Thank you, Grandfather.

We just had a visit from our first ever Animal Welfare Officer, and what a great experience it was!  Officer Hanson kindly introduced herself and stated the reason for her appearance in our driveway…she’d had a complaint called in about “a rooster and some goats.”  We’ve never had a complaint before.


At her request, I showed her the goats…quietly eating alfalfa to their heart’s content.  The chickens were scratching in the mulch, looking healthy and happy.  The rooster crowed.  Flash (the 10 month old puppy) jumped and barked from her running line while big Montanya lazed in the shade in the goat pen.

We chatted while we ascended the stairs back to her truck, she checked licensing and rabies shot status for the dogs on her computer and made the following conclusions:

1.  We need to get rid of the rooster.

2.  The goats are grandfathered in, so they are no problem.

3.  Every animal looks happy and healthy.

4.  We need to submit Flash’s proof of rabies within 30 days.  (I couldn’t locate it while she was here.)

And, that was it!

Painless and actually rather enjoyable!  A Very Friendly Lady.


Thanks Officer Hanson for your exemplary handling of your call here to our farm.

–  The Goat Cheese Lady

P.S.  Anyone coming over for rooster soup tonight?


About The Goat Cheese Lady

I am Lindsey. At first I was a city girl. Growing up, the closest thing I had to farm animals were a cat and a cockatiel. In 2009, Herbert (my husband) and I bought our first milk goat and I instantly became an urban farmgirl, attempting to balance city and farm life..before I knew “urban homesteading” was a thing. That’s when we began The Goat Cheese Lady Farm, hence The Goat Cheese Lady blog you’re visiting now. After moving to the country in 2014, I embarked on life as a rural farmgirl. We continued teaching farm and cheesemaking classes, raising more goats and began construction on our cheese creamery. But life had other plans and in 2017, we decided that, due to financial and health issues, we had to close the farm for business. No more classes, no more creamery, a lot less milking. We went back to off farm jobs, I as an Occupational Therapist, Herbert in construction with his business, D&A Home Remodeling. At that point, I made a silent promise to myself that I would corral my entrepreneurial mind and focus on a job for a year. Well, it has been a year and I am back. Not to classes, cheese, soap or lotion, but back to writing. I love it. I’m not sure where it will lead me, but that’s where I’m starting. I’ll continue to write as The Goat Cheese Lady for now, and whatever the future holds, I’ll let you know. Our two boys are 14 and 11 and continue to be louder than my sister and I ever were. We have two dogs, Montaña and Flash, a cat, Jumpy, a flock of chickens and three goats. Yes, we still have Lucy, the goat who helped us start it all and was milked by over 1,000 people. She’s retired but still the boss. Chocolate provides enough milk for our family with some to spare for the dogs. Soccer friends, school friends, coyotes and mice are frequent visitors. There are way too many flies and every so often we see an owl. I’m glad you’re here. Sometimes you’ll laugh out loud, other times you’ll be inspired to appreciate the small things. My hope is that, over your morning cup of coffee or your afternoon work break, you’ll enjoy the antics and inspiration that are my daily life. Lindsey
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1 Response to Thank you, Grandfather.

  1. Clara Lander says:

    It seems rather strange that NOW someone doesn’t like your rooster and goats. The law didn’t tell you who made the complaint? I’m in Steamboat Springs for a few days…no cat to wake me up, no dogs to bark at the strange noises, too quiet. I am catching up on some paper work. Tomorrow I’ll play tourist.

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