Past Letters of the month

December, 2006



I was searching for fencing equipment online and pulled up your page about “llama fencing”. I think that’s one of the funniest things I have heard of in my entire life . . . I laughed until I cried. You are definitely my new HERO.

Carissa


November, 2006



Hello,

I would just like to say that this is the best site I have stumbled upon in months. I nearly peed my pants llaughing.

I live in an apartment in downtown Winnipeg and am considering cleaning out my storage closet to invest in some “Japanese” Llamas. (I’m sure my landlord won’t mind!)

The emuamas are so cute, I wish they were real, too.

Kudos on all your photos,

Virginia
Fine Arts student, lover of furry extraterrestrials,
and bowler of deceased produce on busy city streets



October, 2006



Hello Jane and Brian

I have spent oodles of time on your wonderful web site. Wow — how informative and very fun!! I’m taking one of our younger males to one of our five children’s schools on Monday afternoon. I didn’t have a lot of time to prepare any paperwork for a presentation and then I found your site. That was the answer to my prayers. I have taken some of the info and fun stuff — the sphinx too as they are now studying Egypt (LOL), but just finished South America. I put a thank you to the two of you on the folder and paperwork and passed on your site as well. I’m a bit nervous about this as little “Charlie” just now learned about a halter but is smaller and very manageable.

We have an expectant female who we just separated from the wailing males (one fixed, one the dad, and one the son — but all three acting like total nut cases.) We have to get the largest male’s teeth taken care of and find a home for the fixed male. They are nice alone and when the female is not bred — but this place has been the wildest it’s ever been due to the ungodly behavior they can exhibit.

Thanks to your site — I picked up a lot of tips and info to a better understanding of why they are doing what they are doing. I am always on llama sites (vet sites included) but I must say your’s is one of the best I’ve ever seen. Thanks so much for the time and effort you put into it and for all the lovely pictures and fun stuff too. I hope you get e-mails from a few of the kids, as maybe they will have a better understanding of camelids. We took a female our local parade several years ago and the “city” kids as we call them were hollering from the side lines “Is that a camel?” I was shocked that they weren’t more aware.

We moved here in ’97 to Amherst, Ohio. We are actually within city limits but have 16 acres. I have seven llamas, (one on the way), four horses, two baby goats, baby geese, ducks, laying hens, a shepherd that herds the llamas and horses (as they have escaped on occasion), and English Mastiff that loves them all and a four pound Yorkie that is spoiled rotten. I also hand feed lots of little critters in the spring as everyone including the firemen seem to have my number for babies that lost their mother from a fire, etc.

We are adding a barn/building to separate males but I will tell you — this is our year for excitement. They just don’t quit and the sire is so protective of the female it’s all we can do to play in the corral until “Blossom” has this cria. She’s safe and sound and separated but I hope it’s soon. Her sac is full and she’s dripping milk. All behaviors are right on target for a birth . . . very exciting (not her first but she is a good mom).

Wish me luck as I know these sixth graders will stump me somehow with a question I’m not knowledgeable about (LOL).

Thanks again and by the way — I am now an addict to your site. I’m just learning about fiber and all that, but your site taught me enough to get started — I made a piece of felt to show the class . . . small but a start.

Cindy

PS. Very cute grandkids (I’m a grandma to a beautiful two-year-old girl (my only one) and she is my little farm girl — attached to my hip!!


September, 2006



Thank you, I just found your web site and found it very enjoyable, I am an alpaca owner and have a third grade class visiting in the morning, I went to “Ask Jeves Kids” and there was nothing I tried “llama” and your site came up, I love the emu cross, and Mars face, your site is very fun. Don’t think I will use it for the kids but I sure enjoyed it. Thanks.

By the way, I once visited a site that had all the sounds llamas make on it, that was fun too. Maybe you could put their noises on your site.

Joy

Surprise Joy,
the page that you visited with the llama sounds
was actually part of our site.




August, 2006



Hello!

I just wanted to say hello and thank you for your amazing, very interesting and informative webpage. I don’t even remember what impelled me to Google “llama,” but I found your page and was instantly captured. I live in Austin, Texas in a suburban neighborhood and am in no way in a position to even entertain the thought of owning a llama . . . but I wish I could! The only ones I’ve seen in “person” have been at petting zoos or the L.A. Zoo. I once read an article in Smithsonian magazine about llamas as guard animals for sheep and was enthralled.

Perhaps some day I can take a camping trip with pack llamas . . . that would be wonderful. Can you recommend anyone who has this kind of business (especially in the lower 48 states of the U.S., but Canada or Alaska would be fine, too). Now I know what I want to do when I retire!

Your webpage is awesome! I don’t know how you have time to document all of the activities with video and photo (nursing, spitting, grooming, birthing, etc.), but I’m glad you do. Llamas and other camelids are so beautiful and have such unique personalities (as do all animals). I especially appreciate that you’re so tuned in to their body language. Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone was so perceptive? Everyone, animals and people, transmit meaningful signals to one another, but I feel most people are not aware of these very plain meanings. Awareness of body language and how other animals “think” helps me in my relationships with my dogs and cats (especially the dogs, who care a lot more than the cats do!).

Thanks for being there!

Nancy




July, 2006



Dear Pinkertons,

Just web-surfing and happened upon your site. You made an otherwise ho-hum day anything but ordinary. I thoroughly enjoyed your llama pictures. Being a budding photographer myself, I can see that photographing llamas is not that different from taking pictures of my family! Just when you think you have that perfect shot . . . !

