Friday, April 20, 2018

THIS IS WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT...........!!

Linda has been taking video of Roxy and Gus, when Roxy is cleaning him up.



This is a little weird, Roxy isn't very gentle, and Gus doesn't seem to mind.  She looks like she is going for the eyeball..........!!!  LOL




His eyes and ears are going to be absolutely pristine if she sticks around.  




Linda sneaked up on Jasper scratching and Quilla tattled on her.




Big Boss BlackJack working Linda for a cookie, under the new Burroland sign Lynn and Linda gave us.  I'm going to see if John will move it again, so it can be seen better.  This will be the 2nd time it's been moved.  Well.........no one asked where it would look the best before it was put up..........!!  I'm pretty sure men and women's minds do not work the same when it comes to hanging signs or pictures...!!  Actually that's just 2 of many areas that might be dealt with differently, when I think about it..........!!!  LOL


Thursday, April 19, 2018

SUNDAY OR MONDAY.......COLORADO BOUND

At least that is the plan.  Seven donkeys, four dogs, and 2 humans.  They plan on stopping in Soccorro, New Mexico for a rest and Lynn wants to let the donkeys out in a corral panel pen.  It's about 650 miles, which would be about 10-11 hours on the road.  That wouldn't be as much of a problem as trying to get 7 donkeys BACK in a trailer probably after 5 or 6 hours of being IN the trailer ......!!!  LOL  (Just got an update from Lynn that they are thinking about trying to drive straight thru or until they get tired?  But they are taking the corral panels, just in case..!!)

Joe seems to be recuperated from his "adventure".  Probably more so than we all are.  I wouldn't wish those 4 days on anyone, it was really an experience that I'm sure none of us want to do again.  Joe is just his usual happy in your face, obnoxious brat.....!!! LOL

This morning Buddy and Rosie both got wormed with Safe Guard.  The worming protocol to hopefully help or get rid of Rosie's sores on her belly  is one round of Safeguard, which takes care of adult neck thread worms (Onchocerca), but not the babies.  Two weeks later I'll start an Ivermectin treatment every two weeks for 6 weeks, to kill the kids hopefully.



Buddy in the bushes

Buddy actually has no sores or anything except a very thick neck that doesn't change if he loses or gains weight.  He has also worn most of the hair off the top of his neck scratching, and these worms cause intense itching, from what I've read.  We'll see if treating for thread worms changes his neck. 



Rosie and her friend Gigi resting in the afternoon


We have a new addition to the group.  Can't say it's our idea, but the neighbor's dog has decided it is more fun over here than over there.

She gets along with the donkeys.  This is Gus and with her around he no longer has eye boogers, which is rather icky to think of why they are disappearing.......!!!  LOL

 
She makes herself comfortable

We call her Roxie, have no idea what her real name is.  She's not as tall as Saddik, but more muscular, they probably weigh about the same.

When Lynn and Linda go back to Colorado, it's going to be pretty boring around here, wonder if she will keep coming over or not?  Probably will, she gets fed when Saddik gets fed........LOL

Do you remember about all the pretty little shiny colorful marble like things Linda put around the base of the Rainbow Bridge sign?  It took a couple of nights, but they all disappeared.  The only ones left are the ones set in concrete.  The donkeys would have just spread them all over the place.  So we think it is probably rock squirrels or pack rats.  Heckel and Jeckel the crow couple are back, and they will carry off shiny things, but they aren't usually in that area.  Whatever it was didn't leave one behind, we figure it's a rodent of some kind, down in a hole, rubbing it's little paws together with glee at how lucky he was to find such a treasure trove.

Lynn and Linda ran in a race in Sierra Vista last week-end and took Lennon, Lola and Saddik with them.  Some of the races are dog friendly and Linda has a double leash that attaches to her waist so she can run 2 dogs.


Linda won her first race for her age group...........!!! 



Lynn and Saddik finished 1st in their age group and 2nd overall.  Guess the guy in the red shirt was the overall winner. 



Three happy winners.....!! 

