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August 28, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Federal Way girl wants to classify pygmy goats as pets

Be a good neighbor

12-year-old Ava Anissipour with her two goats that live inside their Federal Way home.  Ava and her mom, Kelly Anissipour, want to keep the two pygmy goats despite the objection of neighbors. [Steve Ringman, The Seattle Times.]

12-year-old Ava Anissipour with her two goats that live inside their Federal Way home. Ava and her mom, Kelly Anissipour, want to keep the two pygmy goats despite the objection of neighbors. [Steve Ringman, The Seattle Times.]

We live in a major metropolitan area, and I am always puzzled by folks who want to pretend they live on a farm. [“Just your average household pet?” page one, Aug. 26.]

It’s one thing to grow a few vegetables, although the proliferation of abandoned parking strip planters seems to denote the passing of that fad.

However, goats, chickens, and pigs? You cannot have your cake, and eat it too.

While my heart goes out to the young woman who found comfort after her grandfather’s death by keeping goats, perhaps a more appropriate pet could have been selected or the money put toward grief counseling.

In addition, her own mother’s suffering from allergic reactions to the goats doesn’t concern her, apparently. This self-centeredness seems to be playing out in the family’s interaction with their neighbors.

When we live very close to one another, we have to realize that being a good neighbor is part of the responsibility of living in the city.

Toni Cross, Seattle

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