Sunday, October 21, 2018

LYNN AND LINDA MADE IT IN.............!!!!

They rolled in this afternoon after an uneventful trip, which is the best kind.......!!!  Bella and Levi introduced themselves and Bella took advantage of the courtyard gate being opened to investigate as much as she could before Lynn showed her a soda can, which got her attention and she followed him out.  They are both really easy to work with and are willing to go along with whatever you want them to do. 

Deer and wild turkey in Colorado

Lynn's mom sent homemade cookies and banana bread..........YUM..........that's the first thing John checked out, when he got home from the race track.  Our friend Larry went for practice this afternoon and John didn't want to miss anything.  No homemade goodies for John since I've been laid up, so he was really interested and pronounced the cookies excellent, haven't cut the banana bread yet.  Thank you Glenda..........  And Terry, Larry's wife sent cookies home with John, I could get use to this.........LOL

John said the race director has a knee that looks a lot like my knee.  He use to race and I guess was in a wreck that damaged the kneecap and they used a tendon to hold it in place, just like they did with me.  Must be a fix that works good.  I hope so, my knees have been my best joints for quite awhile, all the other joints are squeaky and creaky........!!

Linda came in prepared with meat tenderizer to use on Bella's proud flesh, so guess treatment will start pretty quick.

Where there is a golf cart, there are probably treats

There's got to be treats in here someplace, maybe Lola the dog has them...!!


Friday, October 19, 2018


They got to go out yesterday morning after breakfast, had their hour or so by themselves, the others went out and no fireworks or anything.  Well Link goosed Bella a couple of times and she let him know she wasn't that kind of girl and he found something else to do.  All in all a very easy introduction to the herd.  They spent most of the day by themselves exploring the 10 acres.  I think John is going to open Burroland today, so they'll get to explore some more.  

Doug took the pictures, said it was mostly butt shots, because they were so busy checking out all the new stuff to look at, smell and eat.  

Bella and John getting acquainted

Levi headed out for fun and adventure

They are both carrying a lot of extra weight

Last night for roundup, not only did they go into the pen with no drama, it was a different pen than they had been in.  John put them in BlackJack's pen so they would have a shelter.  He threw up a shelter in their pen Tuesday and decided to switch them last night.  John said there was no problem at all and this morning after being out all night, they were standing in the new pen this morning when Doug went out to do round-up.  They will make someone wonderful additions to their family, when we get the weight off and also get Bella's proud flesh/sarcoids taken care of.  This could be a long process, it took 3 years to finally get rid of Boaz's  big area on his knee and the scar tissue continues to be problem in the summer.  

Linda has been in touch with Dr. Jeremy and he recommends trying the meat tenderizer treatment first. As you can tell from this link, treating proud flesh is all over the page on what is the best treatment.  Everyone has their favorite treatment that never fails.  I always keep in the back of my mind that in spite of what we do to animals and put them thru, they probably would get better without our intervention......for most things.  Proud flesh has it's own rules and doesn't fit into any square as far as treatment is concerned.  Both of Bella's areas are pretty big unfortunately and I'm not going to be much help for awhile.  So I guess Linda will be learning new skills............LOL 

Speaking of...........Lynn and Linda are suppose to be packing this morning, and heading south as soon as they get everything loaded.  Last I heard the list was rather long......!!!  They don't plan on driving thru, so will probably get in tomorrow morning early, after resting for a couple of hours in New Mexico. 

We were suppose to walk in the Helldorado parade in Tombstone Sunday.  But I wasn't going to be able to walk.  They said something about tying me on Turbo so I could participate.  I don't think so......!!!  LOL  Plan B was for me to be parked on the street so I could watch.  But I think they've decided to not go this time.   Maybe next year. 

Thursday, October 18, 2018

CASPER, CASPER, CASPER..........!!!!