AS ALWAYS, THANKS FOR THE PICTURES LINDA........!!!

Friday, April 13, 2018

THE LAST FEW DAYS HAVE BEEN TRAUMATIC

That is an understatement.......!!  

Sunday afternoon Lynn took Joe out for a run.  They went across the road into a state land cattle lease of 12 sections, or 7680 acres.  Lynn took off Joe's halter, like he has done with all the other donkeys when they are out in the "wild".  Donkeys will follow the leader, if they know who the leader is and all the other donkeys have always followed.  

Joe is independent, which is what makes him so much fun, he has his own idea of who is in charge and it seemed to be him, because he disappeared into the brush and Lynn spent all afternoon looking for him, without any sighting.  That was Sunday, Monday was spent looking for him.  There is a tank over there for the range cattle.  A tank looks like a pond, but usually doesn't have a source of water, except for rain or a lot of times they will have a well, with a windmill bringing up water to be piped into the tank.  This one doesn't have a well, so I guess it relies on rain, it looked pretty shallow and muddy.  It has corrals around it, where the cattle can be rounded up and worked with because for the most part they aren't tame and aren't very interested in interacting with humans.  The general idea was that is probably the only water source available in the whole area.  

I called the rancher and asked if we could put a couple of donkeys in one of the corrals overnight.  We thought if he came down for water and the donkeys were there, he would stay by them.  Lynn even stayed overnight, but no Joe showed up.  The next idea was instead of 2 donkeys to only take one, so it would be lonely and maybe bray.  The next night Lynn took Frijolita, one of the jennies that yells a lot and camped out again.  She yelled all night, but still no Joe and we are getting worried, although the 2nd morning, John and Linda were out early in the morning and thought they heard him, but instead of moving towards home, he was moving away.   


This red circle is about 13 miles.  On the left is 4 markers, the 2nd one from the bottom is our place.  The lowest marker to the south east is the water tank.  The 2nd marker above the water tank is where Joe disappeared.  The mark between where he disappeared and our place is where he was found.  As you can see Joe actually stayed in a relatively small area.  Although because of brush, trees, hills, valley, mesas, and ridges it's really difficult to see very far. 

Wednesday, some of the neighbors went out on horseback, but didn't find anything.  I went out on the quad, ran up and down the main road, looking for tracks to see if he had crossed back over it maybe.  Also went down in the riverbed to see if he had gotten that far.  Ran across Lynn wandering around in the brush, but no Joe.

One of the neighbors said she had heard him that morning around 4am braying and she was sure it wasn't one of ours, it was from a different direction.

John had a procedure at a hospital early Thursday morning in Tucson, so we were up really early.  The phone rang at 5am, it was Lynn saying he had gone out before 4am and had heard what he thought was a cow, but heard it again and thought it was Joe.  Good news but we had to hit the road.  When we got to the hospital, there was a message on our phone from Linda, saying, they had him.

NEEDLESS TO SAY THAT WAS WONDERFUL NEWS, we all had been so worried, it was the 4th day with no sighting and no clue as to where he was..!!  Lynn did over 75 miles in 4 days of searching.  He's a runner, but that's a lot of miles in some pretty rough country. 


This is a poo pile Lynn found before he found Joe






When Lynn first saw Joe up on a ridge

Joe was a little scared of Lynn at first and would move away when Lynn moved towards him


Lynn had a couple of bottles of water and after 4 days without water Joe was very interested in the water, enough that Lynn finally got close enough to him to get a halter and lead on him.  Then he put water in his hand, which wasn't much but Joe slurped it up as best he could.

They headed for home and Lynn said when Joe figured out where they were going he really picked up the pace.

Our neighbor Jorga was here and is a horse person, so she knew he didn't need access to water, and started kicking over water buckets.  There is a bucket in every pen, plus 2 large water areas, and I guess they had quite a tussle over water, she even had him around the neck, but they finally got him in his pen.  The vet had told us to call whenever we found Joe in case he needed an IV.  Since he was on his feet Dr. Jeremy said to give him 1/2 gallon of water every half hour and to add electrolytes to it.  Jorga happened to have electrolytes, so that's what they did. 

