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Companion Animals: Goats and Dogs


Our dogs and our goats are the best of friends. I followed them around for the inside scoop. Call it investigative journalism or just plain old stalking. Hey, why not?


Our two Golden Retrievers, Dustin and Logan, spend most of their days in the pasture with the goats. While I’ve heard many tales of dogs attacking goats, our dogs seem to be generally disinclined to attack anything except sticks. Oh, and lizards. They are absolutely thrilled to stumble upon a lizard.


It’s in moments like these that I wonder what the goats think of the dogs. Are the amused? How could anyone refrain from smiling when faced with something so impossibly silly and self-satisfied? These are not world-weary creatures. Not at all.


Having witnessed such enthusiasm for sticks, one would think that the goats might catch on. We’ve yet to see them dragging around tree limbs or gnawing on branches. The goats do tend to circle around the dogs and watch them with great interest — to the shock of exactly no one.


And honestly, who would want to miss out on the floppy ears and loose skin of a Golden Retriever mid-roll?


Or the big toothy grin of a dog’s whose stick just disintegrated after an hour of steady slobber and chewing?


The goats are taking it all in. They are witnessing the very best of YouTube only live and at their feet.


The dogs are delighted to have an audience. It’s a win-win, folks.

Yum... stick

So, we’ve established that the dogs and goats get along… but can I convince them to do this:

Dog Milks Goat

  • Rosa - Great friends! I’d love to have such animals… What about your cockatoo?



  • Simple Livin' gal - Reno, the cockatoo, is just fine. She’s hanging out with me right now, actually!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - Love the pics, beutiful dogs. That is a hoot that they all get along!ReplyCancel

  • Simple Livin' gal - Thank you, Kim!ReplyCancel

  • warren - All that bulldog needs is a big cigar sticking out of his mouth!ReplyCancel

  • Sophie - Hahahahahahha,…lovely pictures!!

    Dogs & goats,..what a beautiful friendship! Ha!ReplyCancel

  • Dianne - We had a beautiful golden named Alex. (Alexander’s Ragtime Mischief). He lived to be fifteen and was totally amazing… Fantastic pics!ReplyCancel

  • tasteofbeirut - I love to come to your farm for a broad smile and a change of scenery. Love that goat!!!ReplyCancel

  • CrossView - We’ve never had any problems with our dogs (now just one dog) attacking any of our critters – including the baby chicks… I love watching how they all co-exist!ReplyCancel

  • WP Themes - Amiable post and this enter helped me alot in my college assignement. Gratefulness you for your information.ReplyCancel

  • MarkSpizer - great post as usual!ReplyCancel

  • Taryn - We have 3 Nigerian Dwarf goats (all around 2 months old) but don’t have a dog. Would you think that the smaller goats would do well with the bigger dogs?ReplyCancel

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