There is no better pet than a donkey (or three) and Frank Mullins ought to know since he has spent decades building a menagerie of animals of all shapes and sizes.
“They’re just so well-mannered and such a pleasure compared to goats and sheep... we have fallen in love with donkeys” says Frank, doting dad to young donkeys Muffin, CJ and Eeyore, aged 4, 3 and 2 respectively.
“The lads” were fostered by Lindsay and Frank Mullins to fill the gap in their lives left by the sad loss of their horses. The couple met at the stables and spent decades of horsey happiness together. So after the recent loss of their beloved steeds they couldn’t bear to give up equines entirely.
“Riding was no longer on the agenda but we had the space, time and love to offer something else and we just kept coming back to donkeys!" says Frank. “Rather than look into an empty stable for months we set the ball rolling straight away.”
No time was wasted. The Mullins’ sped through our Stage 1 donkey care course, visited a nearby foster home to pick up tips and made lightning changes to their stables and fencing so that they were donkey-friendly. Sure enough they were soon matched with suitable donkeys. And what lucky donkeys they are!
Muffin, CJ and Eeyore arrived on 19th December. They joined the Mullins’ own version of The Good Life - comprising ducks, sheep, prize goats, ex-battery hens and a rescued cat, all enjoying life on a 14 acre animal idyll in south Cheshire complete with conservation area and specially adapted stables.
The boys’ personalities immediately shone through. The fosterers have “fallen in love with donkeys” and their “naughty schoolboy” ways. Boys will be boys and there is lots of tugging each other around the paddock by the rug and annoying each other while they’re being groomed, but at heart they are “just so gentle” says Frank.
“It is lovely to go to their stable in the evening and see all three come to the door to say hello or to flick on the light and find all three snuggled down in their straw bed” adding “Our donkey journey has only just started but we are sure that donkeys will be in our lives for many years to come”.
Watch this space for more news about the boys and the Mullins’.
The Mullins family would love to share advice and tips with anyone in the south Cheshire area (they live in Somerford) who is thinking of fostering.
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