Here at Paccombe Farm, and as with all of the farms, we really love our donkeys. It is a pleasure to look after them, and getting to know each one of their individual personalities is the best. They are all special, but sometimes, there are some donkeys who really stand out from the crowd - Peggy is one of them.
When Donkey Week came to us this year we decided to host Paccombe’s very own version of the Oscars. Basically, we chose some of our special donkey friends who we knew wouldn’t mind walking into a big crowd of enthusiastic donkey lovers. For example, the winner of the ‘Helpful Hooves’ award was Rags - a lovely donkey who lives in Cherry Barn. Rags not only offers his assistance to help teach people how to lift and pick out feet during training courses, he insists that he helps! He is such a kind and quiet donkey, and great for anybody to practice on, especially if they are a bit nervous or have never been around donkeys before.
We gave a ‘Lifetime Achievement’ award to Orlaith Peggy (Peg) - a beautiful old lady who lived in Old Yard. She was totally deserving of this award because of her wonderful character. She adored people, especially children and would follow us around, she was so good that even when a lady in a wheelchair came to visit, Peg so gently rested her head on her, making the lady laugh - it was a lovely moment.
Peggy also had a ‘magic button’, when you scratched her in the right place (the button) on her chest she would shake her head from side to side. Everybody had to have a go - to Peg’s delight. During our donkey Oscars, she walked into the barn to the sound of Tina Turner, Simply the Best playing loudly, and what an entrance she made! That girl grew so tall and looked so pleased with herself as she greeted everyone on her way to retrieve her bouquet of carrots. All the grooms were misty eyed to see how much she enjoyed herself.
We are so unbelievably glad now for that day, because sadly not long after dear Peggy had to be put to sleep as she was suffering from liver failure. We all cried buckets. We miss her so much, but we are glad to have known such a Peg-mazing, Peg-alicious, Peg-tastic donkey as our Peggy.