Well, the last time we updated this blog and yes it has been awhile, we were in the heat of the summer. The middle of August brought 12″ of rain and literally overnight this place was transformed. We went from brown and crisp to green and lush! For the first time that I can remember, especially in the month of August, we were mowing every 4 days. Unfortunately, since then, we have had no rain. Back to crispy again!
Like everyone else, we have had our highs and lows. In July, one of our alpacas, “Captain”, died of anaphylaxis. He was stung by a wasp near his eye and apparently had an awful reaction. I found him on the ground and struggling to breathe. My first thought was anaphylactic shock. I ran into the house and prepared the epinephrine and gave him the shot. Within seconds he was back on his feet. I called the vet, followed their instructions and soon he was eating and drinking, acting normal. I was checking on him every 20 minutes and everything was going fine until….around 5pm he dropped to the ground and I was not able to revive him, even with epi. I was devastated. And I felt defeated. Years of raising animals and with that comes the inevitable losses. For a couple of days, I just wanted to throw in the towel….wasn’t sure I could handle another loss. My mind knows that I did everything for Captain but my heart was overwhelmed. We only had him since April, but I do grow so attached to these animals. This guy Captain had so much character….we miss you. R.I.P. Captain.
So, the next heartbreaker was Captain’s partner “Cowboy”. He paced and paced and cried out for his buddy. I immediately got online and began to look for a buddy for Cowboy. Alpacas are herd animals and do not do well alone. A lot of looking and calling and we found 2 gelded alpacas in Utopia. Cowboy is happy with his new buddies though they do have their disagreements….pecking order and all that stuff. Lots of spitting going on and I seem to get caught in the crossfire! Gotta love it.
On August 12th, Lynse Pawelek and her staff from Atascosa-McMullen Cooperative held an in-service here at Jamie’s Ranch. These ladies and gents were real “troopers” as it was 108 degrees and this was an outdoor event! The Board of Directors from Jamie’s Ranch served lunch and I believe a great time was had by all. I look forward to working with this group in the future.
Our pole barn/covered pavilion was completed in early October. Thank you so much to our neighbor and friend Roland Martinez for building this. We’ve since added a patio for additional seating and grilling. Jamie’s Ranch is very excited about using this wonderful facility. We have been using a portable handicapped restroom, but in the next 2 months hope to have completed a permanent handicapped restroom with a changing table. As you can see, quite busy out here but never too busy if any of you would like to come out and visit. This is a great time of year for horse rides and maybe even a hayride.
Till next time….Sheri