Well, we finally did it. I've been boarding a families alpacas for years. The husband had stage 4 cancer and the family was traveling back and forth between Houston and Allen for treatments. Their alpacas were being boarded out in Rockwall at another alpaca owners ranch. The alpaca owner was breeding this families alpacas without their knowledge and then billing them...for EVERYTHING! It's amazing how unethical some people can be. Really. Boarding normally includes toenail trims. Not at this ranch. $20 per month. The list goes on and on. But I digress. This family was a friend of a friend. My friend called and told me the situation. The family was never able to visit their animals "because it wasn't convenient". Yada yada yada. She asked if I would help out. This family was going through a very traumatic experience in their lives with the cancer. I was told it would be "temporary". Oh boy... Well, the husband lost his battle. It was so sad. I never really heard from the family again. Their company kept sending money for feed, for awhile. Then, it stopped. I'd fallen in love with one of these animals in particular. His name was Baby. You see, he was born in the trailer on the way from the Rockwall ranch to my place. The ranch owner didn't "think" anyone was pregnant. Come to find out, two of them were. We have no idea who the daddy was for either mama. Anyhow, the mama refused to nurse the little guy, so he became what we call a bottle baby. I was getting up every two or three hours to bottle feed him...and... we got attached. :) So, letting go of him was a little "traumatic". I'd had permission from the owner to keep him, but he would have eventually been left all alone, since I have found homes for all of the males. I cried like a big, adult baby! No more would I be getting kisses from him each and every morning. Boo hoo!
So, all four females and three males were loaded up for their trip to their new forever home! Tim hosed them down before loading and gave them an additional spray before they left in an attempt to keep them cool.
This family will be so good to these animals! They already have some llamas ready to greet them when they arrive. After heading back inside to get all of the mascara off of my face, we went out to dinner. The next morning, I checked in on everyone to see how they were doing.
Here is a picture I got back. The boys were checking out their new place and seemed very curious, but at peace.
The girls were already enjoying the nice, green grass. The alpacas look like they will be just fine. The have 66 acres of property to enjoy, along with 2 acres up by the house. I'll miss them a bunch, but am so thankful to have the workload (and bills!) reduced! Yay!
I'm Cyndi and I LOVE the farm life! I went from being a systems programmer to a stay at home mom taking care of the kids and animals. I couldn't think of a better life!