Our alpacas arrive! Sassy, as leader, takes a
"broadside" stance to protect the others.
Photo taken February 19, 2014
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.