As a Donkey Welfare Adviser I enjoy meeting some wonderful donkeys and the fabulous Donkey Guardians who Rehome them. Experienced as I am, even I was very surprised to receive a letter from three of our rehomed donkeys, Florence, Adele and Snowflake! Their Donkey Guardians Rachel and Mike must have been very busy with their training indeed...
I just thought I would drop you a line to say a big ‘Thank You’ on behalf of myself and my sisters, Adele and Snowflake.
When we came over from Ireland, The Donkey Sanctuary found us a lovely home in Yorkshire. When our first foster Mammy was unfortunately unable to keep caring for us, you found us a second fantastic home! How lucky are we?
We now wake up to a wonderful view each morning as our new Mammy and Daddy have a smallholding with a lake. Mind you, I have to say the Canadian geese that are visiting at the moment make such a noise! However, my sister Adele is also quite vocal and when she starts braying in the morning, they soon shut up!
We have lovely stables, with two pygmy goats as our neighbours. They are called Opal and Bambi and they love us to pop our heads over and have a chat.
Mammy and Daddy also have two cocker spaniels, called Bentley and Wellington and they come up to see us. We’ve never had so many friends, its lovely!
However, our best news for you is that we’ve all got ourselves a job! Snowflake, at 17 years, thought she was too old to work but Mammy told her she was just perfect! They have a nursing home that cares for very dependent ladies and gentleman. Most of them haven’t seen a donkey since they were little…. can you believe that?! All of the staff and residents are really happy that we have arrived but Mammy is easing us in to working life very gently.
This week two of the residents came to meet us. They were both in funny chairs with wheels. Apparently Mammy was worried that we might be nervous but she and Daddy were there and we got on just fine. It did help that both gents thought we were gorgeous and my sister, Adele, even put her head in one of their laps! She’s such a flirt!
Although we’ve only been here two weeks, we love it and feel very grateful to you for finding us a second amazing home. We know that some of our other donkey cousins are not so fortunate but Mammy says we will do some fundraising to try and help others not as lucky as us.
We promise to keep in touch and are excited at the prospects of our next ‘job’, which is a short visit to the nursing home, to meet some of the other ladies and gents who can’t come out to see us. We have so much love to give so we are going to be spreading it around a bit!
Lots of love,