Lofty Pine Fusion
April 22 1996-August 10 2013
Fusion….he came as a package deal over 11 years ago and was the best kid trainer ever! Oh sure, the kids thought they were the ones doing the training, but it was really him! He knew the drill and would only pretend to be learning as each new 4H’er had him as their project. He’d follow you to the ends of the earth and back if asked!
It was 6:17 pm, I was in Cincinnati when I got the call that Fusion was down and when made to get up, his left front leg hung limp. Maybe it was just sprained, maybe he slipped on the barn floor, I thought….praying it wasn’t anything worse.
Lloyd called the vet who came out and confirmed his suspicions… it was broken at the Radius, just below his shoulder. HOW on earth could this have happened??!! We’ll never know, he was 17, and as any geriatric, he could have had brittle bones.
I made it home just after Dr. Kari had given him ‘the shot’ and was able to hold his head on my lap for quite some time before he finally breathed his last. I stroked his head and told him what a good boy he’d been all these years, how I was SO GOING TO MISS HIM… it was dark, the rest of the llamas were scattered around the field, kushed for the night… an owl called from a nearby tree….. Go ahead…go… it’s okay, I told him….. several more breaths and he was gone.
I wish we’d had time to gather all the kids that had taken him through the years so they could say good bye too. He finished his 4H career at the Ohio State Fair and the Champaign County Fair just days before, and as always, did an excellent job.
I know I have tons of pictures, but chose a few from over the years…..
Carmen and Fusion were the same age! Here, for the Children’s Parade at Pony Wagon Days, I used Kool-Aid to dye his fiber.
Greeting residents at Southbrook and McAuley Center
I always loved this shot of Levi and Fusion….the gentle touch on the lead, yup, that was Fusion.
Paper lead? No problem!
His last Ohio State Fair and
Champaign County Fair
Even led by royalty! The fair queen took him through the obstacle course, for the first time handling a llama….almost flawlessly. Way to go, Fusion….you made her look so good!!
Reunited with his pals that have gone on… each one is special, some just a little more than others.
You will be missed………….