Martin, Isaac, Charley and I go for a walk.
Jean · Sep. 24, 2006
I was out much of the day today, and want to go to the picnic at Saints tonight, so I wanted to spend the little time I have at home giving some attention to Charley and Isaac (one of my dogs and my Saints foster dog). I decided to take them both for an on-leash walk down my back four acres as I haven't had the opportunity yet to check the fence line for breaks.
Martin the alpaca was about one third of the way down the property and came running up to meet us (there is nothing as comical as a short-legged alpaca running towards you!). He stopped when he saw I had no treats, and watched us pass by. But a few yards further on, I got a funny feeling of something behind me...and turned around to find Martin had decided to join us and was following just a few feet behind. He walked with us the whole perimeter of the property, and said goodbye only when we got back to his "home" - a dirt hole under the trees - on the return trip. I felt like quite the pied piper with my little entourage of dogs and an alpaca!
Lots of evidence of coyotes and bear back there, no obvious breaks in the fence unless it is in the bush on the east side, but wide spaced barbed wire on one stretch that would permit dogs to belly crawl under quite easily so no off leash for dogs without excellent recall. And there are TONS of flies on the rise at the back - UGH!
But I think everyone enjoyed the outing, and I'm hoping Isaac is tired enough to cease his incessant night time pacing so I can get some sleep tonight. Old wobble-legs held up really well with only one little stumble, and was really keen to check out everything in his path. Way to go, Isaac!
Freds like that, we feed him before we go to bed and then he wakes us up early around 4:30 or so to eat again(I feed him on my lunch break as well, his portions through out the day are definately smaller but more frequent). I don't know if he's hungry or he just forgets when he ate last. The only downfall is he is getting a tad bit pudgy around the middle.