La Dolce Vita Alpacas

         Welcomes you!


What’s new around the Ranch:

Spring is Here!  We had a wonderful cold, rainy winter and spring is shaping up to be cool and pleasant.  The alpacas are in their full, fleecy glory and we are expecting 4 babies which should start arriving in early to mid May.  Everything is so green and the alpacas are having a good time getting to munch on the variety of plants that grow here. 

Winter was a roller coaster: Joe and Susan did get to enjoy their usual hobbies.  Joe did some radio contests.  Susan did her spinning, weaving and crocheting.  Here are some pics.  The first is Joe’s ever-growing wall of shortwave radio awards (his call sign is AA2IL...alpaca, alpaca, two idiot llama).  The rest of the pics are Susan’s crafts.


In the Trough of the Winter Coaster....Late December and mid-January were a little sad because we lost both of our beautiful and faithful Great Pyrenees: Annie and Nanook.  Nanook went first the Monday after Christmas due to heart failure and Annie to be put down 3 weeks later due to bone cancer.  They are sorely missed.

We were very fortunate to be able to procure 2 more Pyrenees from our friend Kim Lasley at Kritter Kamp.  Their names are Maddie and Spock.  Both are 5 years old and retired breeding stock.  Well, retired from breeding anyway.  Both are learning the alpacas and the routine.  The smaller one below is Maddie and the larger one with the darker ears is Spock.  They love morning coffee with the humans too!


The Good Doctor fixed Susan!  Susan was having terrible back pain and sciatica due to spondylolysthesis.  She is extremely happy that this was fixable and underwent surgery in late January.  She is healing up speedily, is able to do some chores and alpaca care.  Susan will be starting physical therapy as well.  Susan will be running at full capacity by birthing season.

Paladin is Always a Winner!!!  The consistently high awards of his offspring scream quality and excellence from La Dolce Vita’s breeding program.  Go to Paladin’s page and see the many others he has produced.  Give us a call and make arrangements for your girls so that you too can get some action in the show ring and improve your herd.  Here are 2 interesting pictures of Paladin: the first was taken at about 3 years old and the second was taken last spring, 10 years old.  He still looks marvelous and is holding on to all his great qualities.


We have a Face Book page too.  Susan loves Face Book.  It is really a fun and quick way to communicate with all of our fans.  Click here to check out the page.  Give us a “like” and join the page!                

We have the most Amazing Rugs!  Oh my gosh!!! you are not going to believe them until you see them!!! We had to create a special page just for the rugs.  You can watch a video of the local artist that created them for us.  We are so proud to be able to offer such an outstanding product.  Click on the Rug page to see them.

If you liked the video at the top of the page, there is more on the Photoshop Phun page.  Check them out.  There is some funny stuff there.

Our Ranch

La Dolce Vita Alpacas is located on the out skirts of Ramona California; about an hour east of San Diego.  Here in the foothills of San Diego County, our ranch is at about 2,000 feet elevation so it is cooler than the surrounding areas.  Ramona is a wonderful farming community.  This gives our operation access to great services and ranch resources as needs arise.

When you arrive at La Dolce Vita Alpacas, you will find a clean, well organized farm.  Our alpacas are well cared for and attended to on a daily basis.  We have a lovely steel barn which centralizes the care and handling of our alpacas with a generously stocked medicine room.  All the equipment necessary to provide top notch attention to our herd is readily available at our facility. 

Our ranch is a fully enclosed 10 acres.  Our corrals, land and barn are easily  accessible so a visitor can safely tour the entire property to see the whole operation. The 6 foot perimeter fence is electrified for extra safety.  Our wonderful Great Pyrenees also participate in the care and safety of our alpacas and will give you a warm welcome when you arrive.

We have terrifically healthy alpacas and a great breeding track record because of attention to detail and familiarity with our herd.  Basic grooming, nail and teeth care are well attended.  Our alpacas are also better at ease with people because of our consistent routines and positive reinforcement.

You can relax at La Dolce Vita Alpacas.  We like to mix business with pleasure because, after all, it is a pleasurable business.  We welcome and encourage you to explore our farm and this website.  But most of all, we really look forward to meeting you and teaching you about alpacas.


La Dolce Vita Alpacas is a full service ranch offering comprehensive sales and services to our clients.

The care and nurturing of alpacas is our passion. We are here to assist and support you in developing your dream farm.

Website updated on 3/22/16