Naughty Face was not a Sanctuary donkey at all, but without her, none of the thousands of donkeys who have found their way to safety in the Sanctuary would have come into our care.
Dr Svendsen has always loved donkeys, and when she purchased the Salston Hotel near Sidmouth, she made sure that the grounds were extensive enough to indulge in what she thought was going to be a part time hobby. Having noticed in a local paper that a four-year-old donkey mare named Kennetbury Martha was for sale, Dr Svendsen bought her for £45. "She was a proper grey donkey colour with the most beautiful clear cross marked on her back, with the largest limpid brown eyes and the softest black muzzle. I fell in love at once."
On her arrival at her new home, down the ramp she trotted, and into the paddock, where she explored every corner. She then proceeded to give Dr Svendsen an enormous push in an indication that everything was to her standard! "Stop pushing me with that naughty face" Dr Svendsen would say, and she realised that she had found a much better name for her than Kennetbury Martha, so Naughty Face she became!
Having approved her quarters, Naughty Face proceeded to examine her stable, checking the water, hay and straw were up to standard, and then had a long roll and decided she was home. "Early morning was never the best of times when we were hoteliers - we didn't get to bed until 2 am - but Naughty Face found the dawn lonely and her mournful brays brought less than appreciative comments from the rest of my family and residents, so we bought her a companion, Angelina."
Dr Svendsen bought Naughty Face in August 1969, and relinquished her to The Donkey Sanctuary in 1974. After 23 years of undivided love and care from both Dr Svendsen and the staff of the Sanctuary, she passed away in 1992.