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October 26, 2008

In a Donkey's World - Oct. 26, 2008

Miss V. is one of those "8 going on 18 yr olds" - a donkey with big ambitions, and a little impatient to reach them.

She is young yet, and should be enjoying the simple games and happy play of childhood. But she's not satisfied to just enjoy her life of relative ease and simplicity that children are blessed with. Instead she is always comparing herself with her adopted "big sister" and role model, Star.

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Miss V. (far right) coming in for some attention.

Star is a "teenager" in donkey years, and a very good teenager, I might add. She's the kind of teenager that every parent hopes their child will be. She stays out of trouble, loves school, makes good grades, and has everything going for a great life ahead of her.

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Star (middle) running to make sure she doesn't miss out.

Miss V. is very jealous that Star gets to go to donkey highschool this year, and if I understood her correctly, I think Miss V. was trying to tell me today that she should be enrolled in highschool, too, though the enrollment office won't accept donkeys that young. She thinks that is just plain silly! Oh why can't these kids just be happy to be kids for a little longer? Do they all have to grow up so fast? LOL. At least Miss V. admires Star's love for academics, and if she continues to follow in Star's hoof steps, she'll be on her way to a great career too someday.

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Star: "So can we do school today?" (Miss V. watching from behind)

But today was the weekend - time for recreation and relaxing family time. As Bentley would say, "a time for donkey hugs and ear rubs".

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Bentley giving his sage advice

And so it was, when I went out to visit their donkeydom. Everyone came and gathered 'round. Each looking for their hug, pat on the shoulder, or scratch under the chin. Each with warm loving eyes inviting me to join their circle and bask in the warmth of love and the fall sunshine. To take a few minutes to enjoy the beauty around us, the fall colors, the fresh breeze blowing by. And to invite you to join us in enjoying the beauty of the day!

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Kristie Jorgensen
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October 06, 2008

Mystery Photo

Do you recognize this photo? I recently received an email from one of our visitors, with this special photo attached.

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The email reads:

"Hi. I have a picture and have had it since I was 10-12 years old. I'm 45 soon. Anyway, I'd love to know was the Brayer called Long Ears at one time? And I'd like to find the photographer of this picture, if they are alive. It'd be neat to know where it was taken, etc. Anyway it is a precious picture and it would be a great front cover for the donkey magazine. The picture has always made me smile. Could it be posted on the site to see if anyone remembers it?"

So, do any of you recognize this photo? Or know where it might have come from? We'd love to find out! Please email me if you know.

Kristie Jorgensen
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October 01, 2008

Delicious Delicacies

It's that time of year when harvest is in the air and all things good are ripening on the vine!

Here are a couple harvest time treats that your longeared buddies will enjoy!


Watermelon Wonder!

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As you can see this donkey is all ready to scoop up the delicious goodness of our left over fresh watermelon rinds. Just set them out in a clean place in your pasture, and let the donkeys enjoy the treat.


Amazing Apples

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I don't think I've ever met a mule or donkey that didn't like apples. And the best ones are the ripe ones fresh picked off the tree. Just don't let him have so many at one time that he gets a belly ache, so be careful about giving him free, unsupervised access to the apple tree.


Scrumptious Citrus

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My donkeys also love the juicy goodness of fresh cut oranges. Just slice an orange into quarters, and offer them one at a time to your longeared friends.


Before feeding your mule or donkey a new kind of food, it's always good to check and make sure that it's edible for equines. And always feed fresh treats - not spoiled or aged produce. You wouldn't want to make your longeared buddy sick!


Kristie Jorgensen
LongearsMall.com

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