This ain't no shootin' gallery. 'N tip
your hat to the ladies....gents.
Reck'n you cud click on the photie to git a bigger
gander, tho! Click on the thumbnails for a larger photo.
and her cria, AMC Maya, born 5/7/05, enjoy a stretch of the legs on the new
pasture. Polly and Maya continue to be good friends and considering
she is now only 10 months' old, Maya has attained great stature and size.
Note the uniformity of this mother/daughter pair. We praise females
such as Polly and Sweet Sixteen who consistently throw the cria were you
were expecting. You can see them both here at the new ranch in
-Victoria's Secret....she has had 75% female crias! She is "the Royal
Mom," around here and her crias are always very straight and full of energy and
personality. While "Icky Vicky" (we say that lovingly) is not the most sociable of females, her
deep black, soft fiber and wonderful crias more than redeem her for her more
standoffish personality. Vicky gave birth to AMC New Year's
Kiss, a bay black female out of Luciano on 1/1/06. What a way to start
the year. Vicky is "an older female"...but she is a terrific dam and
still carries herself in the elegant manner to which we were first
Bonding is an important time
between dam and cria. Here minutes' old, "Who's Ur Daddy," enjoys a kiss from
his dam, Earth Angel. Ahhhhh There can be a wide
difference in behavior between the newly born and the dam. Sometimes
first-time Moms almost look offended as they view their first..."what has
happened and what is that thing?" Others, almost croon to
their crias and take to mothering instantly. Crias behave differently,
too. Some are "mama's boys/girls" and others find their
independence very rapidly...return to the dam's side only for a pull at the
milk tap or perhaps take a nap.
Polly's 5/7/05 female
cria, Maya, (white) greeting Rosebud's little grey male cria, Pirate
Jack Sparrow, born the 19th of May, 05. Play and play.
Here's she says: "No, don't get up," enjoy your dust roll.
Pirate's dam, Starlight Rosebud, is at the Yerington ranch and is now for
recent "Mom" on the ranch. Titan's Lady's Luck is such a
sweetheart and she has turned out to be a cooperative and attentive mom
to.AMC's Lucky Baldwin...shown here at 1 day old
iCome join us for a
sing around the campfire... Here you see the wranglers
(Note to photographers: Try taking
photos of heads while your alpaca is chewing its cud...or while being ornery
with penmates...too funny! The second photo is of Abigail, now owned
by the Gangwishes of Smith Valley, NV. Just add a talk bubble
and....."Isn't it about time you poop scoop, Paul?")
Meet Jambo Deja Blue. Why
the name? We had just lost our wonderful Samoyed whose
name was "Jambo" and we named her Deja Blue after her sire: Bermuda
Blue...so, this is roughly translated as "Hello, Blue/silver again."
Everyone falls in love with this young female and we find that the
silvers and rose-greys are very popular right now.
Lovely, even color and very good density.. Dam: SummerDawn (black) Sire:
Bermuda Blue (see herdsire page) Now for sale.
first photo shows what a bunch o' pacas
look like after shearing. The shearing experience sure beats hog tying 'n brandin'.
Children and alpacas are magnets. Far left, Miranda and Stetson. Above,
MacKenzie and Rosie. Right, Brittani and Stetson.
Alleghany has quite a topknot!
Some alpaca faces are "clean" and others are fuzzy to the point where the
fleece has to be clipped from their eyes, or they will be fleece blind.
Here's Allie's first cria...a female called AMC Hope Diamond out of our
the thumbnail and see her "smile."
"Hi - I'm Te Quiero.
Why? Because I was born on Valentine's Day and my name means "I Love You."
Right now, sorry, I really love my Mom, 6Peruian Jasmine, best....but give
me a couple of years. Make sure you click on my face....everyone
says I have a beautiful head and the most darling face." Note:
Te Quiero is quite the personality around here...sort of runs everyone
ragged. He was sired by Espresso's BlackJack...see him on our herdsire
Sweet Sixteen's recent female cria. Background right "mom's fleece,"
background left "sister's fleece" Uniformity!
. Sweet Sixteen-to-One, white, is sired by
the famous Caligula. In the photo of the left, you can note the
similarity between her "baby photo" and that of her latest offspring.
Her sister, Big Diamond Lil, is the product of a breeding to our macho
stud, El Magnifico, and her fleece is magnificent, which is only fitting!
Sweet Sixteen and her offspring are among our favorites.
original guard dog, Rough & Ready is in the top photo. Rough is an Anatolian Shepard.
His father, whom he strongly resembles, weighs in at 160 lbs! Rough was a
gift from Sands' Mom in '99 and is a loved friend and a boon to security.
Since then, AMC purchased Rough a girlfriend
and guardmate. Her name is Randilyn, which means "protector."
Rough and Randi, the ranch gunslingers. These dogs are livestock
guardian dogs and should not be confused with herd dogs.
Randi has found that one can see a long, long way from atop the wood pile.
So far, no puppies and we have several friends/clients who have asked for
them. Ah nature.
"Newport" is almost 17
years old and going strong in this environment. She is still a mouser, although
slower than she used to be.
Second photo: Paku, which means
"spotted" in Swalihi. He is a big, rather plodding cat and his
nicknames are "Spotty Body" and "Spotacus." If you hear a thud
anywhere...it's probably Paku, falling off a stool or something.
Shaka, Zulu Warrior Cat......Another
of our younger male cats who is partially responsible for dissidents and rodent control, at The
Mine. Cats, we believe, are a necessity around livestock and Shaka, aka
"Furball" is good at his function. His bother, "Paku,"
photo above, is getting bigger and lazier
Now you see
why he is the cat Warrior.........
Simba is not a lion at
heart. He is a big, goofy, lovable boy. If you visit us, you will rarely see
Simba, but he is watching....
Our female "Sylvester" kitty.
Like Simba, we saved her from a trash can, so she is not very sociable. She resides
in the house where she guards the food dishes......
Rough, ever the greeter and welcomer to the
ranch...come for a visit!
Osita, RIP...She's missed
1l/15/05 A very sad
da.y.our younger Samoyed, Jambo - "Jammies" has joined Osita .
She lived for 16 years and her tail plume never stopped wagging. The
black smile always there.
On the Left is Merlin....a recent visitor to the ranch...notice, he
enjoys spinning. On the Right is Joan and Bruce Nelson, of Ahh....Sweet
Alpacas. How fortunate we are to have this lifestyle and such good friends,
feathered, fuzzy and two-leggers.