We have no idea what goes on in his little busy brain and probably never will.  Yesterday Doug caught him outside the perimeter fence on the east side of the big main wash, headed east towards Gammons Gulch........!!!  Doug yelled at him and he came back inside the fence.  So he is getting out, we just don't know when and how often.......!!!  And seems aware that getting caught ruins the adventure..........LOL  

I wish I didn't have to worry about him, he seems to know where he lives and what time to show up for meals.  But I worry because we are close to the main road and I'm afraid he might get hit or cause an accident.  Such an independent little guy, but we need to figure out someway to outsmart him.  Not sure that's possible, as mere human beings....!!  Too bad we only have barbed wire perimeter fencing, instead of field fence.  Even if we had field fence, there is still the areas where the fencing crosses the wash that would be almost impossible to make "Casper" proof.

Another little quirk he has that drives Doug crazy is, he will not go in his pen until every donkey is in theirs.  He does have a helpful side, which I'm sure if he knew it was helpful he wouldn't do it.  When John goes over in Burroland to do round-up, Casper will lead him to where the donkeys are.  

I went to the surgeon yesterday to see how my knee is doing.  They took x-rays, seemed pleased with the results and said I have to wear the brace for 6 more weeks.  Something about the quad muscles in my thigh, would pull the surgical area apart if I started "using" the knee.  

It was good to get out, although dragging a leg around and using a walker is a downer. Even got to go out for lunch, which is always fun.  

I'd like to ride around in the golf cart tomorrow and familiarize myself with the donkeys.  I haven't seen them except out the windows for a couple of weeks.  John stays pretty busy "stomping out forest fires", so I haven't added to his work load by asking to go on a joy ride.  I'll see how the day goes tomorrow.  

Well the name changes have been made.  Miss Jingles is now Bella, that's a nice girly name.  What is really weird is I told Linda we had came up with that name, and she said she had been making a list and the 1st name she wrote down was........Bella.  Meant to be I guess.  

John came up with the name Levi for Nephi, it's a good name and hopefully we can remember it.  They will get to go out and join the herd today.  John will let them out for an hour or so before the others are let out after breakfast.  That way they can get some idea of what the 10 acres looks like, before having to face the gauntlet of a nosy herd.  

John had an interesting occurrence a couple of days ago.  One of the girls, I think he said Tula was cycling, which of course livens up the herd and gets some of the boys that have memories of earlier times, really going.  About half of them join in the fun and games, which means there is a lot of running and yelling, pushing and shouting going on.  It can get lively, especially if the girls aren't the least bit interested.  So you have the guys running around trying to make sure they are at the front of the line with the girl of their dreams trying to get away from them, and kicking the fire out of them, if necessary.

I'm not sure what John was trying to do, but for some reason he ended up close to Tula and he said the next thing he knew Loki was on his back with his hooves over John's shoulder.  It just lasted a split second, not sure if John broke up the "love triangle" or if Loki noticed that this wasn't working, but John wasn't happy........!!!    Tula was probably laughing at the spectacle.........!!  And I'm really sorry I missed it.......LOL

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

RAIN, RAIN GO AWAY...........!!!

This isn't a normal time of year for rain around here, but we are getting it.  The ground is saturated and it continues to rain.  So now there is puddles everywhere.  Casper has been staying in his pen at night, we figured having hours to figure out how to escape might not be a good idea.  But his pen is really wet, standing water everywhere except in his shelter.  Tonight John let him out, so he can choose where he wants to go.  I hope it's within the boundaries of the perimeter fence.......!!  LOL

The 2 new ones are settled in and BlackJack gave up his pen and shelter, at least for a few days until we let them out with the herd.  BJ could care less about HIS pen and HIS bunk, as long as he gets fed, just put him somewhere.  Over the years when we need a pen, he always volunteers.....!!!  LOL

We usually give newbies 2 or 3 days in a pen, so everyone can come and stare at them without confrontation.  They are very gentle so I don't expect any problems when they go out.  The jenny's name is Jingles and her son's name is Nephi an old name from the book of Mormon.  I usually don't change names, but I'm thinking about it for these two.  The jenny is such a dainty girl with big beautiful eyes, she needs a girly name.  So far none of us can remember the gelding's name, so we might need to find a name for him that is easier to remember.  

Doug took pictures for me this morning, since I'm not very mobile.

