“What do you want for Christmas?” I asked Daisy, Jenny and Larry Potter. They looked up from munching, reflecting on the question. Looking at them, I thought how content they looked and a new grooming brush, a few carrots or even a new food bowl wouldn't make much difference to their lives. But the one thing I could do that would make a difference was to make sure that at over the Christmas and New Year period, I spent some quality time with them so they had a sociable festive season too.
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Every year Ely Cathedral hold a 'Celebration of Animals' which is a service of thanksgiving and blessing for pets and working animals. They give a quarter of the collection raised to The Donkey Sanctuary and every year donkeys are represented in the animals attending. The Service is taken by Canon Victoria Johnson who is ably assisted by her dog, Percy. This year we met dogs from the Military, Pets as Therapy, the Police and of course, Marley and Midnight, the donkeys.
I was delighted to be able to attend a recent coffee morning being hosted at a poultry breeding venture called 'Click-Cluck'. Diane German and her husband Paul rescued donkeys called Sparkle and Snowy a few years ago, both of which were colts and had been found thin and very timid. Diane nursed them back to health but sadly Snowy died unexpectedly leaving a huge gap in Diane, Paul and Sparkle's life. When he was well enough, Sparkle was gelded and the search was on for a companion coming from The Donkey Sanctuary. Diane and Paul were finally 'rehomed' by Shrek!
This week many of us have been remembering those that fell during the War and marking the occasion were two of our rehomed donkeys, Flora and Oonagh, who went along to the Jimmy the Donkey at Somme Centenary Service being held in Peterborough Central Park yesterday. Flora took an active part in the service stepping in once again to represent Jimmy the donkey.
Daisy the donkey is a regular visitor to Ely Cathedral, leading the Palm Sunday parade and standing under the Christmas tree for the popular Crib Service on Christmas Eve.
So when I received a call to see if Daisy was free for their pet service in September, after a quick consultation with Daisy, the answer was “yes please!”
As I pulled into the yard, I noticed the bus from Milton Keynes College parked up next to the gate with two happy donkeys getting a lot of attention from several happy people.
Stardust and Snowy (who, as his name suggests is pure white) were having a great time interacting with students from the College who were there to improve their work skills.
Becca, the tutor, and Tina, a teaching assistant, said interacting with the donkeys helped the students learn life skills such as team work and responsibility.