Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Alpaca Pipe Dream Comes True

Our alpacas arrive! Sassy, as leader, takes a
"broadside" stance to protect the others.
Photo taken February 19, 2014
Years and years ago, I saw photos of curly-headed, long-lashed alpacas, and my heart quickened.

How much fun to have a herd of my own!

But not very practical on my suburban, homeowner association-controlled quarter acre.

I had to make do with teasing from my kids, greeting cards with alpacas on the front, and an adorable figurine from my niece.

Until a few weeks ago when my pipe dream came true.

I left my Florida home to stay with my mom and sister on their Tennessee hobby farm. Sis needed a living lawnmower to maintain her acreage, but what? A goat? Nope! A miniature horse? Could be fun.

Seizing the opportune moment, I suggested an alpaca. We did a bit of research and, lo and behold, alpacas are about the best livestock there is for keeping the lawn shorn and the pasture short.

Next stop . . . Craigslist.

And a few days later, we welcomed Sassafras, her nine-month-old cria Star (light fawn), Autumn (dark brown), and her three-month-old cria Winter (white; previously named Button) to The Keep.

I thought I cherished an impossible dream, but all those years God must have been smiling. He knew all along that someday my pipe dream would be a reality in a way I never could have imagined.


4 comments:

Patricia Bradley said...

Aww, they look so sweet! Have you figured out how to get yarn from them yet?

Johnnie Donley said...

I'm doing lots of research, but it's a little overwhelming. We're going to take it one step at a time. A spinning wheel may be in my future.

thesilverofhisfining said...

They're darling! Isn't God so good? Thanks for sharing this. My first visit to your blog :-) Joyce

Johnnie Donley said...

Hello, Joyce. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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