Ned and Jeremy came to us two years ago as young donkeys aged two and three, writes Catherine Mills from Berkshire.
I had been a regular visitor to the Sanctuary over many years as my mother lived in Uplyme and the Sanctuary was a place we both loved to visit. The opportunity to foster donkeys came when we were moving house and I persuaded my husband that if we could find a house with some land then this would be the fulfilment of a dream...
Eventually we were successful and Ned and Jeremy arrived a couple of months after we had moved in.
They settled down very quickly and their different characters soon began to show through. Jeremy is always more suspicious than Ned and usually we begin any new activity with Ned and then Jeremy will follow. They love company, both animal and human and they are great favourites with the grandchildren. This September the grandchildren had a short ride on Ned and this proved to be the highlight of our family party.
Ned and Jeremy are very undemanding animals and will wait very patiently for visits. I love to hear their ‘blowing’ sound when they know that I am preparing their carrot treat and also to see their sense of expectation with their heads up and their ears forward waiting to see what is coming next. They love to be cuddled and fussed though I must admit Jeremy is still not too keen on being brushed!
Sometimes people say to me why donkeys? I can only say come and meet them and spend time with them and then you will know why.