Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about the goaties: :)
I first bought 3 goats 3 years ago so that I could have milk for my family, have unique pets, and have buddies for my horse Pancho when my elderly mare Jada transitions. The milk is very beneficial for healing! As you can imagine, I soon fell in love with them and couldn't say "No" to more goat babies, nor could I ever choose who to sell as a dairy goat which was the original plan for what to do as their number inevitably grew. I knew that eventually I would hit a maximum number of goats that I could take care of and have on the property. I actually laid awake at night looking for a solution as to what to do when I hit that number. I thought that the more goats I had the easier it would be to part with a couple to good homes as dairy or companion goats, but that day never came. :(
At the same time I had been wanting so badly to share these goaties with others since interacting with them has brought me so much peace and joy. :) In my practice as a healer and life coach I was looking for ways to uplift myself and others by shifting our focus away from the fear and anger and chaos which has recently taken hold of our country and toward nature, animals who balance our energy, meditation and fun.
As hoped for, a solution presented itself...through Facebook! Someone sent me a link of a girl doing yoga with her baby goat suggesting I try some yoga with my goats and I said Okay!!! My goats were already naturally jumping on me so it wasnt a stretch for them! :) The rest as they say is "history".
I am hoping that by providing Blissful Goat Yoga not only can I give people a joyful experience that allows them to connect with nature and these incredible creatures, but I can also encourage more people to think of goats as pets. I still haven't been able to part with any goaties, but not long ago someone offered and I have considered the idea of sponsorships where people could sponsor a goat and then come enjoy it so that I can continue to keep all the goats here. :) For those who live inside city limits, the city of San Diego recently signed an ordinance which allows the smaller goats to be kept within the city but you always have to have two, no more or less, which is good for the goaties because they should have a buddy. :) So if you are interested in having two adult pet goats, I highly recommend it! There may be some goaties available to good homes in the future, so contact me if interested.
*Note: My goats are pet goats first, yoga goats second, and some are dairy goats, but only after their kids have naturally weaned themselves. None of my pets are meat goats.
The goaties are fed alfalfa hay, orchard hay, goat vitamins and minerals and grass and weeds and fruit from the yard and plenty of fresh, clean water. I never feed grains and don't vaccinate. They are checked periodically by a vet and tested for worms, so far they've never had any. Happily, none of my herd have ever been sick. :)