Alpaca ranch to welcome visitors this weekend - Etcetera - 9/23/13

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Donna Anderson and David Carney make up Double ‘D’ Alpaca Ranch LLC. Being all alpaca, all the time, was not always thus for the couple who are gearing up for their seventh annual alpaca extravaganza.

The pair began to dream about alpacas, akin to the llama, when they spotted two suri alpacas at the Alaska State Fair in 2002.

“Donna froze in her tracks and fell in love immediately with these gentle beauties. Three years later, we got engaged, Donna sold her 3,800 square-foot suburban home on its tiny lot and we bought 4 acres together with a 900 square-foot home on it in Tigard, Ore.,” David noted at their website, www.doubledalpaca.com .

From 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday the couple will host a free show-and-tell of sorts for the community at their new ranch at 2771 Byrnes Road, just west of Touchet. A farm store will feature alpaca yarn and products. Alpacas will be available to pet and new babies, called cria in Spanish, will be on hand.

“This is our seventh year putting on this event and it was a much larger affair when we were located in Tigard. We usually had live music, fiber art demonstrations and other activities as well as the store and alpaca interaction and received up to 300 visitors. We have only been here (in Touchet) nine months and have been very busy with the move and getting set up so it is a smaller event this year,” Donna said.

“We have never regretted this move and love the alpaca lifestyle,” David added. They now have 15 acres where they focus solely a herd of 35. Suris are known for their silky hair that resembles pencil-locks.

“Our focus has been purchasing a foundation herd from solid breeding programs with excellent pedigrees. We have chosen females that came from farms with many years of experience breeding the suri alpaca. Double D has continued to breed to herdsires from those breeding programs that have produced champion offspring,” according to their website. They have neither horns, hooves, claws nor incisors. The intelligent animals communicate most commonly by softly humming.

For more information, contact Donna at 503-888-9712, info@doubledalpaca.com or click here.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.

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