Portland, Oregon Ed Arcement and his wife Nancy love cheese. Indeed, their mutual enthusiasm for this processed food is why, in 2005, they chose to attend a national goat show in Spokane, Washington. They found themselves suddenly bidding on a particular goat, and as Ed explains during the interview, the bidding kept going up, and Nancy kept matching it. Before they knew it, they had won the bid at (about) $1100. "Variety" their first goat, was theirs!
Having goats within the city limits also carries with it some additional risks that requires special vigilance. A few years back, the Arcement's goats were attacked by a stray German Shephard that got inside the fence, and within minutes, seriously wounded 4 of their goats, one of whom subsequently died. As a result, they lock their goats into three separate pens at night, and have a 24/7 baby monitor that alerts them to any problems with intruders.
Regarding, living day in, and day out with his goats, "If I would have known 40 years ago what I know now, I would have done it 40 years ago. It's something that you find out that you really love doing it, and you just want to continue forever," says Ed Arcement.