Pet Goat Amuses as Starter Farm Animal

Tiny creature weaves a spell over owner and her new country community.


| January/February 2010



Winchell claimed his kingdom, a yellow 1981 Toyota long bed.

Winchell claimed his kingdom, a yellow 1981 Toyota long bed.

Wayne Stroot

It’s difficult to pin down the exact reason I decided, at age 44, to leave the bustle of the city and move to a rural area more than 1,000 miles away. I think I just needed to jump-start my life with a new adventure.

A month or so after the move, I decided that to really experience the rural lifestyle, I needed at least one farm animal. A goat, I thought, would be a good starter farm animal for a woman who had previously owned only the usual array of household pets.

I responded to a notice on a bulletin board advertising Pygora goats – half Pygmy and half Angora. I fell in love the moment I saw the tiny 2-day-old bundle of white hair. Winchell I would name him.

As soon as I returned home, I lifted Winchell out of the car and placed him on the ground. I wasn’t prepared, however, to see him take off running as if he feared for his life. He would be impossible to catch, I decided, after a futile 30-minute chase.

Luckily, Winchell’s gnawing hunger finally prevailed, and he decided I was his only hope for food. Thus began a three-month bottle-feeding routine during which we bonded as mother and child. For such a tiny creature, he sure could make a bone-chilling cry when he was hungry. But after a big meal, he curled up on my lap or on the cushion of an old chair in the corner of the big country kitchen. Angelic, I thought, the first few days. That perception soon changed.

My place was about a mile outside of town, and each day I walked my dog into town and back for exercise. Winchell was not about to be left behind, so he accompanied us, walking on a leash beside the dog. I had to watch that he didn’t eat the neighbors’ roses along the way. It never occurred to me this duo might seem odd, but apparently Winchell attracted a bit of attention on our daily walks. One day I overheard a merchant standing outside her store tell a tourist, “Here comes the goat lady.”

John
6/7/2014 7:03:25 AM

All the wold animals living in zoo or any animal welfare places like to eat meat and flesh of goat as starter. But the issues is if all the goat would have finish in society then what they will use in food. According to me everything must be represent in a proportionate manner for a better ecosystem and that can be done through several steps. If you want to know more about the animal and their living style then better to visit http://www.drronsanimalhospitalsimivalley.com/emergency-vet-moorpark to get some more information.






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