Sunday, September 16, 2018


CNN had a couple of minutes of coverage of burro pack racing in Colorado and Pepsi and Justin both had a few seconds of fame.....!!  Pepsi and his partner are close to the end of the video, where they are talking about donkeys balking at the finish line.  Guess who is highlighted in such behavior?  A few seconds later Justin and Linda are running beside a larger donkey.  Linda has on blue and striped knee socks.  Some of the other donkeys were in that race too, but I haven't been able to pick them out. 

They raced the last race of the season yesterday, but I haven't heard yet how they did.  They stayed overnight, so everyone could rest up before heading for home.  Linda always writes up a play by play account of the races, which is great for us.  We get all the color and adventure, without all that running stuff........LOL  The last I heard from her they were on the road, I'm sure as soon as she gets a chance, she'll bring us up to date.    

They've even found time to takes the dogs out for some fun time in the mountains.  

What a neat picture of Lennon and Lola

Wonder how long it took to get them all on the rock.....!!

Mountain it was COLD......!!

Best dressed dogs on the mountain

Saddik doesn't seem to be a very good swimmer, I've never seen a dog swim like this......!!

Hauling water is great fun, they get to ride in the back of the truck

It really isn't much cooler in this part of Arizona, but I'm seeing a difference in the amount of doctoring I'm having to do.  Boaz is really the only one I have to doctor on a daily basis.  I have 2 or 3 others that I check every day, but they usually don't need anything.  

Casper is settled in and and acts like he never left, begs for treats and yells whenever he sees anyone that looks like they might be carrying animal crackers.  I'm trying something new with him......clicker training. First thing I noticed is........even though he is smart as a whip, he doesn't "get it" as quick as the donkeys.  It could have to do with his distrust of people, although I have never tricked him or mistreated him in any way, he likes to be in control of what is going on. 

All the donkeys have figured it out usually within a few minutes.  I've worked with him every day since we picked him up and this morning was the 1st morning he kind of got the idea that touching the target, makes a noise happen, that leads to my hand holding a treat.  The clicker noise has been making him spook and it makes it hard to give him the treat, when he's on the other side of the pen. 

This morning he finally just pulled back at the noise and then cautiously came back to take the treat.  I only did it 3 times and quit.  Anxious to see how he does in the morning after a day and night of thinking about it. 

I raced last night, does this give you an idea of what a night I had.  We ran 2 main events and the first one was such a crash fest, they called the race after 10 laps instead of the 20 laps we were suppose to race.  LOL

As usual I was in the middle of a lot of the "entertainment"
 My fender and front bumper cover are sticking out of the back window of the car.  This was caused by the same guy that wrecked the other Neon......!!  Then he had the audacity to come over after the race and apologize, said he got hit in the back and pushed into me.  For once my camera was working and when we watched the video this morning, no one pushed him, until his first contact with the rear of my car.  He climbed over my fender and knocked the bumper cover loose on the left side.  We had just started the race, everyone was bunched up, so I ended up like a ping pong ball, till everyone could get away from me. 

The bumper cover was still attached on the right side, dragging on the ground and surprise, surprise the race director allowed me to continue, told me if it fell off I'd be disqualified.  It did fall off and another surprise, all he did was put me in the back of the field and let me finish the race. 

The fender was still attached, sticking straight up in the air, so between races the guys took it off, it was rubbing on the tire. 

This actually is the right front tire on the other side and what it looked like after the 2nd race.  Everyone was amazed that it didn't blow out, which probably would have sent me into the wall.  No one knows what caused it to fail, although one of the guys said he wouldn't run as much air as John puts in them. 

I managed to finish 5th in the 1st race and 6th in the 2nd one, so hopefully I will keep my 4th place for end of the year points.  Won't know until the standings are posted later this week.  Only have 2 more races this season, then it will be time to start getting ready for next season which will start about the end of February. 

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

HE'S BACK.............!!

