Friday, February 17, 2012

A Donkey from Central Oregon

I have re-instated my ulcers over this buddy thing for Star! 
I could not make up my mind 
on the Donkeys at the rescue in Cove.
Oh I fell in love on sight!
I sure did...
But there was something nagging at me.
I think it is because
this guy showed up!
I found him on Craigslist.
And he was local.
So I stopped in to see him!
Isn't he just adorable?
Look at that face!
So because of the facility he came from,
Which resembles a dog pound only it is equines.
I am keeping him in quarantine for 6 weeks.
He looks very healthy, but it is for the safety of Libby and Star!
He comes with no history.
Oh the gentleman checked his teeth and said he was 12 years old,
But I am not so sure.
If he is only 12, then he has been worked hard and put away wet!
This is when I went to look at him.
 He ties really well.
Follows you around like a dog.
Loves attention.
Well mannered.
Let me look in his mouth.
Lets you pick up his front feet and clean them.
He even let 'me' check for the family jewels, 
but did NOT want the 'man' to do it. :))
(He has none)

 His ears touched.
Can't pick up his hind feet.
So far those are the only two things I have found he does not like.
Isn't he adorable?
He has cow poop and mud glued to his belly and legs, and it is to cold to give him a bath!

I am concerned about his feet though.
Both front feet look like this one.
(See the bulb looking hoof?)
Anyone know why?
One hind foot looks good, the other one a bit long, which gives me suspicion that the last time he got trimmed, he must of kicked the farrier to tim-buck-too, and that foot never got trimmed.
So...I have been spending a lot of time with him.
I just go out and sit.
Give him treats.
Brush him a lot.
I wormed him today.

I think he is in his 20's.
The information I was told:
He came from Central Oregon.
He was purchased as a buddy for a pony.
And pretty much has been through two horse traders that I know of for sure.
The 'horse trader'  went to buy the pony
and came back with more than he bargained for:
This donkey, 1 goat, 2 of the cutest little pigmy goats, and a young cow!
He was also told this donkey use to pack.

So Now I am on the hunt!
Central Oregon could be anywhere!
I want to find out some history on him.
What he use to do for a job.
And most importantly,
Because he hasn't told me what it is yet.

So if anyone recognizes him,


VA Dan said...

Looks a lot like my Aunt Shirley

Pia said...

Oh yes he looks adorable!
It´s so winderful that you give him a new home. So I think you are allowed to give him a name...

The Dancing Donkey said...

Yipee, a friend for Star. I just knew someone would show up. When a decision is nagging at you that much, something has to happen. He is a good looking fellow, looks a lot like Star. They would make a nice driving team.

As for his feet, I think they just need a proper trim. Many donkeys grow their heels faster then their toes. Left untrimmed the foot gets too upright and eventually can even tip over so the donkey ends up walking on the front of the foot. From the photo, he looks like he needs his heels taken down at least a half inch. It is possible that he has clubbing in the feet, but it would be very unusual to see it in both feet and you would normally see more signs of deformity. I think they just need a good trim by a competent farrier.

He looks to be in good shape otherwise. I can't wait to hear how he gets along with Star. Congratulations!

Ms. ~K said...

Such a sweet happy he found a loving home!!!

Nikker said...

Yahooo! A friend for Star! Glad you found someone! I've never seen feet like that before and hope that TDD's advice about heels is all he needs! If you get your vet out to see him, they can age him by his teeth for you. We didn't know how old Remi was when we got her, but Dr. Peters was able to tell me she was about 12.
Can't wait for the introduction!! (0:

Nikker said...

Just reread the post...
A name...

He looks like an Otis, to me! (0:

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Looks like he might have club feet. Poor guy. He looks like a Leroy to me. I don't even know why.

Sure is a cutie. Bless you for trying to improve his life a little. I hope he and your girls get along well.


Pamela D. Hart said...

Oh! Mrs. Cravitz you softie (me too). He's adorable! I think I'm in love with him too! He looks so soft and cuddly.

That's so great that he lets you do all those things to him. Maybe when he feels a little more comfortable he'll let you touch his ears and pick up his hind feet.

As far as a name--how about Moon?

Star might like that!