MULTIMEDIA: A Goat Story

A goat named Zoe eats a special treat- a rose- inside the Tjernlund’s bedroom June 25, 2015. Kristen and her husband Donald Tjernlund operate Tjernlund Goat Farm at their home in Grand Saline. Zoe sleeps inside at night away from the rest of the herd because she was raised as a sick kid by Kristen and thinks of herself more as a pet dog than a goat.

Husband and wife Donald “TJ” and Kristen Tjernlund start their day with breakfast- and a goat- in their kitchen at their home in Grand Saline. Zoe the indoor goat will not assimilate with the herd outside and begs to come in the house to sleep. She is kicked out daily at breakfast time.

A goat named Sofia cries at the Tjernlund’s back door to be bottle-fed June 25, 2015. Kristen and her husband Donald Tjernlund operate Tjernlund Goat Farm at their home in Grand Saline. The Tjernlunds are trying to wean Sofia from her bottle, but she is persistent in asking for it every morning at sunrise. Sofia needed to be supplemented with bottle milk because her mother did not produce enough milk on her own to feed her.

Kristen Tjernlund pours milk into a bottle that her husband brought in after milking four goats in the barn. The Tjernlunds drink and eat their goat milk but freeze most of it to use in bath and body products such as soaps and lotions that they sell at local markets.

Kristen Tjernlund’s finished goat milk soap products are wrapped and ready to sell June 25, 2015. Kristen and her husband Donald Tjernlund operate Tjernlund Goat Farm at their home in Grand Saline. Kristen Tjernlund uses their goat milk to make bath and body products which she sells online and at local farmer’s markets and craft fairs.

Kristen Tjernlund puts on her safety goggles before making a batch of goat milk soap.

Kristen Tjernlund adds an essential oil to her goat milk soap.

Zoe the goat takes off in a fast dash after realizing her humans- Donald and Kristen, were heading inside for the night. Zoe begs to sleep inside the house every night.

Donald “TJ” Tjernlund milks a goat in the barn June 25, 2015. Donald and his wife Kristen Tjernlund operate Tjernlund Goat Farm at their home in Grand Saline. They have 24 goats and make goat milk bath and body products.

Zoe and the family dogs follow Donald “TJ” Tjernlund inside the house as the couple turn in for the night.

A sign on their fence warns of goats and dogs on their property.

The Tjernlunds are joined by their furry companions as they watch television on their couch in the living room.

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Donald “TJ” Tjernlund and Kristen Tjerlund operate Tjernlund Goat Farm from their home in Grand Saline, Texas. A special goat named Zoe sleeps inside the house at night. She was born a floppy baby- a condition most goats do not recover from. Zoe recovered but insists to live the good life indoors instead of joining the barnyard herd.

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Tyler Morning Telegraph

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photo story, audio slideshow