Monday, January 31, 2005

Never Turn Your Back on a Goat

From the Sun-Sentinel:

VENETA, Ore. — So far nobody has gotten Randy Cox’s goat. But Cox wishes someone would. Cox found the affable brown-and-white male in his detached rec room when he came home from work Thursday, and the goat shows no sign of wanting to leave.

He found the animal communing with his dog, Dandy, and both seemed to be hitting it off.

Cox said he had seen the goat in his neighborhood, but doesn’t think it lives there. Calls to the authorities didn’t help much.

“I called animal control. They told me to call the sheriff. The sheriff said call animal control. Then they gave me an emergency number for loose livestock,” he said.

Nobody answered.

[…]

That left Cox with a goat following him around and chewing on his jacket Thursday evening.

He’s friendly, as long as you don’t turn your back on him, Cox said.

“But he did butt my truck,” he said.

And the goat-dog camaraderie ended when Cox started petting the goat and Dandy started barking.

“I think he’s jealous,” Cox said.

Okay, all together now: “Ba-a-a, sweet mystery of life at last I’ve found you…”