Monday, August 23, 2010
Dodge was our first "pasture ornament." Upon moving into our house eight years ago, I was immediately ready to add to our family of pets which at the time consisted of Kirby, Simon, Kiwi, and our guinea pig Noel. Along came Dodge. He was living at a horse stables and making a nuisance of himself. Like all goats he has a hearty appetite and was most fond of his family's house siding and horse tack. Eating the tack and bothering the guests at the farm for trail rides didn't endear him to the stables, so he was seeking a new home.
When I heard he was looking for a home, I knew that he had to be mine. It wasn't just that I was longing for some type of pasture pet, Dodge is a Lamancha goat, which happens to be the breed that I love most. Why is so unique? First, he has no ears (well actually tiny ears). His unique appearance his only one of the breeds wonderful qualities, they are also in my opinion, the friendliest breed of goat.
Dodge hasn't had an easy life. He started out as a "rodeo goat." I have no idea what that means, but I know it couldn't be good At his next home he found himself tied to a dog house and attacked by dogs. Finally he found some refuge at the stables, but his appetite got the best of him. He's been living with us for the past eight years. He's now an elderly goat, but he definitely hasn't lost his spunk.
If you visit our farm, Dodge is who you will meet first. Bullying his way to front of the pack of llamas, waiting on a pet or if you know him well, a marshmallow.
Where was the pug during Dodge's photo shoot?