I’m the first one to say, “My horses are terrified of llamas!”
And, it is true.
Whenever we walk past a llama, my horses (all of them) will perk up and walk on their tippy-toes past the aliens.
I’m sure they do this because llamas are very foreign to them – and to me… to be quite frank – especially the alpacas. They look like something out of a Star Wars movie…
Anyway, my horses have never lived with or around any llamas. So, they’ve never gotten familiar.
In fact, one of my worst trail rides with Finn was when we came upon 15 pack llamas on our trail. Finn almost melted on the spot. First he froze, then he started shaking. I was ready for him to explode or combust or something so we skeedaddled back up the trail and took another way out. On that day, I didn’t want to start the ‘let’s get to know a llama’ training. It didn’t feel right…
But, I figured that in time, my horses could get used to and come to love just about any type of neighbor. They have learned to live with pigs, dogs, cats, skunks, dairy cows, beef cows, donkeys, mules… how hard would it be to love a llama?
I decided to look on the internet to find out. Lo and Behold, most people had the exact same reaction as I did when you put “llama” and “horse” in the same sentence.
But, there were several who contradicted the rest. On their farms, llamas and horses ran together in harmony.
WHY AM I CONSIDERING THIS?
Since Bodhi has returned to us, he is fighting with everyone.
Yes, we did have an animal communicator speak with him… and along with many other things, he did mention that he would like a goat or a sheep. White. Female.
Of course I want to indulge him. But a goat? Sheep? I’ve had goats before and they are always busy. Busy in the ‘how do I get out of my pen’ kind of busy – no matter what size pen, they spent all their time trying to figure ways to open the gates or rig an escape.
They also ate all of the good stuff first, like my flowers.
Now, I’m not saying I didn’t love my goats. I did. But, they were a handful and not easy to contain.
If Bodhi got a goat/sheep, we’d have to rebuild his paddock so the goat/sheep couldn’t get out.
We’d also have to create an area for the goat/sheep to live that was warm and dry inside of Bodhi’s shelter. But, since Bodhi is a General Contractor and has remodeled his shelter several times since he moved in, we are afraid he would take to deconstructing a goat/sheep house in no time flat!
THE CALIFORNIA STATE FAIR – Angora goats
While at the California State Fair last Sunday, we always look at the animals. (Sometimes it is very sad for me since many of them will soon be eaten. Sigh.)
Hubby fell in love with the Angora goats. He wanted one. He wanted Bodhi to have one.
Yes, it was true… They had great, kind and quiet personalities… but they were still goats. They would still need everything a goat would need plus sheering. Twice a year.
I wasn’t sold especially because they weren’t cheap… Not that I need cheap animals. It is that I’d prefer to rescue someone for Bodhi.
THE LLAMA LADY
Then we ran into the Llama lady. She was standing in the aisle with this very enchanting, doe-eyed exotic looking Argentinian llama. We petted her. That was a first. Every other time we’ve gone to pet a llama, it has run away. Or looked at us as if we were the devil. Or spit.
I thought llamas hated me.
But, this one was very personable. So I asked the owner about this llama.
Being the proud mama, she told me everything I wanted to know. Everything.
In the end, she said, “Heck, I live 35 minutes from you… c’mon over and see our pet quality llama (she wasn’t at the show – her ears flop down due to an early illness). If you like her, I’ll bring her over to you and you can try them out together for a week or so. If it doesn’t work, I’ll take her back.”
So, we are in the beginning stages of potentially bringing home a black (not white) female (good) llama (not a sheep or goat) for Bodhi.
Ahhhhh… this should be very interesting…!
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