October 23, 2009

Local cowboy hauled by mules to final resting place

Today a unique funeral service will be held for a local cowboy who left his brand on the community. William Alan Freeland "Wild Bill" will be hauled in a wagon by a pack of mules to his final resting place.

At the age of 61 Wild Bill lost his 12 year battle with a brain tumor October 15th. His family says it isn't how he died that mattered, it was how he lived. He was a caring and kind man who loved his country, his family, the mountains and hunting.

By trade Bill was the owner of Freeland Construction and specialized in custom home and small business construction. He also was the proud owner of the Lucky 7 Mule Ranch. Bill and his wife Judy owned several jacks and brood mares throughout their time. They were known for the great mules they produced and sold.

Click here to read the rest of this story in the ABC4 News

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October 18, 2009

Man, dog, donkey and friend walk across the country, pass through Craig

Eric Sheets stood on the side of Colorado Highway 13 north of Craig on a sunny autumn day with a dog, a donkey, a friend and a vision.

Ten years ago, Sheets was studying to be an orthodontist in Ohio.

A car wreck in summer 1999 left Sheets with the possibility of losing one of his arms, and a wake-up call from the universe.

Click here to read more about their trek from Ohio to Seattle, in the Craig Daily Press.

You can also follow their journey on their website, Miles of Smiles Forever

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October 03, 2009

Working donkeys seek holiday home

Donkeys who spend the summer working on a Norfolk beach have been looking for a place to spend the winter.

The charity The Donkey Sanctuary wants animal lovers with more than an acre (0.5 ha) of land to volunteer to house at least two of the hard-workers.

Each year the donkeys spend Easter to October working in Great Yarmouth.

The sanctuary is looking to re-house them in Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Suffolk.

Follow this link to read the rest of this article on BBC News

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June 23, 2009

'Mule Man' passes through town

Gregory Kuehmichel, 49, of Texas entered Centerville in his covered wagon along Highway 2 on Thursday, before turning south onto Highway 5.

Kuemichel is on a trip from Marshfield, Wis. to Texas. He has already traveled from Texas to Wisconsin, and written a book, "To God Be the Glory," based on his travel journal, which is currently available on his Web site, www.jubileetrump51.googlepages.com. Kuemichel hopes to publish a version of his book this winter.

He, along with his mules Courageous, Constance and Charity and kitten Sarah are making the return journey to Texas along a slightly different route than the original trip.

Read the rest of this story on TCM Net.

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June 17, 2009

Mule team drives for Multiple Sclerosis awareness

Led by a pair of mules and flanked by his trusty blue heeler, McComsey is making his way from Henry, Tenn., to Phoenix to raise awareness for Multiple Sclerosis.

McComsey and his mules arrived in Socorro on Friday, June 12 — more than two-thirds of the way to his final destination.

Read the rest of this story in the El Defensor Chieftain.

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June 12, 2009

A Mule Days Legend: Benson's Original Cowboy Goes Home

Benson is mourning the loss of its original cowboy with the death of local legend Willis Elbert McLamb.

Mr. McLamb was best known for co-founding Mule Days, a Benson tradition dating to 1950 that has since grown to become the largest festival of its kind in the country.

Read more about the extraordinary man on MyDailyRecord.com

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June 07, 2009

Donkey-trekking in France


When he booked a Cévennes holiday, Stephen Bleach hoped for a compliant beast. He got Mistral.

There are times in life when swearing is profoundly beneficial. Being stranded in a storm on a remote French mountain with an uncooperative donkey is one of them.

I didn’t think it would be like this. In fact, when I heard that a UK tour operator was offering donkey-trekking holidays in the Cévennes, I made a number of unwarranted assumptions.

Read the rest of the story about Stephen's adventures on the TimesOnline

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May 14, 2009

Lake Woman Gets a Kick Out of Donkeys

From her quiet ranch near Lake County's Sugarloaf Mountain, Sandi White is working to find homes for her pointy-eared friends.

She isn't rescuing typical pets such as dogs and cats. Instead, the 55-year-old animal lover has an established adoption center for a different four-legged critter: the donkey.

"I'm so in love with donkeys," said White, a practice manager at Lake Cardiology in Mount Dora. "They are the sweetest, most loving animals on the face of the Earth."

White operates the only donkey-adoption center in Florida as part of Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue, one of the largest donkey-rescue organizations in the country.

