Companion Animals: Goats and Dogs
April 16, 2010|Comments (12)
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.
So, we’ve established that the dogs and goats get along… but can I convince them to do this: