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Economy's downturn hard on the voiceless creatures too



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October 03, 2007
Government shutdown, striking union workers, foreclosed houses...sure the signs are there that life in Michigan isn't easy. But it isn't until someone dumps a goat off at your farm that you realize an economic turndown hits everyone in a unique way.

The billy was obviously well fed but tame enough that he didn't just wander away from his home. He walked toward the barn from the road, much to the dismay of the dog and cats. Neither had ever seen this type of creature.

Abby, the good guard dog that she is, tried to lay down between me and goat. Meanwhile I tripped over her in my attempt to nab the goat's collar.

The tom cat had to wander over to check out the commotion while the rest of the barn cats scattered.

The steers got a little nervous too. They'd never heard a goat's plaintive bleating before and they started running circuits between the barn and barn yard.

My cows had to get a glimpse of the party crasher too and just stared from the pasture fence.

Meanwhile he followed us around but evaded all attempts at being corralled, even skipping out of Tim's makeshift lasso. After a few phone calls, Andrew found him a home.

Only days later, a precious puppy ended up at the neighbors. Duane watched as she was pushed out of a car and left on the side of the road. She came running to the tractor when he stopped and now Polly is learning how to be a barn dog on a dairy farm.

Maybe economics didn't factor into her abandonment but it's pretty obvious that we'll all be forced to make decisions on how we spend our time and money in the near future...something that we might've never given a second thought to.

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