Read the rest of this story about Sandi White and her donkey rescue in the Orlando Sentinel

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May 06, 2009

Man travels across country by mule

A Tennessee man is making his way across the country--at about three miles an hour. Our own Tom Johnson tracked him down to find out why he's hitting the road in a mule-drawn cart.

Grazing mules are a familiar sight across the countryside, but it's not every day that you see them driving down the highway.

One month into a cross-country journey, John McComsey is living that dream.

Read more and watch his video on KXII

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April 28, 2009

Video: Donkeys make Weston super!

Weston wouldn't be super without its donkeys - and the public obviously agree, as they have just been voted Britain's best seaside attraction.

The familiar four-legged creatures have been pacing the seafront for more than 100 years, giving excitable young children rides and lasting memories.

Read more about the beach donkeys of Weston and watch the video about them on The Weston Mercury

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April 27, 2009

Mule on Capitol Lawn Lightens the Mood

It's not something you see everyday at the Capitol. As legislators arrived at work Thursday, they were greeted by Jesse, a mule owned by Representative Joel Boniek of Livingston.

Read more about Joel Boniek and his mule, Jesse on KFBB.com

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April 26, 2009

Mexico's beloved burros being put out to pasture

Small sanctuary rescuing fast-vanishing icons

You can hear the Burroland donkey shelter long before you see it, as the braying of jacks and jennies mixes with the mournful whistles of freight trains in this small town outside Mexico City.

Here, 20 donkeys wander behind a wire fence, munching carrots and leftover tortillas and waiting for pats on the head from the occasional tourist.

Read the rest of this story on The Arizona Republic

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April 24, 2009

Donkey Fights Off Dog Who Was Attacking Sheep

Dotty the donkey rushed to the rescue when she saw sheep in the next field being terrorised by a Staffordshire Bull terrier cross.

The dog had grabbed one of the sheep by the head, and Dotty pinned the dog to the ground until it let go of the sheep.

Read the rest of the story on ShortNews.com

Note: It sounds like Dotty was an excellent sheep guard donkey. Some donkeys make great guardians for smaller livestock, however not all donkeys are suited to this type of work, and some will even be dangerous to smaller livestock. So if you are shopping for a livestock guard donkey, learn all you can about the donkeys you are considering buying, and make sure the one you pick out gets along well with the kind of livestock she will be living with. Mature jennet (female) donkeys tend to make better livestock guardians. Intact donkey jacks (unaltered male stud donkeys) should not be used for guarding smaller livestock.

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April 22, 2009

Start of the donkey work for Blackpool stars

A little bit of Blackpool-style entertainment brought traditional holiday fun to Doncaster Market.

The market place may be better known for its fruit and fish than seaside rock, but visitors were delighted when the famous resort's donkeys helped to provide some Easter holiday entertainment.

Read more about Blackpool's donkeys in The Star

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April 20, 2009

Frankfort Faces: John Conway

"John Conway measures his success in miles and gallons. He's 58 and in the business of supplying the black coating that covers long stretches of fence across the U. S."

"Humans aren't the only ones to enjoy John's fences. He's the third generation in his family to raise mules. His grandfather, Ben Conway, started by using the animals to help plant trees in the Collins Lane area in the 1960s. Two uncles, Ed and Walter Conway, cared for mules."

To read the rest of this story and watch a video about John Conway, visit The State Journal.

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April 19, 2009

Mum, this is our best holiday in donkey's years

Forget those truculent mules on Blackpool Beach, Clover Stroud finds a donkey makes the perfect companion on a family walking holiday through Spain - amusing the locals, charming the children, and always happy to carry the picnic.

It isn't yet midday, and we're only an hour north of Madrid, but the physical memory of the cheap flight at dawn from Gatwick and plastic sandwiches eaten inappropriately early is far behind us. Above I can hear a skylark screaming in the endless deep blue sky, and behind me I feel the looming presence of the white peaks of the Guadarrama mountains. Apart from the skylark, there isn't much sound. My children, unfolded but still sleepy after the flight, are quiet as they walk beside me, and all I hear is the clop-clop of a donkey's feet on the track we're following through the foothills.

Read the rest of this story on The Observer.

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April 10, 2009

The Donkey's Cross

For Debbie Smith, her miniature donkeys are her pets. But they also tell an Easter story.

