Tag Archives: Sallie

Still Waiting

22 Aug

I swear, these llamas drive me crazy.

Maybeline (front) and Odie (back)

I think she’s close.  Really, I do.  She’s getting heavier, isn’t she?

But maybe she isn’t even bred.  You can’t tell with a llama.

Now I’m thinking Odie is starting to look close too (based on her vulva and even more cranky behavior).

At least, even with an oopsie kid, I can usually tell when a goat is pregnant and getting close.  Heck, when Sallie had Annie as an oopsie baby, I even had her due date figured out exactly.

Sallie and Annie (2015)

I knew Pistol was close with her oopsie kids and had her shut in (both times).

Pistol, Tommy and PJ (2016)

But these two snooty llamas just keep their secrets to themselves.


I wonder if Aurora would be able to keep a secret that well.


30 Apr

I said good-bye to my dear, sweet Sallie Allie Blackboer today.

I will never forget when she was a baby and I was still taking pictures with film and I got back a print that had these orbs covering her.  She was standing over her aunt and cousin’s graves.  Her mom is on the left, and her cousin Kizzy is on the right.  I always believed she had guardian angels with her.

Annie, Sallie and Kizzy

She was always a devoted maa.

Sallie and daughter, Polka Sallie Annie

Farewell, Sallie Allie.

Hanging in There

27 Apr

I tell you, I feel like I’m constantly waiting and wondering when my animals are going to die.  Obviously, I’ve been watching and giving Snickers extra care for six full years now.  I never thought he’d ever be a geriatric, but he is.  I just keep wondering how much longer he can keep going.  Now Leo, with his age and diabetes is on that waiting list too.


I spent all winter worrying about Aurora and watching her gain and lose weight with the temperature.  She really seems happy to be out on pasture.  I hope she’ll keep gaining now.  I need to catch her and take the halter off.


Then there’s Harley with her back injury.  She’s hanging in there.  I keep giving her the meds and have her shut in with just her girls.  I don’t know how she’ll ever make it with being pregnant, but I keep trying.

Toffee, Twyla, and Harley

Mary, Clover, and Daisy seem to be in really bad shape too–worn down from having and raising kids with the horrible weather we’ve had.  I’m hoping the green grass and warm weather will build them up.

Daisy, Mary, Juno and Diana

Then there’s Sallie and Vixen.  They didn’t have kids, but they are anemic.  I’m not sure if it is age, bad winter, CAE, worms, or a combination of all of the above.


I’m really ready for things to be a bit easier.  I’m really worn out.