Some of you might remember this little guy, Casper the mini mule.....!  He had gone out to a home about a year ago and was going to be trained to pull a little cart.  But illness raised it's ugly head and Bryan hasn't been able to work with him, so we asked to take him back.  He has been passed around so much in his life he needs a stable forever home with a person he can call his own.  That is, if he ever learns to rely on a person.  He doesn't really need to have people in his life, although you can work with him, once you put your hand on him.  It's almost like a signal to him, that it's time to put up with the silly humans........!!!  He's had training at sometime in his life, he's just rather not cooperate if he doesn't have to.  

I sat in his pen tonight after chores, and he looked at me like I was trying to trick him, although I didn't move much, just talked to him.  He hung around me, more than arm's length away..........he's not stupid.  

Right now he's in a pen, which one of the problems with him is, he can camo crawl under fence or panels.  These are pretty close to the ground and he doesn't look like he's missed many meals since he's been gone, so hopefully the pen will contain him.  Chubby probably wouldn't make camo crawling very easy.  I'd like to let him be out with the donkeys, BUT, our barbed wire perimeter fence, isn't even a challenge for him, under he goes, without even slowing down much........!!!  LOL  At least he did when he was here before.  And I'm sure he remembers exactly how to do it.  Bryan isn't a treat person, but when we put him in the trailer, he turned around and begged for a treat, so I'm pretty sure he hasn't forgotten anything.........!! 

Lynn Linda and the donkeys raced in Victor last week-end.  They only have one more race and the season will be over until next summer.  Linda ran with Leddy and Lynn ran with Loki.  Pepsi, Justin, Turbo and Leo ran with others.  Linda said this was the 1st race every team finished.  I guess there is always some that don't finish, but not this time...........!

Click to see.......   THE START OF THE VICTOR RACE

Pepsi was the bravest to challenge the fake duck in their drinking water

Leo and Turbo getting ready to cross the finish line

Might as well snack a little before going home

Not sure Pepsi appreciates his prize, but I think it was quite an accomplishment, out of all the donkeys in the race, Pepsi was recognized as the nicest ass.

Sunday, September 09, 2018


She is doing just fine, eating,  drinking and eating carrots, although her upper lip is still swollen.  She also was complaining rather loudly yesterday about being left in the pens when everyone else were out and about.  So after she finishes breakfast and gets her last little bit of Dex, she can go out with the others today.  I know BlackJack will be happy, he is usually stays with her, although he hasn't hung around the pen since she's been staying in.   Guess love only goes so far.......!!! LOL

I wish they could all go over to Burroland, but the beans on the ground still look edible.  This has really been a weird year for the mesquite beans.  Last year the pods were fat with big beans inside and when they dropped it only took 2-3 weeks for them to get dark and unappetizing.

This year the pods didn't fill out very big and they have been on the ground since July and still look good.  Also this year because of all the rain I guess, we've actually had another crop of beans.  They are still on the trees and haven't started to ripen yet, but I'm sure they will......!!

It's a good thing Doug got pictures of the roadrunner babies the day he did, because they are gone.  Haven't seen their heads sticking up and the parents are nowhere to be found now.  I'm sure the lizard population, what there is left, will appreciate not having them around.

John will be coming home from Indiana tomorrow afternoon.  He said the same thing I always say when I go back to Missouri, you can't really go home again.  When he 1st drove into Crown Point, where he was raised, he thought his childhood home had been torn down.  All he saw in the area was businesses.  But when he drove back thru the area, he said there were businesses across the road, and down the road, but the one block was still houses.  He said the old house looked nice, thought it looked better than the last time he saw it a few years ago.  His aunt and uncle that raised him built the house in the early 1930's, so it was built to last.

Lynn and Linda are burro racing this week-end, don't know how many donkeys will be racing.  I'm sure they will take more than just 2.....LOL

They did a people race last week-end..........

Linda finishing 3rd for women, OBTW the theme was Mellow Yellow and she also won for best dressed woman

Lynn finished 2nd in the long run for men
Linda was going to run with Saddik, but this race didn't allow dogs, for some reason.  

