Joy, one of our grooms at Newton Farm, is a very warm lady who I love chatting with as she talks so passionately about the donkeys she cares for. I managed to give her a call today and see how my special friends Laurel, Hardy and Tim are doing. I was delighted to hear nothing but good news.
“For me, it’s wonderful to be able to help with their recovery,” said Joy. “I feel they appreciate what we are trying to do for them. Despite craving our attention, Laurel was quite nervous if we had to catch him and his legs would shake and tremble. But he’s used to us now and in fact all three seem much more at ease and brighter in themselves.”
Regular foot trimmings
Laurel, Hardy and Tim have all had their feet trimmed by the farrier, who, in Joy’s words, has done “an incredible job”. These were complicated trims, particularly in Laurel’s case as they were so overgrown with the typical ‘Turkish slipper’ appearance, but fortunately none of the donkeys have any permanent damage. A little bute (painkiller) and a few days later, they were all used to their new feet and can now look forward to the regular trims they need.
Joy clipped out their coats yesterday and discovered they are all much thinner than anyone thought. But their food is being managed properly now and the extra feeds they receive should help put some weight back on in no time.
“I’m giving them a bath this afternoon,” Joy told me. “They’re all covered in lice and dermatitis so on doctor's orders they are having a medicated bath which will help soothe all the itchiness (and that will hopefully stop Tim knocking over the wheelbarrow so he can have a scratch!). When I have rinsed them off, I will towel dry them and I think they will feel so much better for it.”
My conversation ended with Joy’s assurance to me that Laurel, Hardy and Tim are taking everything in their stride. She said “I think they are thankful that someone is helping them at last.”
Next week I am rather excited as I get to see Laurel, Hardy and Tim for the second time so I will give you an update then.