âI know there are stereotypes: They eat cans and smell bad,â said William Kowalik, a representative of the American Goat Society. âThatâs not true. They are very much like dogs. They are great pets. The goats know what kind of mood you are in. They can get a person to open up.â
Angela Bailey lives a 20-minute drive from St. Paul. A friend suggested she get a goat, saying their milk was easy to digest. In May, Ms. Baileyâs husband gave her two kids for her birthday. âThey wag their tails when they are happy,â she said. â They like to be scratched and petted, and they love to be around all of us.â Equally appealing, she said, âtheir poop does not stink.â
Ms. Baileyâs city friends werenât as thrilled. âIt felt like they were rolling their eyes a little,â she said. Her six children, though, have warmed up to the goats, especially her girls. âThereâs a lot of hugging going on,â she said.
Goats have a defined social caste, despite their laid back goofiness. âEveryone has their own spot,â said Mr. Kowalik, who has goats and lives in San Antonio. âThey learn the order, and if you donât follow it, they will pout.â If a goat sniffs another goatâs food, âtheyâll walk off and refuse to eat,â he said. âIf a piece of watermelon touches the ground, they wonât eat it. They also get into: âThatâs not my…