Pet Profiles: Lisa Lovett, Pip and Dot

The Holderness woman and her goats are the perfect trio

“They’re just so cute!”

Lisa Lovett grins when discussing her two Nigerian dwarf goats. Pip and Dot win hearts every day, whether via a trip to Lovett’s dad’s house up the road (“they stand on his stone wall”), a classroom visit at Holderness Central School or a day on the campaign trail for their favorite candidate. You can recognize Lovett’s 11-year-old car-turned-farm-vehicle by the hay bale in the back seat.

Lovett brought the goats home to eat poison ivy, which they do — along with hostas and forsythia. She stripped the bathroom of everything chewable and put no-slip tape on the back of the toilet where Pip and Dot like to stand. The goats jump, play and vocalize — everything from “AAAH!” to “eh.” (Lovett does a great impression.) She calls them with her own distinct, “Boop! Boop!”

Pip and Dot will soon have private digs outside, designed not to “look like Gilligan’s Island.” Even when they move out, they will still be Lovett’s kids. “You seriously start thinking about clothes for them,” she says. “I bought them these little necklaces with sparkles and whatnot on them. We’ll use that for their Christmas pictures.”

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