Thursday, October 28, 2021


The minis were a big hit

So was Ruthie and Frijolita, by the time the kids got to them, they had been in with the minis and the big girls didn't look that intimidating 

This little guy was so cute, he obviously wasn't a 3rd grader, he was 2 years old.  I assume he had a brother or sister in the 3rd grade and mom was a chaperone.  Mom told me he will be 3 Nov 8th and he held up 3 fingers.  

 We had a group of 3rd graders from Sierra Vista come out this morning and see the donkeys.  They were a good group of kids, and the donkeys really put on a show for them.  LaRoy played with his rope and of course Boaz did his lip thing that looks like he's talking.  Quite a few donkeys have caught on to sticking their tongues out, to get visitors to notice them.  

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We lost John Henry and Gigi Girl this summer and their markers finally got here.  Years ago I had a company that made the best markers, but they've gone out of business and I had to really look hard to find a new company.  

Lynn and Muzzy headed for the finish line at Superior last week-end.  They had to beat 2 equally determined teams that were hot on their heels.

Sunday, October 24, 2021


 Yesterday morning John and I got up at 2:30am to feed donkeys, so we could leave by 4am to get to Superior hopefully before the races started.  Our neighbor let them out later in the morning and we made it with about 15 minutes to spare.  

Suzanne had the table all set up, all we had to do was show up and sit down.  

I didn't really get to see the start of the race, I stayed with the table.  Later I did get to see Lynn and Muzzy come in first place for the 12 mile race which was pretty exciting.  

This is a young lady named Jennifer, winning the 6 mile race with her team mate Koshare.  Suzanne had taken him with her to Superior.  She had planned on helping to clean the trails after the race and taking him with her to load trash or whatever in his saddlebags.  Suzanne had paired Jennifer with Ruthie, as Jennifer was a 1st time burro runner.  Found out she is a fast runner in people races, so the plan changed from Ruthie to Koshare.  She came in planning to win and that's exactly what she did.  In fact Koshare timed the fastest time on the trail of all the burros running.  I'm not sure how they figure the time.  He ran a 4 minute mile a few months ago in a race, his team mate was an ultrarunner and managed to keep up with Koshare.  It's not for the whole race, I just don't know how they measure it. Jennifer works in the health care industry and quite a few of her fellow workers came to cheer for her and Koshare.  I would imagine she is now hooked on pack burro racing......!!!  LOL

Animals always get sick on week-ends or holidays, at least ours always do.  Friday morning Charley the dog that showed up at our place a few weeks ago was very lethargic.  He's usually not a lethargic type of guy and our local vet is closed on Friday.  I called a vet in Willcox and they actually got him in that morning.  

A lot of vets seem to have taken a lesson from people doctors.........rely on tests, not experience.  They came up with a list of what they wanted to do and I picked out x-ray and said we'd  wait on the others.  From experience an x-ray can save you a lot of money if there is cancer involved.  Showed a area that looked like he might have swallowed a bone or something.  He doesn't have access to anything and the few treats we've given him, he doesn't eat.  He runs outside and buries them.  \

So I agreed to blood test, and they sent him home with antibiotics and steroids.  He had something going on temp. 103.1.  He was pretty much back to his perky barky self by Sat. morning and has continued to act normal for him.  They are suppose to call in the morning with the test results of the blood draw.  Since he's so lively, they'll probably just tell me to continue with the meds twice a day till they are gone.  I doubt they will know what the weird area in the x-ray is.  

Big Gus is finally off his twice a day antibiotics as of this morning for cellulitis.  His legs are staying dry so hopefully when he's finished with about another week of pills they will continue to be dry.  

Some pictures from the races at Superior

Sasha and her team mate Clare, Suzanne said Sasha kept going to the sidelines where there were kids that would pet her.  Unusual behavior for her, she was abandoned on a property over by Willcox, no one knows for how long.  She's pretty independent and usually a little standoffish.  I guess she's decided kids aren't a threat.

This is Button a 3 month old orphan that Michele at Lucky A Ranch is raising.  The mother wouldn't have anything to do with him, and the owners were going to shoot him.  Thank goodness someone got in touch with Michele.  She and her daughters spent Friday night at Superior in the hotel.  They sneaked Button in, put an adult incontinence diaper on him and no one knew.  This is Kristen showing him where the finish line is and teaching him how to be a pack burro racer.

This is Michele and her daughters.  If you look closely you will see a brown blob on Michele's lap.  Button has his own red saddle bags.  

Siggy and his handler took 3rd place in the costume contest.  He was a green elf.

