Monday, July 25, 2016


Big Gus, John, Daisy and I a few years ago

I will never be very professional about this part of rescue.  As the morning wore on there was no change in Daisy's demeanor, so I made the call.  Dr. Karla was running around in Cochise and Santa Cruz county, so she was sorta in the neighborhood, but we had to wait our turn.  She finally got here and  everything went quickly and quietly.  We've never had a bad euthanasia, but have heard of horrible stories.  

John usually buries them, but it takes him about 8 hours to dig with his little tractor and backhoe. Unfortunately he is still going to Tucson every day for radiation, which really cuts into his time available to dig.  We started trying to find someone this morning.  John made a couple of calls and we asked some people that might know of someone.  Unfortunately in the last few years, most of the backhoe guys that would bury animals has gotten really small.  But Dr. Karla had a card for a family owned company in Tucson that travels all over the state.  He's coming out tonight with his backhoe.

Most of the donkeys have come to visit with her.  Some people try to hide what has happened, but we've always been of the idea that if you hide what happened, they might run around trying to figure out where they went.  She and Tula were particularly close and of course they hung out with Tula.  They've come by and then left. 

Some people called for a tour tomorrow, as hot as it is I was surprised.  But they want to come, so we'll be ready.  Thankfully they are coming early in the morning.   


Nuzzling Muzzles said...

I'm sorry for your loss. That's a good point about letting their friends be aware of what is going on. I hadn't thought of it that way until you mentioned it.

Tish said...

Thank you. Animals are more aware than we sometimes give them credit for. Years ago we had a mule that had to be put down. The donkeys had never paid attention to her. John was digging with his little backhoe and she was laying close to the area. Almost all the donkeys came by in a single file line, kind of made a semi circle around her, stood there for less than a minute and walked off in single file. It was quite impressive.