Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Alpacafest West

Boomer's mom here...

Alpacafest West proved to be all I could ask for and more. I pretty much was on an alpaca high the whole day, even though we were there for only three hours or so.

The event had alpaca competitions as well as vendors who hocked their wares. I bought some alpaca finger puppets for my niece Shelby. Okay, one is for her and the other is for me. Check out her site if you have a moment, she's a terrific artist.

Hubby and I really want to purchase some alpaca's and hopefully one day we will be able to. It's pretty expensive process so we won't be able to do anything for a couple of years but until then we will keep going to events like this to learn as much as we can.

What can you learn you ask? Well there are two types of alpacas, the Suri and the Hucaya:


These lovely ladies are Suri's. Their fur is corded, kind of like a mop. Their fleece is very soft what I understand more desirable than the Hucaya's who's fleece is more like wool. White alpaca's are seem pretty popular to own because their fleece can be dyed to almost any color whereas if you have a grey, black, brown, or silver alpaca you will have a harder time dying the fleece. I could be wrong but that's what I have observed.








This sweet suri boy is Trident. He was such a sweetie and just loved to be pet. I guess their personalities are much like cats, fairly independent, but there are a few that really love their people and Trident was one of them.










Here is a group of Hucaya's. Aren't they adorable!?! I love the spots on the girl in the front. Like I said earlier their fleece is fluffy like wool and it's very soft as well, but I have to admit the suri's fleece felt softer to me. Look at their eyes, such beautiful eyes and they have long eyelashes - very sweet indeed.

Biggie, you most definitely can guard the alpaca's for us. In fact, I insist!!!










And lastly, I wonder if Boomer has had one too many pints with Finnegan...















Me thinks so.

8 comments:

FleasGang said...

If you get an alpaca, that means you're gonna have to get a bigger bed, right? They are very sweet looking. And their long eyelashes remind me of Shelly's :-)

River said...

Those alpacas have some serious drag queen style eyelashes happening - and sorry Boomer but we're still laughing at that photo of you - it's just too cute!!

River

Pacco de Mongrel said...

i never knew that alpaca came in all sort of different colors...

Rabbits' Guy said...

Pretty Alpacas! Where was the show? We have several alpaca farms here near us in the far NW of Wa. State and they are fun to visit. I'm afraid we do not have room or time for them, what with a House Full Of Rabbits, but it seems like a good thing to try to get into, both for the fun and the money!

4xBs said...

Baxter came from a poodle breeder who also had aplacas. they had their alpaca groomer cut their hair like the poodles!
hehehehe

wally said...

Hi Boomer!

Does this mean they didn't take you to meet the alpacas? Why not???

Dude, you must have really enjoyed those pints.

wally.

Marvin - Braveheart Hound said...

oh we loved that last pic of Boomer, sooooo funny!

sorry we seemed to have missed commenting......so many blogs now it is soooooooo darn hard to catch up!

love and light Jeannie and Marvin xxxxxx

Angeerah said...

That's so funny b/c I just talked with a couple alpaca farmers today when I bought some alpaca mittens! I have been talking to my husband about buying some alpacas when/if we move out into the country. I absolutely adore them. He's not as enthusiastic about it but I'm sure if we go to this farm to check them out, he'll warm up to the idea.

Andrea