Fun On The Alpaca Ranch

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When Guy and I moved to Camano two years ago, I noticed a number of alpaca ranches on the island.  I was especially intrigued by the huge herd grazing in the fields just south of the bridge leading onto the island.   Each time we passed the alpaca ranch I became more and more curious.  Until I finally Googled “Alpaca ranches on Camano Island.”  This is what I found http://www.sentinelranchalpacas.com  And guess what–I knew the owners!!!!

Every chance I had, I grilled Ann and Nathanial (or their daughter Renee) about their alpaca ranch.  They’re totally eager to share their knowledge and frequently host tours of the ranch.  Although I had been to the ranch a couple of times in the past, last Friday  was the best.  I traipsed out in the fields with Ann, Renee and baby Vincent and experienced the alpacas up close and personal.

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I had a blast!!!

At this point the ranch has a herd of over 200 alpacas, but most of them were in the lower fields.  They’re expecting about 50 new crias (babies) this year and I got to meet one of the first, born just a week ago.  I also met a friendly little male named Artimus.

Alpacas are extremely curious animals, and very friendly.  With a little coaxing from Renee, Artimus came right over to me.  His clucking sounds were endearing and he was quite the nuzzler.  Now I see why alpaca wool is used for clothing, it’s really soft.  alpca3

I highly recommend a visit to Sentinel Alpaca Ranch next time you’re on the island.  It’s WAY better than a petting zoo.

Beware Of Animals That Think Wheelchairs Are Toys

One caveat when visiting any animals while in a wheelchair —

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Beware of the toy factor.  Joey, a retired cutting horse, seemed to think the pads on my wheelchair were toys.  Before I knew it, one was hanging from his mouth.  That wouldn’t be the first time.  Many horses think my joystick’s a carrot.  And even heavy duty wheelchairs are susceptible when it comes to goats.DSCN1319