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.


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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