Suzanne has been in Indiana this past week and will be for the foreseeable future. She had to go back for a family emergency. She had planned on going back the 15th, for a couple of weeks, but her plans got moved up a little.
Of course that leaves John and I taking care of the donkeys. We've had volunteers here almost every day, so it hasn't been a problem. The donkeys have actually been fairly cooperative about going in their pens. I'd say without having to be bribed, but they always get a piece of carrot when they go in the pen. In fact some of them will go in their pen and if someone doesn't put them in quickly, they will go out and stand outside until someone shows up with the "goods". They want to make sure the payment is forthcoming I guess. Thanks to Nora, Barb, Gloria, Susan, Kelly and Aiden we really appreciate you coming out and helping with the donkeys, many hands make the job easier for everyone. And the donkeys love to have more people to hopefully have treats.
LaRoy has learned to pick his ropes up and shake them to get people's attention and hopefully a treat. We had a tour today and he was doing his thing. I gave him a treat each time and I think he's got it figured out. He would shake the rope and drop it on the ground to receive an animal cracker. As soon as the animal cracker disappeared, he'd pick the rope up again. We did this 3 times and he was flawless, do I assume he will try his new skill when we have another tour.
We actually had a little bit of rain a couple of nights ago. It rained off and on most of the night, but we really didn't get much actual rain. This morning it was 23 degrees when we got up and the first morning the buckets had a film of ice on top of them. Of course that means the hoses are frozen until about 9-10am depending on when the sun decides to show up.
I haven't put fly masks on the donkeys the last couple of days. It's getting warm enough in the afternoon that a few flies come out, but I'm sure the donkeys appreciate not having to wear a mask.