Wednesday, May 12, 2021

NEW GUY IN TOWN.......

 His name is Justice, he is a dark brown standard donkey with feet that really need a trim and a body that really needs to trim down about 40-50 pounds.

He lost his companion a couple of weeks ago and we were asked to take him by the older couple.  They both have mobility and health issues and they certainly aren't in a position to take on another donkey.  

 He is about the most cooperative, curious, mellow and laid back donkey I've ever seen.  Have no idea how long he had been in that pen.  Suzanne put a halter on him, we put 2 leads on him, just in case, she led him to the trailer and he hopped in like he had just done it yesterday.  

 

Justice

 

This morning we let him out.........


I was going to take a picture of him coming out of the pen, but he came out like he wanted to see everything all at once and I couldn't keep up...!!!  I'm pretty sure by the end of the day he will have seen everything there is to see on the property....  LOL

 

He finally slowed down enough to eat some greasewood (creosote) and I got a picture.  Not a very good one, but if he's going to keep moving like is has been, I can't be picky.......!! 

Yesterday Suzanne and a volunteer groomed everyone including him. We didn't know how he would react but he LOVED being groomed, he stood like a statue for a long time, didn't want it to end.  This morning I went in his pen more than once and every time he ran over to the gate and leaned up against it so I couldn't get it open.  Guess he thought that would make more grooming happen....!! 

Snooky, one of the 4 permanent indoor  cats got out last Friday.  He was born feral and has never really been domesticated, although he's lived in the house for about 10 years.  He's gotten out a few times before and after 3 or 4 days we could usually get him in.  So far this time, he will come on the porch, maybe look inside, but not come in.  I think Julius and Smoky the 2 indoor/outdoor cats have taken him under their wings and are showing him how it is to be an outdoor cat.  I worry about coyotes, although they don't spend much time on the property because of the donkeys.  

The last few days we've had a professional photographer here.  He was here all day and said there was too much to photograph, so he came back a couple more times, even with a drone.  He's shared hundreds of pictures with us.  I'll share a link to his blog:  Roger Thompson Photo 

 As of yesterday everyone is now wearing a fly mask except BlackJack.  His face is so fuzzy, flies usually leave him alone.

This is the latest we've ever gone without putting masks on.  Usually by the end of March the flies are getting bad.  Hopefully between the fly masks, the fly traps and the fly predators, we will be able to keep ahead of them.  First day out, Boaz and LaRoy both lost their masks, but we found them.  That doesn't always happen, some masks we don't find for months and some we never find, have no idea where they go.    

 


Thursday, May 06, 2021

AS USUAL LOTS GOING ON..........

 Seems like there is always something going on around here. We never get caught up, consequently there's always something that needs to be done.  

Lately we have been doing tours almost every day.  I think the Benson Visitors Center might have something to do with it.  They've always been real good about telling people  that we're here if they are looking for something to do in Benson.  

Last month they came out and did a video to put on their web-site.  Ever since then, we've been keeping pretty busy.  If you have a computer this link will take you to the video.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozI6-RalZ5w

Lynn stopped off on the way back to Colorado to run a 250 mile race from just north of Phoenix to Flagstaff.  He started Monday morning a little before 6am, it is now Thursday afternoon and he's still running, he has about 80 miles to go to finish.  About half of the runners have fallen out, my question is...........only half...........LOL  Linda and some of their running friends are running with him to pace him and help keep his mind on finishing.  Before it's over some of them will have ran quite a few miles too.  

Linda and Lynn before the race started.

  

      Don't know if Linda took this picture before the race started Monday morning or                                     during the race.  It's really a neat picture.

Ruthie got over whatever she had and is back to eating and no temperature.  She got moved to the west side pens, in between Koshare and Tula.  She was kinda by herself over on the east side.  Since she's been moved she's been hanging with the "A" team, who's leader is Tula.  Yesterday she and Tula were grooming each other, so I guess she's found her "people".  

