Sunday, November 30, 2008

We love our Winnie

We got Winnie in early October. She's an 18 month old standard sized donkey, came to us untrained but very sweet. She now leads with a halter/rope and picks up her feet for cleaning and the farrier. She is what we call a "pocket donkey" because she is always right up your tail looking for affection or treats. Donkeys are guard animals, we thought she could guard our goats from predators/wild dogs. Well, she seemed to want to kill the goats! But I think with time she will mellow out and accept them. She is with the horses right now and will be a companion animal for our younger horse when the old one dies (likely soon). Winnie is named after my great grandmother Winifred who was riding an English beach donkey down the dunes when she fell off into the sand, embarrassing my Nana who was about 10 years old at the time!

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