September 18, 2012  

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SUBJECT: How We Got Interested in Llamas PART 2

This issue contains info for two of the five ILR Board Members and the ILR Registrar

Info for board members Mary Jo Miller, Kristy Brown and Bill Safreed was sent out in an earlier e-VISION - click here to connect to it.




“No one can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can
start today 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 page International Lama Registry.

Treasurer: Kathi McKinney – Building Division

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)

It 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 and horses.

I 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 them!

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 llamas.

Alone we struggle; TOGETHER we thrive!