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.
|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.
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.