We are an Alpaca Ranch with both Suri & Huacaya to make you smile and even laugh. Be Good Stewards of the Land
Be Good Stewards of the Animals
Be Good Stewards of the People who cross your path on their journey
The Seven Stars Alpaca Ranch and Country Store are open to the public by appointment. We love to share the ranch with others and are always eager to show you our gentle alpacas and their friends.
Operating as usual
Just arrived at the Ranch, May 1. Valais Black Nose Sheep and they are adorable. Thank you Sarah Maki Smith for breeding these darlings and letting me purchase them from you. We have already bonded with them. Folks these sheep are over the top in the cuteness and friendliness category. Come see at the Seven Stars Ranch on one of our guided tours held at 11 AM everyday in the summer.
I start receiving calls in the summer asking if I know of a shearer for alpacas, this is who we use for our 30 alpacas.
Our professional Camelid shearer will be in the Coeur d'Alene area the last week in May or the first week in June. The date has not been set at this time. Brian, at Shear Relief LLC is reliable and does an outstanding job. If you supply the shots he will give them to your alpaca/llama and cut those toenails. Alpacas should be sheared once a year. They are in this area for a short time before moving on to the next ranch. If you want you alpacas and llamas sheared for the summer email Brian at:
Shear Relief 2022 Prices:
16- 50 alpacas 40.00 each
51- 100+ alpacas 35.00 each
ALL Llamas are 55.00 each
Teeth are 15.00 per head
Toe nails are FREE
Travel Fee Is 100.00 per farm
Happy New Year may your 2022 be filled with Laughter, Wisdom, and Kindness.
The snow has been coming down and will continue to do so all week. My morning smile to see the mini horses run across the pasture up to their bellies in snow and having fun.
For me, I am enjoying the hot coffee Andy just brought me while sitting in the library with a couple of my wonderful cats. Life is good as I hope it is for you
This is MR. who is a 12 weeks old Rottie. This little guy is being socialized and trained. He is a huge hit with the people who come for a Seven Stars Ranch Tour. He already knows "leave it" "sit" "lets go" and "I Love You.🥰"
Roxie, (GS) and Suka (BC) are wondering what he is doing here and "weren't we all happy enough without him". This attitude probably has a lot to do with those sharp puppy teeth.
They are coming soon to the Seven Stars Ranch. Valais Blacknose Sheep are being added to our wonderful herd of animals. These sheep are friendly and wanting your company and a good rub. Andy and I had so much fun being introduced to these animals yesterday. It was difficult not to bring one home. In the early spring they will make an excellent addition to our ranch and I can hardly wait for their arrival.
One of my favorite pictures of the Seven Stars Ranch. Andy made the sign and did all the rock work. I love the curve of the sigh that matches the curve of the mountain as you are driving up our road.
Purely accidental and a wonderful surprise when I noticed. What are the chances?
Please meet Candy Man the newest addition to the Seven Stars Ranch. He is a Nigerian Dwarf Goat that is already bringing smiles and joy to our visitors and friends. He is joining Butterfinger, Milky Way, Twizzle Twister, and Snicker Doodle, his mother, who had a Jolly Rancher last year at this time. They are all sweeties and love company.
Photos from SEVEN STARS RANCH LLC's post
More 2021 North Idaho State Fair pictures of us getting ready to close down Barn 9 and take our very good animals home after a long 10 days.
The North Idaho State Fair has come to a close. It was fun and we met a lot of nice people. I am posting some pictures of closing up the barn and our friends walking our animals out. Smiles from everyone even if a some were a bit apprehensive. I never set people up to fail because if I do that then I have failed and I do not like failing. I knew our new friends would do fine with the animals I chose for them to walk.
Alexia Jordan, North Idaho State Fair General Manager and CEO and her Team have been very diligent to pull off a fantastic event. All the fair participants have worked tirelessly along with staff to make this event the best. Success!
This is the last day of the Fair so come see us in Barn 9 which is behind Alexia with the alpaca cut out on the front.
See you at the Fair in CDA ID.
Such a good job at the North Idaho State Fair.
So many people working hard for 10 days of fun.
