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January 12, 2005

More About "Happy"

I was just thinking about "Happy" the donkey who got sued for braying. So I started looking on Internet to see if I could find any more information about "Happy".

On the website for the The Sacramento Bee, I found several interesting articles about "Happy" and his trial case with the neighbor who was complaining about Happy's bray. They also have some great photos of Happy and his family.

Neighbor says nay to donkey's brays - October 14, 2004

Judge hears noise lawsuit over Happy the donkey - December 11, 2004

Donkey's braying won't cost Meadow Vista owner - December 29, 2004

Happy the donkey can bray away, judge rules - December 30, 2004

It looks like Happy is a sweet tempered donkey, and a much loved member of the Carpenter family. I am sure they are glad that Happy can stay. Thanks to all of you who wrote letters to Judge Marman in support of Happy.

Kristie Jorgensen

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Posted by Kristie Jorgensen at January 12, 2005 10:05 PM


Dear Kristie
Happy is indeed a very sweet-tempered and forgiving donkey who we love very much and who also does a very good job of guarding his sheep. I would like to express our deep graditude to everyone who wrote in our support. We were surprised and greatly touched by the concern shown about our plight.
Had the judge pro tem ruled against us, it would have set a frightening precedent not only for donkey owners, but for anyone engaged in agricultural activities in ag-zoned areas across the US. Please don't ever be intimidated into abriging your "donkey activities" by a sour and nasty neighbor.
As for Happy, he is certainly much, much Happier being free to roam his pen and pasture as he pleases and not be locked up in his small stall, and he brays every morning at feeding time, just as he was meant to.
My neighbor, after being denied his claim against us, has taken to shouting things at Happy and I when Happy brays; hence proving what we already knew, our neighbor is an unhappy man who needs something else to do with his time.
Again, thank you so, so much for your support throughout our very stressful ordeal, we hope its over.
Lisa, Darrell, Slade and Happy the Donkey

Posted by: Lisa Carpenter at January 29, 2005 01:07 AM