WASHOUGAL — Brett Wilson will leave a wreck.
“I’m most likely the one person who has defiled a workplace and had people appreciate it,” explained Wilson, 46, of Washougal.
It is not Wilson doing into this defiling, technically. It is Om Nom or even Nibbles, his fellow dwarf goats, who endure about 2 1/2 feet tall and weigh between 30 and 40 pounds.
In September he started Goatgrams a flower delivery service where Wilson will hand-pick flowers from his farm and then send them anywhere in the Portland-Vancouver area along with Om Nom along with Nibbles, who will even eat the fragrance of blossoms, kale and lettuce.
“I knew people would love to find goats eat flowers,” he explained. “They’re amazingly adorable and playful.”
Before this month, Wilson packed Om Nom and Nibbles into his Honda Element to get a delivery into Portland’s Dennison Capen Group Realty, at which some colleagues ordered a Goatgram to get Megan Winnerling. The colleagues met Wilson out and hid him behind a wall in the courtyard. Among Winnerling’s colleagues held the bouquet and handed it to her since she walked out. She was unsure what exactly was happening, and then Wilson, Om Nom and Nibbles appeared out.
Winnerling shrieked, jumped up and down and excitedly yelled out, “I watch a lot of goat videos.” She crouched down to feed and pet the goats.
Beth Hergert, her colleague who purchased that the Goatgram, got the idea after seeing it featured on a few of the local TV stations. She understood it was a good gift because Winnerling regularly shares goat videos with her on Instagram.
Wilson said he’s accustomed to the screaming when people notice that the goats, that is not always instantaneous.
“It is so absurd that your brain filters it out,” he explained.
Once people see that the goats, they overlook that he’s standing in their office or in their door. On a different order the exact same evening, Wilson delivered flowers to Ginny Garcia-Alexander along with Tyler Alexander in Portland. After Garcia-Alexander found the goats, she kneeled down to pet them Wilson explained that the flowers are safe for them to consume.
“I’m sorry, but I didn’t hear anything that you stated,” she informed Wilson while not looking up from Om Nom and Nibbles.
Once she snapped from this goat trance, she explained her mom has been promising a big, early Christmas gift, and that Garcia-Alexander had to be home for this. After her mom, who lives in Texas, kept building up it, Garcia-Alexander said she hoped it’d have something to do with goats, however she was still shocked when Wilson revealed.
Garcia-Alexander and Alexander sat facing their home petting the goats and watching in amusement as Om Nom and Nibbles discounted their blossom and blossom on the front yard.
Wilson stated Goatgrams is his full-time occupation now. He limits deliveries to five days a week and limits it two deliveries a day so as not to hamper the goats.
“You wish to be certain that the goats are comfy and like it,” he explained. “There is nothing worse than visiting a petting zoo someplace and watching these creatures that appear miserable.”
At both deliveries, the hens were playful and thrived with continuous attention. Both Om Nom and Nibbles enjoy the car, also, Wilson explained. They prefer to look outside the windows, that are tinted, so other motorists don’t look over and see some goats staring back at them. One issue, though, is that they either use the car for a toilet.
“It sounds like a pachinko parlor back,” Wilson explained. “I’ve got goat turds rolling around the car. I really don’t think that it’ll have much resale value.”
He has had the goats for approximately a year. He and his wife reside on roughly an acre in Washougal. They possess the goats, along with 15 chickens, about 10 ducks, two trademarks, five rabbits, six lizards, two tortoises, a frog and a tarantula.
Long before he started Goatgrams, Wilson worked odd jobs and brought reptiles to schools to get interactive assemblies.
“I have just been the goat guy for a season,” he explained. “I have been the lizard guy for 26 years.”
He also tried to do a similar program with critters, but having birds fly around a gym or classroom riled up the children a little too much.
“I couldn’t allow it to be safe for the critters,” Wilson explained. “Children are kind of creatures.”
Goatgrams took off fairly fast, Wilson explained. He put about $100 into marketing on Facebook and has since depended on word of mouth since that time. Now he’s booked up around a few out. Wilson stated he intends on taking some time away or slowing down on the summer, therefore the goats may enjoy the hot weather. He also said he’s going to raise the prices, since it is doing so well. Goatgrams price $100 this year, and that he said that he would raise this to $125 in 2018, but he hasn’t decided on the final cost. Anybody interested in learning more can go to shrinkrayfarms.com/goatgram.
One reason Wilson thinks Goatgrams has removed is due to the boldness of displaying up someplace with just two goats.
“I take part in providing these folks a moment,” he explained. “It’s a grand gesture.”