Let's all be KIND to those that showed up to work for our safety and entertainment. See you at the North Idaho State Fair, in Coeur d' Alene ID. The Fair grounds are located on Government Way.
We are at the North Idaho Fair located on Government Way in CDA ID. Come say "Hi" in Barn 9 where you will meet our Alpacas, mini horses and donkeys, and Snicker Doodle with her off spring the Jolly Rancher.
BARN 9 AT THE FAIR
They do an excellent job of putting on a quality fair.
SEE YOU AT THE FAIR.
Celine (Icelandic Sheep) and Bandito the Kissing Bandit (Alpaca) have passed on after giving me many years of smiles. I miss them so much. They were two of the first to help me start the Seven Stars Ranch and make it into a business. They caused much laughter and were among the favorites of our guest. There is so much more that I can say about them but I think it is enough to say they had a good life experience and gave much joy to others. They were well loved.
Shearing was done a couple of weeks ago by Brian Gnizak, who owns and operates Shear Relief LLC. I can't give this person enough Kudos, he is wonderful to work with and very good with our animals. If you need your alpacas sheared I highly recommend Brian.
WSU made a ranch visit the day of shearing and checked over all of our livestock. We are proud to report that our animals are doing fine and in good health. They will also be far more comfortable in the 100 degree temperatures we will be having in July and into August.
All is good on the Seven Stars Ranch and we hope the same for you.
Justice was served today. Now we have a lot of work to do so that justice may served not just today but everyday.
I have finally figured out what to call our two rescued alpacas. Since we are the Seven Stars Ranch and most of our alpacas are named after stars or constellations it seemed fitting to call the cria who was born on February 11 Aquarius and her mother will be called Rigel.
Katrina came to visit the alpacas and take them for a walk with Rach. Zeke was a huge help to Andy get the last Scottish Highlander to its new home.
Another busy day on the ranch.
This little cria decided to latch on to mom after five days of bottle feeding. Andy and I could not believe it and we were also very relieved. Bottle feeding every two hours takes a lot of energy as you new moms out there know.
Racheal and Amanda are coming up to walk mama and they carry the cria for me. Right now Andy has his hands full with loading up cattle, feeding, and cleaning. I am unable to walk very far at this time but hope after my back surgery that issue will be remedied.
Thank goodness for friends.
Fun on the Seven Stars Ranch
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I Think this little gal is going to make it. She has had some great Veterinarian care from Sandpoint Area Veterinary Service from Celeste Grace. Our gratitude coming your way.
Mama is very attentive although I am unable to get the cria to latch on to nurse. We will keep trying but am pretty sure at this time she will be a bottle fed baby.
The people who asked us for help have decided that if we will take on these two and care for them that would be best for them and the alpacas.
What do you think of the name Valentines for the cria? Got any good suggestions please pass them on to me. I need two names one for mama and one for the cria.
Be Good Stewards of the Land
Be Good Stewards of the Animals
Be Good Stewards of the People who cross your path on their journey
Some more of my friends that I am grateful to have in my life.
My day always starts with a cup of coffee and a yell out the door "Good Morning little darlings."
Great start to a wonderful life.
This was last month but I have been so busy and have not taken the time I should to thank these three for making my birthday special. Rilee made the cake. She has done this for me two years in a row and I do hope she remembers me next year.😉🥳
Rilee, Caitlin, and Brittany came up with gifts and this beautiful cake, again I am blessed.
Thank you kind ladies.
I love that my friends understand I might need a smile and an act of kindness.
Brittany and Rilee surprised me a couple of weeks ago by showing up at 8 am to fix me breakfast and bring me a basket full of joy. Homemade cookies (so good) and homemade muffins (so good). bath salts, book, candles, and scents.
Being surrounded by love and not even being aware of all the work and time that has gone into making you feel special is very heartwarming. These lovelies must have gotten together and decided I needed a "pick me up." So touching to know they were putting this together for me, thinking about me while doing so, and I was not aware of their effort. Brings tears to my eyes after an especially difficult time.
Paca Your Day With Wisdom:
Some give so much while others take and try to destroy. Be careful who you let in your life as it makes all the difference in your quality of life.
