A few months ago I wrote a story about Dudley living at the Holding Base in North Scotland. This week the lorry arrived to take Dudley and some friends to the Sanctuary in Sidmouth.
It is always a difficult time having a last cuddle and waving them on to their new life whether it be a new Guardian home or to the Sanctuary where you know they will be safe, loved and cared for. Waving Dudley goodbye was particularly hard, he had probably been one donkey that had tested my behaviour skills to the limit. But we pushed through and what a character he turned out to be.
Do donkeys have a sense of humour? Well Dudley certainly did, the picture of him having a good roll immediately after being groomed and looking back at me with a large grin shows just what his sense of humour was like! From throwing halters, rugs, balls and traffic bollards around the yard to finding his way into the feed room Dudley did it all. The daily argument that the barrow full of new straw was not his but mine, to showing me up by behaving like a perfect gentleman to new visitors so no one believed he could be naughty.
Dudley will be sorely missed and I hear he has now joined a new group of friends at the Sanctuary where I hope he finds his special donkey friend and no doubt will keep the grooms on their toes.