I continue to be amazed and enchanted by donkeys, since I got my first two in May, 2002. I'm not sure why! I mean, why not llamas or pot bellied pigs for instance? For awhile I thought maybe it was because of some connection to an ancient time, a past life, a wandering through desert lands ... maybe I knew a donkey way back, maybe the donkey and I shared some amazing experiences ...?
have given up on trying to unravel those fantasies and now am just happy
to have fallen down this rabbit hole where my whole life has been
redefined somehow by the presence of donkeys.
But, like any
life-changing experience, it hasn't always been easy! I've been kicked,
bitten, knocked over, jerked around, bullied and intimidated sometimes.
Stepped on... did I mention "stepped on?" Other times I have been
charmed and amused, delighted and totally absorbed, my heart almost
breaking with love and compassion for these critters.
used to ask, sweetly "why donkeys?" She was always amused (of course I
never mentioned being kicked, bitten or stepped on!)
I won't tell
you that donkeys are the perfect family pet, like so many web sites
want you to think. They live a long time, they get sick, they have
"issues" ... maybe, depending on whether or not they were raised
lovingly, with respect and care, or abused, neglected and misunderstood
as many donkeys are. But, my oh my,
donkeys are charming! Maybe it's the ears, I don't know. My donkeys and
I have embarked on a lifelong friendship. This blog is a way for me to
write about this journey.
I divide my time between my art studio, our organic garden, the hens, the donkeys and this wonderful community. I'm pretty obsessed with clicker training and devote a lot of time studying theory and training. Animal-assisted therapy interests me - the donkeys are wonderful with people, especially children and old folks.