Jim and I bought our very first alpaca together. When we saw this little guy, Challenger’s Sir Charles, he stopped us both in our tracks. He was so cute and fluffy. He had so much presence!
Jim and I are supposed to be immune to that kind of charm, right? I mean we are both seasoned alpaca breeders of ten+ years… but I’m telling you…
he had me at hello.
Of course usually the ones that look great on the outside don’t have the fleece to back it up. It’s Murphy’s Law. So when we opened up this boy’s fleece, we both thought, “Jackpot!
I knew we would have to buy him when, the next day, Jim told me that he had had trouble sleeping the night before. He had been thinking about Charlie all night. I knew Jim had gotten the alpaca fever again, and we would have to add him to our herd as a jr. herdsire.
Jim had previously owned Charlie’s sire, Legend’s Challenger for many years. Each time he did a breeding he wanted the result to turn out to be an alpaca like Charlie. But only occasionally do you get one as nice as this boy, which made it much easier to make the purchase. Jim said that only a handful of the Challenger offspring turned out to be the total package like Charlie is. So we are very thrilled to be partners on this male, Challenger’s Sir Charles, with Dave & Darlyne Spina of 3D Alpacas in Kentucky.
Not to leave out this little beauty,
We also took Fairhope’s Jubilee to Colorado, and she won a Blue ribbon too (pictured above) in Composite. Jubilee is a beautiful Magnum daughter we have for sale until on special until bred this Fall. 16.9 AFD with incredible bloodlines. She’s a sister to our herdsire, Napster. Check her out.
So – buying alpacas is an emotional decision sometimes. Or is it? What do you think? Do you think with your brain or your heart when making buying decisions? I’d love to hear from my readers on this.