Hill Country Alpacas is located near the Texas Hill Country town of Medina. You can find us just off Highway 16 between Kerrville and Bandera.
Hill County Alpacas is owned by Leigh and Chuck Thomas. We discovered alpacas while searching for a meaningful lifestyle to follow a successful corporate career and something to fill the empty nest created by our children starting their own adult lives. We learned about alpacas from a magazine article featuring a family experiencing a similar life-phase. They had found great joy and purpose in raising alpacas. We visited their ranch and followed up with lots of independent research, including visits to other ranches. We were soon hooked. We purchased our first alpacas in 2003.
Marco is our L.G.D. (Livestock Guardian Dog). He is a Maremma sheepdog, a breed that originated in Italy. He lives full-time with the alpaca keeping them safe from predators. Marco's mother and father guard a herd of goats. Consequently, he has been around livestock since birth. Marco also received instruction from Lucca, our first L.G.D. on how to protect alpaca, which actually is not particularly different from protecting goats. "Keep the predators away." Marco is still a big puppy and has some growing up to do.
R.I.P. Lucca-May 27, 2006 - Sep 10, 2018
Lucca was our first L.G.D. He too was a Maremma sheepdog. He came to live with us from Pennsylvania when he was a very young puppy. Leigh flew to PA and brougt him home in a carry-on pet carrier. He gave us great peace of mind and he did a fantastic job guarding our herd and animals belonging to others that were in for breeding or boarding.
We consider ourselves to have been blessed that Luke lived to be over 12 years of age considering how big a dog he was. He was fiecely independent and largely preferred to be left to himself and his job, but he did enjoy some full body massages, especially as he got older and his back legs began to fail him. He will be missed.
We love Texas!
To honor our home state, we name some of our alpaca offspring for the counties of this great state. For a neat interactive tool that locates each of the 254 Texas counties and the names that have been the inspiration for our alpaca herd, click on this map of Texas.
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