The "why" has changed over the course of the many years that we've been involved in alpacas. Both Steve and I worked hectic jobs when we first were introduced to alpacas. There was a farm within a 1/2 mile drive from us and I dropped by to check out these strange animals. It truly was love at first sight. I was amazed at how I could spend hours in the pasture just watching them and I realized that I was able to leave my stress at the front gate. It wasn't long before I wanted to have a couple of my own. Living in a condo though, it just seemed like a natural thing to purchase the animals and board them at the farm where it had all started.
As we got more involved, we started to breed, show and sell. As our herd grew, we purchased a farm and eventually we retired from our full-time jobs. Now, in our retirement years, we still keep very busy with farm chores. It always feels good to go out and put in a long day of manual labor. The farm and the alpacas have helped us to stay busy, active and close to nature. God has blessed us with healthy alpacas and the ability to continue to do what we love. As an added bonus, we are able to give our compost (alpaca manure) to local gardeners which provides them with sustainable products completing the circle of life.