Transient Animal No. 5 & 6- Prinz and Inca

We’re big softies. We’re suckers for people in need; I’m a sucker for animals in need. It’s the reason I’m  not allowed to go to the animal shelter. Last time I did that, I ended up crying about all the cats in cages and bringing home a cat. That was house cat number two and she is really, really hairy. not exactly an ideal house cat for someone who refuses to clean her own house. (It’s not that the house doesn’t get clean, I just don’t do it myself.) Anyway, we’re big suckers for things that need help and that’s how we ended up with the next pair of transient animals. I’m writing about both of them at the same time because their story is intertwined.

Dave had clients, a wonderfully sweet family, who had become victim to the recession and were moving back to their native home, Scotland. Their lovely pony however, could not go with them. They had made arrangements to have to pony live with a neighbor until such time, their young beautiful daughter could return from college in Scotland and get her beloved mount. In passing, I mentioned that if it didn’t work out with the neighbor, we could take the pony. After years of taking 911 calls, I can read people quickly and I had the sneaking suspicion that the neighbor was a bit, shall we say, unstable. I also mentioned that the pony isn’t going to like being alone. When I met him, he was standing on the front porch of their house and he has photos from his youth in the family home, in front of the Christmas tree. I knew he wasn’t going to be happy when his family left and he was relegated to the back 40 of the neighbor’s house.

Somehow, my two statements started a chain of events. Pauline, the matriarch of the family, worried about the pony getting depressed when left on his own set out to buy him a goat friend. She came back with an alpaca friend instead. The neighbor found out that she would have a pony and an alpaca and had a bit of a met down. Pauline frantic with their move date fast approaching called Dave and talked for five straight minutes without pausing, until I finally told Dave, “just tell her we’ll take the pony so she can breathe!” So the deal was made. The pony’s stay was paid for with home furnishings and we have responsibility for the pair until their girl, Clare, comes back for them.

This match, was not made in heaven. They are really more of a Felix and Oscar type pair. The pony is somewhat fastidious. He’s used to being doted upon. The alpaca is half wild and enjoys doing things like rolling in the pony’s hay. The pony pushes the alpaca away, the alpaca spits at the pony. They stand near each other almost all the time. I guess that are refugees and any company is better than no company, even if you speak  a different language.

Inca poses some interesting challenges. For instance, he’s really furry and is absolutely filthy. I wanted to shave him this summer but Clare was coming to visit and Pauline was worried that he would look silly when he was shaved. She was right of course, but now he has two seasons of hay in his hair. Next spring, he’s getting clipped.

We also need to trim his feet. Dave has never successfully trimmed a camelid before. He tried to trim the feet of a half singed llama that was rescued from the summit fire but the llama wasn’t interested and the llama won. So now, Dave’s going to tackle theses:

I don’t know much about alpacas but I know a bit about feet and I can tell you, these feet are overdue.

Prinz and Inca are living at Don’s house. (remember Don, our friend and amazing Realtor?) Once upon a time, Don’s daughter’s deepest wish was for an alpaca. She had been saving her money in a lunchbox and was close to the amount she needed. One day she opened the lunchbox to find the money was gone. In its place there was a note: I owe you and alpaca. Thirteen years later, she still had the note. When Don found out we had an alpaca with no place to live, he decided it was time to repay his debt to his daughter (two months before she departed for college) and get her the alpaca she always wanted. Don leased the alpaca (and the pony because they are a pair) and we got a place to keep the duo until such a time that we have permits for the remodel and someone can check the animals every day.


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Suzie Q D. on April 22, 2011 at 09:36

    OK, so obviously I haven’t been by your blog in awhile, but I just noticed this and I love it! If you shear that thing anytime soon and don’t know what to do with the fleece, stick it in a bag and save it for me…I’m coming down in September, and I’m learning to spin my own yarn!


    PS – do you have a picture of the pony on porch???


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