By the time we got home around 3pm he wanted hay more than water, so the dehydration crisis was over.  By bedtime he was back to normal, and went out with the herd.

We can't figure out why he never found the water.  Granted it was away from the area he stayed in, we about decided he is a city boy, and use to being taken care of.  He stayed in the area he was lost in, maybe waiting for someone to come and take care of him, who knows.  The rancher thought he would probably get with the cattle and they would have led him to the water, they know where it is.

Lynn and Linda had planned on leaving for Colorado this week-end, but now are waiting until next week-end to let Joe have time to recuperate from his experience.

Now we wonder if he will think of Lynn as his leader.  It will be interesting, as independent as he is.  Lynn may never let him off lead again to find out..........LOL



Joe and Lynn on one of their earlier outings


I guess as of this morning we are out of the dirt racing business.  The track north of Phoenix where we went to race a few weeks ago is still trying to get a Hornet class going.  So far they only have 3 cars showing up on a regular basis.  I guess people aren't building cars because they don't know if the class is going to take off.  So some of the racers put out the word they are buying up cheap Hornets and we gave them a good deal on the 2 cars.



They even got extra doors and bumpers, which they are going to need probably..!!  The idea is they will rent the cars out to people that want to try racing without having to buy a car.  Our dirt track has been closed since 2014 and we haven't heard any chatter for quite sometime.  If by some miracle it does open before I get too old to climb in the window, we can always buy another car I guess...!!  LOL



Sunday, April 08, 2018

COUNTDOWN TO COLORADO CONTINUES.....!!

Lynn and Linda were going to leave Saturday the 14th until they found out that is a race night......so they won't leave until early Sunday morning now..........!!!  We told them we can handle it, we'll have to after they leave, but they won't listen.  Lynn has an appointment Tuesday the 17th in Colorado, hopefully it will be a smooth trip with no problems.  

At least I hope Saturday is a race night.  Right now my car is sitting at a friend's garage, waiting for the transmission to be installed.  Another friend took the tranny apart to make sure it's better than the one in the car that jumps out of gear at the most inopportune times.  John is suppose to go over this week and they will put it in the car.  Fingers crossed that it works and will stay in gear thru a main event........LOL


 Got the Burroland sign up a few days ago.

I think I might have changed out Rosie's snack boards, of course the new one would look just like this one within days........LOL
 
They put it up where we all had agreed was a good place.......but....it doesn't show up there there like it would around the corner.  I haven't brought the subject up with John yet........right now he is chasing a leak in one of the pens.  For almost a year a hose had ran thru that pen on top of the ground to fill water buckets.  Lynn dug the trench and they hooked it all up............and one of the connections is leaking.  John's excuse is,  he isn't a plumber........!!!  LOL  He just came in and said it is fixed, so we'll see.
 
 The Cheezits, Cheerios and Tortilla chips in the pantry are ours..........BUT all the lovely animal crackers are donkey treats, thanks to many people that have come out to visit with the donkeys recently.  I guess the word has gotten out that donkeys love animal crackers, apples, and carrots.  Some people have brought some of each and one woman even brought bags of timothy pellets.  Of course the donkeys don't know about this generosity, but they certainly enjoy the bounty.  It's always rewarding when others appreciate the donkeys and want to help make up for some of the rough times many of them have lived thru before they came here.  



Lately we've had tours almost everyday, and some of the donkeys are getting spoiled about sharing visitors with the other donkeys.  Cheyenne, the smallest mini is the worst about sharing.  We had visitors this afternoon and I had to really get on her.  She is cute, but not cute enough to behave like a brat by making ugly faces and threatening the other donkeys.....!!!  She may be little, but she doesn't seem to know it.  Most of the donkeys are large enough to squash her like  bug, but when she goes on a tangent they usually walk away or ignore her...!!

