Our first llamas
Timberwind's Emily and
Timberwind's Fabian. Tom became interested in llamas after
visiting a llama show at the Ohio State fairgrounds in 1995. In the
fall of 1996 we visited Timberwind Llamas in Johnstown, Ohio and
walked into a field of more that 100 llamas. Emily at 5 months old
came up to Tom and picked him out to be her new owner. She would
follow him around and we thought she was the most beautiful llama in
the world. I can remember feeling the fiber on her back and saying to
Tom "feel how thick her hair is, I know she will be "Heavy Wooled".
One month later when they were weaned at 6 months we picked them up.
We took them home in the back of the pickup truck with a topper. We
knew absolutely nothing about llamas. We arrived home and they cried
all night. I think with must have treated them more like dogs
than llamas. They were brushed and fooled with everyday. They went to
the nursing home, parades, churches and walks. I can remember that
next June we were going to go to a Vacation Bible School and at a year
old they needed to have a "hair cut" to keep them cool. We
purchased 'GIANT" sheep shears and while Tom was at work I tied Fabian
to the fence and literally hacked off his beautiful fiber.
Oh my I look back on this moment
and would give anything to have that beautiful single coated juvenile
fleece. I was so proud, he stood there as his fiber was just allowed
to drop to the ground and was blown away by the wind. What survived
was discarded in the trash.
Next was Emily, Tom did a much
better job of shearing her and she looked very nice with her new hair
cut. We took them to bible school that next day thinking we had
the most beautiful perfect llamas that were ever born. Well they
proved us right, they are the most perfect llamas at least to us.
Hours of Joy, Love and Devotion they have given us over the years.
For our very first llamas we could not have made a better choice. God
knew exactly which llamas He wanted us to bring home that day and we
thank Him for showing us Emily and Fabian.
We know now that we made a lot
of mistakes, but by the grace of God and mentoring from friends they
survived and now it's our turn to help that very first owner find as
much enjoyment with their llamas as we have with ours. Our life has
never been the same, now we we share it with our llamas.
Emily had a very successful show
career and Fabian has been our "guard boy".