Vet visit. Someone tell me it wasn’t worse than the last one?

We tried to treat Millies leg wound this weekend ourselves with lots of calendula tincture but she is so flighty and nervous we decided we needed a vet.

It really is true. If the vet is coming everything you can normally manage without blinking suddenly goes horribly wrong.

It must be that alpacas can mind read. I just can’t work out why they won’t accept the positive messages and images I send them. They sure get ‘the vet is coming’ before any sign of the vet.

So today went badly. OK it went pretty good at first except somehow as I got the girls into the shelter I turned to refasten the gate and Millie snuck out past me. SO now I had Millie in the field with the boys. Hiding amongst them no less.

It just got worse after this. I did manage to get Millie into the shelter just as the vet drove up the track. She was totally freaking out though. I got kicked, spat on (by guess who? yes Mrs Spitty pants herself Dolores, although I still love her) and Millie reared up and got me on the forehead. It hurts.

We did manage to get her an injection for the mites so I don’t need to try to treat her legs. Because I won’t be able to without a lot of work. And her wound got blue gunk sprayed on it. And she got some antibiotics to put in her feed for ten days. I have to accept the way to get her better is allopathic. I have tried but her nerves are stopping me from being able to treat her properly.

The injection for the mites works in 24 hours. The blue gunk is a spray and the antibiotics just go in her food.

I will go back to Calendula (maybe using a spray bottle!) soon. And I will treat all the others with the super duper herbals gel as early as the first mite signs appear as it works a treat as long as I put it on a couple of times within a week of each other.

To take something positive out of the experience, yesterday I haltered both Susie and Ida. They were both dreamy and goregous. Take a look at Idas expression. She loves Ttouch. Bless her.


Susie looks a little annoyed but she was super easy. I think she will love going for walks… next week? 🙂


Ida, check out her eyes 🙂


So guess who slept all day? And who worked hard tidying up the mayhem?


We had a busy day today all because I didn’t listen to my good friend and neighbours warning yesterday when he told me that although the electric fence was on one pig had her bottom happily pressed against it.

Huh. Turned out to be a big mistake!

The day went like this;

Medium child early this morning ‘Mama, the pigs are out!!!’

Me – rolls over thinking ‘oh well they are probably just eating the grass in the field.’

I get up look out of the window ‘ARGHHHHH!’ Field is trashed it looks like it has been ploughed up over night.

I look out another window ‘ARGHHHH’ back lawn is also trashed.

I look out the bathroom window I am obviously delirious because I think I see a beehive turned upside down (turns out this was wrong).

I rush out and start to doing morning jobs with three pigs going crazy around me. I totally refuse to take them back first as we, oh no  I mean they, discovered early on that if they escaped they got fed. So all other animals are panicking as I walk around with the pigs in tow or actually ahead of me right, infront of me and virtually on top of me. They have no sense of personal space I noticed ruefully. I am less cross with them as they didn’t actually trash the beehives, I was just bleary eyed, but still annoyed enough to not yet feed them. Plus I had my warning from Frank. I just hadn’t heeded it. So round we go.

I discover more mayhem when it comes to where the alpacas are as Millie and Susie have trashed a fence and are in the boys field AGAIN! Although the real damage is only discovered later.

Then the saddest bit of my morning when I opened Rex’s cage baby flopsy/mopsy or cottontail had died in the night. I can’t blame that on me not listening to Franks warning but it really was sad. All the other babies had escaped and this one had now died. Poor Rexy.

To return the girls back to the big field I used their feed to tempt them back. Way too hard with three noisy piggies though, so they were finally sent back to their muddy muddy patch and fed. It was a little annoying to get the girls out as the boys wanted to come out too and eat but we managed it in the end. Then I had to fend off the chickens who all come along and steal their food. The alpacas just let them!

Later we noticed the damage though. Poor Milly had torned part of her leg on the wire and we had to fashion ourselves a hospital bay out of hurdles and treat her.I even put a halter helper on her, did some racheting and used Ttouch. It wasn’t easy though. I’ll take photos tomorrow to show you but the space was too big.

It’s been a long day. Oh, and to finish the story after the three little piggies had their breakfast they went to bed. And slept all day. They got up just when we had finished treating Milly (about six thirty!) and ate some more leftovers. It’s alright for some 🙂

Booked but terrified now!

Feeling slightly nervous as I have just booked my accommodation for the Advanced Clinic with Marty McGee Bennett in May. It’s 4 nights long! That’s a long time to be away from all the boys.

I’m probably a bit apprehensive about the clinic too. It didn’t help that on Julie’s Basic Handling Course she kept dropping statements like ‘Oh, just to warn you, Marty gets annoyed if you don’t have good herding technique.’ I think I’m alright at herding but maybe I’m not good enough. I’m sure Susie and co will give me lots of practice before then.

Still. The place looks amazing and the clinic will be lots of fun.

Missing the boys may be really tough but I can call them three times a day.

Haltering made easier

Second day trying to halter a couple of the boys and Leander is dreamy about it. Couldn’t do Aragorn still. He is massive though. I tried William too but the set up was still wrong and he panicked so I had to let him out. Chickens and dogs all jumping around the area don’t seem to calm alpacas. Funnily enough.

IMG_2398[1]The neon halter helper along side the mid line catch really does make a world of difference. Of course losing that tiny bit of nerves I realised I still had inside didn’t really make it easier.

Inspiring meeting at Fifteen and success of a small kind at home

We have had two days this week up at Eden as part of the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) course. The morning of the Thursday session we weren’t atEden at all we were inspired by the CEO of Fifteen (at Fifteen). It was amazing to hear his life journey told so openly. It was also inspiring to hear how one woman got Fifteen to happen by sheer persistence. She only sent 300 letters to Jamie Oliver!

This morning I tried out the mid line catch on Leander and Marmite (the only two who could fit in the pen with me) and managed to use it successfully with them both. I put the halter helper on them both easily once I had performed the ‘catch. I even got the halter on Leander without much fuss once I had put the halter helper on him. Feeling much more confident today.