Cheyenne

 A couple of days ago was "let's see how many donkeys can be stuffed in a stock trailer" day.  Linda put halters on all the ones traveling to Colorado and we started trying to figure out the loading process.  Who will load after someone else and will stand next to who.  It's not just a case of grab one and into the trailer it goes.  A lot of them seem to have definite thoughts on the process, that means you better have it make sense to them, or it's not going to go smoothly.

Turbo and Leo were loaded first.  You might remember when we loaded for the Tombstone parade in March, Turbo wasn't interested in loading and let Lynn know it wasn't his idea.  This time he hopped in the trailer like it was going to be fun.  Never say they will or they won't, because they might or they might not.....!!  LOL  Leo went in pretty good, next was to be Joe and Leddy.


This is either Bill or Don, they both self loaded when they saw the open trailer.  Unfortunately they weren't the ones that needed to load...!!


There is seven donkeys in there, with Lynn and Linda.  Justin was the 5th one in.  We thought he would load and just stand there, but NO........he put his nose down and waded thru the 4 already in there, to the front.  He looked like a salmon going upstream...!!  LOL


There actually was more than enough room for 7 donkeys.  Lynn started talking about Boaz going too.  I guess there are quite a group of Boaz lovers in Colorado, that are disappointed he isn't going to be there this summer.  Haven't heard anything recently about him making the trip.  He would have to get a health certificate and I'm sure I would have heard something by now....!!! LOL


Lynn took them on a short ride out to the main rode and back to see if anyone freaked out.  The rode just fine and when they came out of the trailer, they certainly weren't traumatized, we couldn't get them out of the way, so we could close the back gate.  Linda is trying to bribe them with cookies.









Thursday, April 05, 2018

COUNTDOWN TO COLORADO.....!!!

Lynn and Linda are starting to try to get organized for heading back home to Colorado the 14th.  I'm glad it isn't me, there's lot to do to get ready for such a move, 6 (or 7...more later on that) donkeys, 4 dogs and stuff to stay and stuff to go.  Of course they have been here since early November, except for being in California for a month, so stuff is everywhere.....!!   LOL  They won't be taking the RV or the motor home, so that simplifies somewhat.  But I'm still glad it's them and not me..........!!!  

Yesterday Dr. Jeremy came to draw blood for Coggins test for those that need it for the trip. The ones that went back and forth last time, are still good, but Loki Joe, Justin and Pepsi haven't been traveling, so they had to be tested.

Lynn really wants to take Quilla back this year.  His skin condition was so much better up there and their friend Stephanie wants her parade partner to come back again.  Quilla's Coggins is good, all he would need is an up to date health certificate.  But first.........they have to find out if 7 donkeys will fit in a 4 horse stock trailer.  We have hauled 8 standards in our trailer, but it wasn't an overnight trip, which adds more issues to the adventure.

I think they are going to try to load all 7 today and see how it goes.  Thank goodness I have an appointment in Benson, and unfortunately won't be here to "help".........LOL

While Dr. Jeremy was here, he looked at Frijolita's eye.  It looked pretty good except for the swelling to me, BUT I'd rather someone that really knows what they are doing look at it.  He didn't see anything in there,  and it looks better this morning.  I'm still keeping a fly mask on her, to keep the sun out of her eye in case it is sensitive to light.  And also if she rolls on the ground, it might help to keep her from getting something else in the eye.



x-ray blocks........to me Jasper's front feet look like they are on the wrong side......!!



De. Jeremy x-rayed Jasper's front feet that have been chronically foundered.  Jasper was really ouchy on them when he first got here, but change in diet and drugs have made a lot of difference in his comfort level.  He hardly lays down at all during the day and is out all night.  Exercise is really good for their circulation, when their feet are compromised.



Portable x-ray is REALLY nice to have, if Jasper looks like he being mellow there's a reason.  He does not like to have his legs and/or feet messed with and he is really determined that they not be touched.  Although Linda has been working with him and he will "allow" touch as long as it doesn't last long enough to do anything...!!   So Dr. Jeremy put him into donkey LaLa land.!!

