, "Ya, goats!" to get them out of our workshop.

They wandered over to our gardens, but Uncle Matt shooed them away. Then, they headed to neighbor Doug's house, where Doug's dog sent them scrambling for cover. They eventually ended up back in neighbor Sandy's yard, where they will probably remain until her dog, Dodge, comes home from the groomer's. At that point, Dodge will make certain that those goats are far away from our homes and our veggies.


Tanya said...

Who lets their goats run wild like that??

Karen said...

I don't think the owners meant to do that. Of course, there haven't been any vehicles driving up and down the street, seemingly in search of missing goats ...

MamáChanga said...

Too cool, what a great adventure living in the country is! Of course we don't live in the country but our neighbor has 6 horses living in her back yard. The extent of critter life at our place are those horrendous, menacing horse flies--Ugghh!!

Hugs & Blessings!

Muthering Heights said...

LOL, now that's a surprise! My husband had a similar experience once...he came home from church to find a herd of Black Angus in his yard!

Ursula Brangwen said...

Goats make good BBQ sandwiches! And don't forget curry if you're into Indian food. To be honest, I had no idea anyone ever fixed domestic goats. Does that mean petting zoos have fixed theirs? I've never looked--never thought to!