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“Whatever lifts the corners of your mouth, trust that”


May-June 2021

“Whatever lifts the corners of your mouth, trust that”

Welcome back to my blog and to Midwest Alpaca Ventures. We are having great fun here. First, the weather got pretty cold and then….it just got very hot. No matter, my owner and caretakers get the sprinklers and the hoses out and hooray – we get cooled down with wonderful cool water. Nothing better.

So much is going on so much to tell you. First the best news: through the craziness of spring weather a new cria was born. You just have to come see this new little girl, Mattilda. Yes, Mattilda with 2 “t”s I heard Sara say she was spelling it that way because Dr Matt had to help the sweet girl be born -so in honor of Dr. Matt, the best vet ever, our beautiful, Mattilda has joined our herd. Mom is Carmen and boy, does she love her baby. So much so that it’s hard to get too close to Mattilda. Mom is right there making sure her baby is kept safe. But that’s what alpaca moms do. Come visit anyway, and see Mattilda with 2 “t”s. You’ll love her just as much as we do.

AlpacaU is up and running again. We just had our first AlpacaU workshop of the year and met some really super people – all of them who love alpacas. What’s not to love? Anyway, we got to know Beth, Chryssa, Lori, Steve and Eric. What fun and wonderful people they are. And they all want to make a place in their lives for alpacas. After all, what happens when you’re strolling among the alpacas at Foggy Bottom? Just watching them lifts the corners of your mouth, right?

Lot of activity getting ready for summer. It’s the start of breeding time and you know what that means…lots of dams coming to stay for a few months while they spend time with our boys! Now you’re smiling, aren’t you? And it’s birthing season – so more babies, including mine! I’m supposed to have my cria sometime in July. I’m pretty excited about that and can hardly wait. Mark your calendars to come see me and my new little one, for sure.

More new things this year on the farm you should know about. First, kids can now come and have their birthday parties here! We are so excited about that – there’s nothing better than a birthday party – after all, that’s a celebration! So spread the word, Party with the Pacas at Foggy Bottom. Activities, fun, cupcakes, memories to take home, and the best of all - -pictures with me!. Yes!

And then there’s Boot Camp. What a great way to spend a few hours on the farm with the rest of us. A fun way to learn about us fabulous alpacas and the secret sauce of alpaca ownership, time to hang out with us, maybe the chance to care for a new baby, certainly meet your favorite alpaca and make a friend forever!

Life on our farm is good – grazing in the pasture, cooling down with the sprinklers, new babies, new members of the herd, workshops, activities, fun things to do, meeting new people, fresh air, starry night skies. I could go on. But Sara tells me I can sometimes overdo it! 😊

So, I guess that’s all for now. The sun is coming up on another glorious day on the farm. Come visit when you can and in the meantime, bookmark this website, (if you have my business card, you’ll have the QR code for quick access to my blogs) and check back with us often. And remember, “Whatever lifts the corners of your mouth, trust that”.

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