 

His x-rays actually didn't look as bad as I expected.  He has some rotation, but not really bad. Some demineralizing of the coffin bone, but again, not bad.  A little bit of ski slope to the front of the coffin bone, but again, I've seen worse.  One foot has the navicular area compressed but he thinks if Tyler lowers the heel more, it will make more room for everything to spread out.  All in all pretty good news for Jasper.  Now.......if we can just get some of the extra weight he's carrying off of him, he might be in  good shape.

Linda has bathed Gus twice lately for skin problems with special shampoo.  Gus is one of the few donkeys that loves to be bathed, thanks to Claire...!!!  LOL  So he's really easy.  Both sides right behind his elbows was sloughing off hair.  Some of it even had scabs around the base of the hair.  It has been getting better, but there again if you have someone that knows what they are doing available by all means pick their brain.

Linda brought Gus out and I was someplace else.  When I came up Dr. Jeremy said, I was going to be surprised at his recommendation.  I popped up with, "Vagisil"?  LOL  A few years ago I read about how to use Vagisil for fungus infection and it was so weird, I got a tube.  It expired in 2013, so I've had it for awhile, never been opened.....!!!  I think it surprised him, I know it shocked me that I still had that little tidbit in my brain....!!! LOL  He said you can also use ointment for athelete's foot.  Somehow it doesn't have the shock factor Vagisil does though....!!!  LOL  It already looks better this morning, so if you  have a skin problem that you think might be fungus, there's some OTC things to use.  I had to clip around the area, so now poor Gus really looks like he's got something nasty going on, poor guy.  Dr. Jeremy was pleased to hear Gus is completely off all pain medication and doing well. 

Rosie's summer belly is trying really hard to become a problem.  So far Linda is keeping up with it.  Of course it isn't even hot yet, I'm really surprised it's starting this early.  Over the years, she has had steroid shots which didn't work, and had just about every creme know to man, put on her belly.  The technical term is Midline Ventral Dermatitis.  She actually has 4 areas on her belly, only one of which is midline.  I think this year I might try aggressively worming her again, if she does have holdover larvae from last year and the proceeding years.  Ivermectin is suppose to kill the young, but not the adult worms, if that is what is going on.  So I will need to find out for sure what the life span is of the adults, so I can hopefully worm her thru adults dying of old age.  

 
The sign came out great and the donkeys didn't carry off the colored stones last night.!!


Tuesday, April 03, 2018

GUESS IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO PUT UP A SIGN


Lynn and Linda sent off and got 2 new signs for the rescue.  They are always coming up with neat ideas.


 
 This morning our neighbor Jorgia helping to put up the Rainbow sign in the cemetery.




Linda is busy putting pretty colored stones in the concrete around the posts.  Then she laid stones all around on the dirt.  We figure they will be everywhere by morning.......!!  LOL  Donkeys don't miss much and they love to rearrange just about anything they haven't seen before.  I just hope they don't eat them.........LOL





The sign was laser cut and really was pretty........BUT..........it almost disappeared into the background scenery.  John found a piece of aluminum to back it with and Linda did the painting.  Isn't it beautiful......??? The other sign is for Burroland, the 20 acres of wilderness the donkeys think is theirs and humans don't belong.  I think the back piece is going to be white on it, at least it was the last I heard.  Guess I'll have to wait until it's put up to know for sure.  

This morning when I got out to the feed room, Doug and Linda said Frijolita had a nasty looking eye that was tearing real bad.  John and I went to see what was going on.  I don't know for sure what she did.  There is a scrape on the edge of her eye, and it had a lot of mud in it.  We rinsed it out, which was a lot of fun.  Frijolita won't fight you or try to get away. But she can be very evasive, if you try to get hold of her head, she will turn it away from you and put her nose almost on the ground and then she will just stand there like that.  It is almost impossible to doctor an eye when she does this.  But we finally got her to let us raise her head up and use eye wash.  The bottom lid is really swollen and when I flushed the mud out of her eye, I saw something that looked like a piece of wood caught between the bottom lid and her eyeball.  I tried flushing it out and she actually stood pretty good, so I assume she knew I was trying to help.  But it was stuck in there pretty good.  I kept flushing and it finally came loose enough that I could get the water underneath it.  What I thought was a piece of wood was actually a small rock.  Well it would be small if you found it in a salad or something.  But in an eye, it probably felt like boulder.  I dropped it on the ground, so didn't get a picture of it.  

