Jan 4, 2012 12:10 PM by Bill Halter (KSBY)
Several weeks ago, KSBY News in Santa Barbara, CA, showed video of "Goatee" the surfing goat catching some waves with her owner Dana McGregor on Grover Beach.
The KSBY footage was picked up and featured on the Today Show, Huffington Post, and multiple other media outlets around the world. I went to McGregor's house in Pismo Beach to see if Goatee has changed since becoming famous.
Goatee lives in McGregor's back yard and is full of personality. McGregor bought the goat five months ago to help with yard work: "The main reason I got Goatee was to clean up the property with the weeds and the poison oak." Goatee pulled her weight with the landscaping job, helping McGregor clear the weeds and that was going to be it for Goatee.
On McGregor's 33rd birthday, when the ocean was calm, he placed Goatee on a surfboard and after about 30 minutes of trying, Goatee was able to stay up on the board and ride a wave to shore. After the footage aired on KSBY, McGregor says Goatee started getting recognized locally and now with so many other sites showing the video, Goatee has gone international.
"I just think it's all hilarious. It's just funny. Going with her everywhere and friends calling me up everywhere and just going, your goat's famous," says McGregor, who also points out the fame hasn't changed his goat. "You know it hasn't gotten to her head yet. She doesn't even know it and that's probably a good thing."
And now, Goatee is featured in a video (set to a Dionne Warwick tune) to raise awareness for Flo Soccer Ministries, which organizes soccer camps for kids (of the human variety). The video not only features Goatee surfing, but also being chauffeured around town behind a bike, frolicking on the beach, and enjoying some apples.
Here's the video:
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