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Walking the... goats?

The goats were following me around when I took the dogs for a walk, so I tried hooking a leash to the collar of the braver of the two goats, Josephine.  I figured I didn't need to leash her sister Buttercup since the two are inseparable.  Josephine didn't like it at first, but after a few minutes (and a bunch of animal crackers) she got used to it and let me lead her around.  Once we got outside the fence, though, she didn't want to follow anymore; just like a dog, she wanted to stop and smell (and taste) every little thing that was new to her.  We only got a few yards outside the fence, then I brought them back inside.  I didn't want to overstress her the first time she was on a leash.  I unhooked her then fed her the rest of the animal crackers.

I need a longer leash, though.  Six feet isn't long enough for a goat.

I could probably take them outside without the leash, since they usually follow me around everywhere (especially if I have treats), but I don't want to take any chances.  They're so small, they could get lost so very easily.



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Nov. 10th, 2009 11:47 pm (UTC)
They're so small, they could get lost so very easily.
Especially worrisome with bored hunters about!

What type of animal crackers? Our dogs love the ones in the big bottles from BJ's.
Nov. 11th, 2009 12:40 am (UTC)
Stauffer's. I get them in a huge jar from Sam's Club. The goats can't get enough of 'em and climb all over each other and me to get one. I've trained them to dance on their hand legs to get them. They'll even jump on the ram's back to try to reach. I need to get pictures some time.

Our dogs like them too, as does the ram, but our ewe just spits them out. Occasionally I get to eat one.
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