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Fence-Defying Goat July 8, 2007

Posted by Laura in Farm.

Pop! was aptly named as she can POP right through just about any fence, electrified or otherwise.


Here she is, looking in the back door. And it’s certainly not beyond her to come in the house if the door is not firmly in the latch. She follows me in the laundry room (an add-on to the house accessed from the porch). This really should not surprise me, though, because I quite often have an audience in there- dogs, cats, chickens…why not goats?.

Fortunately, she has not done anything destructive, like dance on top of the vehicles (shh….don’t give her any ideas), but she did give me a scare by eating yew needles one afternoon. They are poisonous to animals, but she must have had a very full stomach that could dilute and slow the absorption because she was fine. (I called the vet to see if there was any known home remedy I was unaware of. I started off by saying that our goat wouldn’t stay in the fence. The vet laughed and said,”Of course not.” He then said that pouring several ounces of mineral oil down her throat might help to coat the gut. Seeing as how I didn’t have any mineral oil on hand or anyone to help me get it in her, she was on her own).

She really likes to hang around the house and lie next to the dogs on the porch to nap. They ignore Pop! as it is beneath them to acknowledge her. (Notice how Lucy, the black dog, is facing away from her).



1. Becky - July 9, 2007

Instead of a big white dog named Klondike to lie on the porch, you now have a white goat named Pop. She is just trying to take his place to make you feel better.

Lucy is probably just jealous because she doesn’t have any horns. Maybe you could ducktape some on her to make her happy. Be sure to post a picture of her of the blog if you can do it.

2. Marci - July 10, 2007

Oh my, I know how hard it can be to keep goats in. They have never come to the house door though. I love the picture.

3. Patti - July 12, 2007

She might be lonely..goats have a strong herd instinct and if they have no other goats around, they make YOU their herd mates. She is a real cutie!

4. ruralmama - July 12, 2007

Aw, so sweet!

5. Amy - July 12, 2007

I always assumed the picture at the top of your blog was a stock photograph, not your real house. How picturesque…and oddly symetrical. 🙂 Pop! is precious, even if her mistress finds her habits annoying.

6. Grams - July 18, 2007

I like Pop!
She’s a character.
Luv, Mom

7. Joe - July 20, 2007

Yes. The picture at the top of the blog is our house. It’s an old farm house originally built in 1900 with a couple of additions added over the years; the most recent in 1954.

The porch is deep, approximately 8 feet or so, and encompasses 2 sides of the house. We have a porch swing and several rocking chairs that we long to use to pass the time.

In the photo on top of the blog you can tell that we have two front doors – one into the living room and one that opens into our master bedroom. Kind of odd, yet charming at the same time.

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