Monday we are going to pick up Justice.  He is a lonesome 20 year old gelding in a snake & critter rescue.  The wife died and the husband is overwhelmed and trying to downsize.  Since Justice is by himself, he really needs to be rehomed.  I'll share pictures when I get them, next week.  

Two of our guys hitched a ride from when they went out to California for the race last month.  They ended up going to Colorado with some of the Colorado people that came down for the race.  


 This is Oliver showing his new people that he is a team player when it comes to running.  He's really been a surprise, New Year's Day he won the 1st race he ever ran with a team member that had never ran with a donkey, although he had ran people races.  

Benji is also going into a racing family, they also pack and camp, so he'll have a job.  When we picked him and Jenny NKA (now known as) Nell, they were in a pen with Alpacas as neighbors on one side and horses on the other.  They didn't have a job, they were just there.  It's really good that they will both have jobs with people that appreciate them.

I took this picture before Benji left.  He and Arrow became good friends, size doesn't seem to make a difference when they are choosing who to hang with.  Arrow also went to Colorado, with Lynn and Linda, so they might see each other at some of the races this summer.  

Here is Big Gus soaking up all the attention he can get.  This young man and his Mom come out a groom quite often and his Mom happened to catch Gus enjoying being the center of attention.  


 Of course when they got ready to leave, Gus tried to get in their car.  One of these day he's going to figure it out.  He's already figured out if people leave a window open, he can stick his head in.  It takes two of us to remove it, he can make that head really heavy..........!!! LOL

 Susanne will be taking donkeys up to Flagstaff for the  Juniper Jog should be a lot of fun, Sunday the 23rd of May.   John and I will stay home and take care of donkeys.  Actually I will be racing Saturday night May 22rd, so John and I will revert to the way we use to race, when it was just the 2 of us.  We feed early, which of course the donkeys don't remember being fed when it gets to be 5pm.  Then they have to stay in their pens until we get home, which is almost as bad as not being fed at 5pm.  

But Jorja a neighbor that helps with the donkeys said she'd come over and let them out, so it won't be as bad as it could be......!! LOL  Of course they will expect Sunday morning breakfast to be served on time, especially since they will be fed early Saturday afternoon.  So we have to stagger out of bed on a few hours sleep to take care of their needs.......!! LOL  

When we were younger and foolish we use to race at a track that was 130 miles one way from our gate to theirs.  We would usually get home about 4am and sure enough at 7am the donkeys started letting us know they hadn't seen any movement in the house and we needed to get out there and take care of them....!!  LOL  

Here is a video Linda took of Harley and Jackson wrestling, don't think either of them won, but they did seem to be having fun.   




Thursday, April 29, 2021

YESTERDAY WAS AN INTERESTING DAY...........

 Actually it started on Tuesday, when Suzanne and I went up to Tonapah to pick up a couple of jennies that needed to be rehomed.  The woman had told me they were mother and daughter and needed their feet trimmed.  

So off we went on an adventure.  Got there and was told the daughter was a hinny, which is a cross between a horse stallion and a donkey jenny rather than the normal mule, which is a donkey jack and a horse mare.  We had also been told they were not trained to lead, halter, etc.  Hmmmm........!!  I had called Michele from Lucky A Ranch, she and her daughters have done a lot of training and I thought they might be interested in work with these girls.  Now I'm going to have to tell her one of them isn't a donkey after all........!!!  LOL 

When we saw them, there was no question, they were both donkeys.  Whew...!

We could tell that they had not been handled much.  The daughter is 4 years old and had never had a halter on.  The mother wasn't interested in having one on again, but she actually loaded in the trailer by herself.  The daughter had never been handled much if any and was pretty scared, so it took quite awhile to get her loaded, but we finally got to head home.  They stayed in a pen here at the rescue overnight and we delivered them to Michele yesterday.  