This afternoon Linda and I rinsed it out some more and put triple antibiotic in the eye.  The lower lid is still really swollen, I hope just from irritation.  The eye looks good, she's holding it open and it isn't wet anymore, so hopefully tomorrow it won't be so swollen. 

Monday, April 02, 2018

JASPER HAS IMPORTANT VISITORS.....!!

Turbo and Leddy playing

Jasper's mom came down from the Phoenix area to visit him yesterday morning.  When Liz and Steve got here, we had just finished morning feeding, so everyone was still in their pens, including Jasper.  

She was happy to see him eating and looking good.  We took the golf cart out, so she could see Burroland and where the donkeys get to roam.  She was amazed at how peaceful it is out here.  A lot of people that come out live in the city and comment on how quiet it is.  I know what they mean, a few times over the years I've stayed overnight with friends in Tucson, when I was going to fly out REALLY early in the morning.  I usually didn't get any sleep, because of the noise of the city, might as well stayed at home..............LOL

One night after dark, I finally noticed there was movement around the outside of the pens and went outside to see what was going on.  Linda was doing an impromptu tour with a neighbor's visiting family.  I asked why she didn't turn on the pen area lights.  I guess they were all enjoying a flashlight tour.......!!!  They seemed to be having a great time, if they ever come again, and get to see everything in daylight or with the pen lights, it will be a whole new experience I guess..........!!!  We have a driveway announcer, but they came across Burroland, Vic's place shares a fence with Burroland and there is a gate between us.  He is the neighbor that fostered Casper the little escape artist, mini mule until we could find a home for him.  Casper is suppose to be getting training for pulling a little cart, but I don't think Bryan has done much with him so far.   We would have kept the little brat, if he would have stayed in the fences.  Or even if when he got out he stayed around here.  But we know for sure he was about a mile from here one morning out of the main road, being chased by 2 cowboys in a pick-up truck....!!!  LOL

Joe's "naming" party was a couple of days ago.  

It would be nice if he was appreciating his balloon, but he was probably just checking it out to see if it was edible

Nothing scares him, even flying balloons with streamers whirling  around in the breeze

He got first bite of his "cake", but then had to share.  All special days like birthdays and naming days are celebrated in Linda and Lynn's family....!! 


Yesterday Lynn put a pack saddle on Loki Joe.  We doubt that he has ever had a saddle on before but it was like no big deal.  He didn't even have a halter on, nor was he in a pen.  Lynn couldn't really tighten the cinch, because Joe is so much smaller than the other donkeys they have.  He is really a small standard and is one of the very few donkeys around here that isn't chubby.  I'm sure they will get him an appropriate saddle or cinch.  They are planning on getting a sawbuck saddle for Little Justin also since he will be racing with Linda this year.  

When anyone is outside working around here, they always have donkey help.  It doesn't matter if you sneak off quietly to someplace there isn't a donkey anywhere.  Start doing something and within minutes there will be donkeys wanting to know, if they can help........!!!

This is Leddy and Loki Joe helping Lynn with trail building in Burroland.  I think that is Rosie behind Joe, if so Gigi isn't too far away.  


This is Jasper yesterday, his 1st day to be in Burroland, as far as we know. 

Saturday, March 31, 2018

GINGER SAID YES..........!!!

I e-mailed Ginger asking if Lynn and Linda could take Joe with them for the summer.  She said he had been a rescue from a bad situation and she always wanted him to have a home that fit his exuberant personality and wants Lynn and Linda to be his new family........!!    To say they were happy is an understatement.  I'm sure Don and Bill will be thrilled, their personalities are a lot more mellow than his and they seem to think of him as the little obnoxious brother.  I was surprised, the other day Don actually went after Joe, guess he had enough.  The problem is, Joe doesn't care, he seems to be happy to have them mad at him as long as he is getting attention.......!!