They are very friendly, although the gelding did not load well.  John said he has never had one sit down to keep from going in the trailer.  Once he sat on the ground, I guess there wasn't anyway to get a butt strap about his fanny, so he pretty much was in control.  The man showed up about that time and they finally got him up and in the trailer.  John said the jenny loaded just fine. 

She knows how to beg....!!!  LOL

This is one of her sarcoids at least I think that's what it is.  She has another one in the very same spot on the other hind leg. 

I will get in touch with Dr. Jeremy later this week, and see what he thinks needs to be done.  Sarcoids can get real angry sometimes if you try to remove them. 

Heard from Linda, it's getting colder in Colorado and Lynn is still out on the mountain chasing elk.  Linda sent me the coordinates of where he is, I went in on Google Earth and he was up on a ridge line with lots of trees and scenery.   I doubt if there is another human being within 50 miles.  The only saving grace I could see was, there wasn't any snow in the area.  Of course that could change pretty quickly. 

Friday, October 12, 2018

IT WAS JOHN'S IDEA...........!!!!

Got a call from a woman this week.  She has been taking care of 2 donkeys for a elderly man who's wife had died.  He was in hospice and recently died and she was looking for a place for the 2 donkeys since the son just wanted to get rid of them.  

We are full and I'm not in a position right now, to add to the work load, since all I'm doing is taking up space for awhile.  So I told her I'd call her back.  John has this "what's one more attitude" and figured out a pen area almost before I told him what was going on.........!!!  

They were suppose to be minis, but John went to see them this morning and they are small standards.  Well small might not be a good description, they are both obese at ages 3 and 8, mother and son.  Anyway he made arrangements to pick them up Sunday afternoon, so guess our little family is growing again.  

John said they are friendly, pick up their feet, so should be easy to work with.  They are going on a diet that's for sure.  

This is the gelding, the woman told John their names, but he forgot it by the time he got home.

This is the jenny, they aren't overly obese, necks aren't big, so we'll work at getting some of the weight off them.  She also has a probable sarcoid on the front of her right rear leg.   

We'll probably wait until Big Gus and Rambo get here to call Dr. Jeremy to come out and do check-ups on everyone.  I'm pretty sure the boys haven't had vet care and these two have been in limbo for quite sometime.  

Everything with moving the boys hinges on when Lynn and Linda get back and Ginger is ready for her boys to go to her new home.  We'll deliver Bill and Don to her place about half way to Phoenix and pick up Big Gus and Rambo on the way back thru Tucson.  At least that is the plan..........!!! LOL

We had drizzle almost all night last night and as you can see from the pictures, it continued into the morning.  John said the jenny wasn't the least bit interested in coming out of the shelter to greet him.  Can't blame her, that's one reason John didn't pick them up today, the pen they are going in doesn't have a shelter.  Hopefully our rain will be over by Sunday. 

I'm looking forward to my appointment with the surgeon next Wed, maybe I will find out what they did and how long I will be recuperating.  We are getting pretty good at unwrapping and re-wrapping, the brace thingy was rather daunting to deal with the first couple of times, but it's not bad once you deal with it.  Walking with it isn't quite as easy........!!! LOL

Lynn and Linda report that it is COLD in Colorado.......well duh.!!!  Lynn has a plan to camp out on the mountain, that is expecting 20 inches of snow and temps in the teens.......!!!  Haven't heard if that's going to happen or not. 

Tuesday, October 09, 2018


When Lynn and Linda came down from Colorado they had planned on going back up for a week or so, to take care of some loose ends.  They left yesterday afternoon and drove thru, because they are already there.  Not sure how long they will be gone, just a few days and I'm already making a list for when they get back.  LOL  

This is Lynn trying to work before they left, with a LOT more help than anyone would ever need.  

This was the first time Casper got to go out of his pen.  Unfortunately Burroland hadn't been opened yet, but he was already over there.  

One of the Tucson rescues got in touch with me, to tell me she had 2 of our donkeys that had been dropped off, as the owner was headed out of town.  She had Big Gus and Rambo for years and knew they were to be returned here if she could no longer take care of them.  But she never got in touch with us.  

