Darling Donkeys

Over the holidays, we added a few new additions to the farm…Miniature Sicilian Donkeys!

{Meet Minnie and Daisy}

Daisy Minnie

As a child, I have fond memories of our Farm Mascot, a mini donkey named Gabby…Gabby was a mini jack that my dad and grandpa shipped out from Nebraska, as a weanling.  He was very LOUD, playful and slightly mischievous {he would escape from his stall by jumping over his “mini-sized” stall door and roam the farm}. We would take Gabby for walks all over the farm and play fantasy horse show with him, giving out old ribbons and trophy’s lying around the farm. When he was done playing with us kiddos…he would simply buck us off and run back to his stall. Gabby was even my school science fair project one year.  He came to school during the science fair and met my entire grade school throughout the day.  He loved kids.  Gabby lived on our family farm to the rightful age of 34.

Cason’s passion for animals and helping care for his dogs, cats & cows has grown tremendously throughout the year. However, as a typical crazy mama, I am panicking over the lack of fear he has towards the “large and in charge” cows. He continually wants to brush and feed ALL of his animals, which is a super sweet thing, other than our Doxie Dog, Gracie, is taking advantage of this sweet task and has packed on a few extra pounds!  I love the fact that he is gaining the knowledge and experience of responsibility, but fear he may accidently get hurt or injured by the cows at his small size.  Therefore, I knew what would be the perfect pet for him to learn the “how to’s” when caring for a farm animal. MINI DONKEYS! Miniature donkeys by nature are a sweet, docile and loving animal, which makes them good companions and pets for children. They do, however, demand attention and don’t like being alone.  So we decided to get a pair of young Jenny’s, for companionship.

Cason is in LOVE with Minnie and Daisy, along with everyone else around the farm.  These sweet girls love it when Cason comes to visit or brings visitors.  His favorite thing is to hand feed them carrot horse treats, while sometimes sampling the treat himself and then feeding it to the easy-going Minnie. Cason has taken on the routine of feeding his donkeys grain and hay, while helping fill the water buckets.  But his favorite task is taking them for walks and finishing up with a good ol’ brush down. When we are out in the barn taking care of the show cattle, Cason will play and run around in their paddock, while Minnie follows him around waiting for hugs and some lovin’! A boy and his donkey…2013-5174 2013-5149 2013-5151 2013-5178 2013-5181 2013-5186

Photos were captured by our favorite family photographer Audrey, @ Vintage Photography.

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