Today was a fun day at the rescue. Susan our usual week-end poo person, wasn't here this week-end, so it was just John and I. We fed and hurried to get poo picked up before 3 tours showed up. Just as we dumped the last wheelbarrow in the Gator, the tours started showing up, some even brought goodies for the donkeys. We divided the groups and just about the time we finished the tours, volunteers started showing up to groom, clean water buckets, pick up the after breakfast poo and of course meet Beefy.
Even got some work done on the pens. Corral panels get moved around and pretty soon gates don't open and close like they should after the donkeys have rearranged them. After the grooming was done, the donkeys were let out of their pens for the day and the real fun began, an afternoon of interaction with the donkeys able to come and go as they wished with the volunteers.
I saw some amazing things happen. Tula has been here about 13 years and is still afraid of people.
She came up to me to take an animal cracker and later took crackers from a young girl. This is the 1st time she has taken treats from anyone outside her pen in daylight. She use to sneak up behind John in the dark when he was letting them out at bedtime and he would give her a cookie, but never in daylight. Alyssa tried with Casper and he even took crackers from her. This is a big breakthrough for these two.
This was Beefy's first time to be out with so many people and he did really well, he is polite and gentle, loves getting brushed and kept his cool when Siggy and Harley tried to pick on him. Yesterday John saw Siggy and Beefy drinking out of the Rubbermaid water tank together, they will probably end up best buds once the initial bounderies are worked out.
Gus even behaved himself, well except for going into the garage thru the walkin side door twice. He really gets uncooperative when you catch him at something, and try to make him move. He can glue his feet to the ground and you can't move him. But he didn't try to attack the other donkeys that got too close to the people, which is a good thing. He even missed out on getting in the hay barn, when the gate was left open. About 6 of them did find it open and sneaked in quietly. The donkeys have learned when they are doing something they are aware they shouldn't be doing, they can get very quiet. One of the volunteers asked John if they were suppose to be in there and when he went in the barn, it was pretty easy to tell they shouldn't be there. They took off like someone shot them from a gun.