So on to Cattera... Cattera was another of the three original llamas we purchased from Shagbark Ridge Llamas back in 1999. She would be a companion for the first llama we purchased, Sheba. When we bought her, Cattera was a beautiful 2-yr-old female, bred for her first cria (baby llama) (due in October 2000). Like Duque, Cattera had been shown extensively by someone in Shagbark Ridge's 4-H program, and overall she was a friendly girl. However, Cattera hated *me* with a passion! No matter how nice I was, she just loved to spit on me! Cattera quickly became another one of my sister's favorites, and Hannah also showed most of her crias. I just stayed away!
|Cattera's sire, Mountain Cherokee.|
|Cattera's dam, SHAG Catterina.|
|Cattera and Hannah at the Great Lakes Regionals.|
Next came Catanna. She is easily the largest llama we've ever had born on our farm (34 lbs at birth) and matured to be the biggest too! She was a bit stubborn to be good for performance, but she had beautiful babies.
Next was Catalina (are you sensing a trend in the names? Every single Cattera baby had a name that started with *Cat*). This little girl had a lot of potential, but unfortunately she didn't get shown much and didn't get to live up to it.
The first boy was Catlinite. Amazingly he and Catalina (above) are NOT full siblings, they have different sires! But they really do look identical! Catlinite was my show boy for awhile, and actually did pretty well.
After Catallegre was born, we decided Cattera needed a break from being a mom. Instead, she got to be a grandma! Here she is with Catastrophie's first cria, who looked remarkably like her!