A Naked Llenny

13 Jul

While I was in the middle of my Fozzy Bear panic, my phone rang.  I don’t know why I answered it with an out-of-state area code, but something told me I had to.  Well, the only way to make things more complicated for my week’s absence was if the llama shearer decided to come shear Llenny while I was gone.



Yep.  He said he’d be there Friday morning.  Thank goodness for my son and nephew and mom.  They got him shut in Thursday evening.  He was ready when they showed up to shear him.


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Is it me or do those goats look like, “What the heck happened to you, and I hope I’m not next.”

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I wasn’t expecting to have his wool removed so close to his skin.  It would be fine if I had been able to get it done a couple of months ago, but he’s in danger of sunburn right now.  Next year, I’ll have to contact the shearer in February to make sure the llama gets sheared earlier in the year.


Luckily, Llenny’s been smart enough to stay in the barn during the hottest part of the day and let me feed him some hay.  It won’t take too long for him to get used to it and grow a layer of wool to protect him.  He’s also a lot cooler for our 106* F (41.1* C) heat index today.

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I have a bag of wool that I’m going to try to have processed into roving (I have no idea what that means, but I’ve been talking to a friend who spins).  Also, thanks to Mom for taking pictures while I was gone.


35 Responses to “A Naked Llenny”

  1. Claire Moxon July 13, 2015 at 9:21 am #

    Your mom took some great pictures! Llenny appears to have been very cooperative for his shearing experience. He looks great – a good weight under all that fluff! I can’t wait to hear more about what the mill thinks about his fleece and what they might recommend for blending with it. It really looks beautiful in the pictures. I remember that sunburn problem on my sheep in Iowa, even early in the season! Smart llama to stay in the barn!

    • Teresa July 13, 2015 at 10:03 am #

      The guys shearing said he was pretty good. Mom and Caleb said he wasn’t very cooperative at first. I really hope it doesn’t take too long for his skin to get less sensitive.

  2. Alica July 13, 2015 at 9:34 am #

    This is a great post! How many people can show us a llama being sheared? (thanks Mom!) Some of that wool would also be great put on a wreath form, and hung out for the birds in the winter. It looks like he co-operated nicely! ??

    • Teresa July 13, 2015 at 10:04 am #

      There was a pile (I assume from his legs and tail trim) that was on the ground. It got rained on before I could pick it up. Maybe the birds will still want it.

  3. Gattina July 13, 2015 at 10:43 am #

    Poor Llenny ! Of course she stays in the barn, she must feel so naked ! I hope the goats are not laughing at him !

    • Teresa July 13, 2015 at 10:50 am #

      I’m sure it’s just like a guy who shaves their head. That sun seems awfully hot. He did come out for a few minutes this morning for a good roll in the dust. The goats are very accepting about what a llama (or person) wears. They’re awesome that way.

  4. hedgewitch July 13, 2015 at 11:01 am #

    I probably should do this to my dog, but since I have the option of letting her lie inside in the air conditioning with me, I don’t. ;_) Llenny looks pretty good without his clothes on.

    • Teresa July 13, 2015 at 11:06 am #

      I wish Stella would let me shear her. As a Great Pyrenees, she really suffers in the heat.

  5. Patty Leonard Woodland July 13, 2015 at 12:15 pm #

    I llove Llenny

    • Teresa July 13, 2015 at 1:28 pm #

      Me too. Even naked.

  6. Mary Ann Yoder July 13, 2015 at 1:34 pm #

    Teresa, I am so glad you got him shorn, I have been worrying about him. Ours were sheared once a year in May usually, so they could grow a coat back by fall. We donated our bags of wool to a young man who spins here locally, and he was glad to get them.

    • Teresa July 13, 2015 at 2:53 pm #

      I will definitely make contact for next year’s shearing earlier. Of course, I think I e-mailed them the day I brought him home. They are busy. Glad he got done before this real heat hit.

  7. Eileen July 13, 2015 at 2:05 pm #

    Oh my, Llenny looks like a different critter. I am glad he will be cooler in the hot weather! Enjoy your day and the new week ahead!

    • Teresa July 13, 2015 at 2:53 pm #

      He doesn’t even seem to be phased by the heat today! Glad he got done.

  8. Margaret July 13, 2015 at 3:15 pm #

    He is so cur with or without his coat

  9. Freda Labianca July 13, 2015 at 5:20 pm #

    Llenny is in his birthday suit now… poor guy. Hope his fur grows back quickly.

    • Teresa July 13, 2015 at 5:21 pm #

      Not too quickly. It’s horribly hot here.

  10. Pat July 13, 2015 at 5:40 pm #

    Your mom took some great photos. Llenny looks good. His wool is such a pretty color.

    • Teresa July 13, 2015 at 6:02 pm #

      I’m excited to see how it looks when it’s finished being turned into roving. I’m amazed at how great Mom’s pictures turned out.

  11. TexWisGirl July 13, 2015 at 7:37 pm #

    sure looks different but more comfortable!

    • Teresa July 13, 2015 at 7:59 pm #

      Way better not to have all that wool when it’s this hot.

  12. Jeanne July 13, 2015 at 10:29 pm #

    My daughter said it looked like the goats were thinking “Who are you and what did you do with Llenny?” Those are really great pictures! Tell your mom we like them! Llenny seems short! I wondered why they didn’t trim his and tail….?

    • Teresa July 13, 2015 at 10:37 pm #

      They did trim his tail up some. The legs and tail aren’t used for fiber because they are more coarse. The tail also helps with swishing flies away. I did actually show mom all the nice comments!

  13. Herron Hill July 14, 2015 at 10:08 pm #

    You can dust him with a little bit of flour, it will act as a sunscreen and it’s natural and cheap. We dust our white goats when we have to clip them for fair because they burn easily.

    • Teresa July 14, 2015 at 10:13 pm #

      Thank you! He’s started going out to pasture, but he doesn’t stay a long time yet. Will that work for me too?

  14. CountryMum July 15, 2015 at 3:18 pm #

    He certainly looks very different!

    • Teresa July 15, 2015 at 3:19 pm #

      Very different. It certainly takes some getting used to.

  15. Jan July 15, 2015 at 4:56 pm #

    Don’t know how I missed this; but I’m so glad I got to see Llennys’ before & after. Polly took great pictures! He’s so beautiful wooley & shaved! Wow, that ideal with flour sounds awesome.

    • Teresa July 15, 2015 at 5:01 pm #

      I haven’t tried the flour because he’s doing better, but I’ll certainly keep it in mind for next year. I was impressed with Mom’s pictures.

  16. pattisj July 17, 2015 at 12:17 am #

    What a difference! Llenny was so fluffy!

  17. Jeanne July 17, 2015 at 7:15 pm #

    One more question: Is Llenny as big as Djali was? In these pictures while the shearing is being done, he looks rather short. Of course it’s difficult to tell just from a picture. I’ve seen more alpacas than I have llamas, too, and they are smaller. He certainly is beautiful!

    • Teresa July 18, 2015 at 8:26 am #

      Llenny is quite a bit shorter than Djali was. I was surprised at how small he is when I first saw him. He’s keeping the coyotes away though, so I’m thrilled with him!

      • Jeanne July 20, 2015 at 1:54 am #

        That’s great! Just what you wanted! And it doesn’t hurt that he’s absolutely beautiful!

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