I have no excuse for not updating the blog, except I looked up and a week had past. Where does the time go these days? I always have good intentions, but they don't always happen...!!! LOL
Dr Jeremy came out to evaluate Gigi's split hoof with proud flesh.
We celebrated our 60th wedding anniversary this month. Our good friends Larry and Terry, found a perfect gift. John always says he learned to say, "yes" early in the marriage...!! LOL
Speaking of John, here he is trying to figure out his next move. He is staring at the top of the septic tank for the feed room. When I say tank, I'm being kind. Years ago when we built the feed room, and were trying to figure out how to get rid of the water from the sink, a friend said why don't you get one of those heavy plastic barrels and use that, since there probably wouldn't be 5 gallons of water a day going thru it. So that's what he did, ran pipe for laterals and it's worked like a champ ever since. Until the metal plate he put on top of it rusted thru. It caved in the top of the barrel. Not long after this, he was digging with a shovel to get the metal plate out, fish out the top of the barrel and start all over again. It's fixed now, hopefully for good.
This is youngest granddaughter with John Henry. John and I went up to Chandler a few days ago and picked him up. His elderly owner could no longer take care of him and asked if we would take him into sanctuary. He is a mammoth, although not a huge one, we keep talking about measuring him, but haven't gotten around to it, he's only been here a couple of days. Since one of the things we like to do is educate people on the different sizes of donkeys when Turbo and Link went back to Colorado, that left us without a mammoth. Although Big Gus is pretty big, he isn't a mammoth. John Henry is in his 20s, he's blind in one eye and has sarcoids on his legs, so he wouldn't really be a good candidate for adoption anyway, he will stay here.
Although he isn't really big, he's big enough to make some of the donkeys look pretty small. I guess yesterday Siggy the 28 inch micro mini was trying to catch up to John Henry and I was told his little legs were really flying and JH was just moseying along.
It's unfortunate someone wasn't watching John and I load him. He's not been in a trailer for at least 5 years, but we brought all our leads and straps, figured how difficult can this be? Two hours later after dealing with a donkey with a sense of humor, we were both exhausted and he was still fresh as a daisy. The reason I say he has a sense of humor is he was playing with us the whole time. He walked out of his pen, put 2 front feet in the trailer looked around for a few minutes, shifting his weight to make us think he was ready to go in and then backed out. No drama, just "nope don't want to".......!!
OK, obviously this isn't going to be as easy as we thought. Used a cargo strap inside the trailer not pulling on it, just not letting him back up, once he had his front feet in the trailer again. And in fact he had all 4 feet in the trailer and decided to show us again. He backed out of the trailer and the hook on the strap flipped up in the air, and he just stood outside the trailer, looking at us, like "is that all you got?" LOL Denise would come out and check on us every once in awhile, I think she thought we'd give up. Obviously that wasn't going to happen, we came to get a donkey and we're going home with a donkey.
He walked into the trailer again, had all 4 feet in and I couldn't get the back gate closed because we hadn't notice a handle in the way that needed to be moved. So he leisurely backed out again, pushing the almost closed gate out of the way. Grrrr...!!
I asked John if he had another cargo strap, which he did. This time we put both straps on him, one of either side, tightened them enough so he couldn't back up........hopefully and he walked in like it was his idea. I don't know if he was tired of messing with 2 old people, or if he knew he couldn't back out of 2 straps, but we got the gate closed and hit the road......finally. Whew...!!
We are going to be in the Benson 4th of July parade next Saturday the 3rd with 8 donkeys and handlers. Should be a lot of fun if we pass inspection. I'm not sure what type of inspection, maybe the woman in charge thinks they are wild or something. This will be the 1st time we've done their parade, so if you are in the area, come on out and join in the fun.....!!!