Sunday, August 24, 2008


Looks like we'll be picking up Rocky tomorrow. This is a picture of him on the left, Dixie Doodle behind him, SuzyQ facing away & Falena, Rocky's mom on the right. He was a fuzzy little yearling when he left here, 3 years ago.

But things change, & his family asked if we could take him back. When we find homes for them, the option is always there for us to take them back, rather than having them go out into the unknown world.

Falena was a large standard, so I would imagine he is bigger than most of the standards.

All of our pens have someone in them, so John put up a temporary pen for him to eat in. We'll keep him in for a few days to see how he settles in. He's been in with a mare, so we'll have to see if he can stand up to a pushy bossy large standard gelding. If he can we'll probably put him in with Chili for awhile, at least until the mesquite bean season isn't in full swing.

Chili & Pepsi were running, bucking, kicking & spinning this afternoon for quite sometime. Of course Pepsi was loose on the 10 acres, so he could run off & disappear. That really upset Chili, when he'd run from one end of the pens to the other & somewhere in the chase, Pepsi had peeled off & went someplace else. He'd disappear like that & then come running back at top speed, which of course got Chili going again. I love to watch them run & play.


Farmgirl_dk: said...

I'm so glad to hear that you take your donks back when situations change for the people who originally adopt them. It's sad, but a fact, that sometimes people -among other things- change their minds, don't get along (aka understand) their donkey, or can't afford to care for them any more. These beautiful donkeys could so easily wind up in a horrible situation without you there to welcome them back. Peaceful Valley does the same thing.

Tish said...

I would hope any sanctuary would take their donkeys back if necessary. I know of one that only fosters out their donkeys, they keep ownership of them, although the people can keep them for life.

Have you found homes for any of your guys yet? Just remember, the longer you have them, the harder it gets......!! (G)

Farmgirl_dk: said...

Oh, I'm realizing how hard this is going to be. Each one of my donks already has a very special place in my heart. They each have a very individual personality and interact with me in a different way - it's amazing.
And, yes, I adopted Velvet's Baby out in July. Holly and Sarah have been adopted and will be picked up in the next week and Ian is "on the line". That will leave me, very suddenly, with only two...Pistol and Brownie. I'm trying to breathe deeply, but, ouch, this is gonna hurt!

Tish said...

Just keep the thought in the back of your mind that by finding good homes for some you can help others. We never started out to have healthy ones that could go to other homes. We wanted to give homes to ones at the end of the line so to speak. We say we are an assisted living/hospice for donkeys. But over the years things happen & we've had situations arise that meant we took in healthy ones. Rocky & the girls were all very healthy, but were going to auction if we didn't take them, 3 years ago. The rancher wasn't interested in "finding" them a home.

You're doing great on finding homes. Sounds like you'll be getting another "herd" pretty soon. Just keep looking at the big picture.