Jackson and LaRoy are completely bonded, Maryann and Teresa knew they had to stay together, looks like LaRoy took advantage of a rest break to use Jackson for a pillow.

Monday, October 18, 2021


 This week-end is the 3rd annual burro race in Superior.  Well, I guess it isn't really the 3rd annual, covid last year cancelled the race, but it will be their 3rd race.  Four years ago they held the 1st burro race in Arizona in over 30 years.  It was a great success and hopefully will grow every year.   

                                Here's information on what's going on in Superior this week-end

If you are in the area by all means this is going to be a lot of fun.  If you've never seen a burro race or even if you have, I can't think of a better way to spend a Saturday.

Seven of our donkeys will be running in the race and we will have a table set up with t-shirts and stuffed donkeys available.  There will also be an auction for one of Gretchen Klett's plaques she has graciously donated to Forever Home to be silent auctioned off at our booth in Superior this week-end.  Highest bidder will get the plaque ..........!!!!  Our donated plaque is on the right, and the plaque on the left will be donated to Lucky A Ranch, a non-profit rescue SE of us in McNeal, Az for them to auction.  Gretchen is very involved with donkeys and shares her talent with rescues.  She has a business called One Herd Art, that shows how talented she is using different mediums.   

If you go to Superior Saturday, by all means come by our booth and say "HI" and maybe bid on this lovely plaque.

Big Gus is doing well after his trip to the equine clinic in Gilbert,  His legs are staying dry, Suzanne has been washing them every morning with chlorhexidine and he is getting liquid antibiotics twice a day and prednisone for the next 3 weeks.  I guess sometimes with this type of bacterial infection they don't get over it and have to be on medication forever.  With him that isn't something to look forward to.  He's actually done pretty good, but he's starting to question what we are giving him.  When he turns down peppermints you know he is suspicious.....!! LOL

This morning he visited with Suzanne at her RV.  

Wednesday, October 13, 2021


 Yesterday Suzanne and I took Big Gus up to the Equine Clinic in Gilbert.  Dr. Jeremy has been treating him for cellulitis in his rear legs for about a month, it's getting better, but still needs attention.  Dr. Jeremy was unavailable and it was time for another shot, so we went to plan B.  

Over the years we've been up there more than once, Jenny's hoof resection, Cisco's bulbous growth on his sheath, Bell's sialolith cyst, Penny's colic surgery, and many more in between.  A lot of times, all of those problems couldn't be done in the field and had to be done in a hospital/clinic, so we would make the 3 hour haul, and sometimes left them there.  Jenny ended up staying up there over a month.  

Awaiting his fate........!!

For him....... he was good didn't say it would be easy

                                      Sometimes you just have to overpower him with bodies

                                                        His legs got a trim and a bath

We noticed today that Saddik's plaque on his grave is missing.  It had come loose and was laying in front of a rock at the head of the grave until someone figured out a way to keep it from falling off again.  We're pretty sure we know who took it unfortunately, which is sad when it is someone you know.

Saddik showed up in our wash in 2015, a half starved gangly pup about 9 months old with Valley Fever He really was a nice dog with lots of personality.  I think everyone that ever met him, liked him.  Unfortunately his life was cut short by a vehicle one night when he was suppose to be home.

Monday, October 11, 2021


 But the weather people now say it won't happen until tomorrow night.  It was 38 degrees this morning, so we all bundled up for chores.  Of course by the time everyone was fed we'd shed the coats and were enjoying the sun.  The desert is a strange place for weather.  It's nothing for us to have 50 degree swings in a 24 hour day, which means you dress in layers.  Right now we are having pretty strong wind and they say it will be windy all night, and  tomorrow night is suppose to be below freezing.  Time to drag out the sweat pants I guess. 

Yesterday we took 5 of the minis to Echo Hope Ranch down by Hereford. What a beautiful place  close to the San Pedro Riparian Area, lots of huge cottonwood trees and they even have a pond with catfish in it.    Lots of people coming and going all day long, and the donkeys were a big hit.  The 4 boys, Jackson, LaRoy, Siggy and Harley are old hands at entertaining people and getting lots of petting.  Sasha was the only girl.  She was found on a property where the people had left her to  take care of herself.  She's warmed up quite a bit with so many people coming by.  But she still looks at people like, "what are you going to do to me"?  She finally got into standing by the corral panels close enough so people could pet her especially the kids.  Being out like that is really good for her confidence, so we'll take her out as much as we can.  

