Teddy and Lucky are two donkey friends who live at Little Buffalo Barn (which is along Walk C) , and theirs is a special kind of friendship. You see, Teddy is a blind donkey and Lucky is his sighted friend who helps him.
Teddy is about 20 years old and was born blind – but you would never guess it! He is able to find his way around, can neatly avoid obstacles, is able to sniff out when food is coming, can hear the grooms driving up the road before anyone else and generally manages to be first in line when it’s time for a good grooming and a cuddle. In fact once either Phil or I have finished grooming Teddy, he will then make his way over to the other of us and try to convince us he needs a second grooming! He does it so nicely – we just have to succumb!
Never far away from Teddy is his good friend Lucky. Lucky is a larger than life character who just bubbles with confidence and cheekiness! Lucky also loves to be fussed, cuddled and groomed – and he also loves to give donkey-hugs while enjoying a good ear-scratch. Lucky also has other talents – such as being able to open all the gates and doors in his barn – a trick he has since taught new donkey Dylan.
Lucky can often be seen standing with Teddy at the fence or gate, his muzzle resting on the top rail, as he waits for visitors. As soon as Lucky’s sharp eye spots a visitor he goes all out on a charm offensive – stretching out his muzzle and cocking his head sideways – so even the most hardened person caves in and gives him a cuddle and attention. And of course, the visitors soon spot Teddy and he also gets to share in the cuddles too!
Teddy and Lucky are good friends and together make a perfect team - and Phil and I suspect that they have all of us two-leggeds exactly where they want us!