I race next week-end, we will run 2 main events in one night, hopefully the 1st one will be uneventful.......!!!  LOL  The guy in 5th place isn't that far behind me, so I need to at least finish both races, preferably good finishes..!!

Believe it or not, the other car is driven by a guy.........LOL  It's actually the guy that pushed me into the wall last year when the frame had to be straightened the 1st time.

Our grandson's new house comes with the back yard is........3 dwarf trees......grapefruit, navel orange and a lemon.......!!!  They are all loaded with fruit that will probably get ripe around Christmas.........!!!  YUM.........!!! 

Friday, September 07, 2018

GOOD NEWS.....!!

It's hard to believe how much better Frijolita looks this morning.  Her swelling is down and she is eating, a little slow, but managing.

A little swelling, but nothing like it was last night

Her lip is still swollen, but she's able to chew hay, she finished what Doug put in her bunk last night before he brought new hay

John's called a couple of times, it seems like when either of us takes off for a few days, some crisis happens..!! LOL 

His trip went good, no problems well, except for landing at a different gate in Chicago than originally scheduled.  The original gate was close to his connecting gate.  The new gate was almost in the same county.........!!  LOL  Maybe not quite that bad, but he had a hike and not a lot of time, but he made it OK.  

Tonight and tomorrow he will do class reunion stuff and Sunday will be the family reunion.  Sounds like quite a few family are going to be there, hope they all make it.

Thursday, September 06, 2018


John left early this morning to head for the airport.  He is going to his 60th high school reunion and also to a family reunion in Indiana.  He'll be back Monday and in the meantime Doug and I will hold down the fort........!!!  

We've had a roadrunner couple raising their babies in one of the mesquite trees over by BlackJack's pen for the last few weeks.  It's fun to watch them, except for the destruction mom and dad are doing to our lizard population.  The parent spend all day running around and usually when we see them they have their latest catch and are headed to feed the kids.  We had no idea how many were in the nest, this morning Doug managed to get a few pictures of them.  There seems to be two.

Here are the babies, you can just barely see the one behind. 

Looks like mom has been shopping........UGH!  I know the kids have to eat, but I love my lizards.....!!

I had to go into Tucson to take some household stuff into our grandson.  He and Hunter our great grandson are moving into a house and they have nothing to set up housekeeping.  So I loaded up the pick-up and took a few things.  When John gets back, we'll take in some furniture.  

I was surprised, it's a 3 bedroom house and the only rooms that have ceiling lights is the kitchen and dining room.  The living room and all the bedrooms have no lights. so we will be trying to find about 8 lamps, 2 per room........... thrift shops, here I come.  And I'll make sure any lamps also have shades.  Shades are expensive and it's hard to find replacements that match the lamp.  We are using 2 lamps in our living room that need the shades replaced and I haven't been able to find the right size or shape.  

When I came home Doug met me at the gate, with the news that Frijolita had been bitten by a rattlesnake and Dr. Jeremy was on his way.  It struck her on the left side of her muzzle, he said it had been about 20 minutes since she came up to him to show him what had happened and that it was dripping blood when he first saw her.  She was calm, but didn't want it touched.  The left side was swollen and the right side was beginning to swell.  I stuck my fingers in her nostrils to see if they were swelling shut and they were open about half as much as usual.  I knew John had cut some garden hose pieces for such an emergency.  If the nostrils swell completely shut they can suffocate.  But garden hoses are pretty stiff and bigger around than a donkey needs.  I knew John had a piece of clear plastic tubing, like is used in fish tanks, but couldn't find it.  So I greased a piece of garden hose and put it in her nose.  She actually was pretty good about it which was a surprise.  

