DOES Kaylene Dart have four kids (three sons and a goat) or three dogs (two Labradors and a goat)?
The answer really depends on how you see Gerdy — the goat which thinks she’s a little bit human and a big bit dog.
Either way, there’s no doubt the Dennington chef always turns heads when she’s out walking her dogs (and her goat).
The 10-month-old came to live with Ms Dart at Christmas when her son turned up with the tiny month-old feral goat he found in South Australia.
Since then Gerdy has become an integral part of Ms Dart’s four-legged family, which also includes Jerry, a 1000kg steer which was bound for the freezer eight years ago but never quite made it, and two cats.
“The goat doesn’t realise she’s a goat,’’ Ms Dart said this week after returning from her daily walk with Gerdy and her canine companions Chucky and Jess along Station Street in Dennington.
“The goat thinks she’s a dog.’
“She wouldn’t know what a goat was.
“We walk together — the goat goes everywhere with the dogs.
“Even when the dogs nick off, the goat goes with them.
“People think I’m strange.
“People just sort of walk past and go ‘is that a goat?’ and I go ‘she thinks she’s a dog’.’’
Ms Dart hand-raised Gerdy, bottle-feeding her rambunctious little bundle of joy, letting her sleep inside until she outgrew the neighbourhood foxes and even trained her to go to the toilet outside.
She said her dogs quickly bonded with Gerdy.
“She was so much of a baby — she was tiny,’’ Ms Dart said.
“She’s stopped coming inside now but when I got her we had really bad foxes and she lived inside for a month so she’s house-trained.’