John and I went to Indiana for Thanksgiving with the cousins. We always enjoy the drive and this was somewhat of a trial for John. He's been driving to Tucson for the last month or so and his broken leg hasn't given him any trouble. But Indiana is a lot farther away than Tucson. In years gone by we would have done it in 2 days, but we took 3 days each way and he drove every mile. Said his leg didn't bother him which is great.
While we were gone, Suzanne held down the fort, and for the most part she said everything went pretty well. Well, until the last day, when Big Gus and Casper both choked during the morning feeding. She got in touch with Dr. Jeremy and he was pretty busy with a horse in a sling..............!!! She said Casper the little mini mule cleared in about an hour, but it took Big Gus about 4 hours before he finally cleared, but they both cleared on their own without having to be intubated.
Gus has choked before and had to be intubated which isn't a pleasant experience for all involved. He's over 40 years old and most of his teeth are at the gumline, so he is fed a mush of soaked pellets and senior feed. We hadn't been soaking the senior, but will in the future.
Other than that she said things went well and she actually had volunteers here almost every day to help with feeding and picking up poo and grooming. We really appreciate our volunteers, more than they will ever know. They make our work days much shorter when they are here.
She had donkeys escorting her to her RV almost every night and in the morning they like to keep track of where she is, in case she heads for the hay barn or the feed room.
Gus making sure she's headed in the right direction for breakfast.
Cisco probably seeing if she is going to get the pumpkin.
BlackJack making sure she gets home safely. She'd probably be safer if he didn't step on her foot......!!
This is what always happens if something new/different/interesting, etc happens.
We had a good time on the trip and getting to visit with family.............BUT........although I grew up in the midwest I had forgotten how dreary and grey it can be in the winter. Even when the sun shines it isn't bright sun. One morning there was frost on the car, which we haven't seen in awhile.....!!! LOL At least it didn't snow and wasn't as cold as it could have been, although the last night we were there, the wind which was really cold blew so hard, John's cousin Mark took down his flag, so it wouldn't end up in the next county.
The donkeys are still wearing fly masks, seems like it's late this year for the flies to disappear. If it was just a few flies we'd probably take the masks off, but there are LOTS of them and of course they go for the face.