How We Got Interested
contains info for two
of the five ILR Board Members and the ILR
for board members Mary Jo Miller, Kristy Brown
and Bill Safreed was sent out in an earlier
click here to connect to it.
“No one can go back and
start a new beginning, but anyone can
and make a new ending”
The ILR Board has realigned the Division
assignments. Behind the board members' name is
their area of focus as a board member. We invite you to share what got
you interested in llamas with us on our facebook
International Lama Registry.
Treasurer: Kathi McKinney –
We got our first llama “Muggs” in October of
1979. We had horses at the time and feel in
love with the llamas. We bought our first
female “Mandy” in spring of 1980, she was with
us for 27 ½ years and gave us many great crias.
Our love for llamas has grown over the years and
we can not imagine not having llamas in our
life. Over the last 33 years we have been
involved in all aspects of the llama community,
from being a founding member of Llamas Owners of
Washington State , to showing, breeding,
selling, and to being on the Board of The ILR.
We have enjoyed every minute and have made many
great friends. We look forward to continuing
this great journey.
Member at Large: Karen Baum,
International Llama Foundation (ILF)
was while teaching veterinary students in the
early 80’s that I discovered the ingenious
nature of camelids. Llamas came East in greater
number than alpacas. The llamas were gentle and
stoic, making them ideal patients. The students
were able to learn about “large animals” without
having to be intimidated by the size of cattle
soon learned that besides being superb patients
they are also excellent therapy animals. My
first llama was a male guard for my goats and
sheep. He had been a patient whom I was eager to
acquire after being awed by his demeanor. I was
enticed by llamas; their gentleness, their
intelligence and their versatility. After many
years of raising, training, showing, selling and
therapy use I am never bored with being among
ILR Registrar: Jan Wassink
In 1985, I had a
co-worker who had llamas and invited Dar and me
and our three boys (3, 8 & 11) along on an
“easy” weekend pack trip to a local lake.
Because it was an “easy” hike, we left after
work on Friday night and headed out. After
delays while loading and so on, we arrived at
the trail head an hour after we expected and
headed up the trail. The “easy” hike turned out
to not be so “easy” and we were still quite a
ways from the camp area when darkness overtook
us with no consideration of camping along the
trail because of the heavy overgrowth.
With six llamas, four
adults and eight kids, we were quite a group.
Shortly after dark, one of the llamas stepped
off the trail on a switch-back, lost his footing
and ended up tumbling down between the tail end
of our pack train on the lower part of the
switch-back. After he rolled below the trail,
everything went silent. We had no idea where he
was or his condition on the downhill slope in
relation to the trail.
To make a long story a
little shorter, he had stopped right on the lip
of a cliff
with the packs on his belly rather than back,
but still on. We unloaded him, carried the packs
back up to the other llamas, took him back up
and reloaded him. We arrived in camp about 2:00
AM and ate "dinner" and hit the sleeping bags
without really setting up camp.
While on the trip, the
llamas behaved with such calm and style that our
whole family became taken with these critters.
Because we wanted to get into more back-country
lakes and did not have the land or equipment
necessary to care for horses, llamas were a
perfect solution. We bought our first llamas
shortly after that and are still taken with