Hmmm...I wasn't sure how to respond.
We often try to tactfully correct people when they ask us about "our llamas" when we actually own alpacas. We totally get that we are talking about animals in the same family and that they are easily confused by people not familiar with the species. The last thing we want to do is to make someone feel bad about taking an interest in our farm. Our tactic has been to respond positively and slip "alpaca" into the response. It might go something like this:
Friend: "How are the llamas?"
Us (with a friendly smile and kind tone): "Our alpacas are great."
Friend: "Oh, that's right. You have alpacas."
Our whole goal - no one gets harmed in the making of the awkward conversation. Our strategy usually works.
The phrase Llama Mama just struck me as so funny. I have a lot of appreciation for her catchy rhyme - llama mama. If I owned a CB radio, that might be my handle.
I tried to gracefully respond to her acknowledgement and move the conversation along. I learned that she and her husband would soon be acquiring llamas - llamas, not alpacas mistaken for llamas. She was asking for advice and I tried to be helpful, while footnoting every comment with a phrase that let her know my advice was based on what we have learned from owning alpacas and may not be very helpful.
A few days after the Llama Mama conversation, I turned in some winning scratch lottery tickets. From time to time, I enjoy picking up some lottery tickets for my husband as a little surprise gift. My practice is to ask the sales clerk to pick whichever tickets he or she thinks is lucky. The last time I stopped, the clerk handed me a string of Llama Loot Tripler tickets. We got a kick out of the subject matter and the timing was perfect.
Over and out,