It is with real sadness that I bring Little Pippa's blog to a close after 5 years penning her thoughts from a long-eared perspective... how time seems to fly. At 35 years of age, Little Pippa had become one of the oldest donkeys down on the main yard. Despite this, she was always looking for mischief and got away with it because she was small and cheeky.
We always knew when Little Pippa was around because she used to wear plastic shoes after years of hard wear on her hooves and had a very distinct clip-clop sound when she walked across the yard. Other donkeys wear plastic shoes, yet not one of them make any sound.
Over the past few months we noticed that Little Pippa had made a new donkey friend. During her short illness, 30 year old Susie was by her side and the grooms are keeping an extra eye on Susie because, like people, donkeys mourn the loss of their friends.
The act of kindness is letting go and saying goodbye. Little Pippa's condition and quality of life deteriorated last week despite all our efforts and on Thursday afternoon she was put to sleep in peaceful surroundings.
Little Pippa was not only loved by me, but by staff and many who visited the Sanctuary. On Friday I received this email from Christine and Tony Hulbert and asked if I could share it with you of their fond memories of Little Pippa.
We must have joined thousands of other donkey lovers in our great sadness, and in our tears too, on hearing the heartbreaking news about your dear Little Pippa. We think that just everyone must have loved that little donkey!
One of our fondest memories, that we should like to share with you, is of her in the yard gazing adoringly at a sweet little girl. The little girl turned round and saw Pippa looking at her and went up to her, and stroked her very gently on the nose saying "Hello Little Donkey!" Little Pippa was totally overwhelmed at being stroked by the little girl, and her lip was just quivering with joy!
We took some photos of Little Pippa in the main barn, and in one of them she was peeping through the door to see if there was anyone in the yard that might be nice for her to go and make friends with! We felt yesterday that this photograph was as if she was having a little peek at heaven to decide when it would be time to go trotting happily off "over the Rainbow Bridge" to meet Lady and all her other friends again!
With all our thanks to you at The Donkey Sanctuary for the wonderful work that you do for all those lovely donkeys, and especially to you for letting so many of us share the pleasure of knowing such a truly wonderful little donkey.
With all our very kindest wishes,
Christine and Tony Hulbert. x
Goodbye Pip, always in my heart xx