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.

Wednesday, April 07, 2021

CALIFORNIA THERE THEY GO........

Linda, Suzanne and Lynn have been busy for the last couple of days preparing for the trip to Ridgecrest, CA for the California Breakfast Burritos annual burro race.  It's not as easy as throwing a bunch of stuff in the pickups, hooking up the trailers and hitting the road.  

All the pack saddles have to be fitted to the burro that will be wearing the saddle, to make sure the cinches are the proper length and all the straps are in good shape.  That took most of yesterday into the night.  They are taking 2 trailer loads of donkeys so that is a lot of equipment.  

It will be a 2 day trip to get there, it's not actually that far, but they usually do about 300 miles a day, so the donkeys don't have to spend hours and hours standing in a moving trailer.  I would imagine once they get there they will be non-stop, until time to come back, Sunday or Monday.  Makes me tired just thinking about it.......!!! LOL


John has a new toy to play with.  We finally figured out a way to get rid of the poo.  It's amazing how much poo a bunch of donkeys can manufacture.  We always say we know they make more poo than we feed them.....!!  

We have a friend that picks up poo for us and also owns a Gator.  Her brilliant idea was with a Gator we could haul the poo to a big hole in the ground over on the 20 acres we call Burroland and dump it.  We looked for a used one and decided that people don't sell them very often.  So we bit the bullet and bought a "new" one.  There went our stimulus check, but I'm sure John Deere appreciates it.....!!!  

Sure was a pretty little thing all bright and shiny.  The 1st thing we did was fill the dump bed with poo and haul it over to Burroland.  The dump bed is really nice, you don't have to be big and strong to dump it, which means I might even be able to operate it........!! 

The local paper, the Sierra Vista Herald did an article on the donkey rescue last Wednesday, March 31st.  It was a pretty good article, this is one of the pictures they took of John and I.  Here is a link to the video they put on you-tube.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozI6-RalZ5w


 For anyone that hasn't gotten to see a burro race, it's hard to imagine what the start is like.  It's chaos, with donkeys running, or not, depending on how they feel.  Loose donkeys with their human team mate not expecting such a fast start.  Once they settle down and get away from so many donkeys and humans, crammed together and get strung out over the trails, I'm sure it's a lot of fun.  

But in the meantime, it looks like a big mess with lots of moving parts..........LOL  This is a video a young man posted on Instagram after the Black Canyon race, it was his 1st burro race.  He and Koshare finished 2nd in the 9 mile race, so they obviously worked as a team after a rough start.  Well, it looked pretty rough for the human, I would imagine Koshare was having a great time.  Some of the language is a little salty, but under the circumstances not surprising......!! LOL  There will be the picture below of the Koshare Team, then a video, another picture and the 2nd video is of Ruairi's 1st race start.

 https://www.instagram.com/p/CMYC1HLH89L/

Not sure if this was taken before or after the race, but they both look like they were having fun.  Thank you Ruairi for such a great video.  If they had been 6 seconds faster they would have won.  As it is they got beat by a "girl" named Marshmellow .......!!

The trailers just pulled out of the driveway headed for California.  The reason Lynn stopped out on the road was to retrieve a fly mask, one of the neighbors hung on a post.  That's what they do when they find one outside the fence.


 


 

 



Sunday, April 04, 2021

HAPPY EASTER TO EVERYONE...........!!

I miss the Easters of my childhood as anyone of an "age" probably does.  So much has changed over the years, it seems like holidays don't mean what they use to.  In the stores, the holidays seem to blend together in a constant changing from one to the next one.  Heaven forbid if you are slow about making your choices for today's holiday, because everything is probably no longer available in anticipation of the next one.  Same goes for summer and winter clothes.......!! 

I just went out to take some pictures of some of the donkeys, in the afternoon.  A couple of weeks ago that wouldn't be a problem, but winter is over and spring has sprung.  The donkeys were all hanging out in shade and looked at me like I was crazy to be walking around for whatever reason.  A couple of them came up to me to see if I had a good reason for being out, like carrying treats for them.  I never did find the donkeys I was looking for.  

