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Farm Family Adopts Odd Couple

Thanks to Dogster member Harvey Dean I have a great follow-up on yesterday's story, The Odd Couple. A couple with a farm in TN have...

Horst Hoefinger  |  May 2nd 2009


Thanks to Dogster member Harvey Dean I have a great follow-up on yesterday’s story, The Odd Couple.

A couple with a farm in TN have adopted the pair into their family, Thelma and Louise will remain BFFs.

Hope Street wasn’t surprised when she heard about Thelma and Louise, an inseparable Boer goat and a chocolate Labrador retriever that Bristol, Va., police officers found two weeks ago. That’s because she’s got a similar set of cross-species BFFs (best friends forever) – a Great Pyrenees named Sue and a Boer goat named Spring – living on her farm outside downtown Elizabethton.

And now, thanks in part to Street’s love for all animals and her husband’s desire to have an adult Lab of his own, Thelma and Louise will spend the rest of their lives in a place where their unique and special relationship is actually quite common and understood.

“They’re going to stay here ’til they croak,” Street’s husband, David Street, said Friday as he introduced Thelma and Louise to Sue, Spring and the other animals living on his farm.

Loretta Smith found Thelma and Louise on April 19 when they ran up to the porch of her Indiana Street home in Bristol to get out of the rain. Smith fed both animals but had to call authorities after Thelma ate her flowers and danced on top of her granddaughter’s Toyota.

Animal Control Officer Holly said Thelma went nuts the moment she tried taking Louise away from her. Bleating loudly, the goat chased after them and even jumped at Holly’s truck to be with Louise.

Holly relented and took Thelma and Louise to the Jones Animal Hospital together. The two shared a large pen at the hospital for 10 days until police issued their own plea for help.

Jones’ statement let the public know where Thelma and Louise were staying and expressed his department’s desire to adopt out the two animals together because of their unique bond.

The phones at Jones Animal Hospital were ringing off the hook from around the country. But the Streets were the first to get their deposits in. They took the two animals home Friday afternoon.

“We adopted the dog and got the goat for free,” David Street said of his two newest pets. “I’ve always wanted a Lab, but I didn’t want to go through the pup stage.”

The Streets and their two sons, ages 9 and 12, live on a 40-acre plot they call Link Valley Farm, where they keep 14 Boer goats, four Great Pyrenees and 14 cows.

A big thanks goes out to the Street family for adopting the unusual pair. It looks like Thelma and Louise are going to live out their lives with no more worries.

* Pic courtesy Earl Neikirk/Bristol Herald Courier