Monday, June 20, 2011

On the Animal Front

It's been busy.

First and foremost, Noodle had her stitches removed on Friday.

Finally after two weeks of house arrest, she was able to go back to the corral with her sister and the alpacas.  She was allowed to wrestle and jump as much as she wanted to and was kind of surprised that we let her. :-)

Noodle preparing to beat up her sister, Wonton

Babies are coming this summer!

L-R: Kocoa, Keyla, Frieda, Daisy, The Alpaca Dog, Noodle, Wonton
I love how the alpacas don't care that the puppies are wrestling right next to them.

Daisy and Frieda were the first two female alpacas born to Alpacamundo.  They are expecting their first cria in mid-August and have started showing a little baby-belly.  I'm really excited to see how they do.

Bandit is the current big man on campus and therefore is the cria-daddy for both.

Smokey's Bandit, our Silver-Grey Lead Herdsire

Keyla got a good haircut.  She apparently had a bad shearing experience in her early days because she has hated shearing for as long as I've known her.

Most of our alpacas are very calm and relaxed during shearing, but Keyla stresses out.  She stresses out to the point of prolapse.  It's rectal rather than vaginal which is better.  As if one type of prolapse can really be better than another.  So we always do her last and keep a close eye on the back end.  We get the blanket off as quickly as possible and usually have to stop and let her up to walk around in the middle of the process. 

This year, we were able to get all of her fleece off.  It's the best haircut she's had in three years.  Her head is wonky because we left the halter on during shearing to allow for a quick exit when needed.

Back to Front: Kocoa, Keyla, Daisy, Frieda

One year we were able to keep her in a corral overlooking the shearing and she did very well then.  So on my list of things to acquire is a corral's worth of movable panels so we can keep her nearby.

In other Keyla news, her munge is healing very well.  She had a big outbreak right after Apple was born last fall.  We treated her over the winter with a steroid-based cream which meant we couldn't breed her.

She was not at all happy about being open and we were in a do-loop.  Her nose would heal when we used the cream, but it would come back as soon as we stopped.  So this spring we treated the herd for mites.  The courses are finished and her nose, while not fully healed, has stabilized.  Which means we will be able to breed her this year.  Now I just have to decide when.

Last, and certainly not least, we got a cat.  Yes, we are attempting life with a kitten again.  She's bold, beautiful and rambunctious.

In her first 12 hours she killed a moth and several flies and we're hoping she will encourage the mice to move-a-long.  She is a pet cat, as in she has house privileges.  She does seem to enjoy cuddling, so I hope she will want to keep my lap warm in the winter while I'm knitting.

We named her Pancake.  Well, actually Hubba named her Pancake and I agreed.  At four pounds, she sure seems small next to the dogs.  But size is not what matters when it comes to kitties.  It took three people to hold her down for her leukemia test.

Doggie introductions are in progress and so far, so good.


Alittlebitsheepish said...

Glad Noodle is doing well. Lovely paca pics and welcome to Pancake, she looks adorable

Voie de Vie said...

Good for Noodle! Yippee!

And I love your new kitteh - a very sweet Pancake.

I must admit, I don't see enough alpacas to be able to spot the pregnancies. :)

Jaimie said...

Oh my gosh--they are all ridiculously adorable, as always.