In addition to our girls (and baby boy Pancho) we started out with two female guard llamas, Gracie and Powderpuff. We got our llamas through Southeast Llama Rescue (thank you to Deborah Logan). After a thorough farm visit and approval process, it was decided that both sets of animals would be delivered at the same time for the best chance of blending. A week or so before they were to be delivered I had a minor freak-out and told Big G that maybe we didn’t really need the guard llamas after all. I was afraid I wouldn’t take to them, that they would be too big. Maybe a little weird compared to the sweet, small alpacas. He told me to relax and that it was all going to be okay.
Deb Logan says, “Llamas have their own special charm.”
A truer statement may never have been spoken. I LOVE the llamas. Their eyes say a million things at once and they are smart and do their job perfectly. Gracie is shy, aloof and likes to have some alone time in the field — but she will eat out my hand at times, looks after the alpacas and her brown apaloosa spots against white make her very cute.
Powderpuff, however, is the star of this story to date. Taller than all of us, she is bright white with a tinge of pink, and black spots on her ears. She looks at you like she knows exactly what you are thinking and is three steps ahead of you. She runs the girls around and gently nudges baby Pancho to make sure he is where he needs to be, and she has been known to spit a green streak to ensure her share of food. She makes me feel safe and also makes me want to crack the code to all of her secrets. She is queen of the pasture and, maybe except for me, she is the queen of King Bee Farm. All hail Powderpuff.