Today I got to spend some time with Donna and Kevin Gallagher at ‘Ass Back Wood Acres’. This is where our two donkeys will be coming from. What a perfect day – computer geek talk – AND donkey cuddles! I know some of you have been wondering just what a Miniature Donkey will look like. Well here is a preview.
First thing to note – they are VERY friendly! They love people. They love hugs. They love scratching and petting and cuddling right up as close as possible to where you are. Gallagher’s donkeys are obviously well loved and feel very safe around people. I wandered out to the field before Donna or Kevin were able to and I was instantly surrounded by a very curious group.
I have to admit to being very fond of this little one. She currently likes to ‘Nip’ people – playfully. She is learning not to. She loves to be the first to get the attention and did a good job of ‘bonking’ her herd mates out of the way.
Some of the herd still have parts of their winter coat hanging on. Lots of scratching and rubbing and sunshine will help them shed that. Then come the fall they’ll grow a new bushy one for the winter. You can see how they are about the size of a large dog.
They range in colour from greys, to blondes to browns to this beautiful chestnut red. Don’t you just love the white around her eyes? When you get down to their level you quickly realize how gentle they are – by how they treat you AND by how their big brown eyes watch yours. They are curious and like to nuzzle you with noses that are as soft as a baby’s bottom!
I’m so glad to have met Donna years ago – and now to have the chance to reconnect over these amazing creatures. I have a year to learn as much as I can from she and Kevin AND their herd. I’m glad I have computer skills to share with them … that way they won’t tire of me too quickly when I come to visit … OFTEN!
When I left today there were signs that the newest member of the herd would be arriving shortly. A baby donkey to visit with next week! How great! Now I need to ‘calm myself down’ and settle into a few home chores. But I knew you’d enjoy these shots as much as I did being there to get them. I’m so excited to think about what will be gamboling around our back fields with me next August! Hurray!