All of Lynn and Linda's  animals have names that start with "L" although in the case of Turbo they had to stretch it a little.  His name is Lil' Turbo.......!!  Right away they came up with the name Loki, who was somewhat of a trickster in Nordic/Icelandic mythology. It would be a good name for him, except we've called him Joe for a year.  So he will be Loki Joe.............LOL



Jasper is really doing good, improving every day.  He had been leaving a little hay in his bunk, probably because he was use to hay or pasture being available whenever he wanted to eat.  We don't "roll" that way around here, they go in their pens to eat, and are let out after 3-4 hours.  If they leave hay in the bunk, we close the gate so it will be there when they go back in.  In Jasper's case we had been putting his bunk in Quilla's pen, so his soft sandy lay down area would be available if he wanted to lay down during the day.  He was laying down quite a bit, but everyday seems to stay out with the others until it's time to come in to eat.



Jasper out doing his thing


The last couple of days and nights he has been finishing his hay...........so there isn't any leftovers.  It's seems he has come to expect a snack when he goes in his pen to wait for his mush and hay.  He's not shown a lot of patience for waiting.  His answer to the problem is to jerk his bunk around until it comes off the fence..........!!!  Really doesn't make the hay get there any quicker, but I guess he's showing his displeasure at this horrible treatment.............LOL  John upped his hay 1/2 pound today, in case he's hungry, but if he eats that, he still won't have a snack when he goes into the pen.....!!!  LOL


Boaz doing his thing for Mindy and her Mom...........thanks for the pictures Mindy, glad you made it out again.


Tuesday, March 27, 2018

OH, MY.......IT'S GETTING COMPLICATED.....!!!

I guess that's what makes life interesting...........LOL  Joe, one of the 3 boarders that have been here for about a year while their new home is being built is to put it mildly a little busy body.  If he is in his pen with Don Juan, he wants all the attention.  If they are out, he'll get in your face and want all the attention.  He also seems to think he is in charge of the other two and most of the other donkeys.  When Boaz came back from Colorado last fall, he and Joe took about 2 weeks to settle down into the relationship they had before Boaz left.  Boaz had been one of the leaders of the geldings.  When he left Joe moved into that position, which he didn't want to give up.  But he finally backed down, Boaz can be formidable if he wants to be.  He jerked little bitty Cheyenne off her feet one time.  She had kicked at him and he grabbed her by the neck and up in the air she went.  

Anyway Lynn and Linda have been taking different donkeys out for their runs.  They are training for a 24 hour marathon run this summer, with I think 6 or 8 other people on the team.  Each person will run 2 different parts of the race.  Sounds more like work to me, but they are really excited about it.  It's just for people though, so no donkeys or dogs allowed.

So they've been taking different donkeys out, mostly the ones that act like they want to go, by running up and down the fence, when they go out the gate to run.  

Last night Lynn took Joe for the 1st time, when he came back he was grinning from ear to ear.  It seems that Joe is a natural.  He trots on a loose lead and just speeds up his trot if necessary, rather than breaking into a lope, which takes more energy.  And nothing spooked him or made him put on the brakes, which is pretty good, considering he hasn't been off the property since we picked him up last year.
















This morning they are out with Joe and Justin to see how they run together.  Both of them seem to love to run, so it should be interesting.




Courtney has already agreed to Justin going to Colorado for the summer..............BUT..........I have to get in touch with Ginger to see if Joe can go to what is becoming our northern  satellite extension of Forever Home Donkey Rescue...........Ha!  Linda took the 2 videos above last night when Lynn and Joe were coming back from their 1st run.  She wants to take some more today, when she is more prepared.  But it does show Joe is having fun.  OBTW they went about 3 miles in quick time, Linda wasn't expecting them back that quick and had to grab her phone and start filming.  