We have no open pens, so I've been trying to find someone to foster/adopt and have had some offers to foster..................BUT.....!!  You know how you get a problem with no easy fixes and wonder what would be best?  

We have been boarding Bill and Don while their family had a new home built.  Those things never go as planned, contractors and permits are enough to make you want to live under a bush rather than put up with all the nonsense.

Ginger had gotten in touch in August and said it looked like they'd be in by mid September.......!!!  Didn't happen, BUT she called last night and they are ready for the boys, as soon as they get a shade shelter installed............That opens up 2 pens just in time to bring Rambo and Big Gus out and they won't have to be fostered......!!! it when a plan comes together.......!!  

As I recall, Gus has gate opening skills, he's actually been here at least 3 times and he has a busy attitude.  After he's been here awhile John usually says, he'll be glad when he'd gone.  But once he's gone, John always missed him because he has a fun personality, if you can keep ahead of him.  He's almost mammoth size and probably has more Poitou blood than BlackJack.  I hope the 2 youngsters don't latch onto him as a role model...........LOL

That's Big Gus in the background when he was here before

Sunday, October 07, 2018

LIFE GOES ON...........!!!

So far, so good, we're all figuring out, how to deal with the problems that come with having a walker person to deal with.  I'm actually doing pretty good on learning how to do things for myself, but some things are going to take more time.  I doubt that I'll become proficient at a lot of them.........!!!  

My post surgical instructions say that I can remove the brace and bandages 5-7 days post to take a shower.  I've noticed today I have a pressure area from the brace, so I guess it would be a good time to learn a new skill, removing and replacing the bandages and the brace.  Wish one of my nurse friends lived down the road..........Ha!  The hospital has a number we can call, and I'm sure it is doable, but I'm not looking forward to the experience.  And I'm really sure John isn't either.........!!!  

The donkeys have been going into Burroland for a couple of hours in the afternoon before round-up for feeding and they've actually been doing pretty good about coming in.  Yesterday little Casper got to go out.  

Linda also took him for a walk and she said he did really good

Met Link, new kid in the herd
It didn't take him long to get over in Burroland, which was actually still shut until later in the afternoon.  Hasn't lost his escape skills I guess.  We had no idea if he would be there when it was time for round-up but he came in with the herd.  Since he was a good boy relative speaking, he got to go out this morning when the others went out of their pens.  We'll give him a chance to join the herd and forget about looking for adventure, hopefully he'll decide to mend his wandering ways and stay within the perimeter fence.  

Brother butts......we've been thinking Turbo still looked a little underdone, but beside Link he looks heavy.  I know they are half brothers, same mom I think, but they might be full brothers, I don't know for sure.  It also looks like Link is going to be taller than Turbo, look at those long legs.......!!

Leo and the brothers checking out Burroland

Thursday, October 04, 2018


Right side was on the wall

The car I rear ended almost came thru my windshield.  His transponder which is attached underneath the car to tell our speed and where we finished, was embedded in my bumper and grill.

Looks rather sad doesn't it?
It was a new car had 3 races on it
John got it in the garage to start stripping parts off it, although we aren't racing a Neon next year.  But someone might be able to use them. 


Well this was an interesting week-end.  The only good thing about it is  Lynn and Linda and their entourage made it in about 1am Sunday.  They ran out of time in Colorado to do a leisurely  2 day trip and had to drive straight thru.  The donkeys did just fine, although Quilla was pretty tired. 

The reason they ran out of time, was they were suppose to be in Tombstone Sunday afternoon for a meeting to discuss getting Burro Pack racing started in Tombstone and maybe other towns in Arizona.  They are our experts since they actually raced.  They made the meeting, John even went and they said it was a good meeting with people with ideas.  Hopefully they can put it together for this spring.  Who knows maybe some of the Colorado racers will come down, they don't start until June in Colorado, so this might be fun for them.  

We had been at the race track since Saturday afternoon, so we weren't here when they arrived.  At least since the weather has cooled off it's much more comfortable to spend the afternoon out in the pits, waiting for your few minutes of fun and adventure.

I think these races are probably more fun to drive than to watch.  So if you don't want to sit thru the whole thing, just watch the last 3 minutes.

