You might want to know...why choose alpacas?
I fell in love with my first alpaca in Lake Arrowhead California at a Wine and Art Festival in 2005. There they were, four fuzzy, big eyed, kissy faced boys standing in a 10 X 10 pen , one look into those big glossy eyes and I was volunteering to help her break down her booth at the end of the day. Anything to spend more time with these magical creatures. Where did they come from, how could I NOT know about alpacas? She gave me her business card, which I promptly lost and I returned to my city girl life.
Two years later, after the loss of a parent my husband Matt and I had made a life changing decision to move back to the beautiful, green pacific northwest. Having family in both Portland and Cave Junction Oregon, we settled in Eugene Oregon the Summer of 2007 and never looked back.
We had sold our busy Chiropractic office and Matt re-opened Pure Life Chiropractic in April 2008... I was footloose and restless. I couldn’t sit behind a desk and push paper any longer. I had wanted to open a homeopathic dog bakery/pet store, however with the economy looking a bit shaky I shelved that idea for later.
One cool Fall day during a walk around the wetlands my husband said those words that can be a little touchy...”Honey, now don’t get mad...” I took a deep breath and prepared myself for the worst! he said, “I made an appointment with a wonderful farm, let’s go look at some alpacas.”
My heart pounded, my hands got sweaty, I am a city girl...how in the world can I care for and breed livestock? As it turns out, I am a farm girl at heart...we met a lovely lady who had been breeding alpacas for over 15 years and loved it! It is profitable, rewarding and you only had to sit at a desk if you wanted to.
I did my research, spent time on the farm getting to know the daily routine of caring for these quietly curious camelids and made my selections based on the advice of my wonderful mentor. I brought my herd home September 21, 2008.
My life changed for the better in so many ways. I am outside every day, I truly love what I do and the animals have provided a healing in my soul I can only describe as miraculous. I am profitable and self sustaining. We produce soft luxurious fiber that is hypo-allergenic and renewable. And as a vegetarian I can say it pleases us immensely that no animals are harmed in the process of shearing them for their fine fiber!
I have never been happier. I love what I do! Just ask me....