When was the last time you did something just to make strangers smile?
For Kahle Boutte of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the answer is something like “about an hour ago.” Kahle is the owner of Prairie Patch Farm, a 50-acre nature preserve that has been in her family since the 1980s. Kahle and her husband bought the homestead just under 5 years ago, and they’ve been having a ball ever since.
Growing up, Kahle always dreamed of having llamas on her farm. “Llamas have been my favorite animal for as long as I can remember when I was a kid, and I said, ‘If I could ever have llamas one day, I would get them,'” she explained.
About three years ago, she made that dream a reality by adopting two llamas. She immediately started playing around with designing clothing for them, starting with llama-corn (llama meets unicorn) costumes. The llama-corn look was popular online, so she started experimenting with more elaborate costumes, and a trend was born!
1. Here’s Earl, one of the herd’s best models, showing off the llama-corn look.
2. Kahle says she makes the costumes simply “to spread more joy and love to our community.”
3. She often brings the costumed llamas to schools and nursing homes for special occasions.
3.”I love the joy that it brings people,” Kahle said. “That’s truly why we do it — to bring more happiness and hope and joy.”
4. All of the llamas’ costumes are based on pop culture, like this elaborate “Beauty and the Beast” get-up.
5. Kahle’s llama costumes have gotten 1.5 million likes on TikTok so far.
6. Kahle insists that dressing llamas up in costumes was not her unique idea.
7. “People have been dressing llamas for thousands of years,” she explained. “The costumes just kind of became a thing. Something really quirky and funny that we get to do with them.”
8. In addition to posing for pictures with a dudded-up llama, the farm also offers other ways to get close to these majestic beasts.
9. The farm offers llama hikes, yoga, and even weddings and other parties.
10. But it’s Kahle’s cute llama fashions that have put Prairie Patch Farm on the map.
11. “The shock and awe and joy that it brings to people is really what fuels me.”
13.”What can we come up with next to put some more positivity out there and to make people smile?” she wonders before starting a new costume.
14. “It’s just been really fun spreading happiness,” she said. “And doing something completely different than what people might see going to a zoo or a farm.”
15. Did we mention that Earl is the llama who likes dressing up the most?
That’s it, we’re readjusting our life goals. We want to be llama farmers and play dress-up with the cute animals all day! On second thought, maybe we’ll live vicariously through Kahle’s social media pages, instead.
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