A donkey with a cross - Photo Credit: Kristie Jorgensen

Debbie said she started buying miniature donkeys after a visit from a gentleman at her home who informed her he and his wife raised them.

Visit the Mt. Vernon Register to read more about Debbie's love for donkeys, and the legend of the donkey's cross.

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March 31, 2009

Donkey Paddy Helps Children with Special Needs on St. Patrick's Day

A riding therapy donkey called Paddy has made a special comeback after illness in time for St Patrick's Day.

Paddy has today been giving children with special needs rides at The Elisabeth Svendsen Trust (EST) in Sidmouth for the first time since he developed a tumour.

Read the rest of Paddy's story on the Commnity Newswire.

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March 26, 2009

Death of Donkey Derby Champion

Trevor Culling, known across East Anglia as the man behind hundreds of donkey derbies, has died aged 74.

Photo Credit: EDP24

At its height, the donkey derby business ran more than 50 animals, working in three teams from the Wash down to Essex.

The derbies dated back to the 1960s when Mr Culling was working at Pontin's in Pakefield and met a donkey handler travelling back from an event at Yarmouth Racecourse.

Read the rest of the story on EDP24.

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March 22, 2009

Donkey rides return to Clacton's Martello beach

Young and old welcomed donkeys rides back to Clacton for the first time in 20 years.

Jayne Johns and Linda Moore took four donkeys out on the Martello beach for a trial run before the summer tourist season.

Mrs Johns, from Rayleigh, decided to bring the tradition back to Clacton after being given a donkey as a 40th birthday present by her husband, Martin.

Read more about them on Braintree and Witham Times

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March 06, 2009

Saddle Up & Ride Your Donkey

A Rayleigh woman is bringing donkey rides back to the beach – but not in south Essex.

After months of trying to persuade Southend Council, Jayne Johns has given up and is taking her donkeys to Clacton.

Click here to read the rest of this story in the Southend Standard.

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February 19, 2009

Lone Donkey Finds New Home

Not too long ago, motorists making their way through Denton on Interstate 35E near the University of North Texas campus were treated to the familiar sight of two friendly donkeys, Buster Brown and Ozella.

Buster Brown died in December. Concern for the fate of his companion led the American Pet Spa & Resort in Argyle to adopt Ozella and add her to its population of animals.

Read the rest of their story on Denton Record-Chronicle at http://www.dentonrc.com/sharedcontent/dws/drc/localnews/stories/DRC_Donkey_0216.1dba4946.html

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February 12, 2009

Donkeys Bring in the Moolah for These Families

Donkeys may be the only mode of transportation for many in hilly regions such as the Malle Mahadeshwara hills, but for Srimadamma, they are the sole breadwinners to support her five children and bed-ridden husband.

Read the rest of their story on Express Buzz

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February 08, 2009

Sheepmen, Border Collies and Mules - by Baxter Black

What do sheepmen, border collies and mules have in common with blue heelers, horses and cowboys?

Read the rest of Baxter's poem to find out, on Equestrian Network Magazine at http://www.equestmagazine.com/article01-02-c4.php

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February 02, 2009

Special Delivery: Mail By Mule

The U.S. Postal Service is always telling us about its commitment to delivering the mail no matter what. Bill Geist got a close-up look at just how deep that commitment really is, going to a place where UPS and FedEx fear to tread.

Read the rest of this story on CBS News at http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/01/30/sunday/main4764442.shtml

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January 20, 2009

Mobile, Alabama's Mule Man

Mule driver Ted Strange is too polite to say it, but the two mules he drives at several Mardi Gras parades each year may be smarter than some humans who show up to watch.

To read the rest of their story, visit Everything Alabama at

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January 16, 2009

Thief of a Different Kind

Police were called to a residence for a report about a donkey being overfed by someone breaking into a barn and causing the animal to gain weight. Can you guess who the intruder was?

Read the rest of this story on SeacoastOnline.com at http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20090116-NEWS-90116041

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January 07, 2009

Saved by a Mule!

Fire survivor: "Lou the mule saved me." Braying credited with alerting her to blaze that consumed house.

Read the whole store on MSNBS News at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28530424/?GT1=43001

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September 02, 2008

Del Boy Voted Best British Donkey

A donkey based on a Gwynedd beach has been voted the best in Britain in annual awards.

Read the whole store on BBC News at http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/north_west/7591903.stm

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