The warm weather has started some of the skin problems we deal with every year.  So far I am doctoring Rosie, Cisco and Boaz.  Rosie has her usual sores on her belly probably caused by neck worms.  The boys don't have sores on their sheaths yet, but if I don't start covering the area with Cortizone10, it would only take another day or two of 90 degree weather to break out.  

We haven't had to put fly masks on yet.  I hate to start putting them on, because once I do, they will be on until early November.  

Lynn and Linda have been doing quite a bit of race training with the donkeys.  Quite a few people have come out to run with the donkeys, to get ready for either California or Tombstone or both. 

Here's some videos Linda took, I still can't figure out how she can run with a donkeys and take such great videos.  I'd be on my face in the dirt.......!!!  LOL

I'VE BEEN EVERYWHERE 

DON'T BRING ME DOWN

LOCOMOTION  if you look closely you'll notice that Koshare the 1st donkey in line isn't on a lead.


We have a problem with poo, I think donkeys put out twice what they take in.  Mother nature usually takes care of it, but we haven't had good rains for over 2 years.  So we bought a John Deere Gator for the rescue to use.  I'm sure John will find other uses for it too......!!! So far he's just been playing with it.  

The donkeys I was looking for earlier today came in for feeding, so I got a chance to take some pictures.  Benji and Oliver are going to be going to Colorado with Lynn and Linda to be adopted.  Actually Oliver's adopter might come down for the Tombstone race and take him home.  Anyway I managed to get some pictures of them.

 This is Oliver, he is a large standard and will be a pack burro for hunting trips into the mountains.  He came here when his owner died.  He actually won his first race, at the New Year's Bray race, New Year's Day this year, and his new owner is a racer, so he may be in more races in Colorado.


The bigger donkey is Benji with his friend Arrow.  There is quite a size difference, but it doesn't seem to matter.  Benji came in with Jenny, from an older couple that didn't think they could take care of them anymore.  Jenny was adopted in Colorado a year or so ago is now called Nell and has an owner that dotes on her.  

Benji is also a pretty large standard and will be packing and also pack burro racing in his new home.  He's raced a couple of times, last time was at Black Canyon in March. 

Both of these will be really good homes for these boys.  It's wonderful when these donkeys can go into good forever homes

 

Sunday, March 28, 2021

TWO BURRO RACES COMING UP IN APRIL............

 For those that are keeping track, Linda Suzanne and Lynn will be heading out to California the 2nd week of April for a race put on by Karin Usko and the California Breakfast Burritos.  They are a great group of donkey enthusiasts that work with the BLM to build and repair trails to be used by anyone wanting to get out and enjoy the great outdoors.   

Today Doug that lived out here for a few years helping with the donkeys, came out to get a couple of shirts for his sister and mother that live in California.  Come to find out his family lives in Ridgecrest where the race will be the 10th of April.  Doug said his mother who is 93 loves donkeys and wanted to know if when the donkeys are out there, if they could bring one to her house for a visit.  To make a long story short, Linda called Karin if she might be able to take a donkey out for a visit and the visit happened this afternoon.  Her and her husband took a mini out for the visit and Doug said his mother was thrilled, now she wants one.......!!! LOL 

This link wasn't working, hopefully I fixed it.

Mom and Rita the donkey

They also raise money for non-profit organizations like Forever Home Donkey Rescue.  Last year they donated $5000.00 to help us continue working with donkeys that need to be rehomed for any reason.  That will buy a lot of hay and we really appreciate their generosity...!!

As soon as they get back from California, they'll be getting ready for the 2nd annual burro races April 17th during Schieffelin Days 2021 Tombstone celebration.  Last year was the inaugural burro race and was a big success, both for amount of racers and lots of people that came to watch. 

 Not long after that Lynn and Linda will be heading to Colorado.  Last year all of the usual races were cancelled because of Covid.  Some of the donkey people that have large tracts of land, invited runners and their donkeys out to have fun and keep in shape.  This year the towns are opening up and having races, hopefully it will be the start of a new season with lots  of teams and lots of spectators.  This sport has really grown in the last few years and hopefully will continue to grow. 

