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Donkeys and Lice

Posted by PrimRose on January 22, 2018 at 7:10 AM Comments comments (0)

This has been a bad year for lice at the sanctuary especially noticeable in autumn, late winter and early spring, winter infestations are usually the worst. Symptoms of lice are a dull, matted coat. Donkeys will rub against objects causing loss of hair or raw skin. In severe cases a donkey can get anemia due to loss of blood from the sucking lice. These lice only infect equines and are spread by direct contact. To see if a donkey has lice part the hair especially at the base of the tail and ...

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Indiana Jones Donkey

Posted by PrimRose on January 15, 2018 at 7:25 AM Comments comments (1)

Indiana Jones was given to the sanctuary because his owner was no longer going to be living on a farm. As with all new animals at the sanctuary, when Indie first arrived he was kept in a quiet area while his health and personality was observed but was he anxious to join the main pace! On his previous farm Indie was in a barn with a radio and a nightlight so he did not get lonely. But you can’t beat the company of other donkeys. As soon as Indie joined the other donkeys he began looking ...

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Donkey Dentistry

Posted by PrimRose on January 8, 2018 at 7:15 AM Comments comments (0)

As donkeys who live on a farm do not have as much chance to eat coarse grasses, their teeth do not get worn down and keep growing. This can make it painful to eat and eventually cause damage to the jaw. Yearly a donkey’s teeth need to be floated by a vet. Floated means filed down with a device called a float. Many donkeys need to be mildly sedated during the floating and need quiet time to recover afterwards as the sedation wears off. As with humans donkey bites vary. The ideal donkey b...

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Charisma

Posted by PrimRose on January 4, 2018 at 7:00 AM Comments comments (0)

To me Charisma was a typical donkey in so many ways. She was stoic, slow moving, and a bit melancholy like Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh. She could make her wishes known with a push of the head if she wanted a brushing or a bray if she felt dinner was late, or worse yet: missed altogether! As Charisma had few teeth left due to her age she ate fit and fibre mush. When the food bowl was in sight she knew to go to a shelter to eat so she wouldn’t have to share with the other miniature donkey...

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Charisma

Posted by PrimRose on January 4, 2018 at 6:50 AM Comments comments (0)

To me Charisma was a typical donkey in so many ways. She was stoic, slow moving, and a bit melancholy like Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh. She could make her wishes known with a push of the head if she wanted a brushing or a bray if she felt dinner was late, or worse yet: missed altogether! As Charisma had few teeth left due to her age she ate fit and fibre mush. When the food bowl was in sight she knew to go to a shelter to eat so she wouldn’t have to share with the other miniature donkey...

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Boots Sanctuary Greeter

Posted by PrimRose on December 31, 2017 at 6:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Boots is a very welcoming cat at PrimRose Donkey Sanctuary. When I started volunteering five years ago Boots was a good friend of Justin Incredible the dog who was the greeter at the sanctuary then. Justin was always glad to see me if it was a visiting day: Thursday or Sunday, but any other day of the week he became a watch dog. When Justin passed away Boots stepped in to take over greeter duties, coming to meet visitors at the gate on visiting days. Boots, and a few other cats, seemed to re...

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Caroling With The Donkeys

Posted by PrimRose on December 19, 2017 at 7:30 AM Comments comments (0)

The PrimRose Donkey Sanctuary had the annual carolling with the donkeys event, the last big fundraiser of the year, and big it was! Elaine and Linda did an amazing job organizing and advertising the event and we had a phenomenal number of visitors. There was stringing cranberries and pop corn, hot cider and chocolate and cookies baked by volunteers. There were cards, calendars and finger puppets for sale that went quickly. Also for sale were a few Donkey photos, a couple are still left for sa...

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Two by Two

Posted by PrimRose on December 11, 2017 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

When adopting a donkey it is important to remember they are very social animals and should be adopted in pairs. At the sanctuary donkeys who arrive together and form a bond are housed together and, if they can be adopted, would be adopted together. Often donkeys who come to the sanctuary alone form a friendship with another donkey already here. This happened with Jenny and Evelyn who have been adopted together. Donkeys should never be kept alone and, if no other donkey is available, will bond...

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The Donkeys' Kitchen

Posted by PrimRose on December 5, 2017 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Healthy donkeys only need hay and the chance to graze for feed, as well as a salt lick and water. All of the donkeys at the sanctuary are rescued and many come with health issues that require extra feed. Older donkeys can lose their teeth making it difficult to chew hay so in the kitchen Sheila boils water and adds it to the All Phase to make mush in the morning and late afternoon for several donkeys. Some donkeys at the sanctuary require medication. The easiest way to feed it to them is to m...

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Famous Donkeys and Mules

Posted by PrimRose on November 23, 2017 at 6:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Donkeys and Mules have starred in many well known movies, books and cartoons, here are a few favourites. Dapple also known as El Rucio belonged to Sancho Panza in the book Don Quixote written by Miguel de Cervantes. Gus the football kicking donkey starred in a Walt Disney movie called Gus. Brightly the donkey was a main character in the children’s book Brightyof the Grand Canyon written by Marguerite Henry. Blue was a white mule owned by the Walton family in the TV series called The Wal...

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