Stopping by the new neighbors always seems to bowl Casey over.
Just three or four blocks away from our house is a veritable mini-farm, a well-maintained yard enclosure containing chickens, goats, rabbit and gerbil hutches – and I’m sure I’m leaving a species out. These little guys appear to be pygmy goats and come running whenever Casey comes near the fence line. He's got to think they're the homeliest dogs ever.
In case you’re wondering, there are no ordinances against keeping and raising farm animals in the city limits of Bellingham, as long as they are properly fed and enclosed. In fact, this same urban farming practice is allowed in larger cities like Seattle, which imposes a restriction of eight chickens, properly enclosed.
Concerns though about predators - like foxes, coyotes, raptors - limit these barnyard animals’ roaming to daylight hours. It wouldn't take any time at all for one of them to become an entree.