Meet the Neighborhood Alpacas

Meet the neighborhood alpacas: Nicoli, Jedidiah, and Don Peru. Those are the males, anyway. The females are in the neighboring field. Sadly they can’t reach us to enjoy the tasty alpaca pellets we share with our furry friends that live a few houses down. There’s a silly fence in the way. Apparently fences are the secret to alpaca family planning.

As a knitter, I love sharing the hood with alpacas. Almost as nice as having a resident flock of sheep. Plus, it’s perfect for a toddler. We have our very own nearby animal menagerie to entertain us on slow afternoons. First we feed the alpacas. Then the horses in next field down (one officially named George and the other unofficially named Cheeser by Reed). We wrap up the petting zoo with a herd of goats at the very end of our driveway.

We enjoy all the benefits of farm animals without having to care for them. It’s perfect in my book.

Visiting the animals has been a routine of ours since Reed could barely walk. When he was really little, I would load him up in his wagon and haul him down the drive. Back then, he was too timid to reach his own tiny hand through the fence to offer up snacks to the alpacas. He’s braver now. And a Big Boy. The wagon stays behind as his sneaker-clad feet zip down to the alpacas, eager to say hello.

And the alpacas? Well, they are adorable. Each of them have their own personality.  Don Peru (center) is my favorite. He’s the shy guy. The other two boss him around a bit. I have a soft spot for the underdog. All three are glad for the treats but timid to pet. Every now and again, one will be distracted enough that I can get in a quick pet between the ears. So soft!

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17 Comments

  • Reply purepurly October 5, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    Wonderful pictures; must be a great place to grow up! Hege

  • Reply Karin October 5, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    I love alpacas. There are a couple of local farms in my area and it’s always nice when they come to visit at fibre festivals. So soft, so cute 🙂

  • Reply Alina October 6, 2015 at 5:59 am

    Oh, so adorable! These faces are so precious! Thank you for sharing these cute guys!

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life October 6, 2015 at 9:34 am

      My pleasure Alina. Too bad they aren’t housebroken…Imagine having alpaca knitting buddies…

  • Reply Allie October 6, 2015 at 10:12 am

    So cute! Love seeing little Reed grow into a “big boy”!

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life October 6, 2015 at 1:55 pm

      It’s happening so fast! Breakfast/lunch soon? I still need to return that jacket to you… It’s cluttering my dining room!

  • Reply Valerie Baber Designs October 6, 2015 at 11:09 am

    They are so cute!

  • Reply nanacathy2 October 6, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    How lovely alpacas without hassle.

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life October 6, 2015 at 1:54 pm

      Exactly! I can barely feed and water the hens without complaining. Caring for alpacas would surely do me in.

  • Reply Lina October 6, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    So cute!! And of course Don Peru is your favorite! That is an awesome name for an Alpaca.

  • Reply henatayeb October 9, 2015 at 11:41 am

    oh wow.. how cool. we have a few alpacas in our town too.. a few miles away.. we spot them driving by sometimes.

  • Reply knittedblissjc October 10, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    ack, the cuteness is in total overdrive here!

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life October 11, 2015 at 6:54 am

      Exactly. I am so glad you got some good napping in over Thanksgiving. What I remember most about being pregnant was the perpetual exhaustion

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