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?