Sunday, November 11, 2018

STAYING BUSY...........!!!

 It's not as busy around here as it is going to get by the end of the month.  Lynn and Linda will be headed for California later this month and will be gone until a couple of days after Christmas.  Doug will be moving out the end of November, so it will be just John and I for awhile.  Everyone is worried that we can't do it, but we've done it before.  Granted we were younger and less beat up, but it will kinda be fun to get back to doing it ourselves, we'll have more time with the donkeys.  And our neighbor Jorja picks up poo 4 days a week, so we won't have to do that every day. 
Of course the donkeys will miss out on race training with Lynn and Linda.  They've taken just about everyone out except the ones with leg or feet issues.  Next week-end they will be participating in a 5K fun run with The Running Shop in Tucson.  I will be staying home because Tyler is coming to do feet, I didn't want to put off getting Rambo and Big Gus' feet taken care of, besides I wouldn't be much help anyway, with my little friend, "Bracey". 


  John is going and will set up a petting pen, for after the run.  The Running Shop is really interested in combining a future race with the burros, so this is a way of getting people interested in the idea.

Rambo has been out and about with the herd the last couple of mornings for an hour or so.  So far there has been a lot of chasing and yelling and kicking and not by him.....!! LOL  The girls are behaving like sluts although all Tula wants is to be left alone.  Some of the geldings seem to think Rambo needs to be put in his place.  Turbo, mini Justin, Casper the mini mule and I'm not sure who else are being very mean to him and he's taking it, so far no attacking on his part.  He could squash the minis by stepping on them, but they don't seem to see the problem....!!

We haven't left him without supervision yet, although that's the only way the herd dynamics will change to a routine.  Letting him out for awhile, just makes the next time he's out a new learning experience. 

I've been trying to add a video of little Levi's fat pockets bouncing along as he was out for a run, but haven't been able to get it downloaded.  

Finally, got it.  This is Levi on his 1st outing.

Buddy Brat on his 1st run, they both did really good as far as I know neither of them have ever ran on a lead.

Here's a couple of pictures Linda took recently around here.

This is one of the roadrunners coming back to check their nest.  We read that they come back and use the same nest next year, so maybe he was just checking to see how it was doing. 

John with a praying mantis.  We usually don't see them in the summer, but in the fall we see quite a few. I don't think they survive the cold weather.

Friday, November 09, 2018


Blood work came back with testosterone at gelding levels for Rambo, so no excuse for his bullying behavior except lack of manners. He's still getting out for an hour or so in the morning, while the others are eating.  This morning, he was wooing Tula and trying to fight with Loki Joe thru the corral panels.  

As of this morning, the plan of attack is, whenever he is acting like a jerk, whoever can get to him, will threaten to kill him for about 3 seconds.  He's actually good with people, picks up all 4 feet to clean them, and is fairly co-operative in a pushy sort of way, so he's not dangerous or anything like that.

John and I talked about using the bb gun to pop him on the butt and we still might do that if we can't get him to show some manners.  But for now we'll just divert his attention when he's being a bully. 

Big Gus isn't a problem, he goes around and visits with the others, this morning he and Casper were trying to bite each other thru the panels.  Casper does not know he is small.  

Big Gus does know where the feed room is and has no problem getting on the porch, sticking his head in the dutch door and waiting for something to happen.  

We've talked about letting Rambo out in the morning with all the donkeys, it's probably going to be a disaster, he's been easy to get back in his pen, so hopefully if it goes bad, there will be enough people to distract him and get him back in the pen.  

I finally figured out how to find Linda's pictures and videos with the new computer, I was getting behind on sharing.  The ones of Bella's proud flesh removal are a little raw, but it's interesting from the point of view that she had a happy shot and that's all, no deadening of the area.  Proud flesh has no nerve source, so as long as there is no cutting into healthy tissue, she just stood there and bled.  Proud flesh has a healthy blood supply, which is probably why it can double in size overnight sometimes.  


Poor girl had 2 places, one on each side of her hind legs, have no idea why.  They are gone now but unfortunately proud flesh has a high return rate, so we may be fighting it for awhile.  

Thanks for the pictures Linda..!!

Tuesday, November 06, 2018


When Rambo was here years ago, he was not very disciplined.  He was hard on the boys and chased the girls, so I found a foster home for him with gelding horses and Big Gus.  They appreciated his quirky nature and adopted him.  

Fast forward about 6 years and he's back...!!  I have a feeling if we were letting him out with the other donkeys he would still  be "hard on the boys and chasing the girls".......!!!  He's very vocal and very aggressive with the corral panels, Lynn has been putting in T-posts to keep hm from pushing them around and possibly knocking them over.  Donkeys are usually not fence challengers, so our fences and pens aren't very sturdy, at least by his standards.  

Rosie and Rambo seem to have quite a thing for each other.  Linda has been letting him out for an hour or so in the morning after hay is put out for everyone else, to give him a chance to run off some of his high energy.  We aren't brave enough to let him out with the herd yet.  He spends quite a bit of time by Rosie's pen, and she is more than willing to play the game. 


John said we should change her name to Violet.  When he was in the Air Force he worked in electronics on the aircraft, and they had a saying to remember the color bands on the  capacitors and resisters and he's never forgotten it.  "Bad boys rape our young girls, but Violet gives willingly"  The first letter of each word, designates a color.  Not very politically correct in this day and age, but very memorable to young men in the military, I guess.  Sounds like Rosie, if she could get out of the pen.......LOL 

Dr. Jeremy was out a couple of days ago to check out the 4 new ones, and see if Linda needed to do anything else for Boaz.  He's been getting better after a summer of his shoulder, chest and sheath being doctored daily and the cooler weather is helping, but he's still not healed.  Dr. Jeremy thinks he is healed enough to not doctor for a few days to see how he does, so that's what Linda is doing now.  

