We love our country neighborhood and we love our neighbors, both the 2- AND 4-legged varieties 🙂 Our neighbors down the road got a herd of sheep and 3 donkeys and we’re a little smitten with them. We try to walk the dogs down the road and back every day, and now we go just a bit further to see the new residents. The sheep tend to shy away, but when the donkeys see us coming, they start making their way over to the edge of the fence to say hello. A momma, a baby, and a male—Charlie named them Jack, Chrissy, and Janet for Three’s Company.
I’m sure you’ve figured this out about us by now–Charlie and I are animal people, but I didn’t know anything about donkeys before this little family moved into the neighborhood, and I had never really been around them either. I’m really fond of them. They are very engaging, attentive, and seem to appreciate our company. I went online (Mike’s Donkeys) to learn a little more about this beast of burden and was surprised at a few facts:
All things equal, donkeys are stronger than horses.
They don’t like to be alone.
They can live up to 40 or 50 years.
In their original desert environment, a donkey can hear another donkey up to 60 miles away. Their large ears giving them great hearing.
A donkey has an impressive memory.
And if I you have sheep, goats or cattle, donkeys make great herd mates. They help protect the herd because of their natural aversion to canines, so they are good to ward off coyote attacks.
I find the dog part hard to believe because Jerry seems to get along with them just fine 🙂
He is so anxious to get down the road to see them. His tail is wagging 90 miles an hour when he greets them.
Truth be told, we’re all anxious to get down the road to see them.
Charlie recommends reading Jon Katz’s book “Saving Simon: How A Rescue Donkey Taught Me The Meaning of Compassion”, and after looking at Jon’s blog–www.bedlamfarm.com, that will be my next read. Just with the title alone and seeing some of his other books, I have a feeling I’ll shed some tears. I found where you can order an autographed copy of Jon’s book here: http://www.battenkillbooks.com/order-saving-simon-jon-katz-autographed