DADE CITY, Fla. - Maybe it’s their funny faces, or the adorable way their mouths move when they chew, but there’s something about the alpaca that's both laughable and lovable.
Debbie Pettis fell in love with alpacas. Ten years later, she and her husband Neville own “Sweet Blossom Alpaca Farm” in Dade City, home to 60 alpacas and llamas.
“I just couldn't imagine not waking up and seeing these little faces,” Debbie said.
Fifteen sprawling acres for their camelid creatures to chill and curious humans to visit.
“I tell people it's like therapy coming out here. You're in another frame of mind,” Debbie said.
If you’re still not convinced; join them for a snack and feel their soft furry lips on your skin. Each one has their own personality, and even their own name.
“That's Sakkara, Pistoletta, Mimi and Duchess,” said Debbie.“Each one is very different, as far as how they look and they're personality. They very much mimic human behavior. You have all types of humans and you have all different types of alpacas”.
There are the sassy ones who love to strut their stuff, the photo-friendly crew and a whole crowd just looking for some affection. If you’re really lucky, you might even get a kiss from Lorelei the llama. But be warned if you get too close. Since alpacas or llamas can’t talk, they hum and spit instead.
Sweet Blossom is open to the public for tours, by appointment only. If you visit, make sure to stop by the farm store, where they sell tons of stuff made from alpaca fiber. You can purchase socks, purses, hats, stuffed animals and much more.
For more information, head over to Sweet Blossom Alpaca Farm's website.