Dodger is a 10 year old donkey who lives at Town Barton. Dodger had no idea what the day was going to bring when we arrived early at work on Sunday morning. We had to try out a younger donkey this year for the Palm Sunday procession, as Philip, the pro, is now retired from his Palm Sunday duties due to his age. We had another donkey lined up but they refused to board the trailer, time was getting on so we used our back up plan, which went by the name of Dodger.
37-year old Madonna has a little angel and his name is September. You see, all mother's love their kids and Madonna is no exception. Both mother and son are inseparable and live together with our other resident donkeys here at Town Barton Farm. There's also something else very special about September... he was born at the Sanctuary... you guessed it, in the month that he is named!
It's always a sad time for us when we have to say goodbye to an old friend. More so when their owners travel about 600 miles in a round trip to visit at least once a month... just like Liz and Dave Barrett have been doing for the past 9 years to spend time with Hector and Smokey.
There is no fitting tribute to Hector than in Liz's own words which follow.
I have recently started a new job as a relief groom as a short secondment away from Town Barton.
As a relief I am required to provide cover wherever needed, so it has given me a fantastic opportunity to travel around the other farms and departments to see how they work, as well as meeting all the teams.
It has also been a great opportunity for me to meet a lot of the Quality Time Volunteers (QTVs) and it is lovely to see such dedication and hard work from them across all of the farms.
We are delighted to introduce to you all Jean, who is a mule that lives at Town Barton Farm. Jean knows her own mind and likes to do things in her own time! She won't be told when to come in from the field and she won't be told when it's time to move barns. Nor will she be told when it's time for the farrier... unless your name is Matt!