As many of you know, I've got a goat problem. When I emerge from the shelter of the giant hedges that line my front yard, I gaze into the empty blankness of a goat's eyes. A former resident of the house two doors down, these days he makes his home within the confines of the fence directly in front of my house. I've concluded that my neighbors must be starting some sort of pilot goat cooperative on our street. It should be a real boon for home sales in this area. He spends his days eating grass, kudzu, weeds, magnolia leaves and azaleas. I often catch him standing on his back legs like a giraffe, gnawing on a branch 5 feet in the air. Seeing a dead-behind-the-eyes goat in this position five feet from your front yard is a more sight disconcerting than one might think.
I live in the city limits and, as such, have always assumed that when the time comes to put my house on the market, I could call animal control or some other organization and get him removed. Surely there is some sort of rule against having a farm animal within the city limits, right? Wrong! The municipal codes of our fair city dictate that all farm animals, with the exception of swine, are permitted but must be contained within the city limits. Other than that, it's a free for all where farm animals are concerned. I've got three options here:
- Accept the presence of the goat and use him somehow as a marketing tool when I put the house on the market. Here's what I have in mind: "No need to worry about your neighbor's neglecting their lawn on this street, the goat takes care of that for you! Twice a month, he will visit your house and trim your grass and eat all of your bushes at no charge to you!" Any takers?
- Embrace the new petting zoo vibe of my neighborhood and get a goat or two, a sheep, some chickens, a pony and an Alpaca and open up a small petting zoo. I can then market the house as a residence/small business.
- Enlist the help of some of my hunter friends and conduct a covert op under the cover of night. Invite all of the neighbors over for a barbeque that weekend and serve some delicious mystery kabobs.
What would you do?