Bruce and Choco were relinquished by their owner early this year as she was busy with her job and moving home in the near future. She felt they weren't getting the attention they needed as much as she loved them dearly. When I visited I thought they were a super pair of donkeys that just needed their treatments bringing up to date and Choco to get a little bit more confident being caught.
I took them in at home in March and they spent two months with me and quickly settled into the routine. They had other donkeys for company, it was then it became apparent how small they were! They got used to our dogs, my husband and visits from the farrier, the vet and my friends' children. I observed that Choco was happier to be petted by children than adults and realised it must be because he was so small he felt intimidated by tall adults and bearing this in mind I changed my approach, sometimes having to crouch down to catch him or pick his feet up. I did some clicker training with him and he was a super-fast learner.
After two months they were being caught, led around the field, picking feet up well, being groomed consistently well and were very playful with buckets and wellies. I still felt they needed a slightly experienced home as sometimes they reverted back if it was windy or the mood took them and I had identified the perfect home.
Kath and her son came to visit Bruce and Choco and a couple of weeks later I delivered them to their new home where they have settled in really well. I regularly get sent photos of their antics and love this one of Bruce and Choco going out for a little walk. Choco was described as a "Power Walker"! I'm so pleased as they will need regular exercise being small and prone to getting overweight.