They are pretty girls and I think they will be easy to work with, once they figure out no one is going to hurt them.  They haven't been abused or anything like that, they just haven't been taught anything.  The woman said she got the mom away from guys roping her over 4 years ago, and the daughter was born a few weeks after the woman got her.  

I had never been to Michele's rescue, although I did know she had some French Poitou donkeys.  So Suzanne and I loaded up and headed for her place.  



The weather wasn't exactly Arizona desert type weather.  Suzanne has all the fancy do dads in her truck, one being GPS to help you get where you are going.  May I say, we spent a lot of time backing up this dirt road that had a lot of deep ruts in it.  We got about 1 1/2 miles down this road before we figured out, it had no outlet.  The fence on both sides was too close to turn around with a stock trailer bouncing behind, so she got to back ALL the way back, until there was a side road to back into and get to head the other direction.  I was impressed, she did great, even with the ruts. 

Finally got to Michele's and wow........she has a donkey lover's paradise, and mules too, if you are so inclined.  She has about 50 total equine and has more Poitous than I've ever seen in one place.  

                    She has quite a few large pens, so everyone has plenty of space.

                                                   

                        Michelle has 2 babies 1 and 2 months old.

Everybody wants attention

This is a purebred Poitou

That's me with a couple of purebred Poitous

Their dreadlocks are really interesting.  Underneath the dreadlocks is what looks like another coat of very soft fine hair about 3 or 4 inches long.  I had wondered if the dreadlocks went to the skin and might cause sores, but they don't.

This is a 50% Poitou, he looks just like our BlackJack.  In fact I think BJ is a little bit fuzzier, especially on his face we can't hardly see his eyes.  Big Gus also has the look.  

Michele said her girls were thrilled when they got home from school to see the new donkeys.  They'll have to wait to do much training until their feet get trimmed, but in the meantime they can groom and play with them.  

Coming home we sat on the highway for almost an hour in a stall.  Never got close enough to whatever the problem was to see what it was.  There is only one highway running east and west in this area.  If they have a wreck it's not unusual to close the highway down in one direction for hours, especially if there is a fatality.  Really messes up your appointments in Tucson if that happens.  We always take a phone number, so we can call, just in case.  

Everyone here are doing good.  Ruthie was running a temperature for a few days and not interested in eating, but she seems to be over whatever she had and back to normal.  

Since Suzanne had to drive in rain yesterday, we were hoping that we would get rain out here..........no such luck, just lots of spring wind.  We haven't had a good rain in over 2 years and the plants are starting to look pretty dry.  The "experts", that's anyone you talk to say we're going to have a hot summer with a normal monsoon.  We are so dry a normal monsoon wouldn't bring us up to our annual rainfall, let alone make up for our 2 year deficit.


Friday, April 23, 2021

THE TIMES THEY ARE A CHANGIN'

This morning Lynn and Linda hit the road headed for Colorado, with friends helping them to move 3 trailers of donkeys and a lot of other stuff that has accumulated over the last 5 years or so.  They have decided to stay in Colorado rather than travel back and forth every 6 months and concentrate on Linda's school and probably pack burro racing.  This was the big move, they will be back in a few days to gather up the last remnants for the permanent move.  

They've been a very important part of the rescue for years and we will miss them and all the excitement and fun they brought into our lives.  Needless to say the blog won't be quite a much fun in the future.  

Suzanne is here year round and dedicated to the donkeys.  She even furnishes extra hands in the summer, when her grandchildren come out.  They love the donkeys and help with chores, as long as they aren't too early in the morning.........!! LOL

We are kicking around some new ideas for things to do with the donkeys.  John and I aren't going to start pack burro racing at our age, but there are other things we can do with the donkeys to help people be aware of how special they are and how they can become a valued member of a family.  

Who has the loading list?



Well that's one way to get out of a trailer full of donkeys




This is called "Burro Stuffing"


               How's this for advertising your intentions..!!!  LOL

  

Actually didn't take very long to load 3 trailers of donkeys and off they went.

