OK. Please don't shoot me. I researched getting a pygmy goat as a pet for about a year. I am doing OK, but I want to be a better owner. My goat was born in March 2004 and I have had him since he was a week old. He was gelded at 2 weeks old. He is only a family pet (along with my three dogs). His only duty for us is as a companion. My skills as an owner are lacking in the hoof and horn care area. His hooves and horns are not bad right now, but I don't want them to get that way. He is housetrained enough (combined with our knowing his bowel/bladder habits) that he comes in the house each day and stays in at night if the weather is too bad (I am such a softie). He has a dog house outside with a door and infrared light as well, for heat. If anyone would be so kind I would appreciate advice on feed as well. Right now, we use a goat feed from the local farmers association (19% protein) 50% and 50% sweet feed. I purchased a bowl set from Wal-Mart for dogs. It has a stainless bowl insert on one side and uses a 2-litre bottle to provide fresh water on the other. I give him one fresh bowl of food each day (he doesn't always finish, but I understood goats to have need for fresh clean food each day, so that is what I do) and I refresh the water no less than every two days. He recently survived a bout of encephalitis. The vet could not believe he survived, as he was so sick, but we gave it a try and I guess beat the odds. He isn't head butting everybody's shins any more, but other than that and a slight decrease in confidence with jumping on furniture, he seems to be mostly back to normal. He isn't off the steroids and antibiotics yet, but, hopefully, by the end of the week, that will be complete as well. Anyhow, I was looking for any advice, since I would much rather be proactive than reactive. I have worked in animal rescue (dogs) and do not typically condone people getting a pet if they are completely ignorant about care, but I also don't think you will know everything you need to know until after you get the pet and have them for a while. I am just looking to expand my knowledge base to be a better owner. Thanks in advance for any help you can give... Julie G.