About then Dr. Jeremy and his dad drove in and he went to check on her.  By this time the right side was swelled up almost much as the left side, but her breathing was normal and she wasn't stressed, so she got a shot of dexamethazone and an antibiotic.  As long as she gets no worse, I will give her dex for the next 3 days  and she should be OK.  If she is worse in the morning, Dr. Jeremy will come out and treat her with anti-venom.   This is a new protocol I guess, he said it really helps with the swelling and they are back to normal within a couple of days.  I always heard they didn't treat equine with anti-venom because they have enough body mass to handle the venom, unless there is too much swelling or some other problem.  She actually tried to eat some hay, although her face is so swollen she really couldn't eat.  

It's hard to really see how pathetic she looks, I took more pictures but they came out blurred.  I might try to get more pictures in the morning if she is still swollen. 

She can't close her mouth, this is it, which of course means her mouth is going to dry out pretty bad.  Years ago when Quilla got bit and couldn't eat or drink for 2 weeks his mouth was so dry, it was terrible to see.

She is the 5th rattlesnake bite we've had, they've all been in September, when the snakes are moving around more getting ready for hibernation.  Shaba was bitten on his canon bone, which is somewhat like our shin.  Daisy was bitten underneath her jaw and looked nasty, but healed up within 2 weeks.

Daisy's jaw the 2nd day
Quilla was bitten on his muzzle, Boaz on his canon/shin bone.  The canon bone bites were easy, very little if any venom was released, so they basically were just like any sore.  Daisy obviously had venom to contend with, that gaping hole under her jaw was where the skin sloughed off, every morning it would be hanging and had to be cut off.

Do you notice a pattern here, they are bitten either on the muzzle, when they are looking for food, or on the leg, when they stumble on probably a sleeping snake. 

Sunday, September 02, 2018


But percentage wise, feeding time seems to be a good time for a rain storm.  If you wanted to drown frogs, this morning would have done it.  John hasn't checked the rain gauge yet, well he did when it was a quarter of an inch and after that it really rained.....!!!   One of the neighbors put on Facebook they got 1 1/2 inches and as hard as it was coming down I wouldn't be surprised if we didn't match or beat them. John and Doug are going to have some pen work to do.  Poor Rosie was trying to find a dry spot to stand and there wasn't one in her shelter, the whole thing was flooded.

The guys already had planned today on digging out Frijolita's pee pond in her shelter, right by her feed bunk.  A lot of the donkeys have a "special" place to pee.  Nothing wrong with that except, why put it where you eat?  If you don't dig out the pee soaked ground it gets really smelly and the gravel gets so compacted I don't think it could be dug out with a shovel, John uses the backhoe.  So that was their plan, I guess they will just add hauling more gravel for some of the other pens too.  Some of the boys, also pee in her pee pond, they don't pee in their pen.  I'm sure it's some social thing, but haven't quite figured it out. 

Last week Penny basically stopped eating, she'd stick her mouth in her food and just walk away.  Her jaw has been broke and we've had 6 of her teeth pulled, which means the rest of her teeth are probably shifting around.  She is so hard to work with, we decided to take her up to Gilbert to the clinic we take donkeys when it's something that would be difficult to do in the  field. 

But we had a slight problem. We had been trying to go out and visit with Casper the little white mini mule that went into a home last October.  It had been hard to find a time that worked for him and for us.  He has developed some health problems and is in the "doctor circus" for the foreseeable future.  After quite a few abortive attempts to get our schedules coordinated we finally had a time that worked for both of us and I didn't want to let it go.  So John loaded Penny in the stock trailer and headed for her appointment in Gilbert and I headed out  to visit with Casper. 

 He looked good, unfortunately Bryan hasn't had time to work with him.  He had wanted to train him to pull a little cart which I think would be good for Casper.  He is really smart, has a beautiful little trot and needs a job to occupy his busy little mind.  He needs someone to be his person, I think he has been passed around so much that he's decided he doesn't need people. That would probably change if he had a person of his very own, that could spend a lot of time with him. 

Bryan's got quite a few horses and with his health issues I asked him if we could take Casper back and he agreed.  I thought I might have a place for him, but it fell thru, so if anyone knows someone that could be this little guy's best friend forever, let me know.  We'll go get him after John gets back from Indiana next week-end. 

