Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Mistaken identity April 14, 2014

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One of the dogs spotted in a truck at the alpaca expo. Photo edited to make the dog more visible through the side passenger window.

EXITING OUR VAN at the Four Seasons Centre in Owatonna recently to attend the Minnesota Alpaca Expo, my husband and I did a double take.

An alpaca appeared to be seated in a Ford Excursion hitched to a livestock trailer.

But, no, that couldn’t possibly be.

And it wasn’t. Upon closer inspection, we discovered two shaggy dogs (sorry, I don’t know breeds) inside the SUV.


Eyes buried in fleece.

An alpaca.

From a distance, though, they look remarkably similar to alpacas.

Now lest you are concerned that these canines were in danger and we should have phoned animal control, not to worry. Windows were open and temps were in the low sixties.

They did not appear to be in any distress. Just confusing folks like us with their shaggy locks…

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15 Responses to “Mistaken identity”

  1. treadlemusic Says:

    At a glance……well, considering the purpose of the expo, an understandable mistake but nonetheless humorous!!!!

  2. Dan Traun Says:

    Old English Sheep Dog perhaps.

  3. Beth Ann Says:

    Very cute! I have a picture I took in Italy of a dog in the driver’s seat of a little car and he looks like he is ready to pull out! It made me giggle .

  4. Ha! – the owners must love all creatures SHAGGY – could not resist! Happy Week:)

  5. Funny. We used to have a dalmatian that would plop into the driver’s seat when left in the car and rest her chin on the steering wheel.

  6. Jackie Says:

    That is one cute pup!

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