Friday, May 10, 2013

Nebby the donkey

The recent years have brought too many animal deaths to Windy Poplars Farm. Since 2006, we've lost three dogs, one cat, two donkeys, one goat, and one sheep. The remaining barn animals are all quite elderly. Since Daisy died, we've felt the lack of an equine presence. Last week, the state market bulletin had an ad for a donkey. I called the person immediately, and everything he said sounded great. Nebby is around 11 years old, a small standard donkey, and has lived with cattle for a few years. The price was good. We know a guy who transports horses so we hired him to travel the couple hours to pick her up. (He has gotten a lot of leverage from his 'hauling ass' joke.) And today she arrived! Margaret and Matt came up to visit, and she was calm and friendly to all of us. We've put her in a stall for a bit so she and the sheep and goat can get used to each other. So far, she's had grain, hay, and apples. We are all so happy. A perfect spring tonic!



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  1. Oh, my, she is so beautiful and I know she will realize that she has found the perfect home. Just in case you don't know about The 7MSN Ranch blog, which is written from my state of New Mexico, I am giving you the link and hope you will visit and enjoy the donkey stories and photos: http://www.the7msnranch.com.

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    1. I love this site! Thanks a million for showing it to me. I'm adding it to my blog list and will visit often.

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  2. She's beautiful Nan! Do you use her for anything or she just for longing?

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    1. That was suppose to say loving not longing!

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    2. Well, ostensibly she is to help protect the sheep and goat from predators. We've had donkeys since the beginning for this reason, and nary a coyote has ventured into the pasture, so maybe it works. :<) We've always found the smaller animals like the 'guidance' of a horse or donkey. And yes, for loving too!

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  3. Aw, how sweet. I'm glad you've got a 'young' animal to liven up your barn.

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    1. And boy, is she ever doing so. First adventure will be posted soon. :<)

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  4. She has such a kind eye. Where does her name come from?

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    1. Yes, she does. And she'll tilt her head to beg for an apple just as Daisy and Juno did. Wonderful creatures, donkeys.
      The man told us his mother had a donkey in the family when she was growing up, and there were many humorous stories told over the years, so when they got a donkey they named her after that first one. We've already nicknamed 'her Nebs' - like 'his nibs' :<)

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  5. Wishing Nebby a long and happy life with you. Enjoy!

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  6. You can tell at a glance she is a sweetie. I hope she settles in beautifully and brings you much joy.

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    1. Yes, you can. She has settled in and was quite vocal when the trash truck arrived today. She knows she owns the joint. :<)

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  7. Your donkey is gorgeous. I'm very envious. Let's hear lots about her please :)

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    1. Oh, you will. There's a story coming soon. :<)

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  8. Nebby looks beautiful and I am sure she will soon settle in nicely with her four-legged and two-legged friends.
    I hope we'll see and read more of her!

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    1. You will definitely hear more. She's a character already.

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  9. She is a real cutie and she will adjust and be happy at Windy Poplars - how could she not? Could she have landed at a better place?

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    1. We had a friend years ago who said when she died, she wanted to come back as one of Tom and Nancy's animals. :<)

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  10. Congratulations! She looks like a wonderful addition to the family!

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    1. Thanks. She certainly is. The place is hoppin' :<) (literally as you'll see soon)

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  11. Such a wonderful addition to Windy Poplars Farm, Nan. Nebby. The name seems to fit her well and it will be pleasurable to hear stories of her as she becomes acquainted with the rest of Windy Poplars' residence.

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    1. It is such a sweet name. You can read above how she got it.

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  12. How wonderful for you, Nan! She looks like a sweetie - I'd love to hug her!

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    1. She is very huggable. Donkeys are so affectionate and just love attention.

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  13. Welcome, Nebby! I'm sure she will love her new home :-)

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  14. May she have a long and very happy life with you all!

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    1. Thank you. We are hoping for a good twenty years with her!!

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  15. Oh, how sweet.May she bring you happiness and smiles every day.

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    1. Sweet is really the word. She already makes us smile all the time.

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  16. She's lovely, reading your comments above Nan, I'm guessing life has not been dull with her around!

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    1. There's a story coming soon, I hope.

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  17. Welcome Nebby! We all look forward to progress reports on your new life at Hill Farm!

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  18. Love seeing the new addition to your family. Looking forward to the promised tales of her adventures on the farm.

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  19. Wonderful!! I'm sure she's already a part of the family.

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    1. Oh, yeah! she is ruling the roost. :<)

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