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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Our first alpaca, Sofia

A few months after getting Papa settled in, we were ready for our first alpaca. Sofia joined us and here and Papa were fast friends. (after all the spitting was done)

Sofia has an interesting background, her sire is the Bay Black Suri Milagro son of Mahogany Prince. So we are hoping that she will breed color when paired with the right sire.

Friday, July 19, 2013

It all started with the Drama Llama!

Rob coaxing Papa up to the paddock

Rob coaxing Papa up to the paddock

After a full year of getting settled into the new property, I had convinced Michael we could handle some camelids. Out here we have coyotes and other predators, so we needed to start with a guard llama to protect our herd. In July the opportunity presented itself to get a young llama that was 4 years old. We went a nearby ranch to visit him and decided he would make a great addition to the ranch.

We had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. Papa the Drama Llama arrived and we found out very quickly just how stubborn a llama can be. The previous owner was not able to drive the trailer up to the paddock, so he dropped him off and we were left with the task of walking a suspicious llama up the hill.

We tried treats. We pushed. We pulled. Our new stubborn llama was not going to have it. Have you ever tried to push a llama up a hill that has all four feet firmly planted into the ground? Several hours later we finally got him to his new home.

He has warmed up to us a little, well as much as llama warms up. Now Patron (Papa) is the ever vigilant protector of the herd. Always listening, always watching and always the first check out what is going on.

But he will always be our Drama Llama!

Patron (Papa)

Patron (Papa)