Alpacas come to Finney House
On Sunday 30th June 2019 Longridge Alpacas came to Finney House and residents had the pleasure of meeting two male Alpacas called Persia and Claude.
Alpacas are beautiful calming animals and residents soon learned to enjoy petting and making a fuss of them.
It is proven that animal therapy is very beneficial to older people. Animals are a great source of affection, conversation and activity. They are also a good stress relief as being with animals releases a feel good hormone and the physical contact can release anxiety.
Longridge Alpacas was founded by owner Josie, who originally qualified as a barrister and got to the bar at Inner Temple in London. During her final year of training she became unwell and was eventually diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and Fibromyalgia which impacted on her ability to practice, she then decided to develop a business based on her love of animals. She is a positive trainer, which means all her Alpacas are trained using positive reinforcement and are handled daily to ensure they are happy, relaxed and comfortable around people, noises and strange environments.
Alpacas are originally from the Altiplano in west-central South America around Peru, Chile and Bolivia in the 400 metre area of the Andes. They are part of the camelid species and are related to the Llama. Mainly used as a fleece producing animal, they are intelligent and naturally inquisitive. Once they have been handled, they can become very friendly and gentle with people. They all have fantastic personalities and can be very funny and loving. Claude is so soft so he’s called Claude the cloud and loves to eat mushy grapes. Persia runs straight over when he sees you coming and always wants to know what’s going on.
Residents soon made friends with Claude and Persia and it made for a fun and very interesting afternoon outside in the sunshine.