John's trip to Gilbert was uneventful.....well as uneventful as it can be with other people driving on the road......!! LOL  They don't seem to realize when you are hauling animals you can't stop on a dime. 

We figured John would have to leave her there and we'd pick her up in a day or two.  Because of the distance, probably about 230 miles, if they have to do anything that takes time, we usually just leave our victim, so they don't have to rush with their doctoring.
We were pretty sure it was her mouth, so they started there, after she got a happy shot.  John warned them that you can't touch her mouth, she's not really thrilled about having her head touched either and she will rear and use her front legs like a deer.  John said a young man was leading her in and she tried her, signature weapon, rear and flail those feet.  John the the guy didn't miss a beat, jerked her down with the lead and kept walking.  She didn't try it again......!! 
She only has one tooth in the back on one side, and on the other side she has a tooth that doesn't have an opposing tooth below it to wear it down.  It had gotten so long it was digging into her gums, no wonder she didn't want to eat.  They checked her all over, did some blood work and because of some things they found, sent blood off to be tested for Valley Fever.    And John got to bring her home, so that saved us a trip back up there.  
She's more interested in eating now, so I guess that's what the problem was.  Since she has so many teeth missing we'll probably have an annual checkup for her.
Linda sent a picture of Lucy after they finished a people race with dogs this week-end.  Linda said they had never put Lucy in a race, she's older and her legs aren't the best, so they always took  Lennon and Lola.   This was a really short race, so Lucy got her chance.  She looks proud, like she knows she's accomplished something...........!! 

I guess they are trying to get ready to head for Arizona the end of this month.  They have 2 more burro races and the season will be done.  We've been watching their temperature and night time temps are down in the low 40's, so it probably won't be long before it freezes and they get snow.  Hopefully not before they head south. 

Monday, August 27, 2018

LOTS GOING ON........!!

I don't know where the time goes.  I'll look at the calendar and it looks pretty clean and I think it's going to be a nice relaxing week.  Then a couple of days later I look a the calendar and wonder what the heck happened to all those "nothing happening" days.  This is turning into one of those weeks.  

One thing that is happening is Dr. Jeremy will be coming out today if nothing happens to his schedule.  I've got 3 problem children.........Gus is eating mush, and quidding hay.  So he needs to have his mouth looked at.

Boaz's skin problems are doing good since the weather has cooled off.........except for the one on his chest.  I've been doctoring it most of the summer and it's still an angry red mess, of course he doesn't help since it is within his biting range.  So maybe Dr. Jeremy has some idea, there is no way to bandage a chest effectively and he'd just tear off the bandage anyway.

For the last couple of weeks, when we would go out to doctor, Cisco's sheath would be wet.  I didn't think much about it since he usually pees just before we get to his pen.  So I have been rinsing him off and putting Desitin diaper rash creme on his sheath.  The last couple of days I noticed after he peed the urine was thick, milky and had a slimy oily feel.  I got on the internet and the symptoms could point to renal failure.  Hopefully it's nothing that can't be fixed.  

The bats are moving around and John just looked out and there must be 15-20 hummingbirds at the feeders.  I guess it's getting into fall, the hummers are probably migrating, we don't usually have so many.  I haven't noticed the donkeys getting their winter coats yet, so maybe not, who knows.  We're still getting some rain, we've had about 7 inches so far in this monsoon, and can always use more.   All the desert flora and fauna looks pretty good right now.

John and I went over to check Burroland for mesquite beans on the ground yesterday.  We were hoping all the rain had ruined the beans, so the donkeys could go back over there for a couple of hours a day.  There are no beans left on the 10 acres and they are starting to strip the bark off the trees with a vengeance.  John has cut their hay down to starvation rations and they don't appreciate his efforts....!!  

