When last we left Ollie, he was just three days old and was having some difficulty in gaining enough weight. This meant there was a question about whether Ollie would be healthy enough for me to buy him and raise him as my very own with Linda’s existing alpacas.
Let’s check in on my little boy now. How is he doing? *drum roll*
Hmm… he seems to be doing just fine! Here is a summary of the first months of his life so far.
At one week, Ollie’s weight began to become more consistent and the original fears about his health dissipated.
When Ollie was one month old, I attended a class at Foggy Bottom Alpacas which was geared toward assisting and informing both new and potential alpaca owners. It was run by Sara Bender of Foggy Bottom Alpacas and a special guest from Virginia, Nancy Ogan of Double “O” Good Alpacas. We had classes on how to set up pens, create a business plan, and manage your farm, as well as hands-on learning with regard to witnessing a breeding, trimming toe nails (alpacas have toes, not hooves!), administering medications, and catching and haltering alpacas.
In between training, I got lots of pictures of Ollie!
Ollie is becoming more independent and really starting to mature. Just look at that handsome face!
He is growing so quickly! *sniff* He is already spending less time with his mother and more time with the other crias, running around the field, kicking at the air, grazing on his own, and prancing just out of reach of Sara and her parents.
What’s next for Ollie? Look for a three-month update and… as the New Year turns over, I become his official owner!