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During a live radio interview today with BBC Somerset's presenter Jo Phillips, we were talking about the contrast of the Sanctuary's work in Europe to overseas, particularly as I have just returned from a visit to our project in Egypt
The difference is this. In Asia, Africa and North America where our projects exist to help working donkeys, we simply can't rescue them. Men, women and even children absolutely depend on them. But rest assured, we do help in the most AMAZING way - we offer a kind of sanctuary from suffering instead...
Brian, my husband, and I were lucky enough to be accepted as volunteers for a couple of weeks at El Refugio del Burrito in Fuente de Piedra, Spain during September 2008. As we drove north from Malaga we wondered what we were letting ourselves in for but we needn't have worried! As soon as we entered the gates of El Rufugio we felt at home!
At lunchtime today, I thought I'd take a walk around the Sanctuary and for a while now, I've been meaning to head off to take new photos of what's around now that we've had a change of season. Already the leaves have begun to change colour, with a rich golden tinge to them. This is the time of year I most enjoy, because of the colour changes that we see each day.
Both myself and Andrew Trawford, Director of Veterinary Services here at the Sanctuary, attended the 2008 British Veterinary Association Congress held in London at the end of September, along with Dr Francisco Trigo, Director of Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), and Professor Merga Bekana, Dean of the Addis Ababa University Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Debre Zeit.
I am currently in Egypt filming for the Donkey Sanctuary 40th Anniversary DVD, being released next year, and I can’t tell you how emotional my first day out with one of the mobile clinics was.
We went to Meet Kenana yesterday - a rural town where donkeys are used by the locals for everyday transport. 44 donkeys were treated by the team including a number of donkeys who were literally starving to death. The team were able to make use of a new dental kit brought over by Rob Nichols, head of Overseas, who is also visiting and they made such a difference.
If the truth be known, I had no idea what Memorial Day was about because, until today, I had never been and experienced it. Having said that, I was aware of Memorial Day because many of my Donkey Week friends travel great distances to be here.
I've only been a member of staff for a year now, so this has been the first time I have attended Memorial Day. I chose to go along as a member of staff because the Sanctuary is a big part of who I am and wearing my Donkey Sanctuary uniform gives me a great sense of pride.
Lady has asked me to say a big thank you to everyone who sent her a get well soon message last week.
After a few extra days of box rest in hospital, we joined a couple of other donkeys in one of the hospital paddocks so that Lady's vet could keep an eye on her. It goes without saying that if she needed anything, I would bray at the top of my voice!
We're now back home in the Main Barn (post a comment below if you can see us on the webcam). I made sure Lady was comfortable before heading into the field to catch up with all the latest news.