|Alpaca Pool Time|
I had a female that had a horrible reputation as a spitter come stay at my farm. I admit I wasn't enthusiastic about having her but after only a few days here, I saw her behavior was based on fear. I saw it in her eyes as I walked past her one day. I can deal with that. Cranky animals are one thing but ones that are coming from a place of fear, I can more easily work with. I discovered she too loved the hose. She wouldn't come near me to get treats but the hose, she would come right away to get a good squirt down. She would let me touch her if I was spraying her and she would come right up close to me on her terms. Once I started hosing her, the treats came quickly after that. She loved to come and participate in conversations. Her head would go back and forth as if she were listening to whomever was speaking. Then she learned to give kisses for her carrots. She was quite enthusiastic about giving kisses. Within a couple of months, her owners barely recognized her because she was so friendly and enjoyed coming over to say hello. And, it all started with the hose!