Casper now has 2 goat buddies. The neighbors brought home two free wether goats and threw them in with Casper on 10 acres. At first he tried his attack mode and I guess they weren't very impressed. Goats have quite a bit of personality of their own and usually pretty much run the show. Lara said after a little while everything settled down, and after a couple of days he is letting them eat with him, although I guess the relationship hasn't become close. But I have high hopes that this will be another species he can be with, as long as the fencing isn't just barbed wire. I haven't given up on finding someone with a mare to see if his problem is only with male horses or mules, that will run from him, when he is in attack mode. I have to admit I don't blame them for running, he puts on quite a show of intimidation, for someone as little as he is. I'm surprised some larger equine hasn't cleaned his clock. LOL
Yesterday I got an e-mail, that is sent out to the equine rescue groups in Arizona, when there is a crisis situation, somewhere in the state. It concerned an ad in the Phoenix area for a mini mule being advertised for roping, and the call was put out for help. Quite a few rescues jumped in with money, trailer, hauling, whatever was needed, so I basically just watched the e-mails. About an hour after the 1st e-mail I got a call from woman that needed a companion for her mare, who had just lost her 2 horse buddies. We don't adopt out horse companions unless there is already a donkey in the family. But a mule is a wonderful companion for a horse, so I e-mailed her all the info I had. I know they got the little molly out, but haven't heard anymore. Hopefully the woman followed thru on the information.
She looks like she might be a little larger than Casper. No matter where she ends up I'm really glad she's in safe hands.
As of last night we are leaving the fly masks on 24/7. The flies get up in the morning before we do, and this works out pretty well. We take them off a couple of times during the week to make sure they aren't rubbing or have some foreign material stuck in them. But other than that, they will have masks on until late Oct or early Nov.........well except when they lose them. Right now they are trying to reach the mesquite blossoms in the trees, so we have to look up instead of down, when searching for missing masks.
Heard from Falena and Selena's foster home. They were going to foster the girls for a month to see if they wanted to adopt them. It's been about 3 weeks and they are ready to sign papers, the girls have wiggled their way into the center of the family. When the girls were in foster for 3 years they were called Momma and Squeaky. If you ever heard Squeaky bray, you would know why........LOL She sounds like a Model T Ford, trying to start and not doing too well. Anyway Doug had told them about the name change and they have decided Momma and Squeaky works for them. Momma has to wear a shoe on a rear foot, because of a contracted tendon, which turns the foot under. Tim wasn't the least bit put off by the idea of having to make sure she wears that shoe as needed. I think it will be a wonderful home for these girls, he even wants to use them for overnight packing trips. With their personalities, they will be more than willing to go out and see new things. They will also be great ambassadors for donkeys, with any people they meet while packing. WIN, WIN.......!!