Thank you and a big welcome to Nicole Truman and Jeffrey Hatley to Dakota Ridge!
Thank you for becoming trusted guardian's of this sweet boy, and for honoring Thunder with this beautiful name:
Nimbus ThunderKat – an homage to our dearly departed "Down Under Thunder," and his sire and dam, BAL Whiskers and Ballistic's Bella Luna respectively. Nimbus - A luminous cloud, aura, atmosphere or halo surrounding a supernatural being, saint, person or thing. In the original Latin, "nimbus" means cloud. In modern meteorology, cumulonimbus clouds are dense towering clouds associated with thunderstorms. The moon's light, Thunder's spirit, and Whiskers' ever-watchful eye casts a magical aura and glow around this cria. ♥♥♥
Later in 2016, we welcomed to the farm, another handsome gelding named Kid Rock. He is a Tennessee Walking Horse and is being shared by us and a good friend, Colleen Gattuso (see picture of Colleen and Kid below). We also want to give a warm welcome to Colleen and her family! Colleen said she's in her "Happy Place" when she is here. Both Colleen and Kid have been great additions to the farm and are sweethearts.
In 2016, we welcomed to the farm, a handsome horse named Jax. He is owned by Katrina's sister, Jennifer Rickman and her son, Cody. Jax has fit right in with Sakima and they are best friends! He is also one of the visitor's farm favorites! Words cannot express how good it is to have Jenny and Cody here and to be able to share riding time with them. It is the best!
(Thank you, Gail Welter, for these photos of Thunder and me, and a special photo of Thunder's eye (can you see the reflection?))
R.I.P. DOWN UNDER THUNDER (1997 - 2016)
Our hearts are sad as I write about the loss of our very special 19 year old boy, "The Down Under Thunder", who passed gently over the rainbow bridge recently. Here is something I posted on our Facebook page about him:
Thunder was born in August 1997 and came to our farm as a weanling. He became one of our 4-H Club llamas, and helped "train" many of the young kids to do performance and showmanship. We could always count on Thunder to go anywhere and do just about anything. Thunder carried the pack on our treks and led the way on a feather light lead, even just a few weeks ago he did 3 treks with full grace and willingness. I will always remember one trek where a 3 year old girl led Thunder the whole way, what a great gentleman he was.
Thank you to all that came to love Thunder throughout the years. We hope his spirit will be around us daily, as we go through our lives here at the farm. Maybe we'll hear his hum for the fan to be turned on, or his loud yawn that made us laugh out loud, or maybe we'll see a flicker of those gray eyes of his. I hope we'll "feel" him standing near us craving love and a back or head rub as he did for so many years. This is a huge loss for us.
And, here is a wonderful blog written by a farm visitor. It was to be Thunder's last Trek on our farm. I couldn't go because we had a baby (cria) born, but, my husband offered to in my place. https://ladyskidmore.com/2016/11/12/llama-trekking-and-finding-my-zen/
In late 2015 we welcomed a new addition to our family! "Blue Angel" is a Border Collie, born in September of 2015. She is learning how to play and work with Phoebe and "keep" the llamas and horses in their pastures. We love her!
We would like to welcome Dan Nelson to Dakota Ridge Farm. He is the new owner of HHLF Cheyenne's Chief Teetonka and will continue boarding him at our farm.
Dan Nelson is a Franciscan priest, licensed clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at Siena College. In addition to his teaching and academic responsibilities, Dan maintains a small private practice of psychotherapy and spiritual direction. He was first introduced to llamas at DRF at a llama trek sponsored by the Siena Psychology Club and has been captivated by these mystical creatures ever since and now is the proud guardian of (Chief) TeeTonka. Thanks to Katrina and all at DRF for their continued support and mentoring in the art of llama caretaking.