 This morning Suzanne decided to take Buddy Brat out for a walk.  As usual things didn't go as planned.  She had planned on a mile or two, you know what they say about plans..........!!!  Buddy wasn't into it, he didn't like leaving home by himself and dragged his feet until Suzanne gave up.  Sometimes with donkeys you have to admit defeat and save your energy for another day.   Or haul them away from home with some buddies, then it's fun.......!!! LOL


 

Monday, March 22, 2021

WE HAD A MARE MOTEL RAISING.........!!

 

 TRAINING FOR CALIFORNIA & TOMBSTONE , THANKS LINDA


This week-end was really productive.  The mare motel went from a pile of metal and wood, to a finished product in 2 days.  Eero actually knows construction and also helped to take the mare motel down from where it had been for a few years up in the Phoenix, so he was job leader and must have done a good job, it looks square and nobody lost any body parts during the rebuilding....!!!    

 

Some of the building inspectors came by for a look see.  They had to stay in their pens while the sides were going up.  Once they were out, I think everyone of them came by to check it out.  If they had been out, it would have been a mess, they would stand in the way, carry off tools and in general, help as much as they could...!!! LOL 

Saturday they put up all the frame, Sunday morning the guys started putting on the metal roofing and the gals started putting up the wooden sides.  I hope the donkeys don't try to eat the wooden sides, if they do we'll have to put chicken wire up so they can't get their teeth into the wood.

This is the crew minus Russ, he had already gone home when this picture was taken. This was a big thank you to Sheryl Geis, who donated the mare motel to the rescue.   It's going to be so nice for whoever we decide goes in it. 

 

This is Russ with Kachina and Ana.  He and his wife Bobbi adopted the 2 girls from us a few months ago.  He said they are doing wonderful and are so friendly.  He said Kachina lays her head on his chest quite often.  She was a little standoffish when she got here, so I'm really glad they are enjoying their new home.

 

  Can't have all work and no play.  I think this is Arrow, one of the minis trying to get some frozen Slurpie, Kristen was passing out. 

                                    Leddy  & Muzzy checking out Matthew's sandwich.


  Looks like they might have some donkeys ready to run once they get the halters and leads sorted out.

Big Gus trying to get his head into someone's car.  He really loves to snot cars and if perchance the window is open he's thrilled. Sometimes it's quite a shock for people to have this big head inside the care.  I don't think his head can be removed from inside the car, it usually takes 2 of us to get it out.........!!! LOL


Friday, March 19, 2021

JUST ABOUT THE TIME THINGS SETTLE DOWN, EVERYTHING SPEEDS UP INTO HYPERMODE....!!!

 This week-end is going to be fun.  We're going to have people out to help with an old fashioned barn raising.  Well not quite.  It will be a mare motel raising.  We had some wonderful people donate an 8 stall mare motel to the rescue.  All we had to do was dismantle and haul it home.  Lynn and Linda and friends, did all that and now it's time to put all the pieces back together.  We've put out the word, I'm not sure how many are coming, but some will be camping, we're having a potluck and of course there will be a lot of donkey talk going on.  Should be a great week-end......!!!

 For those that didn't make it to Black Canyon last week end, here is another video of the start.      The start of the Black Canyon Race, last week-end.

I'm sorry, but watching these starts is funny to me.  First of all, I'm not running........ I'm also not trying to control an excited donkey and the weather inside my house is much nicer than the weather turned out to be up there.  Everyone has reported having so much fun and wanting to do it again, so I guess I'm just an old stick in the mud.........!!  LOL  I do enjoy all the videos people share and hearing all the stories.  

 Lots of people have shared pictures.......

                              Some of the trails were "challenging".......  LOL

 

                                                        Happy winner

 

                                       Cute piece of "bling" for the runners.

                                Linda and Loki Joe won the costume contest
 

                     The obstacle course wasn't everyone's idea of fun.....  LOL
 

                Don't know for sure, but think this is a group heading for the start
 
                    Looks like he hasn't changed his mind about the obstacle course

      Lynn and Muzzy doing their thing, they finished 3rd in the 9 mile long course.