Thanks again for brightening my day . . . up until the moment I found your website, the highlight of my day was going to the doctor for refills on my blood pressure medication!

Sincerely,
Jeannie




June, 2006



Thank you, thank you, thank you. I accidently came across your website and it is the best website that I have seen. Now when kids need info or people ask for net info I will only have to give them yours. It will take me a month of Sundays to get through it, but I look forward to it.

I have been raising llamas for ten years and I am in the process of developing a program for children with special needs.

Next week I will be at Pacafiesta in Halifax with Breton (one of my healing llamas). I will be telling everyone about your site. Thanks again.

Blessings
Jo-Anne




May, 2006



YES!

I WAS TRULY AMAZED!

I could only wish that Crystal Lake, Illinois were not QUITE so far from Mount Lehman. I would love to visit and see the local sights.

As a former student of the College of the Art Institute of Chicago I may have something stashed in my basement worthy of your gallery Barn Toulouse. Should I find a suitable treasure would you accept such a donation?

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Carolyn

It is getting harder and harder
to find suitable paintings for our galleries.
We often have to send people rejections slips
because the paintings are not bad enough.




April, 2006



Hello and Thank You,

Yesterday I tried to breed our proven alpaca girl to our proven boy — result: Bleahhh!

He chased her; she spit at him. Chance she’s pregnant already? No way — has lived on an all girl farm until transport to the girls’ quarantine. I’d held her open after she birthed late last December, hoping for a “better weather” cria this time as it was very wet and cold here then.

Had I used your handy dandy re-breeding cycle calculator in the first place, I could have saved myself a ton of green slime; the calculator says that she was in the absolutely worst place in her cycle for breeding, but will be great next Friday and Saturday. Well, I plan to try this out — and am hoping for the best. Maybe she just does not like this stud, but maybe not! So, I thank you for providing me with hope, options, and some food for thought. I will let you know how this turns out.

Regards, a new friend,
Allison



March, 2006



Hello, my name is Dean C. I live in the upper peninsula of Michigan on a small farm. First let me thank you for the wonderful tutorial on llama birthing. I hope you have time for a short llama story.

Just to back up a few steps . . . we have a small farm (a couple of acres) and raise chickens, ducks, turkeys, pigs and rabbits. Early this spring we aquired four nubian goats. It has been my wife’s dream to someday have a llama. As fate may have it we found a family that had a five-year-old female who has had five previous owners. We were told she is mean, and doesn’t like people at all. Also we were told that “she was due any day” (that was the end of May). Sometime previously she had been turned out to pasture “with the boys” for three or four months, so no one knew for sure when she got pregnant. It was obvious that she was by both size and “kicking” movement. Also this was her first pregnancy.

The first day we had her my wife was walking her on a short lead when she bolted. My wife, unable to get her hand out of the loop in the lead, got dragged for a ways resulting in three broken ribs. (OK . . . lesson learned, when the llama wants to run . . . let her.) Being the persistant one that she is, she never gave up in her attempt to win over the llama that “doesn’t like people”. Renee (my wife) worked with her everyday until Lleena (the llama) finally broke down and allowed her to show some affection. Soon Lleena was giving Renee “hugs and kisses”. Yet I remained the “one who feeds me” in her eyes. She would let me pet her head and neck, but that was about it. No one was allowed to touch her belly (or anywhere back THERE). We read a lot about llamas, and found your site to be filled with so much information that we needed. Especially in the area of birthing.

I read your site many times. I printed the birthing pages so as to study for the day that these skills would come into play.

Yesterday early afternoon, as I was checking on her she was showing signs of impending birth. My thought raced, and nearly every word and picture from your web site came back to my mind. Long story short . . . the birth went without a hitch, and almost picture perfect according to your web site. We now have a cuter-than-cute little boy.

It is my opinion that I was more prepared for this because people like you who took the time and skill to put together an informative web site for people like me. If it wasn’t for your web site I don’t know if I would have known what to look for, what was normal (or abnormal), and what to do about it.

We have other llama owners in the area, but none of them seemed to be as well informed as you. Their advice was to just leave her alone, and let nature take its course. All fine and good . . . but what if . . . ?????

Lleena has since let me touch her checking initially for milk and to get baby started. Baby (Llincoln) sees me as another parent. He puts his head in my lap and falls asleep. Lleena, for the first time, has kissed me. Not just a kiss but all over my face, neck, and head. She comes to me in the barn and nuzzles me and hums when she sees me. She lets me check her belly (and other areas) without the slightest complaint or protest.

Thanks again for your web site and information on birthing. The experience I gained has made me a better person, farmer, and llama owner. I hope this is the first of many llamas in our life.

Thanks again,
Dean and Renee

Llincoln, Renee, Lleena
Llincoln, Renee, and Lleena.


February, 2006



I just loved all of the images of llamas in your website! I laughed a lot!

I am sending you a pic of a portrait that I have recently done of my very real friend El Cid. He is the most sweet and gentle llama that I have ever met. He was trying to coerce me into bringing him “more” cookies. Enjoy.
I love your website. It is so creative and fun.

Thanks!

Judy

El Cid drawing
Thanks for sending the drawing Judy,
it is wonderful.



January, 2006



I am looking at getting a llama or a miniature Alpacker. I have a Siberian Husky dog. Would they get along or would the llama not like the dog, who is friendly and very hyper? Also do you know how I can find information on Alpackers . . . not much came up on a web search. Thank you (I live in Queensland, Australia)

Jenny

We suggested that she search for information on alpacas, but she has a great word if you were to put a pack on an alpaca. I wish I had thought of that!