A truly Red Letter Day to start my blog which will cover the working life of a welfare officer in the East of England. After many years of working for the Sanctuary, I finally have two beautiful mules in a foster home. Don't get me wrong, I adore donkeys but have always had a secret hankering for mules and when potential foster owner Ian contacted us requesting mules, I was very excited.
After all the due processes of home inspection, donkey care course and visits to Devon for Ian so his mules could 'choose' him, they arrived in July. So it was with much anticipation that I turned up on the day they arrived to see two intelligent faces scrutinising this new visitor. Ian is thrilled with them and they are clearly already feeling much at home with him.
Ian had been doing short walks with both of them and we had decided to take them further if things were going well. I remember we started by walking around the 7 acres that Ian and his family own and as all was going reasonably well, we crossed the road and took the track down to the end of the lane.
Paris likes Chester to take point in order to stave off any lion attacks or set off landmines. She is, in fact, very brave and forward going but clever enough to act demure and con her man into taking any flak. We were proceeding at rather a brisk pace and Paris clearly thought she was in charge of everybody, me included, which was a little disconcerting after the rather more sedate pace of my donkeys. By about half way I had managed to convince her that we weren't crossing the mid west plains of the USA before nightfall and had regained some, if not all, control.
Mules are very intelligent and need stimulation so Ian is planning to build an agility course to keep their minds and bodies occupied. He is also planning to take them to next year's Mule Society Show.
It's great to see them in such a lovely home and their future looks good.
Definitely one of the highlights of my job is to see donkeys and mules happily rehomed.
I will keep you all updated on their progress and I am looking forward myself to learning more about mules over the coming months.