Turning the Other Cheek(full)

You know how on some days, you get up and start your day, but after a very short time, wish you hadn’t bothered. Well it seems that this situation is not the sole preserve of human beings. Pedro, my big male lllama is grumpy at the best of times and with his wall eyed appearance looks grumpy all of the time, putting the fear of god, or maybe of llamas, into the majority of people who cross his path. Well today was worse than most. Yesterday, I moved his group, consisting of 10 male alpacas, 3 pygmy goats, himself and Pablo( his boy child) into a new field. They have 10 acres of good grass and love the fact that they can roam majestically across the pasture to their heart’s content. However, Pedro does not like to be disturbed in his majestic roaming. It started badly when I got him up too early. We are having some fencing done by a local farmer, who came to see exactly what we wanted doing. Pedro saw his opportunity to frighten the living whatsits out of the farmer by galloping across the field to greet him, ears back, mouth already filling with vile grudge. Much to his disgust John stood his ground. Pedro screeched to a halt in front of this hero of a man, looked him up and down: ears back, ears forward, ears back, his cheeks bulging, ready to let rip if this damned intruder took one more step onto his territory. John turned his back on him and walked away!! The cheeks emptied, the ears assumed their forward, relaxed position – deflated!!!! He turned and walked away. I found him sitting in a corner sulking. Tomorrow is another day Pedro, better luck next time!

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