 


Right now we've got a sick girl.  Ruthie came back to the rescue a few weeks ago after being out in a foster home as a companion for Marcy for about 6 years.  Unfortunately Marcy died, so Ruthie came back.  She fit in pretty good although she hasn't found a buddy yet.  

The last few days she hasn't been eating very well if at all.  Took her temperature yesterday and it was 104.1...........YIKES.  Called Dr. Jeremy and followed his instructions and this morning she was down to 99.8.  Tonight she was back up to 101.2.  Thank goodness she is easy to work with, some donkeys really don't appreciate having their temperature taken and let you know it.  At least she is eating her hay and mush, so she is feeling better.  She will be getting antibiotics at least 7 days, hopefully that will take care of whatever she has.  

I will be racing this week-end, actually for the 1st time this season.  The last time I was suppose to race, the car decided not to start while I was waiting to go on the track, so I didn't even get to race.  We didn't have enough cars to really make a good race anyway, hopefully tomorrow night more cars will show up.  I'm afraid our class won't race next year if we don't get more cars.  Actually all the classes could stand to have more participation .  That's when it's fun, when you have cars to pass or get passed and having to figure out how to work thru traffic.  

Sunday, April 18, 2021

NEWS ARTICLE ABOUT THE DONKEY DASH IN TOMBSTONE.........

 Nice article about the donkey race Saturday in Tombstone.  Everyone seemed to have a good time.  

 Dana Cole article on the Donkey Dash

This morning about 4am, about twenty of the donkeys that were in a large pen with a bunch of other donkeys had a "great" time.  Someone figured out how to undo the chain that was holding the corral panel together and a bunch of them escaped before Lynn and Linda sleeping about 15 feet away figured out the donkey noise was getting farther and farther away.  They broke open a bale of hay and chummed most of the criminals back into the pen, by throwing flakes of hay into the pen.  So everyone got an early breakfast, including the ones that didn't get out. 

We aren't blaming anyone in particular, BUT, our Frijolita is really good at undoing chains.  She's been known to undo her gate, and just stand in the pen until someone shows up to see what she has done.  She's also been known to go around and open everyone else's gate, so they can enjoy her highly specialized skills.  She was in that pen and was one of the escapees, so what are we to think...??  LOL

Does she look guilty?


Saturday, April 17, 2021

2ND ANNUAL TOMBSTONE DONKEY DASH IS HISTORY........!!

 The race was  this morning and I think there was 84 burro/human teams that started.  Suzanne and I set up our table by the Good Enough Mine to sell our t-shirts, stuffies and other assorted donkey stuff.  


 Had a drawing for the picture of Pablo, dressed up as a miner, on the left side of the table.  We haven't drawn for a winner yet, plan on doing that tomorrow morning.  

Sold lots of t-shirts and little fuzzy donkeys for the kids.  Some parents had to buy one, because the kid already had it in their grasp and wouldn't let go......!! LOL

I saw a lot of friends I hadn't seen for awhile and a lot of people stopped by the table and want to come out a visit with the donkeys, so it was a good day.

Most of our donkeys did good.  Harley one of the minis won the 6 mile race, LaRoy and Jackson finished 4th and 5th I think in the 6 mile also.  All I know about the 13 mile long race was little Buttercup won again.  She won last week in California too.  She is a little running machine, her human Marvin spends a lot of time running with her almost daily, so I guess she thinks that's what she is suppose to do.  

May be an image of 1 person, standing, animal and outdoors

Suzanne took a video of the start of the race this morning.

 Donkey Dash 2021


Friday, April 16, 2021

TOMBSTONE THIS WEEK-END...........

Tomorrow, Saturday at about 8:30am 87 burro teams are signed up to take off down Allen Street  running the 2nd annual Donkey Dash.  It should be a lot of fun with plenty of excitement.  

Here is the schedule for the week-end, it looks like it's going to be pretty busy.


