February 2nd, 2012


thoughts on alpacas (again)

So, I haven't talked to Achaosofkittens about this yet - he only got sideswiped by an e-mail cc that he probably hasn't read yet. But I'm posting because maybe someone else out there can help...

Fiber friends of mine who raise alpacas (remember my handspun shawl from Black Streaker?) sold their farm and some of their animals, and moved out of state. One of the guys who bought some of the animals has not been caring for them. He has neglected them in all ways; he let them get thin and sick. In fact, Black Streaker is dead from intestinal parasites - a solveable problem.

The previous owners heard about this and have asked for help getting five gelded males off of that farm. I talked to the lady about it. I admitted that we didn't do so well last time with Marco. But I'm willing to try again if it means getting a thin, unhappy alpaca out of a bad situation.

If anyone else in this area wants a rescue-alpaca, please let me know.

goat crazies

Sometimes I wonder if some of the goats don't sneak into the "cat crazy" line when getting aspects of their personality. This afternoon when I went out with hay, Gimble was living up to his name, tearing all over the pasture and inciting some of the boys to a half-hearted stampede practice. Sancho was totally game, as were Goblin and Cookie, but Loki just watched like he was above it all, and Jared kept on chewin' cud. I don't think Jared even turned his head to watch.

Also, I think I missed another smackdown. Goblin and Cookie are limping, and Loki has broken his ear tag off of the post. (Jared is still limping from Cookie trying to tear his leg off last weekend, so I'm sure he's not picking any fights right now.)