goats


I was concerned about the twilight years for the Goat Boys. They’re not going to last forever, and one was sure to die before the other. What was going to happen to the remaining lone goat? I thought about adding to the herd before Pip and Caper were too old […]

The Plan Is Working!


In April, the Goat Boys, Pip and Caper, will be ten years old. They’re twins. They arrived here when they were 10-weeks old. They are delightful, charming, clever, and optimistic. I adore them.  Wethers (neutered male goats) can live to be twelve years old. Some live to be fourteen. So, the […]

A New Life For Old Goats


Here in the States it’s almost Thanksgiving, which means here in my home, it’s time to bake pie. A lot of pie. This makes my goats very happy. They don’t get pie, but they do get to indulge. I always make a few apple pies. Here’s my basic recipe, but […]

Pie and Happy Goats



I’ve got lots of serious blogpost topics swirling around in my brain. But it’s Monday. My first cup of coffee hasn’t done it’s job. I have a client to go see. Yoga to do first (trust me, that’s not my moment of meditative joy!) So, I’ve decided to blog something […]

A Goat Interlude


It doesn’t matter what species of animal is in your care – horse, dog, cat, iguana – the only way for them to thrive is for you to know them well and to pay attention. Sometimes, identifying what’s amiss and figuring out a remedy is like solving an Agatha Christie […]

Deducing What’s Wrong


I’ve had requests for an update on the animals that live with me. For ten years I wrote about the goings-on with my hens and other creatures that I’ve shared my home with. (You can find that blog here and the bios of critters here.) Everyone is showing signs of aging, […]

Little Pond Farm Faces



I used to recommend giving animals Christmas trees. The goats loved to use them as head scratchers and they nibbled on the bark. My rabbit used hers as a hideaway and chewed patterns into it. The chickens appreciated the windbreak. But last year I heard from a friend. Elizabeth had […]

Poisons on Christmas Trees


Only in a laboratory does training happen in a sterile box. The real world is complex and changing. It’s impossible to keep the environment the same from training session to session. The list of potential distractions is long – it’s windy, a fly bites, a car backfires, a horse whinnies, someone walks by eating an […]

Context Matters


We get a lot of joy from our animals, from their companionship, to their antics, to the attention that they give to us. There’s also the joy of touch – for them and for us. Back when I thought I wasn’t riding anymore I got two goat brothers, Pip and […]

Grooming Goats/Grooming Horses