A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of visiting a magical land north of Santa Rosa called Goatlandia! I connected with Deb, the creator and caretaker of this awesome home / private animal sanctuary via a vegan accommodation page on Facebook a few months ago, and while the accommodation didn’t work out, she kindly said I could come visit – yippee!
And so it was that I set off with some trepidation on my bicycle on a muggy Saturday in March. The trepidation was not to do with visiting Deb, it was to do with this being the first time I had tried to take the bus with my bicycle. The buses here that go between towns have bike racks on the front, but I had never used them. Thank goodness there was a young lad also waiting for the bus who helped me get it on the racks! The first one I tried was too small, the second one was taken, and then I put it on the third one in the back, which was the right size, but I put it on backwards so it had to be flipped around (goldilocks and the three bike racks!!!! And as the man helping me said “You sure have a big-ass bike!!!” – he wasn’t wrong, hee hee!!!
This is the bike rack I had to wrangle with except that the middle rack had a bike on it. the coolest part is I get to ride free as a college student! Thanks Sonoma County Transit! Image from Metro Magazine.
Anyhow…what an adventure, I had to bike the last half of the way on some busy roads, but I eventually arrived safely!!!
The Pegasus in Paradise mobile arrives at Goatlandia and is greeted by Phoenix the dog!
The lovely proprietress of Goatlandia with some of her lucky companions 🙂
After some chit chat in Deb’s beautiful kitchen over vegan apple oat muffins I had baked for this momentous occasion, we ambled off to the pasture to meet the goats. The goats were obtained from a local goat dairy farm. Either because they were male or if they were female, because they had some sort of defect with their reproductive organs that meant they would not be good milk producing machines. Not everyone realizes that in order to steal milk from animals to sell to humans the animals have to have babies on a regular basis. These babies are then taken away from their mothers almost immediately birth so humans can steal their milk. If they are female, they usually end up as dairy slaves to replace their mothers, who are trucked off to slaughter once their production declines. If they are male, they are usually killed shortly after birth, either for meat (if you eat cow’s dairy you support the veal industry) or often just to be thrown away in the case of male baby goats, because there is not enough demand for their meat. You can read more about goats here and see an industrial goat dairy in action here.
The solution, of course, is written on my T-shirt:
The goat and the dog are telling me they agree with the message on my t-shirt: ‘Go Vegan And No Body Gets Hurt’. Also note the goat ear photobomb!!!!
Okay, proselytizing over! Back to my visit…I had brought some tortilla chips (it is apparently the goat’s favourite snack!) and some carrots. Deb said the goats wouldn’t eat the carrots but I could bring them for the horse. The goats loved the chips so much, one of the naughtier goats reared up and knocked me over to get more! Luckily, there was a fence behind me, so I didn’t have to suffer the pain of a butt bruise!!!
Goat saying hello!!!! (either that or ‘can I please have some tortilla chips?’). Check out the funky beard!
I ❤ the cloven hooves!
‘Garcon! Could we get more tortilla chips, here, tout-de-suite, sil-vous-plait?’
Eventually the goats realized it would be easier to reach the chips if they ate ON the table, not AT the table!
A gaggle of goats gathered enjoying their chips 🙂
At the same time as all this was going on, Magic the horse was observing the scene peacefully from behind the fence separating us from the adjacent pasture, being adorable, and also intermittently snacking on the carrots:
Extreme horse close-up!!! So sweet!!!
‘Hello – my name is Magic and I happily accept carrot and apple donations!”
It was impossible to get an awesome photo of this beautiful horse as it was behind a fence!
Once the tortilla chip frenzy had died down, Deb and I were able to enjoy some chillout time with the goats:
I had carrots in my pocket for the horse, but the goats picked them out, then dropped them on the ground in disgust….
…except Coco, who was happy to eat them. Go Coco!
This goat was mysteriously lactating, even though she had not given birth…
These little ears are called gopher ears 🙂
I believe this chilled out dude or dudette is a Lamancha Goat.
I find these growths on all the oak trees here intriguing, apparently it is some sort of fungus, the green one is the fresh one then it dries out to the beige/brown colour.
Thank you to these two cuties for posing so nicely with me!!!!
Wow! What a fun time! But that was only the first half of the visit! Talk about a lot of excitement in one day!!! Come back next week for part deux!!! Thank you Deb for hosting and thank you treasured reader for for stopping by Pegasus-in-Paradise-land!!!