HAPPINESS IS A LOAD OF HAY


Yesterday was "hay" day, Chris came out with her squeeze and a trailer load of hay, we were down to about a month's supply.  Because we want low protein, sugar and starch hay, I always give her a warning when it's about time for a delivery.   That way she has time to look for what we want.  When Lynn moved the old hay out of the way, he had to take into consideration their motorhome is spending the summer here.  There is no reason to haul it back to Colorado and it should fit nicely in the empty side of the hay barn, out of the sun and hail if that particular weather occurred.  





I think this a Jasper and Gus with Linda but I could be wrong.  About 6 of the guys are so close in color, I have to see their bodies to make sure of who is who.  



 This is rather icky, but it's something Cisco has to put up with and has for years.  What's amazing is Lynn didn't jump up and look for a rag or something to wipe his leg off.

Cisco has a chronic gutteral pouch infection, among his other problems.  He does real good for sometimes years and then it becomes a problem and he has to have antibiotics for awhile.  There are rags in his pen for wiping his nose at all times.  Usually it isn't quite this messy, so it's time for a round of antibiotics I would imagine.  Dr. Jeremy is coming out next week to do Coggins and health certificates, so I might bring up Cisco's problem, it's been a long time since I've discussed it with a vet.  

Years ago Lucy had to have surgery for gutteral pouch.  The opening at the bottom of the pouch had closed up with chondroids.  They took out over 8 ounces of putrid YUCK!  She got along just fine and had no more problems, until her chronic laminitis got her years later.


CHONDROIDS FROM LUCY




Jasper and Quilla out on an adventure, Jasper seems to be doing better each day

Enjoy Linda's pictures and videos, although she was good about sharing, last summer when they were in Colorado, so hopefully she'll share again this year.  It will be so boring around here without them, there won't be anything going on.  But from what it sounds like, they are going to have a busy, busy summer. 

Monday, March 26, 2018

HAY DAY.........!!!

Haven't heard from Chris yet this morning, she is suppose to call when the hay truck is on the road headed our way.  The donkeys will have to stay in their pens until the hay is "safely" in the barn.  You can't imagine how much "help" they can be with hay unloading.  

John and I use to get 46 bales of hay on the car trailer when we were younger and had less animals.  The farm would load it for us, but when we got home, we had to unload it.  And it always seemed like we had to replenish our hay supply.  Of course by the time we got home from Eloy/Casa Grande with the hay it was almost time for "donkey supper" and they thought we needed lots of help.  

I would get the bales off the trailer and John would drag and stack.  I had to be careful not to hit some enterprising donkey with a bale and John had to drag thru the crowd.  I don't think either of us misses those days, and Chris doesn't need the donkeys help when she is unloading stacks of hay with the squeeze, a wonderful little invention that unloads a stack of 64 bales at a time.  

Jasper is now out all night with the others.  He's still not figured out that he needs to eat his hay or it gets shut in Quilla's pen.  That way Jasper's pen is open so he can go in a lay down in his dust pit, if he wants.  He's continuing to walk better every day, less sugar and starch in his diet should help to keep his feet from hurting from chronic laminitis.  

Yesterday he was pursuing Coquette for quite sometime, without interference from some of the other boys.  She seemed to think he was pretty cute, but thankfully he just pursued her without trying to mount her.  I'd rather he didn't crash to the ground on his fragile feet for the time being.  All in all he seems to be doing good with his change in scenery and lifestyle.  He's very alert and curious, which is a good sign.  

Linda made arrangements for health certificates and coggins tests with Dr. Jeremy, for those that need it for the trip to Colorado the middle of April.  Besides Leddy, Turbo and Leo their donkeys, they will be taking 2 of the minis, Justin and Pepsi.  Justin loves to run with Linda, so she's going to see how he does in at least one of the burro races this summer.  Pepsi is going along as a buddy for Justin and also to hopefully get some of the mesquite bean weight from last summer off of him.  He's on a diet and has been for quite sometime, but he's still "short for his weight". !!!  LOL