We forgot our pop-up shade, and all 3 of us were pretty pink by the time we got home.  Won't do that again..........LOL

John not only went with us, but he helped when he could.  He doesn't get around the donkeys much, they could knock him down without meaning to, but there's other things he can do.  We got him a super duper walker last week.  He  says it's like a Cadillac compared to my old one he's been using, it has a seat and a compartment to put stuff in.  We must have saw at least 6 or 7 walkers like his, so of course everyone was comparing walkers like people compare cars.....!!

This morning the 5th wheel went to a new home. We had planned on remodeling it into an office for Suzanne and a bedroom, where people could stay for a couple of days with the donkeys.  But it had too many issues and we decided to go in a different direction.  

It found a home, it will be remodeled and will be put to good use.  Now we're headed to Plan B.........!!  We're looking for a construction office, that we could divide into 2 areas and also maybe have an area for our stuffed donkeys and t-shirts we take to event to sell.  Right now all that stuff is in one of our bathroom.  It would be nice to have it on display, so people could browse if they want to. 

We've been really really busy recently, but we plan on taking Charley, the blind/ deaf dog that found his way to our place, to an eye specialists as soon as we can, to see if there is any way to help his sight.  We think he might be able to see shapes or shadows in bright light, but not much.  He's learned his pen which is about 30x70 and he has a doggy door that goes into the feed room, which he learned the 1st day he was here.  The feed room has A/C and heat, although he likes to spend most of his time outside.  We think he was a ranch dog, although he is house broken.  When the farrier was here trimming the donkeys, he got all excited.  Dogs go crazy over the hoof pieces the farrier trims off, Charley acts like he knows all about hoof trimming.  

He has some treats that look like a rib bone with meat on it, I'm sure it's probably all grain of some kind, but it looks real.  Every time we give him one, he gets all excited, takes the bone, goes outside and buries it immediately.  We have no idea how many he's buried, and can't figure out if he's saving them for later, or getting rid of them. 

Tuesday, October 05, 2021


 We are all enjoying the cooler weather and even got a little bit of rain today.  Spring is my favorite time of year, but fall is a close second.  I'm sure the donkeys are enjoying the cooler weather, although they are still having to wear fly masks.  Suzanne has been taking them off at night, even though some of the flies get up before we go out for chores.  But not many, and the donkeys appreciate not having the masks on at night.  They are ready to have them back on, even Casper and Tula.  They are usually evasive if you try to do something to them.  But they will stand real still if they see a fly mask in your hands.  

Yesterday about half the herd got pedicures.  Suzanne will be taking most of them up to Superior for a race on Oct 23 put on by the BRAY club and the town of Superior. Last we heard they had 67 teams signed up, so it should be a lot of fun.  

Justice isn't going but he was on the list.  When Justice came here a few months ago, it had been awhile since he had been trimmed.  He favored one of his back legs and rested it most of the time when he was standing.  The first time Dan came out, Justice was pretty sure he didn't want his feet done.  Dan is a pretty laid back guy, but was also pretty sure, Justice was going to get his feet done.  The battle was all over the pen and he finally threw himself on the ground, which actually made it easier for Dan to work on him and put him at a disadvantage for continuing the fight.  

The next time Dan came, I gave Justice Dormosedan but he was in a fighting mood and pretty much shook it off.  Dan said next time to not drug Justice, he had an idea.

Donkeys usually react very well to a Scotch hobble, compared to his last 2 trims there was a vast improvement in his behavior.  Donkeys seem to realize when the game is over and they lost the battle.  He might not even need to be hobbled next time, if he sees Dan carrying it......!!!  LOL  

Since he's been here running around all over the place, and play fighting with Cochise, he isn't favoring his foot as much as he was and doesn't rest it much either.  We had him x-rayed and he has at least 2 bone chips in that foot. I had a woman interested in adopting him when he came in as a companion for her young gelding.  It sounded like a perfect home for Justice, but I didn't want to send him  out if he might need vet care in the future for that foot.  It looks like moving and exercising is the answer hopefully for the long term.  

For everyone that has sent pumpkin for Cisco, we can't thank you enough we have a nice little stash that hopefully will help see him thru the crisis.  I was in Walmart today and they didn't have the Great Value which we try to get if we can.  Some people sent organic pumpkin and brand names.  There is a difference, the color is brighter and the smell is stronger, Cisco doesn't seem to be picky, he eats it all.....!!    Suzanne said she heard another story about the shortage, yesterday.  If they keep talking about it, it will be like the great toilet paper hoarding situation last year, people that don't even like pumpkin will be buying it.......!! LOL

Here is Cisco enjoying his morning ration of pumpkin.