We have Gems

Serenade for breakfast

We have more than alpacas here at the ranch. The first critters who announce time for morning feeding are the minidonkeys, Linda, Ginger and little Stormy. They are loud for such short creatures!

Then the blue tick hounds have to join in- they want to make sure we hear the donkeys!??Blue is the goofy one in the front, Ellie Mae is his sister.

So, they are serenading, which wakes up the mini-pigs. Merle and Pearl, whose first order of business is to check to make SURE that all cupboards and the fridge are securely closed. They are very thorough- And yes, they sleep in the house, and use the dog door.

Carmie is a talker. So she is my spokespaca for the gang. She will focus in on each alpaca on the ranch.Her story is coming up, but first things first.

Know nothing about alpacas? That was me four years ago. Business partner Sherri suggested we give it a try. We did the research- a must. Then we went to look. First I found out what a great community the alpaca ranchers are-wonderful people.

Alpacas can be quite pricey, depending on your interests. Read the rest of this entry »

Shearing time

Shearing alpacas is a unique experience- the first time I saw the critter stretched out between posts I was a little horrified, being the animal softie I am. But, after seeing that they do not get hurt, and how much better they feel on a hot day with that huge blanket gone, it helped. We now have 9 animals to shear, and we start the preparations about a month early.

Sherri is a GREAT cook. Read the rest of this entry »

Pig Proofing


Mini pigs are smart. Everyone has heard that.

Merle and Pearl, the two at the ranch, use the dog door and sleep in the house. The thing is, they can also get into the kitchen-therein lies the problem-



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Our First Gem

After several months of taking care of our 3 fiber (non breeding) females we felt we were ready for a breeding female. We had our hearts set on Carmelita with her ET-Whoville looks and superior lineage. Blog resized pics  She was pregnant  when we purchased her and within several weeks of having her cria, so we took our mentor’s advice (Lynn and Jim Roy of Klamath River Alpacas) and waited until after the birth to move her.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 We got the call in early June Read the rest of this entry »

The motor cat



Sitting on the porch at certain times of the day is lovely. On an early evening, the mountain glows in the setting sun and all is well with the world.

As I talked with my visiting sister, we heard a cat howl. Not unusual, since I have 9 cats. The longer we listened, the louder it became- a cat in trouble. Read the rest of this entry »



So the new kitten (whole other story) is drinking milk and one of the 10 other cats, Will-his name is Willful, one of the Fat Boy Brothers- wants it.

What to do? Read the rest of this entry »


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