The National Pygmy Goat Assn. has a predictable but unusual idea about holiday giving.
"Who needs a lap dog when you can have a pygmy goat?" said Carol Rasmussen of Sand Canyon, a member of the board of directors of the local chapter, which claims about 50 members in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys. It held a show last week in Canyon Country to promote the notion that the small goats belong under Christmas trees.
"Once you pet a pygmy goat, you will fall in love," Rasmussen said. "I have two people coming by this weekend to pick up a little goat for their children."
She said that, although the goats cost $150 to $600, they're not expensive to maintain, one bale of hay lasting two months.