And then there was a donkey!
Our family here just keeps on expanding. 🙂 Please help us welcome Sweetpea!
Sweetpea is 12 years old, about the size of a big Great Dane, and has just about the sweetest eyes and kindest disposition this side of a Teddy Bear.
She is a rescue donkey – she was saved from chronic neglect about 5 years ago by a wonderful couple who live just a few miles down the road from us. Over last Spring, Summer, and Fall, we saw her in her little pasture (and with her friends Cow and Horse), and we made up stories about their adventures together.
Near the end of last November, and by purely serendipitous events, we met the folks who owned that little farm, and we found out that they were looking for a new home for the donkey – the horse was very old and soon to pass, and the cow…well, they had other plans for the cow.
But Sweetpea needed a new home, and we were (are) beyond delighted that we could offer one for her.
We quickly learned that she definitely has a mind of her own – we had taken great pains to build a stall for her in the barn with nice-smelling wood chips on the floor, and little heat lamp to keep it warm, and lots of shelter from the wind. Well, she took one look at that door, dug in her hooves, and absolutely refused to budge.
Well, no worries, we call this Acceptance for a reason – if she couldn’t use the barn, then we would just have to try something else. Eventually, we decided to create a little stable for her right next to our carport and very close to the house. As a result, she is now much closer to us than she would have been down at the barn, and she is quickly becoming a member of the family. When the weather starts to clear and I am working outside more, I plan on taking her with me as I work on projects around the property. By late Spring when all our Acceptance friends start coming out, I expect that she will be a big part of our family out here, and I can’t wait for you all to meet her!