Trouble in Detroit

Detroit officials recently booted 18 young goats who were working on urban renewal. Billionaire Mark Spitznagel was paying unemployed residents to serve as goat herds with the plan being to fatten up the unemployed neutered-sons of dairy goats, butcher them, sell the meat, and then give the proceeds to good causes. Sadly, like most cities, Detroit has some ancient rules on its books prohibiting farm animals such as goats. City … Continue reading

Parasite Management in Goats

I went to a very interesting talk on internal parasites in goats on Tuesday evening at the Seattle Farm Coop. It was given by Susan Kerr, DVM, Ph.D., and NW Regional Livestock and Dairy Extension Specialist. Internal parasites give me the heeby jeebies. I am going to spare you some of the electron microscope close ups of these nasty blood suckers. The main takeaway from this lecture for me was … Continue reading

Eloise is, Snowflake isn’t

This happy couple is expecting kids. Ta da. On a not so happy note, Miss Snowflake is not expecting. I think she must be sterile. She is 7 years, 7 months. The vet thought she could possibly have gone through goatapause. He said it can happen. I’d not heard of this before and know lots of goats who have kidded at the ripe old age of 10. But, perhaps the … Continue reading

Is she?

Today Charmaine Slaven stopped by to take blood samples from both goats to send to biopryn for a pregnancy test. I have my doubts about Miss Snowflake being with kid, but, “hope is a thing with feathers, that perches on the soul…” My fingers are crossed. If she is pregnant, I will dance a jig.

Ride Needed, Spokane to Seattle (for little goat)


Mating season for goats is so frustrating when you don’t own a stud buck. Sometimes it’s hard to tell if your goat is in heat and inevitably, you have to drive at least 1.5 hours on a dark and rainy night. So, I have a new plan. It may be really stupid, but if it goes south, I have a back up plan. Just so happens I found a fabulous … Continue reading

Snowflake and Eloise Make Public Appearance


Snowflake and Eloise are homebodies, but every few years I pack them into the station wagon to meet their fans. Yesterday, they helped me at a booth at the Seattle Tilth Harvest Festival. They demonstrated being goats and I sold my t-shirts and book. Needless to say, Snowflake and Eloise are experts at demonstrating being goats and were a HUGE hit. Children surrounded their enclosure holding out maple leaves to … Continue reading

My Interview with Terry Gross

WHYY med res

When I first signed the contract to write City Goats, I dreamed of appearing on the radio program, Fresh Air with Terry Gross. I knew this was wishful thinking, but sometimes I would let my mind loose to enjoy the fantasy. City Goats, has not hit it big and no calls from WHYY from Philadelphia have been forthcoming, but… A NPR radio reporter Deborah Wang who I know from my … Continue reading

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