Yesterday was a sad day here at Patou. No, nothing bad has happened, all the alpacas are well, no, it's been a sad day because Sue and I decided, after a lengthy discussion, to sell Mr Bo Jangles.
We always said we would keep him forever but we decided that it would be best to sell him.
Jo and Steve Ings had chosen Orchard Apollo and Inca Bingo to be two thirds of their trio of young males and we knew that they were very keen on Bo. We had said to them several times that he was not for sale. Bingo is black and Apollo is fawn and Jo and Steve were looking for a chestnut brown male to make up their group. Bo is chestnut brown with beautiful white markings on his face, white socks and black feet. In short he is a very handsome young alpaca.
Bo was the obvious choice.
It was a decision we didn't take lightly, we love that little lad, but we had to make the decision based on what was best for him and what was best for Patou Alpacas, the business. We couldn't keep hanging on to males just because we loved them. If we did that we would never sell any of our own alpacas.
So Bo has gone. He is the first member of our own herd, the Patou herd, to be sold. He has only gone 3 miles down the road and we will see him frequently. Jo and Steve have put a lot of money and effort into making a lovely home for the boys and we know they will enjoy their new life where I feel they will get rather spoilt.
It was quiet ride home after dropping the boys off and we shall miss him a lot.
It was the right decision and life will go on here. Soon there will be the next generation of Patou alpacas on the ground.
We wish Steve and Jo great happiness with Bo, Apollo and Bingo.