Thursday, 20 November 2008

To Brest and Back

Well not quite but pretty nearly. A 10 hour drive north through the rain and spray and then a 9 hour – I’d beaten TomTom into submission and stopped him from taking me cross country - back the following day, complete with the animal trailer.

No I didn’t just do it for fun, it was to pick up the latest male in my life. So without further ado let me introduce you to Theo:-

Theo was unfortunately left behind in the UK when my other alpacas were shipped over 18 months ago. On shearing just before departure he had been found to have a bad case of mites and wasn’t passed fit to travel. Since then he’s remained in the UK until there was an opportunity to ship him with some others, which finally occurred at the beginning of November. He’s spent a few days with Robin and Linda of Utopian Alpacas in Brittany who are a wonderful couple. My thanks go to them and everyone else who helped in Theo's move to France.


Mickle in NZ said...

What a beautiful lad Theo is. It must be a relief to have him with you again.
Sending huggles, Michelle and Zebby-cat.

Barbara Martin said...

He's so cute, and I can see him looking at you wondering what you're up to.

Mickle in NZ said...

Appreciate the llamas need care in handling, and you have trained yourself in how - yet, is Theo huggable?, of course from the experience Deborah.

i'm laughing all over the blogosphere at the word verifications currently offered


Maybe a word I could use to describe the wonderfullness of your alpapas/llamas most magnificent animules

Huggles and care to you most of all

Anonymous said...

wonderful to see that he has finally arrived. How sad it is was to lose mum and sister. Will you be able to breed "white" back into the herd with him?? Anne xx

PS: Is it a herd or are alpacas something different?

dND said...

Hi Mickle; He is lovely isn't he - well they all are for me. I'm so glad he is finally here.

I've done a CamalidDynamics course which trains you to use their herd psychology so you move and handle them with minimum fear to them. I found it really good as they are about the same size as me so I can't rely on brute strength to handle them.

They tend not to want to be hugged and especially the young males mustn't be hugged as they can then not learn that they are alpacas and it can cause behavioural problems that can only be resolved by putting them down.

I've had some good verifications lately too - maybe they've changed the generation programme - I think it takes part of what you write now.

Hi Barbara; Yes he's very tentative in that shot as he'd only been here overnight. I'm hoping that by the end of the month he will have relaxed a lot just as Dior and Dartagnan did after they arrived

Hi Sis, Dior and Dartagnan are whites so I should be able to get a good whit mix myself if I decide not to use a stud male. Theo looks pretty good though. And yes, alpacas are herds.

Mickle in NZ said...

Okay, sending theorectical huggles to the llamas, and real ones to you.

Veri getting even dafter - "nachesub" - somthing very nasty from a subway sandwich outlet?

aims said...

Oh - isn't he gorgeous!

What a saga though!