New farm animal

16 Dec

No, it’s not a goat.
It’s Cousin. He looks like our dearly departed cat Sparkles, like he could be her cousin. Hence the name. He’s a stray who has lived in this neighborhood for a long time, we just weren’t ready to adopt him. Now we are. He’s a great addition to the farm because he hunts mice. He’ll catch one, bring it to our bedroom, meow, and then consume the whole mouse-y package. Welcome Cousin!
Speaking of goats, I should mention that the goat collective is searching for a goat host. Our original hostess had some medical issues to deal with. So if anyone has a back 40 in oakland or berkeley, let me know. I’m also contemplating getting pygmy dairy goats. They’re more expensive and yield less milk, but they would be fine in our backyard (with some periodic walks).

8 Responses to “New farm animal”

  1. Paul Ferguson December 18, 2007 at 2:16 am #

    Have you found any local pygmy goat breeders yet? The National Pygmy Goat Association is putting on a show in Cloverdale, CA in the middle of February. We’re thinking of going to find out more goat info. Like yard size needs of a pygmy.

  2. samin December 18, 2007 at 2:51 am #

    if you get the pygmies, i’d definitely walk them once in a while.

  3. Novella Carpenter December 18, 2007 at 3:42 am #

    paul; i haven’t; they all seem to be in idaho. thanks for the cloverdale heads up–you are brilliant!
    samin: okay good, thanks.

  4. heather December 19, 2007 at 1:16 pm #

    Wow! He really does look like Sparkles.

  5. Riana Lagarde December 19, 2007 at 3:45 pm #

    meeoooooow welcome cousin!

  6. eauque January 3, 2008 at 11:38 pm #

    SPARKLES! Sparkles. With a different face. Sparkles!

  7. eauque January 3, 2008 at 11:41 pm #

    I was just tellin’ Julie the other day: Billy used to yell to me from his bed “Andy…… Bring me Sparkles.” And I would sometimes.

  8. Katie December 21, 2010 at 12:02 pm #

    Hi Novella!
    I am a new reader who discovered your blog after reading your book on your farm. I’m going through your posts from the beginning and they all sound amazing! I hope to start dumpster diving in Boston. How can I get access to your sister’s blog? I would love to start reading.

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