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Unusual Pet of the Day… Made Me Smile!

Remy, the Pet of the Day

Name: Remy
Age: One year, two months old

Gender: Male
Kind: Huacaya Alpaca

Home: Pennsylvania, USA

Pet of the Day: This is Remy, and his is my Huacaya Alpaca! Remy is the biggest ham you will ever meet. If you call his name he will instantly put his tail in the air (an alpaca sign of submission) and come running over with a toothy "grin". He is a wonderful cuddler and enjoys being trained for show and agility. Being a lover of food, he took right to clicker training and is willing to try just about any new trick to get his treat! After volunteering at the alpaca farm where he was born, I fell in love with his personality and trainability and decided that he would be perfect to add to my family. And he is!

He gets along great with the other alpacas. He is a roommate to another young male at the moment. He is sheeted once a year. Alpacas cannot sweat! So in the spring they must be given their hair cut. He is sporting a show cut, the fiber being left on his face, legs and tail so that it grows in properly for the fall show season. To be shorn they lay them out on the floor and stretch them out so they don’t get hurt. They use clippers like they use for sheep. The fiber is taken to the mill and turned into yarn. Many things are made from it! I have loads of socks and shoe insoles. But there are also scarves, clothing, stuffed animals, jewelry, etc. it is next to cashmere in its softness and quality.

Remy was bred and raised at Cider Press Alpacas. In case you are wondering what "huacaya" means, alpacas come in two types:   "huacaya" (like Remy) which have fiber like a teddy bear and "suri" which have fiber more like a angora rabbit. Alpacas also have no teeth on the top front of their mouth! They use the bottom teeth and the hard pallet to cut grass.

Remy, the Pet of the Day
Remy, the Pet of the Day

You know your are smiling!!

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Meet Koda, the little horse who could

Koda was born to two normal-size miniature horses at a farm.

Koda was born to two normal-size miniature horses at a farm. (Yarrambat Veterinary Hospital)

It is not uncommon for workplaces to have pets. Perhaps a fish or a bird, or at most a dog or cat roaming around the waiting room of a vet’s clinic.

But the Yarrambat Veterinary Hospital, north of Melbourne, has its very own horse who trots around the surgery, nibbling rubbish in the bins and hanging off whoever he can.

But this horse is different from most.

At just 35 kilograms and 59 centimeters tall, 12-month-old Koda is said to be Australia’s smallest horse.

He was born the size of a cat and he is still smaller than some dogs, but what he lacks in size he makes up for with his gigantic personality.

Dr Andy Lynch, who runs the clinic, says Koda – a miniature horse with dwarfism – is basking in his newfound celebrity.

“He absolutely loves the attention from people, he’s just soaking it up,” he told ABC News Online.

“Everywhere he goes he’s instantly recognized and he loves it.”

Australia’s Mr Ed has a jam-packed schedule, with plenty of bookings from local schools and nursing homes as well as a few TV appearances and photo shoots here and there.

“He just had a visit from an elderly people’s home,” Dr Lynch said.

“A van came to visit and he walked through the van and they loved him.

“He’s got a unique nature for a horse of his age. Normal-sized horses at 12 months can just be plain dangerous, but Koda is so trusting, he’s fantastic.

“His very tiny stature isn’t apparent to him, he just regards himself just like any other horse.”

Health issues

But it’s not all fun and games for lively little Koda, who has spent much of his short life immobilized and sadly faces an onslaught of ailments.

In fact when Dr Lynch first met Koda, he recommended that Koda be put down because of the severity of his health problems.

“He had very contorted, buckly limbs that went in all different directions when he tried to stand,” Dr Lynch said.

“And his face was a little bit misshapen, with quite a dished nose and his nostrils were almost like a pig’s snout.”

But luckily vet nurse Karen Stephenson, 23, saw hope in the little guy and persevered.

“I fell in love with him straight away,” she told ABC News Online.

“Provided he wasn’t going to go through too much suffering, I wanted to do whatever I could to give him a chance.”

Koda, who was born to two normal-size miniature horses at a farm, moved to Ms Stephenson’s nearby Kinglake property, where he first came across normal-size horses.

“All the larger horses were hesitant at first, but now he’s one of them but just the size of a dog,” she said.

Costly treatment

But Koda’s need for extensive treatment means he has had to relocate to a small stable at the Yarrambat clinic for now.

So far he has had two surgeries because of joint problems. At one stage his leg was in a cast and he faces more operations because his skull is too small for his teeth.

But “buoyant” Koda doesn’t let the surgeries get him down, Dr Lynch says.

“He’s very brave and he responds very well to pain relief,” he said.

The medical costs have so far mounted to $10,000 and Dr Lynch expects Koda will rack up at a bill of at least $30,000 more.

“But he’s well worth it,” Dr Lynch said.

Future for Koda

And even though Koda’s not expected to live a completely normal horse life, there is hope he will be around for at least a decade more.

“We would be happy with 10 years, bearing in mind a normal horse lives to 25 years,” Dr Lynch said.

“We’d be thrilled with 20 years.”

Dr Lynch says Koda will probably live at the Yarrambat clinic for a few more months at least, but then he will move back to Kinglake to “play with his other horse friends” again.

But this popular little horse isn’t pining for his equine mates too much; he gets on with humans just as well.

“He just loves attention from everyone and he knows he’s loved,” Dr Lynch said.

“In the absence of other horses, we have become his herd and he responds to us like we’re horses.”

And Ms Stephenson even has an idea to cater for “cheeky” Koda’s social needs and growing fame.

“He needs to go on tour around Australia,” she said.

By News Online’s Sarah Collerton

Posted August 13, 2009 07:00:00
Updated August 13, 2009 07:16:00

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