On the Road and In Your Backyard

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Today, pictures from valued commenter J R in WV.

These are some wildlife (not really) photos of critters on a neighbor’s farm.

Taken on 2019-04-04 00:00:00

Jim and Anita’s goat farm

Jim and Anita have raised dairy goats for years while both working full time. They’re retired now and spend time making fabulous cheese…and feeding 3 gallons of freshly milked whole goat milk to these 9 puppies.

They also go to music events, hike, backpack and attend neighborhood gatherings, picnics, parties, etc.

Taken on 2019-04-04 00:00:00

Jim and Anita’s goat farm

When we drove up, Jim and Anita were hiking up in their woods, and the puppies were asleep waiting for them to get back. These are the sleeping puppies in two piles. These guys are 5 or 6 weeks old in these photos. We really should go see them again.

Taken on 2019-04-04 00:00:00

Jim and Anita’s goat farm

This is a real farm, and these guys help keep the bugs down and scream if they’re disturbed.

Jim and Anita’s goat farm

Just what it says, this is the backyard of the farm, with tools laying around, free range chickens and puppies.

A puppy. That is all.


Thank you so much J R in WV, do send us more when you can.


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8 replies
  1. 1
    Mary G says:

    Puppies are wonderful, thanks JR. Are you thinking of adopting one?

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    p.a. says:

    Really nice. From my free range egg source I’ve noticed a definite difference (improvement) in quality as the weather improves and the clucks eat nature’s bounty.

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    JPL says:


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    Mel says:

    Guinea Fowl!! Great alarm birds.

    Or as my grandfather called them, “How I know you tried to sneak in after curfew”.

    Those puppies are adorable.

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    Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho says:

    PUPPIES!! And Guineas, the loudest free range alarm system known to man. Add some long ears and any intruder short of the US Marine Corps will be frightened away, and the Marines will be surprised af, though they won’t be deterred, of course.

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    J R in WV says:

    We do intend to adopt a puppy and mom both, but it hasn’t happened quite yet. We lost out elder dog, Happy, late last January, and surviving younger dog misses her as much as we do. Even tho there are neighbor dogs to run and play with, it’s not the same as going to bed with your buddy.

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    J R in WV says:

    There is a bit of Great Pyrenees in these puppies, either grandfather or great grandfather, so they may get big. 9 puppies, mom only has 8 teats, fortunately they seem to like and thrive on 3 gallons of goat milk daily! We put dibs on the largest pup when we visited them.

    Mom is a local dog who looks a little bit like a Kelpie cattle dog. It is a rural area, so no telling where the blood strains of the local strays came from.

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    Origuy says:

    A goat farm and no goat pix? Inconceivable! Even so, PUPPEHS!

    Note to frontpagers: I’m changing the email address I use here. My Yahoo email never came up in the options. It’s not like I get a lot of spam from Balloon Juice anyway. ETA: I expected this to go into moderation, but it didn’t.

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