Alpacas, Miniature Donkeys and Elk, Oh My!

Aaron Liersemann | 08/16/2017 | Animals, Boring, Canby, Communities, Estacada, Farms & Wineries, Lake Oswego, Milwaukie, Molalla, Oregon City, Sandy

Alpacas Kissing

Animals. They seem to be everywhere now, and whether you’re taking your service wallaby to the Blazers game, or practicing yoga next to a goat or alpaca, humans seem to continuously develop a growing affinity for animals of all shapes and sizes. Here in Mt. Hood Territory we’re no different (except for the service wallaby- we’re still absorbing that one).

Take the kids to Tollen Farm, where they can pet and hug the Mediterranean Miniature Donkeys while the adults shop in Tonie’s art and antiques store stocked with one-of-a-kind treasures for your home and garden. Take a tour of award winning Alpacas at Marquam Hill Ranch while learning all about these amazing animals, like that their wool is 100% hypo-allergenic, so breathe easy my lanolin allergic friends. If you like your antlers furry, then head over to Rosse Posse Acres, where you can visit a working elk farm, complete with a petting zoo that has of all things, a wallaby!*

Perhaps the most iconic animals in Mt. Hood Territory are the St. Bernard’s at Timberline. Introduced back in the 1960’s the historic lodge has always had a pair of St. Bernard’s each generation named Heidi and Bruno, who you can find happily lounging around the hotel, just waiting for a scratch behind the ears or a photo op.

“But hey, mediocre blog writer, what about horses? I love horses!” Oh, are you looking to dressage, or perhaps English ride? Or maybe some barrel racing or rodeos? From equestrian events, lessons, leases (yes, you can lease a horse) and boarding, Mt. Hood Territory has everything to sate your love for these animals that make us tear up in Super Bowl beer commercials.

Last but not least, I would be remiss not to recognize our business mascots, who ever so graciously adorn the shops across The Territory. My personal favorite is “The Great” Magnus, the resident cat at Lakeside Bicycles, who’s primary job is Bruno“dust bunny wrangling” when not under his treatment for his addiction to large dogs.

As the saying goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words, but an experience is worth a thousand pictures”, so just like our pets make our day’s brighter, let Mt. Hood Territory’s animals make your experience just plain better.

*Not to be confused with Momo, the therapy wallaby at Blazers games.

Note: Please know that with many of our agriculture partners, these are working farms so reservations or appointments may be required. Check with each business before visiting to ensure a fun (and expected!) experience.

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