Throughout her life Thyme has been a girl with many different 'boyfriends' - she is loved by absolutely everyone who comes into contact with her. Both human and animal. She has been at the Sanctuary since 1983! Bless her. You may notice that Thyme has a bent ear and if you look closely you can see scarring on her muzzle. This is where she has had sarcoid tumours removed which is what prevented our little angel from joining the foster scheme.
As I said before Thyme had always had a queue of admirers including a little chap called Rhannan. Rhannan has been with us since 1986 and has always suffered with bad eyes so he was also not suitable to be re-homed.
Rhannan and Thyme made friends many years ago (before any of us came to work at Paccombe Farm!) and then after a while seemed to go their separate ways. Thyme had met 'someone else' and Rhannan seemed to have gone off her. We monitored the friendship for weeks and there was no sign of them showing any interest in each other so when we had a sort out of the barns they were put in separate groups. Ages went by with both donkeys happily enjoying retirement until they were both faced with special dental requirements and ended up in the same group again.
Within a week their old flame had been re-ignited and they became inseparable. They remembered each other! It was so adorable. After a few months Thyme had bagged herself a new 'gentleman friend' called Zebedee and poor old Rhannan was left gazing at her from a distance. Unfortunately Zebedee's arthritis became quite bad and a couple of months ago the decision was made it would be the kindest option for him to be put to sleep. And guess who was there to console the love of his life? You guessed... Rhannan!
Two weeks ago at the brilliant age of 34 Thyme suffered from a very acute attack of laminitis causing her extremely painful hooves. Her outlook was bleak. Vicky our vet used every bit of her veterinary training to try and fix Thyme. Our staff and quality time volunteers were at her bedside willing her to get better as she remained so bright and there was one very loyal little chap who never left her side.
Rhannan has stuck by Thyme's side throughout her time of need and refused to leave her for a moment. Even when Thyme was on box rest to rest her sore hooves he was there stood over her. It brings tears to our eyes the torch that Rhannan has held for this beautiful girl for all these years. We hope she appreciates it!