Jeffrey the Goat

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap  —  April 22, 2013 — 9 Comments

Y’ALL. My sister got a pet goat.

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His name is Jeffrey, and he’s 9 weeks old. He’ll grow to be 60-70 pounds, but right now he’s only about 15. I love him.

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Shannon was a little sad the day we went to see them because she had actually started out with two goats, but poor Douglas passed away the night before. They’d rushed him to the LSU vet school with a case of bloat, perhaps from eating too many clovers, and he died from a seizure during the night. She’s not sure what to do now because goats get depressed living alone but the goat lady doesn’t have any more kids available. I suggested getting a pig to keep Jeffrey company but Shannon said she thinks he really needs another goat around.

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Between the loss of Douglas and all the new people around Jeffrey was a little skittish. I didn’t get to fulfill my dream of wrapping him in a warm embrace, but he did come over to check us out once or twice. Those are animal crackers I’m offering in my hand. Turns out they’re called animal crackers for a reason. Animals love them.

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How. Cute. Is. He.

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This is Shannon’s husband, Josh. I love how Cajun he looks here.¬†Jeffrey was much more friendly with him and Shannon.

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I wanted to show y’all this project Shannon and Josh have been working on in their yard. There used to be a small area off to the side of the house enclosed by a picket fence. All that’s left of it in the photo below are the posts (including the ones that they cut down in length to be footers for a new deck). Their house is on a highway and before it seemed like this little fenced area was their yard (which they never used) and the wide expanse to the right was just an empty lot.

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But they took all the money they received as wedding gifts and put it towards a new fence surrounding their entire property. Now you can really appreciate the space! It also feels much more peaceful now that you can’t see the road. They built a goat pen that is just over to the left of this picture and next they want to put in a vegetable garden (with a fence to keep Jeffrey from snacking).

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Isn’t that just so great? We live on a tiny lot in a pretty urban area so it’s nice to drive out to my sister’s house in the country once in a while. Nick and I joke about it being the zoo, since she also has a dog, a gaggle of cats, and a ferret. I’m lobbying for them to get chickens next. I really want to get chickens myself but I feel a little overwhelmed by the prospect. If they got chickens I could visit them and collect eggs without actually having to take care of them, haha. It’s a win win.

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap


9 responses to Jeffrey the Goat

  1. !!!! so awesome. i kind of feel sad for him since he doesn’t have a buddy though. i wonder if he’ll play with the dog?

    our family friends had a goat (violet!) who lived in their backyard. she was kind of mean though and very territorial. of course, us kids would try to run through her pen without her headbutting us so i can’t really blame her.

    i always tell sean i’m going to get a miniature horse and build a little stall in our shed. he isn’t amused.

    • Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap April 22, 2013 at 12:21 pm

      So far poor Jeffrey is terrified of the dog! I too covet a miniature horse. So many pets I would have if provided endless time, money, and space! Ps Violet is an awesome name!

  2. Funny you should mention mini horse, there is one just posed on Craigslist for $300. If I had the money I’d get him to be Jeff’s buddy!

  3. I love Jeffrey. Around here, people can actually rent goats. They put them in an area that has too much brush or undergrowth to keep the weeds down. There is a large equipment dealer who runs miniature goats around all of his machinery. I guess it is easier than mowing. Our neighbors had a big Billy for years named Elvis. You learned not to turn your back on Elvis. Otherwise he was friendly.

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