David and his wife Segolene have become foster owners to donkeys Cathel and Griff. I was lucky enough to travel to Wiggaton with Farm Manager Alan Brown and a member of his staff Sam, to see the re homing of the two boys.
Cathel and Griff are two years old. They lived at Hurfords, which is part of Trow Farm in Sidmouth and home to over to over 200 donkeys They were due to go to their new home on Friday (18th January) but due to the snowy weather we were unable to travel.
Three days later, the snow had melted away and Cathel and Griff travelled to their new home. It was a short journey for them, even so, Alan was constantly checking his mirror, making sure he could see the trailer. (He had to ask once or twice to keep my hands down whilst I was ‘talking’ with them!) He also got out of the truck and checked how Cathel and Griff were doing. You could definitely feel the love and devotion that Alan and Sam have towards these beautiful donkeys.
When we arrived in Wiggaton we were greeted by a very excited David and Segolene. They had done a lot of preparation for this special day, the yard was lovely and their barn looked cosy enough for us to sleep in! They have a big field that the donkeys can run around in when the weather is better.
The boys spent time getting used to their new home and admiring their surroundings. They ate and drank straight away which is always a good sign. Cathel and Griff watched Alan’s every move, and at one point they were checking out the locks on the gate. Donkeys are very clever, and if they can find a way out of their yard they would. But I can assure you the locks David has on the gate are thoroughly secure!
Segolene’s smile was beaming throughout our visit, and I picked up on her saying, “I dream about donkeys”, David said, “we’re really excited, we have a four year old son and he’s been counting down the days for the donkeys to arrive, he’s beside himself”. Cathel and Griff have a delightful new home with a lovely new foster family, we know they will be very happy there.