Thursday, January 21, 2021


 John and I are really playing hooky this year.  We got back Monday, I've been trying to get caught up, not doing a very good job of it.  

We are headed back to Apache Junction for 3 days of watching sprint cars on the dirt tomorrow.  So many of the big name drivers will be there including Tony Stewart, who is my favorite at this time in history.  Use to be A.J. Foyt, but he retired on me.......LOL!! 

The racing last week-end was really good.  Jon Davenport got $38,000 for winning the 50 lap feature Sunday night.  He told them the 1st night when they interviewed him he came for the money.  Guess he meant it.........!!

Linda has been taking really good videos of the donkeys doing some training.  So rather than bore you with racing, I'll share some with you that don't do Facebook.

Lots of training lately, the donkeys seem to love it.  Yesterday Lynn and Linda were headed out for a people run.  Muzzy saw them going out the gate and almost ran John down trying to get there.  I'm sure he thought they had forgotten to take him along........!!! LOL

George lives about 1/2 mile away and LOVES donkeys.  He's gotten out a couple of times and always tries to come over a visit with the donkeys before his mom interferes with his plan.  He was thrilled that the donkeys came to visit him.  Banana, not so much..........

For you that have met Big Gus, you know he is a character with a capital C.  I've never seen him play with one of the other donkeys before, although he and Casper the mini mule play occasionally.

Hopefully when I get back Monday I'll be able to get caught up.......

Tuesday, January 12, 2021


 John and I went over to Cocopah Raceway over by Yuma for the 1st two nights of the IMCA Winter Nationals.  Had a great time, lots of good racing even if it was really too cold to be sitting around watching guys have fun in the dirt.

Went from there over to Apache Junction for the 1st two races of the Wild West Shootout.  The 1st night they had 171 cars, 2nd night 173 and this was in the middle of the week.  They really had a great show, managed to get all those cars on the track for their heat races, then the B mains for those that didn't finish well enough to automatically move up to the main events in a 5 hour show.  

 Heading out tomorrow to go back to Yuma for 2 days of races that includes Sport Compacts.  Those are like my car only they can do more to the motor and with tires, than the Hornets can.   John said we could load up my car and show up.  I'm not that interested in embarrassing myself, those cars would eat my little Neon, I'd be lucky to not get lapped.....!! LOL

Then back to Apache Junction for 3 more nights of Wild West Shootout, with Modifieds and Super Late Models.  They really put on a good show.

While we're cris-crossing Arizona, the idea occurred to me that it would be nice if the tracks were closer together, but can't complain about the races, they both are really putting on great shows.  

This is one of the 2 steers they bring to the races every year.  Last year one of the winners got on one of them, this year I think all the winners ended up on one.  The steers just looked bored....!!


This "golf" course is right across the road from our motel in Apache Junction.  It looks like a deserted field, but is marked for golf.  Probably would be an "interesting" course to play, if you like a challenge..........!!!  LOL

We did a day trip one day before the races that night.  Drove to Globe for lunch, thru the mountains.  Unfortunately it was Sunday and not much open in Globe, so we turned around and headed back to the motel to put all the clothes on we had, it was that cold.  Sitting in open bleachers for hours really takes dedication to the sport.


Saw the sign for Coolidge Dam, never saw the dam.  We were headed for the San Carlos Reservation and were stopped by a guard.  The reservation is completely closed to anyone not living there, because of Covid.  I guess they have had way too many cases and quite a few deaths and are trying to keep it from getting worse.  The dam is behind this sign, but in order to see it we would have had to go on the reservation.  

Hadn't seen a donkey since we left Benson.  Saw this on a motel in Globe and took a picture.



But on the way home thru Florence we stopped by the State Prison, when the inmates train BLM donkeys, so they have a better chance at getting a good home.  They had quite a few burros, but not as many as the last time we were there.  Saw a jenny in the jenny pen that could just barely move she was so pregnant.  Almost all the jennies they get are pregnant if they come off the range.  When people get in touch with me to adopt and we don't have any available, I usually tell them to go to the BLM pens and get a jenny just off the range and chances are they will end up with 2 donkeys.  

Got home yesterday and I don't think our donkeys even missed us.  It's really nice to have Suzanne, Lynn and Linda here, we don't have to worry about the donkeys and if they are being taken care of while we are gone.  

 Suzanne said this is what she usually sees when she comes out in the morning, the minis standing at her door step waiting for her to come out and play.

While we were goofing off, training continued here at home.  There are some races coming up this spring and they are going out almost everyday with new runners learning how to run with donkeys

I haven't figured out how Linda manages to run with a donkey and take video at the same time, but she's getting really good at giving you an idea of what it's like to run with a burro......!! 


Tuesday, January 05, 2021


 John and I are taking our annual week or so of immersion in dirt racing at 2 different tracks.  So I won't be updating for awhile.  Suzanne, Lynn and Linda will be here as usual taking care of the kids.  

I'll catch up when we get back...........

