peanut photo

Friday Creek Farm Chanterelle


ILR # 265808

nonbreeder female  b. 7-11-2005

Sky Rocket x Snake River Dallys

Chanterelle, aka “Peanut” is 45" and is comfortable around 330 pounds, which she maintains if her chow intake is properly controlled. Her coat is right on the border between classic and curaca — she sheds some and can be combed, but she'd really rather be shorn and the regrowth rate allows that. Peanut is very athletic, sensible, and has a good work ethic, but is not the kind of llama who seeks out human companionship at home, in part because of her lack of early handling (she was not born here), and in greater part due to her amazing self-confidence. That doesn't mean Peanut doesn't like humans, though — once she gets to really know and trust someone, she's curious and shyly interactive. Peanut decided Gwen is actually a pretty fair and trustworthy leader, and looked to her rather than to any llama companion(s) when off the farm.

Peanut's sire (Sky Rocket) and paternal half-brother (Lost Creek Credo) both earned PLTA MPL certification; Credo became a full-time working personal packer after he was gelded. Peanut's paternal half-sister Saucony was a working packer for Jackson Hole Llama Trekking until the business changed hands. Peanut's dam (Snake River Dallys) was an enjoyable backcountry packer, and several maternal half-siblings are working packers, too. Packing really runs in Peanut's blood!

Peanut is very "handy" when bushwacking, thinks her way through novel trail challenges, and shows the characteristics we associate with a great "lead llama" (whether in a string or just being the first llama up the trail) — and if you already pack with llamas, you know the rarity and value of llamas who can lead! Peanut's initial stringing experiences showed that she's not only a capable leader, (unfazed by even a blundering, protesting newbie string behind), but that she's also very observant when she's the one bringing up the rear.

Peanut and half-sister Saucony (who returned to us after Jackson Hole Llamas changed hands) are now non-breeder working packers for a family of outdoor and hunting enthusiasts. Congratulations to the lucky buyers!

A chanterelle is a fall-fruiting species of mushroom, usually a beautiful golden color. And we all know what color a peanut is (and how little they are). For reasons that frustrate her breeder and (frankly) everyone except Gwen, Chanterelle prefers to be called “Peanut”. So her registered name is Chanterelle … and she goes by Peanut.