In June 2017, the proprietors of the Sunflower Farm Creamery in Cumberland, Maine brought home an adorable Saint Bernard puppy named Frances, who trotted around the yard and into barn to really try to win over the hearts of the resident goats of the farm. Being that Frances is deaf, she was unable to hear the braying of the goats, but was quickly able to read the hircine body language. While all the goats were curious, only one named Mildred stuck around a bit longer to see what this lumbering pup was all about. The two eventually became friends.
The goats are very interested in figuring out what she is and so far Mildred the 8 week old goat kid is most interested in befriending her. Turns out they were both born on the same day! (April 24!) Mildred had a rough start and grew up inside for her first two weeks sandwiched between our Pug Rex (who recently died) and a heater on his dog bed, so it is no surprise that she is the least suspicious of the pup.
Mildred didn’t even seem to mind when Frances tried to edge in on her feeding time.
Yet, two months later in August, a growing Frances went into the barn again with a bit more confidence, only to be physically rebuffed by her new friend.
Mildred our Nigerian Dwarf Goat kid spent her first two weeks of life inside the house because we were not sure she was going to make it. …Now she is about 4 months old and becoming boss of the barn. While we unloaded this year’s hay, Mildred and her goat friend Rhubarb, worked on some subtle manners lessons for Frances the new farm pup…