Monday, January 04, 2021

GO HARLEY GO........!!!

 Lynn, Linda and Jo, one of our volunteers took some donkeys out today.  Harley hasn't been out for practice much, but he seemed to have figured out this racing business and headed for the front.  They went up a rather steep hill with lots of rocks and he didn't have a problem with it.  

Harley's the man....!!

Sunday, January 03, 2021


I've been trying to update and share all the fun we had at the New "Ears" Race New Year's Day, but it hasn't happened.  The last couple of days have really been hectic and I just didn't get 'round to it.  


The day before, the donation golf cart was delivered.  Isn't it pretty compared to the 2 we usually use?  It's not going to be used for work or pretty soon it's would look like them...!! LOL  I'm sure people that need to ride to see the donkeys, will appreciate having a nice cart to ride in.  Hopefully Jeff and his wife will come out again and get to enjoy their donation.

 For those that didn't make it out to the Triangle T for the race, it was really fun.  Everyone seemed to have a great time.


I guess John is ready for the New Year

Actually we aren't partying, we're waiting for dinner, left to right Linda, John, our dear friend Georgette, me and Suzanne.  Don't know where Lynn was.

The area is beautiful, but the trails have to be marked.  Thanks to all the volunteers that came out and helped with all the pre-prep for the race.


 Some of the runners the night before waiting for the fun to start.

The forbidding tunnel

Ready to run, as soon as the air horn goes off

And they're off..!!!
Linda and Misty doing their thing, Heather is right behind them....!!

People without donkeys ran too

Three of our donkeys taking the tunnel in stride, Buddy, Loki, and Benji
Not the finish the "hooman" was expecting.  That line of flour looks pretty dangerous.  This is when the begging and pleading starts.......!!  LOL

Trophies of the southwest made of Cholla

Me, Oliver, John McBride, and John.  This was Oliver's 1st race, and John McBride's 1st race and they came in 1st......!!  


Linda and our friend Georgette showing off their medals after the race
All the feedback we've gotten has been very positive, I think a good time was had by all and people are already talking about next time.  Sounds like fun, we'll try to make sure it happens. 
Thanks to Craig Mills, Michael Munoz, and Roadrunner Race Timing for the photos.  If I missed anyone, let me know.


Sunday, December 27, 2020


 Just a few more days and we will say goodbye to a year that has been a trial to say the least.  Looks like nothing is going to change in the near future, and no light at the end of the tunnel.  

We've been having quite a few tours and yesterday we had a large group come out to run with the donkeys in preparation for the 5k race on New Year's Day at the Triangle T Ranch down in the Dragoon mountains.  I think Linda said there are 47 people signed up.  Some are bringing their donkeys, some of running our donkeys, some are running without donkeys and some are sharing their virtual race times and hopefully videos to participate in the fun.  

John is going to set off an air horn to start the race.  That should be interesting, it probably won't startle our donkeys.  We use the air horn when we're doing roundup and all the donkeys have gone to their pens and we still have someone out looking for them.  So the donkeys are use to hearing it.  BUT, not sure about some of the others, so the start might be entertaining....!!  LOL

We have some excitement happening this week.  About a month ago a couple came out for a tour, I think Burroland was open, so the donkeys were everywhere.  We took them around in 2 of our 3 golf carts.  One of them has no brakes and the other one has been chewed on by donkeys and the seat just barely has a place for you to sit.  We're use to it, but obviously it made an impression on them.  They called last week and are bringing us a golf cart...!!!!  Lynn and John have already made a spot for it in the hay barn and it will only be used for tours...!! At least that is the plan.  

I haven't taken very many pictures this month, so I'll share some of Linda's videos of the donkeys out for training.  I'll just share links, some of them are larger than Blogspot allows.  

Run Rudolph by Chuck Berry

Working out in Arizona 

Getting ready for New Year's 5k


Tuesday, December 22, 2020


 Yesterday John came in with a very heavy box.  When we opened it, it looked a lot like a box we got a few weeks ago, from Debra in Ohio.  Lots of canned pumpkin for Cisco's elimination problem and goodies for people and dogs alike.  What a nice surprise.  Her daughter and son-in-law live in Arizona and have been out here to visit the donkeys.  I can't remember if Debra has been out here or not.  She even individually wrapped the cans of pumpkin. 

    Rescue isn't always fun, some situations will make you wonder if there is any hope for the human race.  But then someone like Debra comes along that makes you realize the good people outnumber the bad.  We just have to keep doing our thing and making a difference when we can. 

Cisco is the brown donkey, with his friend Shiloh a few years ago.  As you can see they eat other things besides pumpkin.  Cisco dearly loves his pumpkin.  It makes a big difference with his chronic constipation and he gets a can of pumpkin daily.  If we are a little slow dishing out the pumpkin on top of his mush, he lets us know that there is suppose to be pumpkin there, so where is it?  


