Meet Murphy, he came to live with us in 1995 and soon fell in love with a lady donkey named Faye. Wherever Fay went Murphy would follow. He would even stand and watch her eat. He loved her that much. Faye was like a two headed donkey; Murphy stood so close to her you could hardly fit your hand in to put the head collar on either of them.
Then one day the day came we had all been dreading, Faye had been deteriorating slowly and old age was taking its toll on her. Heaven was calling and it was Faye's time to leave us. We were all so sad to say goodbye to such a kind and beautiful donkey but we were very worried that we could lose Murphy too as we knew he would be distraught because of the deep bond between them.
When Faye was put to sleep Murphy just stood looking at her and it was if he knew it was the kindest thing for her. It's very important to let a donkey grieve just as we humans do so we allowed him all the time he need with her. The next few weeks were so important for us to keep a very close eye on Murphy and he was given round the clock care. Our manager checked on him several times in the evenings and he was given lots of love and attention by our staff and quality time volunteers.
A few weeks passed with Murphy like a little lost soul and then one morning much to our extreme delight we saw Murphy stood close to another of our residents called Delilah. We were all chatting about our sighting and wondering if it was a coincidence until the next morning... and the morning after... that we came into work to see Murphy and Delilah stood together. And now Murphy is back to his old self. He's such a special boy and loves Delilah dearly. He even follows her to the water trough... now that's love and devotion!