Wednesday, October 3

Healthy Obsession: Baby Alpacas and Heifer International

On the morning of September 8, 2012, my life was forever changed. It was the day I discovered... alpacas. 

SavannahB I just had a serious Kristen-Bell-baby-sloth-meltdown moment over a baby alpaca. IT'S THE CUTEST THING I'VE EVER SEEN I WANT ONE I AM DYING. 
pstrack @SavannahB You do know that alpacas spit, don't you?  

SavannahB @pstrack Alpacas are too cute to spit.
Alpacas became my favorite thing. 
I went a little alpaca crazy. 
I might have told my beloved son that alpacas are cuter than his is.  
I'm not ashamed. 

Look at this face, y'all!
How do you not fall in love with that?

 SavannahB I've narrowed my big birthday gift options down to three: 1) new tattoo, 2) new iPhone, 3) new BABY ALPACA.3:51 AM Sep 10th  

SavannahB ALPACAS! "@Heifer: Fun Fact: Alpacas' exceptionally soft wool provides families w/ fine material to make blankets, ponchos and hats."1:26 AM Sep 14th 

My friends even tolerated my crazy got in on the fun:

 AdenaJ @SavannahB Happy, happy birthday! Did you see the baby alpaca I left in your backyard? 
 kellimarks I just got an order for a llama cake. That could sort of look like an alpaca, right @SavannahB 
KamosMom "And to put it simply: Alpacas are pleasant looking and Llamas look like they’re constantly judging  
That's a baby alpaca! In a coat!

And then, a famous, funny, and fabulous author inadvertently got in on the action: 

SavannahB You guys! I'm not alone!! “@altgeldshrugged: Someday I will own an alpaca... I just wanted to put it out there to the universe.”4:05 AM Oct 2nd

I mean, seriously. It's a little out of control. Luckily, there have been some ways I've lessened my insane need for BABY ALPACAS IN MY BACKYARD OMG. 

First, was this: 
YOU GUYS. My momma mailed me a baby alpaca for my birthday!! on Twitpic
My mother mailed me a baby alpaca for my birthday.

Then, there's this:

@Heifer: Read how Heifer alpaca projects address nutrition and climate change vulnerability in Peru: 
Look how cute and helpful!

Heifer, my all-time-number-one-super-favorite non-profit, was tweeting about alpacas. And! That article was written by Little Rocker and all-around awesome gal, Brooke Edwards.

Because, sadly, I can't have a baby alpaca in my backyard, I have to settle for gifting one to someone else- someone who will actually benefit from alpaca ownership, someone who won't (or, maybe they will), squeal whenever they see their alpaca.

Heifer's Knitter's Gift Basket!The Knitter's Basket includes four of our fuzzy friends that are keeping Heifer partner families warm all around the world. Your gift represents a llama, an alpaca, a sheep and an angora rabbit – four animals that provide families with ample wool and endless opportunities to build a better life.

Every Christmas, I give my kids some honeybees, because, well, duh. This year, I think I'll add some alpaca action to the gift. I can't buy an entire Knitter's Gift Basket ($480), but I can buy a share ($48).

Come back here tomorrow, because I'm giving away some chicks (how often do bloggers get to say that?),and you'll also get a look at a very cool new interactive gift-giving option from Heifer. 

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