Tuesday, November 17, 2009
There has been so much going on around here since the rescue llamas and my new donkey, Chester, arrived here on Critter Farm a little over a week ago. Non-stop activity and excitement seem to have become the norm, which makes me smile a lot.
The rescue llamas, Dolly, Toni and Kai, have acclimated to their new home very nicely:
Chester the donkey delights everyone he meets with his friendliness and good nature. Here he is meeting my mom for the first time:
Pete and Reggie gave Chester the usual warm welcome that they extend to all farm newcomers. Chester's a little short, so he has to really stretch to see the little pip squeaks over the stall door:
Roxy isn't quite sure what to think about all the big, breathing things in her barn:
My pal, Marcee, arrived last Wednesday (pictured here at the airport with my son, Teagan). She has come to help around the farm:
I wasted no time putting her to work.
But she was ready for this. She bought new farm boots specifically for this purpose:
She was a little put out that I gave her llama duty, but I'm sure she'll get over it:
Kidding. One of Marcee's biggest dreams is to have a few llamas of her own some day soon:
It hasn't been entirely about the llamas, though. Marcee and Chester have managed to have some good bonding time:
It didn't hurt that Marcee knew that the way to a donk's heart is through a really good butt scratch:
The llamas were fascinated. "Hey look, the pushy, brown thing is letting the two-legged, short girl touch him. Hmmmmmmmmm.":
Lots of nervous excitement has centered around introducing the llama ladies and Chester.
Would they get along?
Chester has been quite intrigued. He has enjoyed walking back and forth past the llama stall and peering in. The llamas have not appreciated this much:
Up until now, during pasture time, donkey and llamas have been kept separate:
There has been a lot of mutual staring, though. Chester clearly couldn't wait to get closer:
However, Dolly, Toni and Kai were completely satisfied keeping the fence between him and them and watching him from afar:
Chester's a persistent guy, however, and all this time, he has been working on his plan on how to introduce himself:
So don't worry...:
He won't be alone for long: