Saturday, December 10, 2016


A few weeks ago a group came out to see the donkeys from one of the local RV parks.  They all had a good time and before they left one of the woman asked if we'd be interested in having one of the donkeys in their Christmas parade of ATV's thru the park.  

Sounded like fun, so I said sure and planned on taking one of the minis, less poundage to work with, if he decided he didn't want to be in a parade.  Most of our donkeys are easy to get along with, but when she told me they were going to hang lights around his neck and put a blanket on his back, I rethought who might be the best victim to take.  Justin was my mini choice, BUT, Justin can also be a "I don't want to" type of guy.  Whenever we are going to do something horrible, like worming or putting a halter on them, we have to do him first and even then it doesn't always go well.  If he gets a chance to see the others being "mistreated" you better have your running shoes on, until you either wear him down or get him in a corner.  Cornering him doesn't always go well either......LOL

So my 2nd choice was BlackJack, he is usually pretty mellow about change in his daily routine and has been taken up to the movie site enough times that he enjoys getting out and meeting people.  And he doesn't seem to mind having "stuff" put on him.  

We got a wreath to hang around his neck with the lights and years ago I made some Christmas hats with ear holes cut out.  This morning we decided to dress him and see how it would go.  

Do you think he would "pose"?  Of course not, and he knew John had cookies in his pocket, so they were dancing down the driveway.  He did just fine with all the Christmas stuff on him, but he had cookies on his mind as long as John was trying to walk with him.  

I finally tied him to a tree and he just stood there like a big old fuzzy grump, no pride at all.  I'm going to have to exchange the wreath, they had 2 sizes and this one is really too big and floppy.  But at least he didn't mind having it hanging on his neck.

Wednesday, December 07, 2016



For some reason, right now I have leisure time, makes me wonder what I'm forgetting to do.......!!!  LOL  

Had a nice couple here this morning from Illinois, that are looking for a home in Arizona.  Not necessarily in this area, they are driving to different areas looking around to see if something stands out as "home".  They had a good time I guess, said they will be back to visit with the donkeys again.

The donkeys seem to have finally accepted the fact that they are on diets, at least the fatties are.  Even though they are on "short" rations, they have given up, racing from pen to pen when John lets them out at night to clean up leftovers.  Either that, or they know there are no leftovers anymore.  John has pretty much figured out the minimum amount of hay he can feed without having a total rebellion.  I don't see any great weight loses, but hopefully with the passage of time, they will lose some.  Four of them really need to lose weight, Rosie, Buddy, Coquette, and Frijolita.  Of course trying to cut down on Rosie's hay, is what led to her ending up in the equine hospital for a few days, so it's really a delicate operation with her.  

A few days ago we went down by Amado to pick up..................another race car.  I think we're becoming hoarders, I'm not sure.  Well it hasn't raced for a LONG time and the price was right.  It is a Camaro, so if nothing else it could be body parts for a good friend that races a Camaro.  The older the car the harder it is to find replacement body parts.  Our son has also said he might fix it up and run it as a factory stock on the dirt, when he's not running his modified on the asphalt, so who knows what will happen to it.

Anyway although it looked pretty sad, it looked well built, even if it was a few years ago.  I got the idea to take a picture and put it on one of the local racing Facebook pages.  It had a Tucson Speedway sticker on the right front fender, so I assumed it had raced locally. 

Less than an hour later, I got the message below from someone I don't know:

Was run 2000-2001 by Edward pappa before that I think it was the 105 car of Larry young and the championship car from 98-99.  It's an m&m motoersports car if I recall correct so mike metzner built

GOOD GRIEF.........I couldn't remember that much about one of my own cars, from that long ago.  And to recognize it from 2 pictures, sitting on a trailer at dusk............I was just amazed.  It looks like it's been sitting somewhere for 15 years, so I doubt that it's been raced since 2001.  It's interesting to find out it's history, and since the badly faded almost non-existant name of Pappa is above the driver's door, I assume the information is correct.  

Friday, December 02, 2016


Actually I'm sure the donkeys are enjoying the colder weather.  The equine comfort zone is between 40-80 degrees and with the thick winter coat they've put on I'm sure being in the teens for a few hours before sunrise isn't that much of a problem.  Worth the trade-off to get rid of the flies and the warm temperatures that cause so many skin problems.  

The little bark lizard went into the hay barn in a bucket filled with hay, wrapped in a kleenex.  Well I tried to wrap him, BUT, even though they are comatose, if you try to pick them up, they get real lively, real quick.  So he and the kleenex are together buried in hay in a bucket.  That's the best I could do.........LOL 

Tours are picking up now that it's not so hot and the "snowbirds" are showing up for the winter.  We've been doing more tours with the donkeys out of their pens lately, and they've gone really well.  Seems to be enjoyable both for the people and the donkeys, getting up close and personal.  We don't feed when they are out like that, don't want someone to get knocked down, when 2 donkeys are trying for the same treat.  They wouldn't knock someone down on purpose, BUT, food adds a whole new dimension to the adventure.  I don't even want to go there.  We still do tours with the donkeys in the pens, usually if the people want to come in the morning, we'll leave the donkeys in.  Actually lately when they make the appointment, I usually ask them what they prefer and most people want the donkeys out and about..........!!

Leddy, Lynn and Linda's Colorado donkey, is fitting right in the herd.  He still hasn't found a running buddy, but he has discovered girls.  A few days ago, Lynn one of the minis was trying to entice him into a "relationship".  She's less than 36 inches tall, he is a large standard, probably over a foot taller than she go.

The last couple of days all the boys are trailing Tula, including Justin, who is also less than 36 inches tall.........!!  Leddy is right in the middle of the party, participating whenever he gets a chance.  Needless to say, territory is important, and being at the front of the line is vital.  He's not a fighter, but neither are Boaz, Quilla, BlackJack and of course the wishful thinking Justin, so there's a lot of pushing, shoving and growling.  You can almost see Tula rolling her eyes as she tries to escape in disgust.  Gelding them, besides making them shoot blanks,  seems to disrupt the mental process of breeding.  They will squabble to the front of the line, get in position and then it's more or less a sight seeing operation.  They kinda look around like, "what do I do now?".  LOL

Sunday, November 27, 2016


A few days ago John noticed a bark lizard inside one of the spa room screens.  It not unusual to have lizards between the glass and the screens, I guess it's warm there..........well at least when the sun is shining.  I had been watching and he hadn't moved, so I went out this morning and poked him.  He was alive, but not moving too good, because of the 28 degrees it got down to last night.  There's no sun on that side of the house until afternoon.  

So I asked John to help me catch him and put him in a cricket house I got a few years ago, when there was a large wolf spider living in our bathroom.  They love crickets, so I bought him some crickets, I'm sure some people probably have a problem with that.......LOL  

The lizard was cold enough catching wasn't too difficult. Put the house in a sunny place in the guest bedroom, we have 4 cats in the house and a little critter in a small plastic container, wouldn't last long where they could get to it..  The next thing is to find a snack for the lizard.  There are flies all over the ceiling in the feed room, because it's warmer in there than outside.  Sent John out to get one and he did.  Trying to get a fly out of a plastic cup into a little plastic house, isn't easy.  The fly is somewhere in the guest bedroom probably enjoying the warmth.  I found another fly in one of the water buckets, unfortunately now there are 2 flies in the guest room.  LOL   So John headed out again to check water buckets.  He had rescued a moth earlier out of the water, but couldn't find it.  We finally found some type of small bright green grasshopper trying to stay afloat in one of the buckets.  My thought was better to die for a good cause, than to drowned in a bucket of really cold water...... in the cricket/lizard house it went.  Checked later and no little green grasshopper to be seen.  When I put it in there it was perched on the lizard's head, which really didn't seem like a good place to be.  They do look like bark and the lizard was laying on a stick we put in, so the grasshopper probably thought it was just a limb, that is if they think.  So now we have to find some more food critters for the lizard.  

In the spring we always find little lizards dried up in nooks and crannies in the house, I assume because they didn't eat enough before they went into semi hibernation.  So we'll fatten him up and probably put him in the hay barn for the winter.  The hay barn is a really busy eco system, John finds lizards between the bales of hay, all winter long and has to find a new place for them, once he removes their hay.  

Didn't have to doctor anyone this morning.  I'm still watching Quilla and Coquette's lower legs.  They both have so much fly damage, most of the hair is gone.  

Yesterday we had a large group of visitors from one of the RV parks in Benson.  They came in the afternoon, so the donkeys were out on the property.  If they are in their pens, the people can feed them, but if they are out, we keep food out of the show.  None of the donkeys are aggressive in any way, BUT, if food is involved, someone, especially people not use to being around large animals, might get knocked down or stepped on as the donkeys tried to push to the front of the line for food.  

I'm really getting to where I like having them out rather than in their individual pens.  They are free to come and go, but usually stay right where the people are.  Gizmo the mini mule makes sure he is front and center with every person.  I'm sure he thinks there has to be a cookie in someone's pocket if he can just find out who it is.  Penny was right in the middle of everything going on.  She has turned a corner since her colic surgery this summer.  She was really good with the boys and girls that were out here a week ago, letting them touch her head and face.  I thought it was because they were children, but she was really good yesterday too.  That particular RV park will probably be bringing out a tour each month until late spring.  They try to show the "snowbirds" some of the sights in the area and we're on the list. 

Friday, November 25, 2016

OK, COOLING OFF IS GOOD.........BUT 25 degrees seems a little much.

This morning I was whining about how cold it was in the house, that it might be time for a fire in the wood stove.  Went right over John's head, I think he said something to the effect to put on more clothes........!!!  The sun is out finally, but it's only 60 degrees outside, so I can't open up the doors and windows to get a little heat in here.  Maybe this afternoon.

Wednesday as planned we loaded Josie/Dice in the truck and headed for Pilot to return her to her mom.  We got there on time, but Estella got caught up in Thanksgiving traffic coming home from work and was late.  That's OK, sitting in a large gas station with the cheapest gas in town,  pre-holiday is quite entertaining.   Lots of opportunities for wrecks, as they backed up, and sped around trying to find an open gas pump, but I think they all survived without damage.

Not a good picture of Dice waiting, but I was in the front seat, squirming around trying to get in position without falling between the seats.  Looks like one or both of us moved.  I was going to take a picture when her mom got there, but forgot all about it in the excitement of the hand off.

Estella had called the house to say she would be late, and had one of her neighbor's drive to Pilot and try to find us.  I guess he was driving around and around, but for some reason didn't see a Chevy pick-up with brown tribal banners down the side.  Dice's little tail really was wiggling when she saw her mom, she jumped in the SUV and never even looked back.  I'm glad we picked her up, she wasn't in a good place and looked like she had been out for awhile.  Her home was actually fairly close to Pilot, but who knows what could have happened to her.

Yesterday was Thanksgiving and we went into Tucson to have dinner at our grandson's.  His wife Becky did most of the dinner, with some requests for grandma to bring.  Our son and Lisa were there also.  It was a nice day and very rarely do we ever get a chance to just visit.  Most of the time we meet at the race track, and of course then the primary discussion is whichever car is racing, not exactly family stuff.

Both days Doug fed the donkeys for us, since we would get in late.  That really makes it nicer for us and for the donkeys, otherwise they would get fed late, and depending on how late, John would have to stay up past his bedtime to let them out.  Hmmmm, we just barely make it to bedtime now, adding a couple of hours to it, probably wouldn't work too well.  LOL

Most of the "fur" kids have their fly masks off now.  A few of them get watery eyes without the masks, don't know if it is flies or allergies, but they do better with the masks on.  A few more cold nights and cooler days and we can probably leave theirs off too.

Leddy, Lynn and Linda's donkey acts like he's been here for a long time.  When tours show up he already knows the drill and participates with enthusiasm.  He still hasn't found anyone to run with, I thought Boaz would be a good candidate, although over the years I've found out I'm not a real good judge of who should be friends.

Lynn and Linda are probably working their fannies off in L.A. starting today selling Christmas trees until right before Christmas.  They won't have time to miss Leddy, that's for sure.

Linda took these pictures for Thanksgiving before they left.  Leddy's poor little hat doesn't even show up, he needs a sombrero, something more his size..........LOL  The dogs are all use to posing, it looks like.

John finally got Lynn's race car for the dirt running.  I don't know how many hours and hours he had spent trying to figure out why it wouldn't start.  Once he had the factory book on the electrical system, it didn't take him anytime to figure it out.  Yes, it was sorta electrical, but not exactly.  There are 2 plugs that are almost identical, but obviously if you put them in the wrong place, the car won't start.  If you switch them, it will start right up.......!!!  So he's busy getting all the little things done on it, so he can get started on stripping out the car we brought back from Phoenix, that will be my dirt car.  There is a brand new rebuilt motor sitting in the garage to go in it, and it has to be changed from an automatic to a stick shift.  So hopefully that Kia Sephia's transition from street car to race car will go quickly and smoothly. 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016


UPDATE:  Got a call this afternoon from Dice's momma, Estella.  She has been gone for a few days and Dice and one other dog of 3 escaped, she doesn't know for how long.  So we will meet her tomorrow afternoon, she will be coming home after work, at Pilot, which she said is really quite close to where she lives.  So we will return her to where we found her.  

I love a happy ending..........!!!!

DICE............?????????? WHAT KIND OF NAME IS THAT?

Yesterday afternoon, while John and Lynn, went to pick up Lynn's Hornet down at Gary's.  Long story...... John hasn't been able to get it to start.  The motor is the motor out of my car that got wrecked and was running when I hit the wall.  John worked electronics for over 30 years in the Air Force and in Saudi, and he says it's electronics.  He has spent hours and hours trying to figure it out, without a schematic, I guess he thought that 30+ years would be enough..........NOT.......!!!   I finally found a factory electrical system manual for a Kia Sephia and ordered it.  He had hauled the car down to Gary's for consultation.  That's means Gary knows foreign cars back and forth, and John was hoping to pick his brain.  They spent one whole afternoon playing with it, before the manual got here.  Gary is going out of town for the holidays, so John wants the car here, where his manual is.........LOL

Lynn and Linda are leaving today to go sell Christmas trees in California for a month, so John will  have plenty of time to hopefully get the silly thing started.  Hope so, my future Hornet is still sitting in the driveway where we dropped it, when we brought it home from Phoenix.  It needs to be completely stripped and motor and tranny installed, differential locked and all the little "extras" that go with building a race car.  I'm sure when Lynn gets back things will go really quick...........LOL

Yesterday afternoon Linda and I took "Josie" to the vet for a well check, since we know nothing about her.  Well now we do, her name is Dice and she is 10 years old, and is microchipped.  The clinic left a message on the 2 phone numbers on her record, so far they haven't called.  The clinic will leave a message for the people for 3 days and if they don't get back with the clinic, I guess we have another dog........LOL  I can't do Dice, so we've been calling her Dicey.

Rosie seems to be back to normal, after her outing to the clinic in Gilbert.  We in the process of changing Gus over from Previcox to Gabapentin to control pain in his shoulders from how he walks because of his lousy feet.  He actually walks pretty good, but he acts like his chest and shoulder area are sore.  So we're seeing if a change in drugs makes a difference.  BlackJack is over his coughing and off SMZ's and Buddy is now coughing and on SMZ's..........!!!

We are taking it one day at a time on fly masks I guess.  The nights are in the 30's, but the days are staying bright, sunny and warm, which means the flies haven't given up the fight. 

Sunday, November 20, 2016


Josie has let us know she is a "house" dog, not a feedroom/dogpen dog.  Lynn and Linda aren't helping, by taking her in their RV and making her part of the "pack".............LOL  She's settled down with the dogs, but is still showing John where his weak spots in the chain link dog pen are.  So he's doing the Caddy Shack routine, of her getting out, and him pounding metal stakes, so she can't get out there again.  So she just finds another one.  It's fun to watch, but very annoying.  She doesn't go anywhere, she usually runs to their RV and sits by the steps.........LOL  Wonder what she is going to do when their RV pulls out tomorrow or Tuesday, poor little girl.  

We can't have her in the house the cats would absolutely go into panic mode, especially Moogee, well Snooky wouldn't be too thrilled either..........!!!  We hate having to put her into the stock trailer, but it's the only place she can't escape from.  SIGH!  We put her in the feed room, until she "escapes" then if Doug or Lynn and Linda don't take her in, next stop is the stock trailer.  I'm calling to make a vet appointment for a "well checkup" for her.  She seems to have some arthritis, but other than that, seems healthy. 

Yesterday we went to see how the dirt track upgrades were going.  You might know they weren't working this week-end and had the place locked up tight, so we couldn't even see what they've done to the track.  Lynn and Linda went with us, since he wants to race dirt.  

One the way home we stopped at Pilot Travel Center, where we picked Josie up.  Lynn went in to see if there were any ads up from someone looking for their missing dog........didn't see one.......!!!  

Before we left a group of kids came out from an organization in Benson.  All but 2 of the kids had been out here before, so it was somewhat like old home week.  Actually I had not bothered to look at the calendar and forgot about their appointment.  John had already let the donkeys out of their pens, and 5 minutes later we would have been on the road going to the track.  Boy, would that have been a shock for Doug..........LOL

We've never had the donkeys out for a bunch of children before, but since there was 7 adults for 10 children, we decided to give it a go.

Lynn and Leddy meeting some of the kids, thanks Linda for all the pictures (she carries her phone and is ready at all times.........LOL

This is Miss PennyPacker, wading into the middle of the fun.  And she stayed there for all the petting...amazing..!!!

Leddy was more than willing to be part of the entertainment, didn't miss a chance to be petted.

Rosie is now eating without drama.  There is still some alfalfa being mixed in with her bermuda, but John is cutting it down every feeding, so it won't be long before she's completely weaned, hopefully.  Still putting a hot pack on her abscess? at the IV site.  It's looking good, so probably tonight will be the last time for that.  Doctoring is down to almost nothing and the last few nights have really cut down on the fly population.  Might try leaving the fly masks off tomorrow, and see how it goes.  Poor Frijolita's mask isn't going to make it much longer and I don't have any extras left.....!!

Friday, November 18, 2016


Gee I don't know where to start, the last few days have been chaotic, to say the least.  Lynn, Linda and their gang got in late, dry camped for the night and John and Lynn got their trailer set up the next morning.  Leddy their donkey went in Quilla's old pen and didn't seem anxious about all the donkeys yelling at him and all that.  He's pretty mellow.  

Lynn and Linda will be leaving with the dogs Monday.  They manage a large Christmas tree lot in California every year and will be back probably a few days after Christmas to stay until late spring.  We'll babysit Leddy until they get back

Rosie has been improving up at the clinic, even finally eating bermuda hay.  They put her on alfalfa and COB  (YIKES!) to get her to eat.  They also had been giving her insulin to control her blood sugar.  So we went up yesterday and picked her up.  Lynn and Linda went with us for the adventure.  

Headed home and stopped in Tucson at a Pilot gas station and when we pulled in we noticed a dog, 3 legged lame and not walking very good on the other rear leg.  Of course Linda and I piled out to see what was happening.  She came right up to Lynn and I and had an old nasty piece of bread she was chewing on.  I want in to get her something to eat and when I came out with 2 hot dogs, she was beside the truck with John, Lynn and Linda.  I'm sure you can see where this is going.  By this time she isn't limping at all, John said she's learned how to look pathetic and beg.  

She was really really hungry, older dog, standing right there by the she went and we headed home.  Linda and I picked ticks the whole way..........UGH!  So either we saved a street dog or stole someone's pet.  Either way, she wasn't in a good situation.  

Linda took this picture when we got home.  I wanted to name her Lilly, John opted for Joy, I told him names needs 2 syllables, so now he's saying Joyous.  I got the backing of Doug and Linda for Josie, so it's not settled yet...........LOL  

Had to leave her in the stock trailer last night.  Tried putting her in Casper's old pen, but unfortunately like Punch, she can get out the cattle panel squares.  The stock trailer is our "go to" for escape artists of all types, so in she went.  Lynn got the igloo and put straw in it, so she had a warm place to sleep.  Good thing it got down to 27 last night.........BRRRRR......!! 

This morning we took her out to potty, she's obviously house trained and wouldn't go in the trailer.  Wasn't too thrilled on a lead either, so I decided to try putting her in Saddik's pen and put him in Casper's old pen.  HE CAN'T GET OUT THE SQUARES..........LOL  Gave her some time to go potty and then put Saddik in with her.  She put him in his place and they've been in there ever since.  Still hasn't figured out the doggie door, that usually takes a couple of days.  

This morning we let Leddy out for the 1st time.  Talk about mellow dramatic.......!!!  He just went out like he'd done it every day of his life, wandered around and came up to beg cookies anytime he saw someone.  They have trained him well............LOL  We gave him a little while, and let the others out.  The minis were the worst brats, he just looked at them and backed up.  



So this morning Rosie wouldn't eat her mush or hay.  She's never been a fan of mush, usually just picks out the few pellets in it.  Wasn't even interested in doing that.  I called the clinic and they said feed her whatever she will eat and to give her 30cc of Karo, even though she doesn't have fatty liver disease.  So I did, and made up a lovely pan of Lakin Lite, senior feed and oats.  She would eat it if I hand fed her..........Grrrrrr....!!!  By the time I called Dr. Alltop, she had started picking at the bermuda and ate some of the junk food.  John is going in this afternoon and get a bale of alfalfa.  Dr. Alltop said he'd rather she eat alfalfa than junk food.  I had planned on holding the alfalfa as a last resort, but will try mixing it with the bermuda for awhile.  

Linda just came in and said Lilly/Joy/Joyous/Josie had escaped from the dog pen.  Luckily they saw her wiggle out at the corner with Cisco's pen.  So Linda put her back in the stock trailer and Lynn is trying to outsmart her.............Hmmm...........these battles of will don't always go well........!!   STAY TUNED

Tuesday, November 15, 2016


They pulled in just at dark, and unloaded Leddy, so we haven't really seen him yet.  We had put hay and water in his pen, which he seemed to appreciate.  We'll see him in the morning.  From what I saw he is a little bigger than BlackJack.  The 3 dogs came in like they had never left and started playing with Saddik, and picking up sticks for us to throw, just like normal.  

They drove from Santa Fe, New Mexico today, which is a pretty long drive.  Last spring Lynn and John set up a spot for their RV with utilities, but it was too dark tonight to set it up, so they are dry camping in the driveway, until tomorrow...........LOL It's good to see them again, it's like they had never left. 

Talked to Dr. Voss about Rosie today.  They are trying to wean her off the COB and alfalfa and I guess she isn't impressed.  She is also off of insulin and IVs, so they are basically just observing her.  I think we have all had a shock, she does NOT have fatty liver disease, I would have bet my life she did, and I'm sure everyone that has seen her obese body, thought she did too.  So why is she so fat?  Her numbers aren't out of whack, her liver and kidneys are healthy, and she has been on 3 pounds of hay a day forever, of course she self feeds on the acreage, but I can't imagine that she eats that much "wild" food, there isn't really that much available.  And for most of the day she and Gigi stay close to the house, waiting for something to happen I guess.  

They will call in the morning and decide whether we should go up tomorrow to pick her up or to wait another day or so.  They did find something interesting when they x-rayed her.  She seems to have a slight impaction, nothing alarming, in fact she is pooing just fine.  She also has what looks like a piece of baling wire in her gut.  I have no idea where that came from, our hay is tied with nylon hay string and we are pretty diligent about keeping stuff like that picked up.  Dr. Voss thinks she will pass it, I'd be curious to "save" it, if and when she does.  I'd like to know if it's been in there for a long time, I assume it would be pretty corroded if so.  

BlackJack is still coughing off and on.  Dr. Jeremy suggested wetting his hay to see if the dust in the hay might be part of the problem.  We started that tonight. He doesn't have a temperature, so I'll just keep doctoring him for about the next week.  SMZ's are really bitter, so I try to "doctor" it up with molasses.  So far he seems to approve of my efforts............LOL