The car had been hard to drive for some reason, so I wasn't really competitive, I was running in 6th I think.  The car had been pushing which means you're probably putting a lot of weight on the right front tire.  Usually we run a 20 lap main event, but they had us running 25 laps and on the 21st lap the right front blew in turn 3.  That immediately puts you into the wall.  I was trying to get it off the wall, when I noticed another problem.  A car directly in front of me, who incidentally had blown a right front tire, was sitting right in my path.  I was still trying to get it off the wall and away from him, it had torn out the brakes, so I was pretty much along for the ride.  

I have never had so much attention at one time in my life.........!!!  LOL   I already knew my knee was shattered, the ambulance finally got there took me to the big hospital in Tucson, went into the trauma area and was put on the list for surgery the next morning.  

All in all I had great care from everyone I came in contact with and every time I was handed off to someone else, one of the 1st things they would say is, "so you drive a race car"......  

The kid in the car I hit went to the same hospital with a concussion, he was already unconscious from when he hit the wall a few seconds before I plowed into him.  He's home, doing good.

I'm home with a brace that I'm going to hate really quick.  I think I'll burn it when this is over.  So for the next 6 weeks or so, I'm pretty much more trouble than I'm worth......!!  Walking with a walker...........UGH!

Poor Lynn and Linda dropped into this mess, it took them until this morning I think to get their motorhome out of the hay barn, they've been camping out in their pickup.  But they are troopers, they just go along with what's happening and I don't know what John would do without them.  

Since they've been here they've got another donkey, not bad for less than a week....LOL  Actually he is Turbo's 10 month old brother Link.  They had already made arrangements with Turbo's 1st mom to get Link when they got down here.  Talk about underdone, he's all legs and gawky looking a lot of grown mammoths are all legs and gawky, but he will probably fill out nicely over the next 4 years.  He's already out with the others and fitting in, he's a nice boy, although a little mouthy.  So now they have five of their own and treat all of ours like their own.  Casper even likes Linda......LOL

John picked up my car this morning at a friend that hauled it to his place Saturday night.  I haven't taken a picture of it yet, but will "share" when I do.  It only raced 3 races and is junk.  That's OK the guys are all ready to start working on the Cavalier for next year. 

Just found out today that 2 of our donkeys that have been adopted for years was left at another rescue as the woman went out of town.  They sign an agreement that if they can't keep the donkeys they are to be returned to us, guess she didn't read that part.  The rescue got in touch with me and I'm trying to find someone that would like to adopt or even foster them long term.  So if anyone is up to it, and wants to try, let me know.  We're one pen shy right now, had to build 2 new ones when the Colorado donkeys came in.  Not sure what we could do to bring in 2 more right now.

Friday, September 28, 2018


Just got an e-mail from Linda and they didn't leave today, suppose to leave tomorrow morning.....!!!  I will e-mail Teresa in Tombstone and let her know.  Lynn says they will make it, but so many things could slow them down.


Haven't heard anything from Lynn and Linda today.  If they are on the road, I'm sure they are busy and hopefully will get a few minutes tonight to at least let us know where they are. 

John has the pens ready and a chart showing where the 7 donkeys coming with them will go.  This morning he worked on the washed out fence over on Burroland from our big rain, last week.  Since the donkeys haven't been going over to Burroland, he quit fence fixing with the other 2 fences that are over on this side.  But now that the mesquite beans on the ground have finally started breaking down Burroland can be opened, and I'm sure it won't take the donkeys long to find it out.  The problem will be to get them to come back over to this side.  The 1st few days they will not be very cooperative at all and that is an understatement.  We'll get our exercise, chasing them all over Burroland.   LOL

This morning I opened up the dog pen, which has been closed since the dogs left.  There's unappetizing looking beans on the ground from the trees in there, but there is also lots of weeds that are about knee high.  If the donkeys go in there, it won't be quite so "wild" for the dogs to tramp down.  So far no one has noticed it's open.  

