Greatness comes to those who wait, and for Wallace the mule it was all worth the wait to find his dream foster home.
Steve and Lesley Radcliffe already had 4 mules, 2 of which were fostered from The Donkey Sanctuary but unfortunately they lost their beloved Billy to an inoperable condition, which was an extremely sad time for them. After the loss of Billy, Steve and Lesley found comfort in a visit to The Donkey Sanctuary’s Town Barton Farm which currently has 148 mules and hinnies, 140 donkeys and 11 ponies.
There was one mule in particular that could sense their loss and made himself known to them immediately, the mule goes by the name of Wallace. Wallace is a kind hearted and gentle natured mule who has so much love to give and he clearly chose Steve and Lesley to give his heart to.
It’s a heart warming moment to witness both human and mule communicate with such understanding and affection towards one another. The rest you can say is history, Wallace had clearly chosen them to be his foster owners. It's very important with a mule to feel a bond, every mule has different characteristics and due to their high intelligence they need active and mental stimulation.
Wallace left Town Barton Farm on his journey to his new home, to start the next chapter of his life. It was as if he knew where he was going. By the way he walked straight onto the truck ,with very little hesitation. When he reached his new home, John our lorry driver, walked him calmly off the lorry.
Wallace was greeted with open arms by Harriet who is one of Lesley’s volunteers and will be working with Wallace to stimulate his capabilities to the full.
Wallace then introduced himself, in his gentleman like manner, to his new mule friends Muffin, Milo and Bertie. The three mules had become very quiet after the loss of their beloved Billy but Wallace’s big heart will ease their loss. They all got on immediately and Milo, Muffin and Bertie were so excited they did a victory lap around the field to express their excitement over gaining a new friend.
Even on Wallace’s first day in his new home he was trained to stand on a box. Mules are highly intelligent and when paired with humans who understand them, are capable of greatness.
Wallace will be missed dearly at Town Barton but we could not have wished for a more perfect home for the unforgettable Wallace.
We wish Wallace the Great all the best in his loving home.
Great things come to those who wait.