No such luck, the beans on the ground still look very edible unfortunately even with all the rain.  The other day Rosie managed to get the gate to the dog pen open.  Don't know if Doug or John caught her, but all she had in the pen were her head and front legs.  There is a mesquite tree right inside the gate and she was vacuuming up beans as fast as her jaws would move.  She didn't even need to go any further into the pen....!!! SIGH

I raced Saturday night, started in 3rd and finished 4th and brought the car home undamaged, so it was a good night of racing.  This back up car doesn't have as strong a motor as the car with the bent frame.  So they are talking about swapping motors before the next race.  Don't know if it will happen or not, John will be going to Indiana next week for his 60th high school reunion and also a family reunion at his cousin Mark's place, so he won't be working on race cars for a few days.  

Lynn and Linda are staying busy in Colorado as usual.  They plan on coming back to Arizona in early October, but before they do, they have 2 more burro races and 3 people races to participate in.  I don't know if the people races allow dogs, but if they do, I'm sure the dogs will go too.  

This is a video when they were practicing for the Buena Vista race.  Justin wanted to be in front I guess.......!!

Lynn and Turbo enjoying some down time at Buena Vista

Leddy and some friends waiting for something to happen

Friday, August 24, 2018


Much to his disgust I'm sure, he had to leave all that green stuff.  Although when we came home, Doug had already fed everyone else, John led Buddy to his pen and he went in and started eating hay....!!!   While he enjoyed his trip thru the pasture, I guess he's not going to let it ruin his life.....!!! LOL

Nacho was running and yelling when John took Buddy out of the pen, but by the time we left he had played with Daisy the dog a little bit.  Haven't heard if he is back to being Mr. Snuggles yet or not.  

He had some hives on his legs, belly and neck like he might have rolled in some noxious weeds, there were too many to be mosquito bites or something like that.  There is so many different types of green stuff out there no telling what it might be.  I told them to try benedryl to see if it might help.

Jorja our local cowgirl said she is allergic to pigweed and there was quite a bit of that in the pasture.  Buddy was busy eating all he could find, guess it doesn't bother him.  It can be toxic to animals, if they eat too much of it, or if it's be over fertilized from what the link says.  Who knew, it's an ancient grain that man has used for food since the beginning of time I guess, although not much in this day and age.

Finally getting a handle on Boaz's skin problems, I think of course I've thought that before.  The last few days of cooler weather, only in the high 80's, low 90's has really made a difference.  I'm sure he'll be glad when I'm not doctoring him everyday, although he does enjoy the accompanying cookies.

My race car didn't get straightened, you should never rely on a racer to get something done, when he says it will be done.......!!!  Especially one that drives a Super Late Model, or Outlaw and I'm needing a piddly little 4 cylinder Hornet straightened......not much fun, style and glory in that..........!!!!  LOL  Oh well, we'll go with what we have.

Actually after many years of the same old and I do mean old style of paint job, we're at least going to look good......!!

The old paint job is pretty eye catching, there are people that remember it from the dirt track.

This is the Oldsmobile dirt track car from 2005, and people still remember it too

Looks pretty good, although John is not eager to try to outline all the orange with 1 inch black tape.  He's had all sorts of excuses and we race tomorrow, probably without black tape.....LOL


Tuesday, August 21, 2018


We took Buddy to stay with Nacho until Nacho can be gelded when the weather cools off.  The introduction went very well, Nacho kept following Buddy and Buddy kept moving around checking all the available greenery.  As far as I know Buddy has never been on pasture, we got him from where he was born about 18 years ago and it was just desert brush no grass.  

So his head went down and he didn't pay anymore attention to us or Nacho or anything except all that green stuff.  It's not grass per se, lots of weeds, but he was eating those too........!!!

 If he thought Nacho was getting too nosy, he'd kick back with either or both back feet and never miss a bite. 

We were hoping getting Buddy away from the mesquite beans would be a good thing, although I'm not so sure access to greenery 24/7 is a good replacement.

I e-mailed the people yesterday and they said Buddy is very friendly and easy going and is still eating.  But the problem is, Nacho is acting jealous, stand offish with them where before he was "Mr In Their Pockets" and has actually nipped them a couple of times.  They miss their Mr. Snuggles.......!! 

