Our Animals

Poppy's is more than a yarn shop, of course, offering books, alpaca products, jewelry, gifts and vintage gifts along with our locally produced yarns and spinning fibers. The shop is located at the edge of the family farm and there has always been a tradition of keeping animals for food, companionship and fiber for producing clothing. Currently we keep a flock of 20+ hens and their protective rooster, two milk goats, two German Angoras, two dogs, and two cats.

The Chickens:

Our mixed flock of Buff Orpingtons, Barred Rocks and Easter Eggers produce nice quantities of healthy fresh eggs. The girls get lots of time outside the pen and a healthy diet that isn't contaminated with sprays or chemicals. The resident rooster, Roo-fus, is very protective of his harem.

The Goats:

We have two friendly goat girls that also live on the farm and help with the massive job of keeping the weeds and briers in check. Clara and her mother, Rose, the white one, also get lots of exercise in the mornings and evenings running around the farm and choosing their favorite weeds to nibble.

The German Angora Rabbits:

I started with German Angora rabbits in 1998, and at one point I had a herd of 30 rabbits here on the farm. Due to having to take care of my father and some other issues, I let the herd dwindle and finally had to let the few remaining rabbits go a few years ago. Thanks to Chris at Woolybuns in Connecticut, I have two fine fiber producing fellows that I hope to be moving to the farm in the next couple of months. Poppy and Sullivan are sheared every 90 days and I use the soft angora they produce in my hand spun yarn creations.

The Dogs:

Knightley, the black tri Australian Shepherd, is my hearing aid dog and I don't know how I ever survived without him. He is trained to alert me when my phone rings, when cars come up behind me when we are walking, to wake me when the alarm goes off in the mornings, and he performs numerous tasks throughout the day to help me cope with advancing deafness.

Emma, the gray dog pictured, is a Norwegian Elkhound and I call her my party girl. She came from a kill shelter in Southwest Virginia and I will never understand how she wound up in such a situation. She is such a gentle, sweet-natured little dog. The wonderful volunteers at the shelter, in Wythe County, work very hard to place all the dogs that arrive at their shelter and Emma was one of the dogs I saw promoted by them. She adores people and loves to visit with anyone that will give her attention!

Poppy's, 10 Concord Road, Meadows of Dan, VA 24120 Hours: 9 AM to 5 PM Thursday through Monday.