Next week John and I were suppose to transport an intact jack to a vet in N.M. to be gelded before he goes into a rescue up in the mountains of north eastern Arizona.  It had been put on hold until Lynn and Linda get here, so we could overnight, otherwise it was going to be a really long day.  Started putting it together this morning and found out there is no health certificate or Coggins test on him.  I talked to the woman that has the rescue and she said because they are in an isolated area, the N.M. vet is the closest to them, and they haul back and forth across state line all the time.  

That may be, I'm sure the state police, local sheriffs and N.M livestock inspectors in that area are well aware of what's going on.....BUT....... we would be on interstate in an area south of where they are usually running around.  We have heard horror stories, of getting stopped by N.M. authorities with undocumented equine.  It's expensive and time consuming to get your animals and rig back and we just can't take a chance.  I called the owner and he said no problem, but it will take time to get the paperwork done, so it won't be when we planned.  

I hadn't talked to the owner before he said the donkey is on 30-40 acres and wondered how many people we were bringing.........!!   Hmmmm, sounds like it might be an adventure.  I asked if he could be!!  But he said something about a smaller corral area, so hopefully if we can get him in there, we can get him in the trailer.  Wonder if Lynn and Linda will be ready for adventure in a few days?  LOL

This is not normal.....!!

Poor Boaz, he's had a rough summer and now he has this.  I have no idea if he got bit or stung or what, but this can't be comfortable.  Dr. Jeremy said to rinse him down with a hose and I've been doing that for a couple of days.  

Dr. Jeremy will be here in the morning with Tyler to work on Gus.  And we'd already talked about working on Boaz's chest, so we'll just add this to the list I guess. 

Tuesday, September 25, 2018


Looks like Lynn, Linda and the "circus" will get here Saturday.  Saturday is going to be a busy day, Tyler and Dr. Jeremy will be here in the morning to redo Gus, Rosie and Gigi's feet.  They are all doing pretty good for them.  Gus will never run any foot races and he has some days that are better than others.  BUT, he eats good and greets visitors when they come to see the donkeys.  A lot of the work Tyler has done on Gus especially was pretty experimental, or you might say, a last ditched effort to help him.  He's been in casting material for over a year and they are talking about just leaving the shoes on and see how he does, without the casting material.  Since they have worked with Gus they have also worked with other horses and donkeys.  Other farriers are also starting to try it.  
While Dr. Jeremy is here he might also remove the place on Boaz's chest that is about the size of a silver dollar, that I have been working with all summer and it is still a mess.  It's in a area with loose skin, and we've talked about just removing the whole thing and stitching it closed.  It couldn't do any worse than it has for months.

I'm racing Saturday night, we'll have to leave early in the afternoon to get to the track, so I can pill draw for my starting position.  When we raced on the dirt, we showed up right before the races started, jumped in the car and off we went for fun and adventure.  Not at this track, they turn it into an all day marathon.  So we won't be here when Lynn and Linda get here, guess we'll see them in Sunday morning.........LOL  Sunday afternoon we're suppose to go to a meeting in Tombstone to discuss having a pack burro race in the spring.  Teresa and Mike Benjamin have wanted to get pack racing started, it's really caught on in Colorado, this year was their 70th year, and although a lot of the mines in Arizona were owned by companies rather than individual miners, there is still a lot of history here and burros were used extensively all over the state for many reasons.  

Somewhere in all this they will have to get all the donkeys and dogs settled in and get their motor home dragged out of the hay barn and set up.  I'm sure they will get it all done without too many problems, they seem to do crisis management really well.........!!!  

Linda and Loki on the other side of the street.  Linda's not even touching the ground.......!!!

I think this is the infamous tunnel at Federick when they were practicing.  All their donkeys seemed to think it was no big deal.

The next day at the race, some of the other donkeys didn't think much of it.  I guess they ended up with some clusters of "Nope, not what I had planned today".........LOL  Bridges and tunnels seem to cause problems in these races.  Turbo and Loki aren't having any problem, Linda and Loki are in purple  right behind Turbo and Lynn.

Team Justin with Jennifer

They also did a people race and dogs were welcome.  Unfortunately Saddik found something to dead or worse to roll in right before they left home.  Linda said he really smelled bad, although I'm sure he didn't think so.  

