2016 is looking very different for Yorkshire based Emma as she has a new love in her life. I wanted to share her story and introduce you to a donkey named Donks.
Until recently Donks was living alone in a steep field with very little shelter leaving him exposed to the harsh winter weathers. He also had very overgrown feet which made walking uncomfortable.
Luckily for Donks, his plight had caught the attention of Emma and her friends who made arrangements to give him a new home. On a cold and icy Saturday morning, an apprehensive Donks made some slow steps into a trailer not knowing where he was going or what was going to happen to him. A warm stable with a dry straw bed was waiting for him at the other end and as you can see he made the most of it!
The next day Emma contacted The Donkey Sanctuary to let us know that she had rehomed Donks and wanted to do the best for him but explained that as she was new to keeping donkeys she was keen to make sure she was on the right lines. Our welfare team were able to provide her with advice and support on how to approach the steps of their together journey.
Emma had quickly arranged for a farrier to address his overlong hooves and they certainly looked a lot better after a good trim. Emma asked her vet to examine Donks and give him a good check over while our laboratory were able to analyse the blood and dung samples taken to make sure he was healthy and free from parasites.
Donks was a Stallion and after speaking through her concerns with Anna, our welfare vet, Emma felt reassured that opting to have him castrated was the right thing to do. Donks was booked into the vets for the operation but the thought of going back on the trailer again was too much for him. With patience and practice, Donks made it to the vets the following week and after a period of recovery; he has now adjusted to life as a gelding.
Emma tells me that Donks is very loving and affectionate. ‘He likes to give and receive kisses. He is very vocal, demanding breakfast, tea and cuddles. Although we never planned on having a donkey, we feel blessed to have him in our lives - he’s amazing.’
It really has been a pleasure being able to help Emma and Donks begin their journey together, he has introduced her to the wonderful world of donkeys and I hope he will have a long happy life with her and his new found friends.
Happy 2016 everyone