Saturday was my birthday and the only thing I asked for was a trip to Longhopes Donkey Shelter, about 1 1/2 hours from us. Since Neal is a sucker for all things animal, he gladly obliged my wish. When we arrived, these two pregnant ladies were the first we saw. They were getting in a good scratch on the deck railings and lattice work.
Longhopes. She and one of the volunteers, Karen, graciously welcomed us and began telling us a bit about the donkeys and their histories. I was in heaven the minute I stepped through that gate.
Some of the most recent additions were rescued from a meat auction and they were pretty wary of humans. Neal and I worked our magic on these two, named Spirit and Ghost, and were able to get in a few pets. One of them even drooled while I petted him!
Everywhere we went, a donkey or two was sure to follow.
Karen taught us how to give a donkey ear massage...
which produces an extreme sense of relaxation resulting in the donkey pouty lip...
In addition to donkeys, there were cats and dogs, so I was really in my element. One of the barn cats, Kiki, was not at all afraid of the donkeys and would strut in and out of the corrals. This picture is for Linda at The 7MSN Ranch
Longhopes Sanctuary and it was so hard to leave without any donkeys, but Kathy assured me when the time was right she would help us pick out the perfect companions for our little ranch. In the meantime, I did leave with lots of literature and a book that should keep me occupied for a while.