He managed to find someone that thought he was really cool, smell or not....!!!  What a look on his face..!!

We took the white wing dove into the Wildlife Center in Tucson, Sunday afternoon.  When you go into the receiving area they have a blackboard with what wildlife they have and how many of each species.  I got so excited, they had 16 doves listed, until the lady told me none of them were white wings.  She said they had released all of theirs last week, which is about the time all of ours disappeared.  He still wouldn't have been ready to be released, so I guess he'll have to spend the winter in a pen in Tucson.  His tail was still angling to the left sometimes, so he may never be able to be released.  But at least he will be safe there and have some "cousins" to hang with.  I assume they will put him in with the others, they live in flocks and probably wouldn't do very well by themselves.  

 I did a little clicker training with Casper the mini mule this morning.  John's been moving donkeys around and working on pens, getting ready to add 7 donkeys to the group.  Jasper has been in Turbo's large pen all summer.  John moved him to the pen he was in before Turbo left in May, which is right beside Casper's pen.  Jasper seems to think Casper would make a good buddy, he watches him and usually spends part of the day standing by Casper's pen, so it seemed like a good place to put him.  It would be nice if Casper decided Jasper would make a good big brother to bond with.  I don't think Casper has probably ever bonded with anyone, he's a pretty independent little guy, so it probably won't happen.  

Jasper's pen was open when I started working with Casper, who incidentally did really good today, he even touched the target when I threw it on the ground in 2 or 3 different places.  Jasper was watching all this and figured out what was going on, Casper was doing something and getting rewarded.  So he started letting me know he wanted to play too.  When I got thru working with Casper I went out and showed Jasper the problem.........his nose instantly went to the target, I clicked and he got about a tsp of senior feed.  I did it 3 or 4 times and no problem ....I may have a future clicker expert.....!!!  He had been in the same home for 19 years and I don't think they messed with him much, let alone clicker training.  So I assume he observed what was going on and figured it out on his own.  We've noticed he is real observant, he watches everything going on around here, and he's certainly not stupid, none of them are.......LOL

Saturday, September 22, 2018


It's amazing to me that it has taken this long for him to figure out clicker training.  But I think this morning it finally clicked for him.  He's still not acting like I'm a Pez dispenser.  The donkeys once they get it figured out, they will stand there and push on the target repeatedly.  I would imagine for him it has to do with his distrust of humans in general.  He touches, hears the click, gets the treat of the day and backs off a few steps to chew.  Today's treat was oats, something he usually doesn't get.  Tomorrow will be Nutrena Safe Choice, which is also not usually on his menu. 

I'm not giving him treats except when we're "working" and I only work with him for about 5-10 minutes a day.  He still hasn't been out of his pen, we're waiting until Lynn and Linda get here, probably next week, for extra bodies to help round up the little devil if his chubby little body will still fit under the bottom barbed wire perimeter fence. 

If this looks like the tech has a death grip on Lennon at the vet, I would imagine she does.  Lennon is not fond of going to the vet and if given the chance will escape.  Guess they are getting all the 4 legged "fur" kids ready for the trip down to Arizona.  Hopefully the donkeys Coggins tests are still good, I think they are good for 6 months and they had them right before they left for Colorado in May. 

Loki was running with Linda this day, isn't his outfit gorgeous?   He really wants to pass the other runners and get to the front.  Linda said it was quite an experience after running with Leddy.  Leddy is more a parade donkey his speed isn't going to win any races.......LOL

This is Pepsi and Justin hanging out beside Mary Margaret, who won the Triple Crown this year.  Maybe they think her speed will rub off on them...!!

Turbo's ready to go...!! 

2018 season is over, might as well enjoy the fireworks....!!

Thursday, September 20, 2018

OK......ENOUGH RAIN ALREADY.........!!

John and I went to Tucson yesterday and it was raining on us on the way home.  Got home and it didn't look too bad, when all of a sudden it started raining, just about the time John went out to start chores.  I looked out one time and couldn't see the feed room.  For those that know the distance to the feed room from the house, that was a lot of rain.  

