For most people, the image of a goat
strolling around the back yard may
seem strange. For residents in
Sunburst Farms, it’s an everyday
The neighborhood, just west of
McClintock between Elliot and Warner
roads, is home to more than just
goats. Llamas, emus, horses, sheep,
carrier pigeons and peacocks are
and Marge Zajdzinski, owners
of a pair of goats named Rosie and
Buddy, say the neighborhood is
accepting of almost any kind of pet.
One exception, they note: pigs.
According to Vince, the goats have a
calming effect on neighborhood
horses and are friendly with
neighbors. Sometimes children from
nearby Waggoner Elementary School
stop by to visit Rosie and Buddy on
their way home.
The care and feeding of goats is a
relatively uncomplicated matter,
according to the Zajdzinskis.
“We sometimes refer to them as our
recycling pets,” Marge said, noting
a diet of leftover meal scraps and
Until their son Steven asked for a
goat 12 years ago, the Zajdzinskis
never had raised a hoofed animal,
they said. They purchased their
first goat, “Mike,” and shortly
afterward received “Rosie” as a gift
from a neighbor.
After Mike died, Buddy was found
wandering around the neighborhood
and was never claimed by neighbors,
who may have been raising him for
food, the Zajdzinskis said.
Not only are the goats great around
children, says the family; they’re
also quite playful.
“Sometimes at night we can hear them
playing and butting heads,” Marge
With ranch-size lots and no
homeowner association, who’s to
Anyone interested in owning an
animal such as a goat should request
information from a local 4-H or
Future Farmers of America Club. A
list of 4-H and FFA clubs is
available by calling Maricopa County
Cooperative Extension at (602)
One final note: The Zajdzinskis say
they plan to move from their present
home in the near future and hope to
find a good home for their amiable