It seems that there are a pair of “renegate goats” running around the Verona area. Two days ago, while fencing the garden bed in the front yard, a vehicle pulled up the driveway and asked if we had goats. When we replied in the affirmative, they stated that 2 were down the road a ways.
Both Boys took off like bolts of lightening, in hot pursuit of the “escapee goats”.
After about 10 minutes, and no sound or reply fro boys, I headed down the road to see what was up. I called for the boys as I went and, looking up into one of our paddocks (where some goats were mingling with the sheep), I saw all of the goats that were supposed to be there. Ater walking about 1/4 mile from the house I finally got a reply. The boys came back empty handed and started that the goats were down by the railroad tracks (1.2 miles from our house) and that we needed to go get them in the van.
As I was walking back towards the house, I got a call on my cell phone. Marilyn was calling to say that all goats were accounted for.
I found that interesting, so the boys and I went up the hill and into the back yard to confirm that all goats were, in fact there. Yes, they were.
We then regarded the matter closed, until about an hour later, another vehicle came up the drive and announced that our goats were out and we needed to get them. They were from Covington and when we explained that the goats were not ours, they said “well, we saw your gate was open. We live in Covington and can’t take them home with us. There are two of them – one is black with a collar and bell and the other one is tan. Both have horns”
OK, that’s fine, but we have no goats with bells, only one female with horns, and why would I go out and collect errant oats and mingle them into my herd, knowing full well that they might pass some disease to MY herd and kill them all???
Around 10:30 we got a call from a neighbor we know – “Are your goats out? We have 2 up here by us. I told her ” Well, no, our goats aren’t out, but let me describe them to you… one is black and one is tan – one has a collar with a bell and both have horns, is that right?” She apologized for calling so late and I thanked her for her concern for our goats (she is a nice lady and a good neighbor after all)
2 more visits fro people insisting that we collect our goats/ One said they were on his neighbor’s porch and the fogs were keeping them there. ..
No calls or visits from people today (day 3) that I know of. I am sure I will find out when I get home.
I certainly hope someone claims them soon – our reputation is being sullied.