When we got ready to leave, this is what was happening.  Link was tall enough to get into the hay in the back of the pickup.  When we caught them, the ones that were hanging around the pickup for what hay he was dropping, all turned around and acted like they weren't involved, but we know they were........!!!  LOL

Lots of donkeys in the pen waiting for tomorrow morning.   They look like they don't have much room.  The problem is all the people are on this side of the pen, so that's where they all want to be............!!! You never know when someone might have a treat to share or want to pet a donkey and they want to be available if that happens.


Yesterday Suzanne and I went to Tucson to pick up 3 pack saddles from the older couple we got Koshare, Kachina, Anazazi and Macho Man  from a few months ago.  They had wanted to give us the saddles, but it took this long for us to go back and get them. 
 

 

While we were there, we visited with Sunny and Dusty, the 2 younger donkeys they kept.  They are the younger siblings of Koshare and Anazazi.  Very friendly and love attention.  Unfortunately the grey one has some of the same fly damage that Macho Man had.  We've offered to take them, but the couple haven't made that decision yet. 




The saddles seem to be in good shape, it sounds like they have been sitting around for at least 20 years, the layer of dust looked like it could have been longer.  A little cleaning up, some new cinches and saddle blankets and they should be very usable.

Tomorrow we will have a table set up by the Good Enough Mine, with t-shirts, stuffies and other donkey items.  If anyone comes to Tombstone for the race, if you get a chance stop by and say Hi........!!  

 


 

Monday, April 12, 2021

BUT I WANT TO GO TOO.........!!!

 You might notice that the donkey getting in the trailer is not attached to the lead.  Linda made this video today when they were trying to make a video of Oliver loading in the trailer.  

 

 

Big Gus, saw a golden opportunity to go somewhere if he could sneak in the trailer.  With Lynn already in the trailer and Oliver waiting to load, it wasn't much of a "sneak" and Big Gus didn't get to go anywhere, much to his disgust.  

His big nose is in just about everything that goes on around her.  He has no boundaries and seems to expect everyone to appreciate his "help", which almost always isn't very helpful.  Last night Lynn and Linda hauled in from California with a load of donkeys late at night.  They unloaded, fed the donkeys and forgot about a bale of hay in the back of the pickup.  

Guess who found it.  Now we don't know for sure it was Gus, BUT, he is so easy to blame, because he is usually involved in anything new, out of place or different.  He certainly makes life interesting around here.  We have to put him in his pen when we have tours.  He's jealous of the other donkeys, he wants all the attention for himself and tries to chase the other donkeys away from the visitors.  He knows he's being mistreated and tries to tear the gate down.  Of course the people usually go over to make over him and give him lots of attention, which is what he wants anyway.  

Suzanne stayed in California to help with the cleanup after the races.  The trails are marked with ribbons and all those have to be removed.  She will be heading back tomorrow with the rest of the donkeys that went to California.  

Later this week we'll all be heading for Tombstone, John and I will stay home until Saturday morning to take care of the donkeys that aren't running in the race.  Lynn, Linda and Suzanne will be going a day or 2 early to give the donkeys a chance to rest up for the race.  It should be a lot of fun, there are about 70 teams signed up to race.  A team is a burro and a person that have to start the race together and cross the finish line together.  Sometimes that isn't as easy to accomplish as it sounds.....!!! LOL

We will have a table set up on Toughnut Street by the Good Enough Mine.  If you are coming to watch the fun, by all means stop by and say HI.......!! 

 Facebook page for the Good Enough Mine

 

 

 https://www.facebook.com/goodenoughminetours



Friday, April 09, 2021

BREAKFAST TIME IN COLORADO

Looks like they are all ready for breakfast...!!

  https://www.facebook.com/burrobuddies/videos/239304881216617

Thursday, April 08, 2021

CALIFORNIA OR BUST............!!!

 


Early morning sunrise, Quartzsite

 

 A little exercise in Quartzsite  

Burro watering hole in Inyokern, CA 

 Thanks to Suzanne and Linda for sharing their pictures and videos, so we all can share in the adventure.