About Us & Our Goats

About the Author

Dr. Nana (a.k.a. Nancy Lee Mervar) lives on a small ranch in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains near Lyons, CO, with her husband, goats, golden retrievers, and cats. She has now published two award winning children’s realistic fiction books about goats.

Dr. Nana is a retired teacher and principal.  She has always loved books, animals and farm life, and teaching. She was raised on a small fruit farm near Lyons, NY, where she spent her childhood outdoors in the woods and fields. All kinds of animals were an important part of that life - chickens, ducks, dogs, cats, pigs, cows, sheep and even one little black goat. Her family participated in 4-H activities and she continues to support this opportunity for youngsters to learn about animals and rural life.

Dr. Nana's professional life included working with children with special learning needs and their families.  She also enjoyed classroom teaching, and administrative roles in both regular and special education. After retiring, Dr. Nana once again found the time to enjoy animals and rural life, and realized her dream of writing children's books.

About the Illustrator:

Lori Kiplinger Pandy is an internationally published children’s book illustrator and avid animal lover. She captures the warmth and vitality of animals in her characters.

Currently, Lori paints and sculpts from her studio at the foothills of the Rockies of Northern Colorado. She is lucky to share her life with a wonderful husband, a lovely daughter, a goofy dog and a fox-chasing cat.

To learn more about the illustrator, visit www.kiplingerpandy.com.

About the Goats:

Dr. Nana and her husband raise Boer goats. Most often Boer goats are raised for meat, but on the Indian Gap Goat Ranch the goats are used for fire mitigation. The goats eat weeds and bushes making the area less prone to wild fires. Usually there are 16 to 20 goats living on the ranch. They are very affectionate, and visitors are surprised to find how friendly and funny goats are.

To see a video of the goats, click here.

To see a photo gallery of the goats, click here.