Helpful Tiny Goat Assists Large Clydesdale Horse to Escape

buddy and lancelot clydesdale and goat

This is my feel good post for the day. There’s no dog in it, but there is a dwarf goat named Lancelot and a giant horse named Budweiser, or Buddy for short. The story has a happy ending. Enjoy!

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SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — A dwarf billy goat gave new meaning to the word “scapegoat” when he busted out a surprisingly slippery Clydesdale that went on the lam in California for several days.

The nearly 1-ton horse named Budweiser, who goes by “Buddy,” was safely wrangled back into his pen Sunday in the Santa Cruz Mountains on California’s Central Coast.

The goat named Lancelot knows how to butt open the stable gate, and did just that Wednesday, letting his best friend escape, owner Tamara Schmitz told the Santa Cruz Sentinel newspaper.

Another Clydesdale, Harry, also fled and was nabbed in a meadow the next day. But Buddy is more wary and wily, Schmitz said.

“Buddy’s very elusive,” she said. “He’s not like other horses. He’s not attracted by meadows and other horses. He can stay hidden.”

That made him very hard to find. He eluded volunteers from around the Santa Cruz area for five days, with evidence like tracks and loud snorts suggesting he was as far as 3 miles away.

The owners even trotted out Lancelot and Harry to try to lure back Buddy, but he didn’t fall for it. They just hoped the horse would stay away from Highway 17, a busy and dangerous road running through the area.

A pair of searchers on horseback finally found Buddy hiding amid manzanita shrubs Sunday.

“When we got him back in the pen, he was particularly frisky and playful and happy,” Schmitz said. “I think he was glad to be back.”

There’s no place like home, eh Buddy?

9 thoughts on “Helpful Tiny Goat Assists Large Clydesdale Horse to Escape

  1. “The goat named Lancelot knows how to butt open the stable gate, and did just that Wednesday, letting his best friend escape, owner Tamara Schmitz told the Santa Cruz Sentinel newspaper.”

    Tamara must be dumber than her own goat. She knows the goat can butt open the gate but does noting about it? She should thus be charged with negligence, public nuisance etc. Maybe she should be locked up instead of her animals.

    • Spending an hour a day with 40 dogs every day, I can attest to how tricky Animals can be. You have to watch them every second or they will pull an escape on you. Some of the dogs can jump over six foot high fences. Unbelievable to see them do it. Others can climb over a fence. Others can dig under. I guess they think they’r in prison and they want to get out of the Big House.

    • I don’t believe you said that. You don’t live there and have no clue what their property looks like or how they care for their animals. No matter how sophisticated and secure a pen or yard is, animals can and do escape.

      Maybe YOU should be locked up instead of commenting here.

      • Be nice to Robert. You should read what he wrote to Jizzle Fob or some such commenter who came on here pushing the virtues of race mixing. It was brilliant. I can’t remember which post it was on, though.

      • I’ve agreed with and praised Robert for many of his truly brilliant comments but I cannot let this sort of thing pass unremarked. I’m sure he can defend himself if so inclined.

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