                                           The trails went thru some pretty scenery.

                  

 A few weeks ago we had a young lady named Lily come out to do a science project for school.  She won state last year, so the benchmark was pretty high to repeat this year.  She wanted to do a study of who brayed the most males of females and how long the brays were. 

She and her sister Rosie with their Mother have been involved with the donkeys for quite sometime.  They come out and run when there is a training run and last year when we were raking mesquite beans so the donkeys could get out of their pens after 4 months they all came out and raked beans. 
 
 
This is part of her project.  They came out at least 3 times, I remember one day we were feeding, which is usually when they bray the most.  I was at one end of the pens and Lily was at the other, when Jackson brayed from my end.  Here she come running and asking who brayed. 

I'm happy to announce she won her school and also won state again this year.  She received a $75. prize for her project and donated the whole amount to the donkeys.  What a thoughtful young lady, wonder what her project will be next year?  I wouldn't be surprised if it had something to do with donkeys........!!!

I also have to apologize, for not knowing what I'm talking about.  In the last blog update I said Tombstone was the next race.  It is the next race in Arizona on the 17th of April.  But the week before, 20 of Forever Home and Burro Buddies donkeys will be headed for California for the 2nd year in a row to run in a race put on by California Breakfast Burritos, a non-profit organization that raises money all year to donate to other non-profits.  They also work with the BLM to make and repair trails to be enjoyed by anyone and everyone.  Last year we were a recipient of their generosity for our donkey rescue.  They put on a good race in fact Lynn and Muzzy won the long race of 29 miles.  So everyone is looking forward to another great race.  


 

Monday, March 15, 2021

BLACK CANYON RACE OVER, ON TO TOMBSTONE..........!!

    


  Lynn and Linda and the 19 donkeys made it back from Black Canyon after a wet cool week-end.  Donkeys aren't real great fans of wet, they don't want it on their feet, or their bodies, so I was surprised that they went along with the crazy people wanting to run 3, 6 or 9 miles in questionable weather.  There were around 70 teams running which is amazing for a 1st time race, a lot of the human runners had never ran burros before, which adds a certain amount of excitement to the race.  

 

Before the race, they had a costume judging.  Loki and Linda won....!!  I wish you could see Linda's costume it's really cute.  It's pants with a leprechaun head, that looks like the leprechaun is carrying a person on his shoulders.  That's suppose to be Linda's legs hanging on both sides of his head.   

 
Everyone anxiously waiting for the start of the race

 
The races usually start with a gunshot.  Linda said if they had used a gun shot they would have probably had loose donkeys everywhere.  So they had a count from 10 down start. As it was there were quite a few freedom loving donkeys at the start, with people trying to catch them.  Once the donkeys that know what racing is about get going, the others usually stay with the herd, so they all settle down.  Well most of them do, Lynn said he caught the same donkey 2 or 3 times....!!! LOL  If a runner catches a loose donkey they hopefully can find something to tie them to, so the donkey's runner can find them.  Linda said she was involved in tying one to a very large heavy log, which the donkey preceded to drag around.  

 THE START OF THE RACE YOU'LL NOTICE A FREE SPIRIT DONKEY ABOUT 36 SECONDS IN DOING IT'S OWN THING, I'M SURE THERE IS A HUMAN SOMEWHERE TRYING TO CATCH UP...!  Probably that woman running by herself not far behind....!! LOL

 

That's Linda and Misty River, in the orange.  They finished 6th in the 9 mile race.  Lynn and Muzzy finished 3rd and Koshare and his runner finished 2nd, 5 seconds out of 1st.  Got beat by a "girl donkey" named Marshmallow....!!



Of course no trip to Black Canyon north of Phoenix on I-17 would be complete without stop at The Rock Cafe.  They are known worldwide for their pies, Lynn and Linda brought a cherry pie home with them.  Unfortunately it's all gone now....!! 😞

THE ROCK CAFE

All of our donkeys finished and their running partners all were excited and enjoyed the experience.  The 17th of April they'll do it again, in a different venue..... Tombstone.  This will be the 2nd year to have a race in the "town to tough to die" and everyone is really excited and looking forward to it.  If you are in the area, come on out and if you've never seen a burro race, it will be a great opportunity to see what all the fuss is about. 

