Hi, my name's Jenifer and I've been making the annual trek to Donkey Week for 12 years now. The highlight was my 10th year where I received the coveted red sweatshirt!
On a beautiful sunny day, we all visited the Sanctuary's farm in Dorset. The bus drive gave us the opportunity to take in the lovely scenery. How green it was.
We arrived to see all the donkeys looking over to us with their long ears all pricked up and keen to meet us. This isn't a public farm, so the donkeys don't get the chance to see many people other than members of staff. As we stepped off the bus, there was a huge cry of hee-haws.
The farrier was doing a demonstration so off I went to chat with him and cuddle the donkeys. And who did I see waiting to have her feet trimmed, but Panda. She is absolutely adorable. Afterwards I took her for a walk all around the farm.
There's a donkey's tale here. The year before I wanted to say a big thank you to the Sanctuary for all the enjoyment I'd had throughout the years, so I decided to paint horseshoes to raise money for the charity. A really special one was a wooden plaque that my mother-in-law, Betty Morris, carved and I then added a horseshoe with Panda painted inside the horseshoe. It was auctioned on the last day of Donkey Week and raised £150 ( ... thanks Lesley for the highest bid)!
Anyway, back to taking Panda for a walk. She enjoyed grazing the lush green grass and trimming the hedges as we walked around.
Dave and Olma had a great time at the farm too. It stands at the starting point of the River Axe and Olma cooled herself in the water on the hot, sunny day.
All in all ... a fantastic day.
And two years on... I now work for the Sanctuary. It's a dream come true!