I am blessed.
Andy was not home for more than 24 hours when he fell at the bottom of the stairs hitting his back on the bottom stair breaking three ribs.
We will get through the next few weeks with one foot in front of the other.
Andy is coming home after two months in Wisconsin with his mom and family. I am so anxious for his arrival.
The ranch is all clean and animals taken care of, house is clean, made a fresh loaf of beer bread to go with creamed potato soup made this morning and have his favorite Tillamook vanilla ice cream for dessert. I am knocking it out of the ball park with doing everything to make my man feel welcome to be home.
Except for one thing. I just filled our brand new Kubota up with gas.😖Now I have fueled the equipment on this ranch hundreds of times and have never made this mistake. I have seen other people make this mistake but not me. Fortunately I caught my mistake before I started the Kubota. Sorry honey.
There are so many ways to say "I Love You" beyond flowers and candy and the words. Andy has been gone for two months visiting his 97 year old mom. He started driving home yesterday and to stay COVID safe he is driving home the same way he drove to Wisconsin. Sleeping in his car and eating the food packed for the trip. No stops except for gas, wiping the handles down with disinfectant. Needless to say I am so ready for him to be home. I have had so much help from good friends this last two months. Mike Anderson, Caitlyn, Rilee Escalante, Racheal and Zeke, Amanda and Jason, Clint and Barbra all stepping in when they could sometimes at a moments notice. These lovely people came and scooped poop, fed animals, plowed snow, brought me food, and checked our fence lines.
I thank you all so much and we are so glad to have you in our lives.
Happy New Year From Our Ranch To Yours
Started my busy Christmas morning off with the usual chores. Then a pleasant breakfast brought over by Zeke and Racheal. A spinach turkey ham quiche made with a dozen of their own farm fresh eggs. So good and I am so fortunate to have these lovely people in my life. Thank you, Thank you
From our ranch to yours a very Merry Christmas
New Year full of hope and love for one another.
Good morning from the Seven Stars Ranch.
I received this cup in the mail without a note. So I do not know who it is from but I want to send a huge Thank You to my Secret Santa.
This cup will hold my morning coffee and I will cherish the thought of giving.
The picture is of Rose Star Cushing while the two sisters Pegasus and Carina have their heads down grazing away. Carina is the one with the fluffy bum. Cause for a morning smile as I start busy day.
Time to get another cup of coffee and watch the turkeys march down the driveway to head into the pastures where they will hunt for their breakfast.
For those who have asked:
I run a legitimate business and in doing so I really can't do this for free. However, during COVID Andy and I wanted to do something for others that could lift their spirits if only for an hour. This business has snowballed into something that brings Andy and me much pleasure.
I charge for the guided tours, $10 a person $5 kids under 12, and free for toddlers. The guided tours usually given by me are educational and full of stories. They last no more than an hour and a half. I tell people what we strive for:
Be Good Stewards of the Animals
Be Good Stewards of the Land
Be Good Stewards of the People Who Cross Your Path on Their Journey
So with that said, our COVID responsibility is to keep people as well as ourselves safe. Hence the idea of Self-Tours was born.
People come up and because both animals and people can be unpredictable at times I give a quick talk on safety. We also briefly speak about our retirement years and how we had never done anything like this in our past. Now we’re having the time of our life.
Masks are required when close to people outside their own group and Social Distancing.
I ask people who are able to to donate, purchase something from the store, or both. I know lots of people are out of work, and we all need to get out in nature more, breathe fresh air, and pet a mini donkey bum or get a kiss from Bandito the Kissing Bandit. People are allowed to go in with the goats, minis, and alpacas. I have been doing this a long time, so I am comfortable enough with our animals to let people go in and visit. The rest of the animals, such as the big horses and cattle are seen by walking along the outside fence line as most people would not know how to handle a Scottish Highlander with those horns walking up to them.
The smiles we receive and the many thanks fill our hearts and help us to know what we are doing has helped others to cope during a difficult time.
And in some small way if someone is having a difficult time monetarily or feeling overwhelmed during the time of COVID we hope the 77 Heartbeats have made at least a couple hours a little easier for them.
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