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

IT'S BEEN CRAZY AROUND HERE THE LAST FEW DAYS.........

 Tours almost every day and Lynn and Linda getting ready for the race up at Black Canyon.  There are people flying in from other states, just to run with the donkeys.  Unfortunately by this morning the weather report for that area isn't very good, suppose to have rain, Saturday.  

A decision has to be made when there are so many moving parts and plans to be made.  I had to make a similar decision about 3 years ago when we had 19 donkeys and handlers planned for the Tucson Rodeo Parade in February.  It was suppose to rain and turn cold.  Our stock trailers are open, which means we could have been hauling wet donkeys in open trailers down the highway.  The forecast was for cold and wet that morning.  Had to make the decision the night before on the information we had and I cancelled our participation in the parade that year much to the disappointment to all the handlers.  The morning of the parade was chilly and overcast, and I don't think there was any rain after midnight, so we probably could have done it.  But I doubt that the donkeys would have been very happy to walk 3 miles in inclement weather anyway, they prefer to just hunker down and wait out the weather.  

The run Saturday is a "GO", I think almost 20 of our donkeys will be going.  One of the big problems is donkey feet on the trail if it is wet and muddy.  For one thing they don't like to have wet feet, for another there will be a lot of donkey feet, to stir up that mud.  Everyone is excited about the race, hopefully the weather people will be wrong, seems like they usually are......!!  I've always said, they aren't paid to be right, if they were they'd starve to death.....!!  LOL

 We've had a lot of tours so far this month which is really fun.  Lots of people learning about donkeys and getting to interact with them.  We usually have the donkeys out of their pens for tours, so the people can get up close and personal.  The donkeys are really good about presenting themselves for close inspection.  Some people have never been around large animals and sometimes are a little timid about being that close.  But usually by the time the tour is over they are very comfortable when they see how gentle the donkeys are.  

This morning we had a donkey breakout.  Linda and I both had large tours and a neighbor came in a said, "the donkeys are out on the road".  One of the tours hadn't latched the gate when they came in and the wind blew the gate open.  Misty took that opportunity to take about a dozen or more of her best friends on a walk-about.  The neighbor and Lynn took off up the road,  and I stood at the gate since the donkeys that hadn't participated were roaming around in the area.  Another neighbor drove in and helped with the round-up.  Once the guys got behind them, it was like they knew the fun was over, they trotted down the road and right thru the gate like it was their idea.  Wish I had a camera, they all looked like they were having fun.  Arrow, one of the minis was running and kicking up his heels on this side of the gate, I guess he wanted to join the runaways.  While I was guarding the gate BlackJack did take that opportunity to escape.  He moves so slow I didn't even bother trying to stop him, my primary objective was to get the others in the gate.  

Later Linda and I went out to the gate to let the people out and guess who was by the gate.  Little Misty River, saw us at the gate and here she came.  Linda had to hold her back, so the gate could be open for the people to leave.  We'll probably have to keep an eye on her when we leave, especially if there is only one of us and no one around to watch for her....!!  

I'm sure glad Linda takes videos when they are out with the donkeys, so I can share them on the blog.

Follow the leader 

Ruthie's first training run... 

More miles for Black Canyon 

Friday, March 05, 2021

JULIUS UPDATE........

 In one of the earlier updates I was moaning about Julius and his problem with diarrhea getting caught in his long hair.  Poor John caught the brunt of Julius' hind claw to keep his diarrhea on his long hair.  

The next plan of attack was to use a large fish net to throw over him.  Linda was also training Lynn how to hold an uncooperative cat. Just about the time we thought we were prepared, Julius comes in with a clean bottom, nothing stuck in his hair anywhere.  Whew!  don't think any of us were disappointed to not have to use our new found training, cats shoulders are pretty loose and can twist just about any direction complete with claws on all 4 corners.  He hasn't had any more diarrhea either, guess he got hold of a bad mouse or something.  

