BLT Patron's Andorra loves being handled. Her Basic training has gone very well and is complete. She is fully handleable, allowing touching and inspection of her face, eyes, ears and her entire body. She enjoys being groomed and allows her feet to be picked up and toes trimmed without fuss. She is comfortable being approached and haltered. She is easily led, walks on loose lead, changes pace, stops, and turns, performs side-pass and backs in a straight line and through turns. Dora easily loads and unloads in a trailer, and is an experienced traveler.
By three months of age Dora was capably negotiating the following obstacles while wearing a training saddle:
Dora works obstacles well but, she enjoys hiking even more. In our part of the country this means walking either along animal trails or cross-country over rough terrain, across rock beds, up and down canyon walls and through brush. Dora enjoys all of it. She is currently training for her first Basic Pack Llama trial and could easily earn her BPL
certificate now if she were old enough.
- negotiates gates and tight places
- negotiates unusual surfaces
- steps up onto surface 12 inches or more high
- negotiates stairs
- allows being petted by strangers
- calmly tolerates dog under control of leash
- walks 24 inch-high bridge
- ducks through tunnel or other obstacle
- calmly steps over object or series of objects
- jumps object or series of objects
- negotiates teeter-totter ramp
- works comfortably with children
Dora is a short-wooled, double-coated ccara type llama with clean legs and face. Her straight legs and strong back combine in perfect proportion to give her excellent conformation. She is a breeding quality female, a fact well borne out by not only her excellent conformation, but also by her heritage of quality working llamas. At Burns Llama Trailblazers we use the Pack Llama Trail Association's (PLTA) certification process as a way of testing and documenting our llama's packing abilities. Dora's ancestors have performed admirably agaist these standards. The other llamas in her lines also have a history of packing well. Her sire, Latitude's Silver Patron, is one of only two certified PLTA Elite String Pack Llamas. Her dam has earned her PLTA Advanced Pack Llama Certificate and accrued ten ALSA show points in performance classes. Her maternal grandsire, Eagle's Nest Americus, was a PLTA Master Pack llama.