In about a 3 hour period, we got 3 1/2 inches of rain.  Doug and John were trapped in the feed room, I was in the house and the donkeys were in their pens. That much rain in a short time, flooded some of the pens.  In fact John let Bill out of his pen, he had no place to stand that was not standing water.  So where did Bill go?  Up on the porch of the feed room, where the guys were waiting out the rain.  

Actually on the way home, we had to wait at the 1st wash that crosses the road.  It's been years since we've got to visit with our neighbors while the water rises and then recedes enough that you think you can make it.  Even had the afternoon school bus keeping us company.  

We waited about half an hour and finally decided to give it a run.  Thank goodness we were in the truck and not the little car, it probably would have floated away.  The truck did good and after sacrificing us everybody but the school bus, followed us.  They must have some rule about the buses when they have kids on board.  He actually had more clearance than us and would be a lot heavier.  

That wash crosses the main road 7 times before we can get home.  Right after we got home is when the heavy rain started.  The wash was already running and adding the new rain to that, destroyed the fences that run across the wash on our property.  So the donkeys had to stay in their pens overnight or we would have been chasing donkeys all over  this part of Cochise County........!!!  LOL

The post is still up on the bank.  All the t-posts went somewhere.  To the left is the wash.

John is on the other side of the wash, trying to figure out if he can get the wire away from those trees. 

He finally decided it would be quicker and easier to use new wire and figure out how to get this wire away from the trees and limbs later when he had more time.  I would imagine some of the missing t-posts are in this mess somewhere.  T he donkeys were getting tired of being in their pens and were starting to get loud and cranky about it.  LOL

This is the perimeter fence on the east side of the property.  It's called a kick-out, the posts aren't buried in the ground.  When the water rushes down the wash about 3 feet deep and sometimes even has white caps  on it, or if one of those limbs or trees comes down with the water the fence will just lay over like it is.  So he and Doug just stood it up and buried the posts about 6 inches in the sand.  Just enough to make it a barrier that works, the donkeys aren't fence challengers, which is a good thing. 

This is how Casper the mini mule looked this morning, all the donkeys looked about the same.  For animals that hate water and really hate to be bathed, if there is mud available, they all will take a mud bath.  Needless to say we had mud everywhere. 

This is Nigel, our "wild"cat.  Not really, he does not have a survivor instinct at all, and is  very clumsy for a cat.  Every once in awhile, he decides he wants to go outside and is very good at getting out the door when someone is going out.  John was out trying to entice him into the house, which wasn't going very well.  John came in and said get the camera.  We had no idea he was capable to climbing a tree and getting on the porch metal roof without falling off. let alone make it to the roof.  He sat up there like a king looking around like he had really done something.  I took a couple of pictures and then we ignored him.  Went up to the hay barn and the next thing we know here he comes meowing and slinking along on his belly.  Guess he figured how to get down too.  We usually work to get him in, so he's not use to being ignored.  Guess he figured he was out  of his element and came to get us to take care of him it's about 300 feet of open country from the house to the hay barn..  I told John to leave him outside for awhile, but he wouldn't do it.  John picked him up, put him in the house, he was so exhausted,  he slept the rest of the day........

This is a young white wing dove, that was out at the bird feeder a few days ago and a hawk came thru hunting.  The hawks have learned to use the house and windows as a hunting tool.  They fly at the feeders which scatters the birds and if one hits a window, it's a free meal for the hawk.  They swoop down, pick it up and go have breakfast.  I happened to see this one, ran out and picked up the dove.  It was very neurological, I guess hitting the window really rang it's bell.  At 1st it couldn't even sit up on it's feet, but after a couple of days it started improving and now sits on a perch and the last day or so, has been trying to get out of the cage.  I put the cage in the hay barn during the day and in the spare bedroom at night.  We have a lot of skunks around here and they would have no problem getting it out of the cage.  It's still not completely recovered and I'd be afraid to let it go.  Quite often it's tail isn't straight behind, it goes to the left.  We have a wildlife refuge in Tucson, that we might take it to if it stops improving with us.  Another problem this time of year is, most of the white wings have migrated to Texas, so if we released him, he wouldn't have a flock.  .

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.