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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

how to keep a goat from eating your front door

Hello again. It is Phelan's mom again. She wanted me to tell you a few of my homesteading stories. So, I thought I would start out with "How to keep a goat from eating your front door".

You see I had this goat named "Gloria". As goat go she was, well, she was a goat. Really just a goat. White, hairy & rude.

Anyways, she of course, like all goats ate everything. My husband was working on the tractor one time & Gloria ate the bolts & drank the oil he had drained. I found her standing in the motor of my car once when I'd gone into the house to get oil. She was, well should I say, "a goat."

She was forever eating at my front door. I'm not saying she was standing at my front door eating her oats. She was standing at my front door EATING MY DOOR!!!!!

I watched as my door slowly started to disappear. I whacked her, I temped her with other goodies, but to no avail. Finally, I came up with the answer to all goat eating problems.

Habenero peppers. Yes, Habernero peppers. I took the pepper & smeared it along her favorite eating area and waited. When Gloria, in all her goat glory, came to chow down on my door, she got a surprise. Her lips curled, she showed her teeth, she made a strange noise, and she left my door. Never to visit it again. DOOR SAVED.

Now, you can't swab habernero juice on everything. But, for a door it as just the sweet taste that can bring a goat owner joy.

Tomorrow, I will tell you why Phelan is so weird.

10 comments:

alrescate said...

I'm surprised the peppers worked! You made me chuckle though.

Phelan is weird? *grin*

Atenea-Nike said...

I discovered the same remedy when trying to keep my pet bunny from gnawing the kitchen's door at the rental flat where I lived.

I can't wait to learn why Phelan is so weird :))

CeCe said...

A good thing to know. Can't wait until tomorrow!

abbagirl74 said...

Well, I am having difficulties with my computer as well. Same thing as she is having. Mine comes and goes. I am sure it will go kapoot in a couple of days. Tell her I'm back from NYC and I can't wait for Halloween!

Anita said...

Haha! How funny...
Can't wait for tomorrow's story!! :)

Wren said...

Great story!!!

Um, Phelan isn't weird!! If she's weird, then I'm in deep trouble!!! ;-)

It's a pleasure to "meet" you. It's nice to get a chance to "meet" her mom!!

Tim Appleton (Applehead) said...

define weird....

elia said...

My parents tried roughly the same thing - the hot pepper smear - on my brother when he was a toddler, to try to break him from thumb-sucking (not door eating, thankfully). Rather than convincing him to kick the habit, they discovered that my brother likes, really likes, hot and spicy foods. 28 years later he still does. Glad it worked for the goat, though!

farmgirl susan said...

What a great post. The thought of Gloria standing there, looking full and happy after chomping on some bolts and slurping up some oil is hysterical. (I can't believe they didn't kill her!) And the door story is just too much. Thanks for the smile--and the reminder of why I keep sheep and not goats! : )

Stephanie said...

Oh my goodness! Great story!

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