Today we said good-bye to two of our beloved boys – Daddio and Pocket Watch. Their new owners are very excited about them and got all their supplies ordered and everything ready for them within just a few days. Daddio and Pocket Watch are going to a great home, which makes me happier than I can express because for me it’s so important to know my animals will be well cared for and loved. As they prepared to go, I smiled and waved good-bye to everyone. But then I cried (OK, more like sobbed) when the trailer pulled out of the driveway and no one could see me.
While alpacas are indeed livestock and not like a cat or dog, they are still very near and dear to our hearts. Each and every one of them has its own, unique personality and we attach to and love them all in different ways very similar to how people love their children equally but differently. Each one holds a different story and memories that are special and will never be forgotten.
Daddio was the very first alpaca I helped deliver. He was born on Father’s Day (hence, his name) and what a joy it was to welcome him into the world. His mom’s placenta had broken and he came out pink, remaining that color for a few days. He’s always had an incredible amount of fleece and was such a white fur ball as a baby. He was also a little whippersnapper at times and a good little runner. When our next cria Emma was born just a few months later, Daddio didn’t let her out of his sight. He adored that little girl and was always wanting to be with her.
Our light fawn boy Pocket Watch was born just two weeks after our Kite Runner and Beate’, and those three were definitely the “Three Muskateers” as crias. They all trained together for the Kentucky Classic Alpaca Show. They would run and play here on the farm, and it was some of the most fun we’ve ever had watching those three and their antics. Pocket has always been a sweet boy with a perpetual smile on his face. He might not be one who likes to be hugged a lot, but he always wants to be close to you.
So, today I am happy and sad all at the same time. Happy that they are going to such a good home but sad to say good-bye.
Love and miss you guys!