He also checked Bella's eyes.  One morning when everyone went out for morning chores this is what her eyes looked like.  They looked much better when Dr. Jeremy was here, and he told Linda to continue with what she was doing.  Actually Linda said this was after she had already been doctoring Bella a day or so. 

Linda said she is a joy to work with, she puts her head on Linda's shoulder to get antibiotic squeezed in her eye.   Her and Levi are really nice well behaved donkeys.

Dr. Jeremy also cut both of her areas of proud flesh off.  Linda took pictures of the surgery, but hasn't downloaded them yet.  Both areas were on a stem, rather than being close to the body, and we talked about using a goat castration ring to cut off the blood supply, so the proud flesh would eventually fall off.  Cutting them off will be quicker and hopefully we can keep them from growing back.  Proud flesh can really be hard to get rid of unfortunately.

Rambo had blood drawn to check his testosterone level.  We need to find out if he has been proud cut, or if he is just undisciplined.  Undisciplined would be a training problem, proud cut would entail hauling him to the clinic in Gilbert for corrective surgery of a partial gelding in his past.  I'm sure that type of surgery is not easy.

Years ago I was told that Big Gus had a heart murmur.  Dr. Jeremy checked his heart and said he has PDA, which I've never heard of.  It doesn't bother him, although it might if he worked hard.  As far as I know he has never been anything except a pet or companion.

Then he looked at their nasty feet.............good news.......!!  He didn't find any canker, the crumbly popcorn like stuff was probably overgrown sole, there's about an inch of old dead sole on Big Gus' front feet.  John and Lynn spread new gravel in his pen yesterday, Dr. Jeremy thought it might help to break up the sole, so it can fall off on itr's own.  Tyler is coming the 17th, but in the meantime, their feet are getting sprayed with bleach water every day to hold the thrush at bay.  Tyler will go in and trim their feet, but in the meantime we don't want them to get worse.  They don't smell like they did and Big Gus isn't limping and laying down like he was thank goodness.

Me, I'm still in a relationship with my brace and walker, still not helping with chores.  Not ready to take a chance on getting knocked down.

Thursday, November 01, 2018

WOW.........WE'RE HAVING FUN NOW.........!!!

It's been interesting around here the last couple of days.  We took Don and Bill to their new home a couple of days ago.  They had been boarding here for almost 2 years while their family built a new home and it finally got finished.

This is the boys checking out their new pen.  You might notice there isn't a thing in it to eat, so they will only have access to whatever Ginger feeds them.  They may end up losing some weight after all......!!!  LOL  For right now they are in a pretty good sized pen area, and the long term plan is to fence in the acreage and let them have the run of 2 or 3 acres, I forgot how many acres they have. 

On the way home we picked up Big Gus aka B.G. and Rambo aka Beau from the rescue where their owner left them, rather than returning them to us as the adoption contract required.  We noticed a lot of flies on B.G's front legs and a couple of sores.  He also smelled really bad, so we got them in the trailer and headed home.

Lynn and Linda worked with them yesterday, checking their feet and both of them have pretty bad thrush and B.G. also seems to have canker.  I have never even seen a case of canker. It's one of those diseases that has almost been wiped out, in modern times, by good hygiene. 

I got in touch with Tyler and he will come out as soon as he gets a chance to see what can be done for the boys.  It will probably be a long term project.  B.G. is limping pretty bad on his left front, which is where they saw the canker goop.  Thrush usually isn't crippling, but from what I've read canker is. 

We knew from when B.G. was here before he is a gate opener, found out yesterday that Beau also has the touch.  He was out and about, being chased by little Justin.  Justin better be careful, Beau can be a handful.  John and Linda got him in BlackJack's pen and Linda put a halter on him and led him back to his pen.  She said she could feel the strength in him, just in that short walk.

Dr. Jeremy is coming out as soon as he gets a chance to check out the new kids and a couple of other ones, like Boaz that is still having problems with summer sores even though the nights are getting down in the low 40s.  While he is here, I'm going to see if he can run a testosterone test on Boaz to see if he in fact a gelding, rather than a proud cut jack.  His behavior seems aggressive for a donkey gelding.  If his testosterone level is higher than it should be, I don't know if anything could be done to fix the problem. 

Found out tonight Lynn caught Casper outside the fence a few days ago.  Lynn said he called to Casper and he came back inside the fence.  So we don't know if the little devil is sneaking out on a regular basis or not.  He does seem to be a free independent spirit........!!!  LOL

Lately when Casper gets out of his pen, he usually goes over by Loki Joe's pen and waits for him to get out.  So I assumed they had become "buds"..........guess not, at least I don't think Loki is capable of going under the fence like Casper does. 

This is Justin, Leddy and Leo, telling Lynn how hungry they are at the feed room door.  This was the first day I went out with the donkeys.  They wouldn't hurt me on purpose, but with my leg tied up in the brace, I couldn't move fast enough to get out of their way.  You can tell I have no treats, but they are pretty sure Lynn has some, it's just a matter of getting him to let go of them.........!!!  I was pretty safe sitting on the bench and they know I don't usually carry treats, so they pretty much ignored me.......!!