I thought I would tell you my story about Blondie, a little white elderly donkey who lives here at Trow Farm with her son Sigitu. The pair are rarely very far apart. Blondie has always been very nervous of people I’m told.
I saw Blondie as a challenge when I first started working as a Quality Time Volunteer (QTV). Even though she seemed quite old, I was determined that she would lose her nervousness with me and be on speaking terms, up close, and maybe cuddles eventually.
Time has gone by and Blondie has gained more trust in me. Standing between her and her son Sigitu, I eventually managed to have my arm around both and gave Blondie ear scritches; I was singing quietly mind, at the time! Another QTV captured it on her mobile phone. I had no idea she was even watching and I found it very amusing.
The whole process has taken a considerable time, but now we do have ‘one to one’ chats. When I call her she comes to meet me rather than run off. On occasions Blondie will let me put my arm around her as well as put a fly mask on for her. A definite improvement.
I would just say, never ever give up on any animal as patience and kindness has its rewards.