You could say two of the Winnipeg Jets’ newest honorary members are the GOAT.
That’s because they actually are, well, goats.
Winnipeg Jets centre Mark Scheifele recently adopted two pet goats and named the little ones after NFL quarterback Tom Brady and golf star Tiger Woods, two athletes known as the GOAT (or “greatest of all time”) in their own sports.
Scheifele says he has been a goat owner for just over a month, and that the new additions are getting along famously with his dog, Oliver.
“Them and Oliver are becoming best buddies,” he said following practice Monday, as reported by NHL.com.
Scheifele brought Tom and Tiger to that practice, he said — which not everyone was happy about.
“They’re fun little guys. They’re energetic. They’re pretty fun to hang out with so I brought them to the rink the other day. They were buzzing around on the ice so it was pretty cool to see that,” he said.
“I don’t think the trainers were too happy because they kind of pooped everywhere.”
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If you’re wondering whether a goat might make a good pet for you, Louise May at Aurora Farm says they’re great companions — but you need to put some time and research into how to care for them properly.
“It’s really important to know what you’re doing. You can’t just have a goat and not understand and not know what you’re doing with goats,” she said.
May has about a dozen goats on her farm, just south of Winnipeg’s perimeter. She now milks them, but says she first got them as pets.
“There’s all kinds of interesting things about goats, so many things. But they are wonderful pets,” she said.
“The thing about goats is they have personalities, individual personalities.… They’re not like any other herd, in a way.”
For those interested in learning more, May offers a three-day course on how to care for dairy goats. The next class starts on June 4, and registration is open on the Aurora Farm website.
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