The kid across the street has been on his freakin' ATV for 3.5 hours now - back and forth and back and forth. The noise is deafening. His mom died a few months ago, and his brother killed himself last year, so that's why we're all supposed to put up with him. For my money, an asshole with dead family is still an asshole.
We had another surprise cria this morning. We figure he was no more than thirty minutes old before he was discovered. Since no one got to see the birth, we're just assuming that he had a rough time, because his gums, ears, and eyes were bright, bright pink. He was also about ten days early. He seemed to be OK at first, but then he started to go downhill. Dar has been working with him most of the day, and as of 7PM when I was out there to check on him, he bounced back. His coloring is better, he's nursing on his own, and he's giving his mom conniptions by running around exploring his new home.( New boy )
I was sitting on the short wall that runs along one side of the paddock, checking on the baby, when suddenly all of the alpacas exploded
out of the barn and piled up against each other against the fence. I jumped up and saw a big dog just standing right at the gate into the barn! The neighbor kids were biking through our land and brought their farm dog with him. Scared the crap out of all the alpacas - and me. I kept yelling at the kids to get the dog out of there, but they couldn't control him. We all managed to get him away from the barn, but then he decided to run across the laneway to hassle the boys. They finally got him out of there, with me keeping up a steady stream of variations on the theme, "Never bring that dog on this property! Do not
ever bring that dog onto this property! That dog stays off our property!" Two of the alpacas were so scared that they jumped the fence between the paddock and the pasture. Sounds funny except that one of them was Conchita, who is about six weeks away from giving birth. This could cause a premature delivery.
The biggest predator of alpacas in North America is the family dog. Not even a pack - there are many cases of someone's dog getting into a paddock with the alpacas and running them to death. Packs have been know to decimate a herd. It's not a joke when someone lets their unleashed dog around alpacas. The alpacas are terrified of them and rightly so.
And to cap it all off, Dar has another chemo session tomorrow. It's rougher on her this round than it was six months ago. BTW, just clear things up, she does not have cancer. She has a serious bleed in her stomach that is depleting her hemoglobin and ferritin; they're both dangerously low. The solution would be to get the bleeds fixed, and she's been trying for several years now. Years. It's been one screw up after another. Good thoughts that this gets resolved soon, please.