Smokey was born on October 8th, 2002 at Hidden Oaks Llama Ranch in Estacada, Oregon. Shortly after he was born, his then owner, Sherri Tallmon, noticed that he was very teachable, and touchable, and began using Smokey for competitive llama shows, where he performed very well right from the start! Over the years, Sherri enjoyed sharing Smokey with the public for parades, school field trips, and did many local nursing home visits. Smokey was even featured in a televised news story which can still be viewed at the Hidden Oaks Llama Ranch website: http://www.hiddenoaksllamaranch.com/information/(Scroll down to the “Therapy Llama” section, and click on the link to the video to see Smokey in action!)
We feel very privileged that Sherri allowed us to adopt Smokey to be a part of our therapy program in June of 2009. Smokey officially became certified for therapy through DoveLewis on October 31st. 2009, and proudly won top honors as the #1 “Beyond the Showring” llama in the world for 2010 (according to the International Llama Registry of nearly 200,000 llamas registered). As we use Smokey for more therapy visits, and special PR events, he is developing his own fan base that prefer his special look and temperament, so it has been exciting to see the welcome he has received from many places that had only met Rojo. On April 9th, 2010, Smokey was honored to open the DoveLewis “Boutiques Unleashed” fashion show with Seth Aaron Henderson, winner of TV’s Project Runway!
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