The donkeys are all doing good.  Cisco is getting over whatever was bothering him over the last few days.  He usually loves his mush and pumpkin, hay is OK but not a big favorite.  We don't worry if he doesn't eat hay, but he stopped eating anything including his beloved pumpkin.  So this is getting serious..........!!

Mixed up different feeds, tried this or that and he's act like he wanted to eat most of it, but really wasn't eating much.  The 1st thing that comes to mind is ulcers, but his life is rather low key.  Couldn't think of anything that would upset his life to cause ulcers, although they are a problem with horses that race, or show a lot of times.  Dr. Jeremy said to try him on Ulcergard and Cicso cleaned his plate the next feeding and has been eating good every since. 

Next week-end is the race at Black Canyon north of Phoenix.  


After that there will be the 2nd annual Tombstone Donkey Dash April 17, 2001.

Lots of fun and almost as much fun to watch.  If anyone is looking for something to do come on out and join in the fun, as a watcher or participate.

FUN SIZE DONKEYS DOING THEIR THING, Thanks, Linda

DONKEY DERBY TRAINING IN CATALINA STATE PARK, Thanks, Linda

Ruthie is settling in really good.  At first she stayed by herself when out of her pen, but lately she's been hanging around the other donkeys.  I don't think she's found her buddy or herd yet, today she is hanging with Siggy the micro mini.  Tomorrow it probably will be someone else.


I'm pretty sure she's been all over the property, we see her everywhere.  Her foster Mom is coming to see her this week-end.

Friday, February 26, 2021

WHAT HAPPENED TO FEBRUARY........??

 I realize February is short, but it sure went by in a hurry.  It was 16 degrees here this morning, so winter hasn't given up yet.  But the days are really nice.  

We picked up Ruthie as planned and she is already out and about.  She is really calm and didn't need more than one day in her pen to get use to lots of eyes looking at her.  

   This is Ruthie standing in the real nice barn she has used for the last 6 years or so. 

 
The welcoming committee.  You might notice they aren't as interested in the new girl as they are in the hay scraps that came with her in the back of the pickup.....!! LOL





Once hay cleanup was over, Link decided to get in the trailer and visit with the new girl.  I guess he has his priorities......!! LOL

                                   She went out of her pen the 1st morning like no big deal. 



She was more interested in running the pens after we let the others out to see if there was any food left.  These guys don't leave much to find, so she just wandered around checking everything out.  

 

 

Unfortunately there is a slight problem.  Casper always takes after the newbies, doesn't matter boy or girl, he goes after them like a little buzz saw.  She's big enough she could make mince meat out of him if she wanted to.  But she chose to run, which really gets him going.  So for the time being, he's in solitary during the day and she gets to roam.  At night he gets to go out and she stays in.  He is also getting a herb that helps to control his impulsive behavior.  After a few days the problem solves itself I guess, he leaves them alone.  

Gigi has been here for probably 11 or 12 years.  She is very shy and only in the last year or so has she warmed up to actually enjoy attention as long as it isn't overwhelming.  

She was probably born crippled and is the only donkey here that has to wear shoes to keep her front feet from basically turning backwards which is the way they were when we brought her home.  Her friend Rosie came with her and they are inseparable.  

This is the most comfortable I've ever seen her with someone.  Sierra helps with the donkeys when she can, and Linda just happened to catch them, maybe sharing secrets. 

Donkeys seem to have a natural affinity for children and will let children do things with them, they wouldn't let adults do.  It's really rewarding when they decide to take a chance and come out of their shell.



 Shannon, Cindy, and Tara come to groom and play with the donkeys almost every week and have for quite sometime.  The donkeys love to be groomed, but the girls were having a problem figuring out who is who.  Shannon made name signs for everyone and this is the Burro Barrack's roster.  I'm surprised they are still up since yesterday afternoon.  Koshare took his down the 1st day.....!!!  LOL  We're not surprised, he has a long list of damages to account for.  Eating part of the roof off one of the shelters was a little much though, he's tall enough to accomplish that and did so..!! LOL   Then he tore down the electrical wires that were in the pen so we could have light if needed.