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Saturday, August 3, 2019

Sunshine and Rainbows

Serenade , spring 2019

Serenade , spring 2019

Unfortunately raising animals is not all sunshine and rainbows as some would believe.
Along with the joys of seeing new life created and enjoying our beautiful alpacas comes the grief of loss occasionally.
Yesterday was one of those days as we said goodbye to one of our favorite alpacas, Jericho's Serenade. Serenade was one of the sweetest natured animals here on our farm with a calm, gentle disposition. She was a wonderful mom and gave us two beautiful, healthy crias here.
Serenade was fourteen years old and appeared to be in perfect health until she suddenly lost weight and seemed off. She declined very rapidly and bloodwork confirmed Lymphoma.
Yesterday, we did the humane thing and had our vet end her suffering. She went peacefully and is no longer in pain.
Along with the sadness, we feel a sense of relief knowing she's no longer suffering.
We will miss her dearly and our barn will certainly feel empty without her there.
Serenade will live on in our memory, so in some aspect , will always be with us.
Rest in Peace, Sweet Serenade.