Today I am telling you all about my Nanny Fudge Sunday from the day she arrived here, to the day she said goodbye, My Alpaca and Human families have told me all about her.
Nanny Fudge came to live here in 2017 with her daughter Cloud. Her other daughter Bella (my Mum) was living here since earlier that year. When my owners went to see Fudge at her Old Farm there was just something about
her that made them fall in love with her. She was very thin and had some health issues but the most obvious one was her limp. The person on the farm told them that Fudge didn't get her Vitamin Injections when she was young and then got injured
and her hip never recovered. It was decided there and then that she was coming to live at Hilltop Farm.
Nanny Fudge was never really halter trained or handled much so she was very nervous
and a bit feisty when anyone went near her. When she was brought in with all the others for vaccinations, doses and all the other bits and pieces us alpacas need to get done to keep us well, she would spit and growl at everyone and try her best to escape.
But over time and with a bit of extra attention like feeding her by hand, talking to her and not given up on her eventually my owners gained her trust. She kept her feisty spirit but was so much easier to manage and was first to the feeders when it was breakfast
or tea time. She also became a bit of a leader with the others. Whenever our owners were moving us into a new field all they had to do was call " Fudgie" and she would come running and hobbling along with all the others behind her. She really was well settle
in with us.
In 2019 she had a boy named Elijah who looks just like her now. He is my half brother as Bronson is his Dad too. She loved being a mum and was a wonderful
mum to her babies. She, herself, had to decide when it was time, to wean them. For this reason she was only mated every few years to give her a rest.
During the hot weather
Fudge just loved the water. She was always putting her feet in the water buckets and knocking them over, this use to drive the others mad as their water was gone but then my owners got this cool splashing pool and she would love to splash and sit down it to
As she was now getting all her vaccinations, drenches and vitamins on a regular basis, Nanny Fudges health was good and she had been mated for what was to be, her last
Our fields are so near the house so our owners can keep a close on us. One afternoon last winter, we all noticed she was sitting a bit and when we went over to check her she seemed
cold and was shivering. Our owners got her in and checked her over. They decided to call the vet and he told us all she had developed pneumonia. That's the thing with us alpacas, we can be very sick but we hide it very well. After a week
of medicine Nanny Fudge seemed to make a good recovery and she was wearing a cool jacket for the rest of the winter.
In March of this year at 8 months gestation my Nanny gave birth to
a tiny little stillborn girl. She was gorgeous but for some reason she was too precious for this world. My owners called her Gigi. The vet came out and checked my Nanny over, and we all kept a close eye on her. My owners gave her a bit of
extra attention as she was feeling a bit sad.
In May we all got our annual haircut or shearing as it is called. Due to everything that had happened the previous winter, it was
decided not to shear my Nanny as her fleece was very short and not of good quality. The weather got very very cold a few weeks after the shearing and we all felt it. While we were all sitting in the shed out of the cold my Nanny was sitting in the field
all delighted with herself, she still had her fur coat.
About a month ago Nanny Fudge started to breath very fast. The vet came out and told us all she had pneumonia again. Her lungs
might have been damaged the first time. After treating her at home for a while there was no improvement so it was decided to bring her up the UCD Veterinary Hospital. A us alpacas are herd animals, she could not go alone so her daughter Cloud was brought
with her to keep her company. She stayed up there for almost a week and improved a little but they told us she had permanent lung damage which may have been caused by having pneumonia in her younger years, this meant she was going to keep getting sick and
she also had developed arthritis in her hip.
She was delighted to came home and see us all but we could all see she wasn't very well. Her big beautiful eyes were so tired, her
body was very weak and after having so many needles put into her every day she was so sore. She was happy to be home with everyone she knew. The next day she was weaker. No matter what the owners put in front of her or gave to her she just
wouldn't eat, she just wasn't able. She was getting weaker and weaker and if she went to get up, she would stumble and sit down again. The vet came out and tried one more injection to see if it would help. Then I heard him tell my owners if it didn't
help, they might have a decision to make.
This was heartbreaking for us, we did not want to see my Nanny go to heaven. She began to get worse. I was in the nearby field so I could see
Then I saw It.............I saw the way she looked at my owners....... it was like she was asking for their help. Help, to end her pain and suffering, she had
gone through enough. Everyone was very, very upset and sad but we all knew for her sake, it was time for my Nanny to be" Put to sleep" .
The vet came back and told us it was the
right thing to do, she was just too sick. She looked at him and for the first time in a few weeks she didn't make a sound when she saw an injection. She knew. All the boys had come back into my field, the girls and my owners were all around Nanny, we
all wanted to be there for her.
When she was ready and after every one had said their goodbyes, the vet very gently gave her an injection and within seconds she had drifted away peacefully.
Nanny Fudge was now gone to alpaca Heaven. We all miss her very much but we know she is in the right place now, at peace and pain free with her daughters Bella & Gigi.
Nanny Fudge, we all love you so much and will never forget you. x x x x