Something Got Your Goat?

Gardens For Goldens

When four years of drought turns suburban meadows into potential tinderboxes,

Meadow_DSC_7377
Meadow_DSC_7376

it’s time to call for help.

Goats_DSC_7370

Curious and agile,

Goat_DSC_7345

these bucks, does, and kids will eat just about anything.

Goat_DSC_7338

As a result, the adorable natural lawnmowers have become a favorite for clearing dry brush on California hillsides and uneven terrain without the threat of sparks.

Goat_DSC_2391
Goat_DSC_2367
Goat_DSC_2372

They have been busy at work for over a week in the preserved open space behind my work. These acres of meadow, oak trees and a bone-dry creek are bordered in the distance by suburban homes. A fire here would find plenty of fuel.

Meadow_DSC_2409

With their four-chambered stomachs, goats have a preference for weeds,

Goat_DSC_2379

woody shrubs

Goat_DSC_2353

and the occasional tree –

Goat_DSC_2396

making their week here a feast fit for kings (and queens).

Goats_DSC_7358

Their horizontal, slit-shaped eyes are designed for spying predators,

Goat_DSC_7317

And when they require assistance,

Goat_Dog_DSC_2342

it helps to keep a trusty dog nearby.

View original post 28 more words

Advertisements

2 thoughts on “Something Got Your Goat?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s