Did everyone get to see the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn last night?  We started going out just after 6pm when they were just close together.  John said it looked like a car quite a distance away, with one bright headlight and one not as bright and rather fuzzy looking.  Over the next hour we went out about every 10 minutes to check on them.  They never really got closer, the last time John checked they had dropped below the Rincon mountains between us and Tucson, so we couldn't see them anymore.  I guess they finally got up lined up like they said they would, but because of the mountains we don't know.  

This picture was on the internet, someone took it with I assume a really good camera.  It wasn't near this clear and bright with the naked eye.  


 Not much going on around here, Suzanne is still gone to visit family until after Christmas.  The preparations for the New Ear's 5K burro race are going well.  It's amazing how much behind the scenes work it takes to make an event like this happen.  Lynn, Linda and volunteers have gone out twice so far to mark the trail and I think Linda said they are going out again, before the race.  

Marking the trail is paramount to everyone having a good finish especially if there are choices, like a fork in the trail or even a right or left hand turn.  If it isn't marked well , which way do you go?  One of their last people races wasn't marked very well, and Lynn got to run a few miles more than he needed to.  Of course he got to see things the other runners didn't get to see.  But he was in 2nd place when he took a wrong path and he lost a lot of positions before the finish.

 Anyone that is in the SE Arizona area that isn't doing any thing New Year's Day, should come down to the Triangle T Ranch in the Dragoon mountains right off I-10 and enjoy meeting the donkeys and watch the race.  It should be a lot of fun.  



Thursday, December 17, 2020



CeleBRAYte 2021 with us! This 5K is a fundraiser for Forever Home Donkey Rescue & Sanctuary, Inc. Our second annual New Ears Bray 5K will be held at Triangle T Guest Ranch in Dragoon, AZ. Racers are welcomed with or without burros. Can't make it? No problem! We have a virtual option, too! All registered participants will receive a New Ears Bray 5K Medal. For more details, please see the link below.
How does a virtual race work?

Simply register, on line, complete the distance anytime and anywhere you desire (even on a treadmill!), and to our website. We will mail you a finisher’s medal after you upload your results or at the end of the race period, whichever comes first.

Can anyone participate?

Yes! Young or old, fast or slow – we encourage participants of all ages and ability levels.

Wednesday, December 16, 2020


Siggy and Harley got to be in the limelight today for Winkie's Weight Loss Workout Wednesday!

 It's like watching jello...!!

They both need to tone up a little bit, and they seem more than willing to participate.  Hopefully it won't be long before they are toned and buffed.   They sure are cute little runners and so willing.  

Tuesday, December 15, 2020


 Linda took this video yesterday.  We had a couple of new volunteers out and when they got thru working, they got to  play with the donkeys.  Linda couldn't have picked a better song to go with the boys run.  Siggy and Harley were running in front of them and they did really good too.  Siggy and Harley I don't think had even been out before.  Siggy is a micro mini only 28 inches tall, so his little short legs go pretty fast, but he was in the lead and seemed to be having a great time. 

 Little bitty runners....!

New Year's Day there is going to be a New Ears Bray 5K run at the Triangle T Guest Ranch in the Dragoon mountains put on by Burro Buddies.  Should be a lot of fun, for people and burros, not to mention fun to watch.  I wouldn't be surprised if some of the minis will be running.  A lot of people that have never ran with a burro before like to start out "small".  I would imagine they think the smaller the easier to control, which usually isn't the case.  A lot of these little guys have Napoleon complexes and don't know they are little.  

 I have to brag a little on all the donkeys and even Casper the little white devil mule.  The last few days everyone have been really good at roundup time.  We usually find a donkey, they follow us to their pen and get a treat.  What this process does is  teach them to not go in their pen until they see a person with the payoff in hand unfortunately.  

The last few days many of them have actually been going into their pen on their own and waiting patiently for one of us to show up with the reward.  Tonight the Burro Barracks herd of 14 all went in on their own.  Usually we have one or two interlopers in there that don't actually belong and getting them out without losing some of the ones that do belong can be a challenge.  In fact that's how Oliver ended up in the barracks, he decided that's where he belonged and refused to go back to the pen with his 2 mini friends he had been with for years.  Over the years things like this have happened quite often.  A pair will come in and the people say they are bonded.  They get here with so many other donkeys and acres to explore and one will go one way and the other one goes his own way.  

As for Casper the little mini mule, he's been going in his pen like a good boy.  But Linda said yesterday he ruined his good record.  

 Linda and the dogs are on the dirt road coming to our driveway.  Casper is eating hay that Lynn and John deem not good enough for the donkeys, they put out for the range cattle.  In other words the hay is outside our perimeter fence, which means Casper is also outside the perimeter fence.  Linda said the dogs looked like they were saying "you're in trouble, you're in trouble".  He's not as smart as he thinks he is, if you yell at him to get back where he belongs, he goes back in where he got out, so we know where to fix it so he can't use it again.  We all thought he was being a good boy, we see him off and on during the day and he's always here at feeding time.  The little devil has a built in clock I guess.....!!  LOL