This is unusual, usually a donkey by itself is thrilled to have a new friend.  

So we will probably go down this week and bring Buddy home, I'm sure he will be very disappointed to lose access to all that green stuff......!!!   LOL 

Thought I'd share a few of Linda's pictures from Leadville week-end.

I think this was during the Leadville parade, Lynn and Linda took turns riding Turbo, which I'm sure the spectators enjoyed, they usually don't see the donkeys being ridden

Loki and friends in the weeds

Team Loki looking good..........I think that is Leo beside them, don't know for sure.  There are a lot of spotted donkeys racing.

Linda and a couple of friends

Team Justin

How cool is this donkey holding up the corral panels on the side of Lynn and Linda's stock trailer.....UPDATE: I got ahead of myself, these cool corral panel donkeys are NOT on Lynn and Linda's trailer, but I wouldn't be surprised if they don't end up with some..........LOL

Loki with his "bling" for finishing the long course, 21 miles...!

Team Mary Margaret, the winners of the Triple Crown this year.  They won Fairplay, Leadville and Buena Vista

Looks like I will be racing this week-end in the back-up car.  Our grandson took the car that needs to be straightened to the frame shop, but they haven't done it yet and Saturday is fast approaching.  We put the numbers and other decals on the back-up car yesterday, so it should be ready to go.  I hate to take it out there cold turkey, I can think of all sorts of "opportunities" that can go wrong.  But I'm in 4th place for end of the year points and hopefully it will make it thru the night, so I can at least stay in the running. 

Friday, August 17, 2018


Heard from Nacho's family, he's doing good, even playing with their dog Daisy.  John said when they let her out, after we left Tuesday, she ran straight to the pasture, thru the fence and they started chasing each other.  He sure is a mellow jack, nothing seems to upset him.  But when the people are at work, he is by himself and as I said before we're willing to try Buddy as a companion until Nacho is gelded.  

This was Buddy a few years ago before we started having to fight the battle of the bulge.  He actually went out to an adoption for about 2 years and came home vastly overweight after we had told the people about his weight problem and how to feed him.  Since then it's been an ongoing battle.  

Shiloh, Buddy Brat and Cisco probably 15 years ago.  Even then Buddy was a Chunky Monkey....!!

So we will be delivering Buddy this Sunday.  We'll hang around for awhile to see how it goes.  They have an extra pen, so if for some reason there was a problem, they could put him in there until we could get back to bring him home.  

He's pretty easy going and is use to being around different donkeys, so it should go just fine.  Shiloh has been in a excellent caring home with Belle for 10 years.  Cisco is still here and will stay here.  He was a roping donkey in a roping school and has problems with his legs as old age has set in.  He is probably in his mid 20's and it's a battle to keep weight on him his teeth aren't very good either.  

Heard from Linda this morning, they finally posted the results from the Buena Vista race last Sunday.  There were 81 entries, Team Loki and Linda finished 54th and Team Turbo and Lynn finished 17th...!!!  That is their best finishes yet, and it seems like the donkeys are finally figuring out what they are suppose to do.  Well Loki is somewhat of a "wild child" and likes to pass all the other donkeys, which is a good thing.  But he's a little too eager sometimes.  Pepsi finished last, with a novice runner and she was thrilled with her award.  I don't know where Leo and Justin finished, Justin was also running with a novice runner too.  

It sounded like a good time was had by all, no more races until the final two in September.  Hopefully they will finish well in those races too.  

Linda sent some pictures from the Leadville race a couple of weeks ago.  

The "racers" waiting for something to happen

Team Leo with Turbo in the background, the lead rope is Turbo's I think, not sure where Leo's is down his side I guess.  I'm starting to get confused on who's with who.........LOL

Team Turbo

This is such a cute picture.  Team Justin is made up of Justin and his partner, who is quite a bit over 6 foot tall.  I'm sure there were short people racing with big donkeys, but I bet there wasn't another team with such a height difference between team partners as these two. 

After Linda finished her race, she helped check in the runners that were finishing after 5pm.