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Donkey Tails Blog

Donkey Tails blog is a well written, informative and very interesting blog by volunteer Vivian about PrimRose Donkey Sanctuary and their animals at the wonderful donkey sanctuary in the Roseneath Ontario area. 

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Vanna White the Goat

Posted by PrimRose on August 17, 2019 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (1)

This is Vanna White, she has been at the sanctuary for many years and currently shares a paddock with Preston, goat. Preston is part alpine goat and is up on his platform in the background of the photo. Vanna has quite the personality which definitely suits her name. For many of us volunteers she is quite sure we are below her in the hierarchy. She shows this by the slight swagger when she strolls out of the shelter to greet visitors and by raising the hair on her hackles. She enjoys butting ...

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Blitz, Miniature Horse

Posted by PrimRose on August 8, 2019 at 7:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Blitz is a miniature horse who is best friends with Canterbury Blue, they arrived at the sanctuary together. He is very cute and has quite the mane and forelock, it keeps the flies out of his eyes. He has now also made friends with Austin and Wilson mules and Gordon Hinny. While they share a paddock and field with several donkeys each pace seems to travel together. Unless all are very hungry, they tend to take turns at the hay and Blitz and his group graze more then the donkeys do.


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A Snowball Story

Posted by PrimRose on July 28, 2019 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (1)

When a new donkey comes to the sanctuary it takes time for them to find a pace they fit it with. Snowball has found his place with Sally, Oliver, Riley and Robbie. They share a paddock and field with 2 mules; Wilson and Austin, Hinny Gordon and 2 miniature horses; Canterbury Blue and Blitz. On visitor days (Thursdays and Sundays from1-4pm) we get the donkeys close to the fence where the visitors can interact with them. Last Sunday hay was put close to the fence near the house to get all the ...

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Susie Q

Posted by PrimRose on July 23, 2019 at 7:35 AM Comments comments (2)

This is Susie Q miniature donkey with her best friend Jesse also a miniature donkey. Susie came from an Alberta farm with her mother Charisma and other siblings. They travelled in a transport truck with frequent stops to rest and have water and hay. You can imagine how tiring it would be stand and balance in a truck trailer coming across Canada. Susie and her family boarded at the sanctuary while their owner set up a new farm in Nova Scotia. The vet said Charisma who was in her forties, was t...

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Barn Art

Posted by PrimRose on July 9, 2019 at 6:50 AM Comments comments (0)

The barn at the sanctuary is very old and beautiful art has been added to make it a cheery place.

This is the bench that has recently been refurbished where many visitors stop to take photos.

These beautiful signs decorate the main door to the barn.

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Posted by PrimRose on July 4, 2019 at 6:25 AM Comments comments (0)

This is Noelle one of many rescued cats at the sanctuary. The cats all have their own personalities and Noelle is no exception! She is the shy silent type, quietly friendly and persistent. She shows her happiness by sticking out her tongue ever so slightly and, while she tries to talk when she opens his mouth, her meow is nearly silent. Noelle does like her treats and recognizes the noise of an opening hatch on an SUV signaling treats may be coming. She does not like the drama some of the ot...

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Posted by PrimRose on June 25, 2019 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

This is Abe who lives at the sanctuary with his son Dan. Abe is walking towards me and if you look closely his nostrils are very flared. He continues to walk towards me until he finally turns away as his nose has told him I have nothing with me that smells like a donkey treat! Donkeys’ sense of smell is very strong to help sense predators. In the background of the photo are other donkeys lying in the sand. As donkeys originated in desert lands it is important that donkeys have access to...

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Carlos, Hinny

Posted by PrimRose on June 17, 2019 at 8:40 PM Comments comments (2)

This is Carlos he is a Hinny which means his mother was a donkey and his father a horse. A mule is the opposite parentage. A Hinny can be differentiated from a mule by the cross on the back (a line of darker hair along the spine and across the shoulders). Carlos is very shy and he has adopted different friends during his time here seemingly for protection. His most notable being big Jessie mule who has passed on. Finnegan mule is his new best friend although Finnegan’s loyalty is questi...

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Charlie and his Angels

Posted by PrimRose on May 6, 2019 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (6)

Charlie miniature donkey was welcomed to PrimRose Donkey Sanctuary along with 3 other miniatures called Amelia Bedelia, Rosie and Tiana. A group of donkeys is called a pace and these four are always together. They share a stall together in the barn at night. You may wonder why Charlie looks like he is greying but it is barn paint! This past Sunday was the huge annual fundraising event at the sanctuary called Daisies for Donkeys. Before this event the barn gets painted and clearly Charlie was ...

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Donkey Communication Part 2

Posted by PrimRose on April 29, 2019 at 6:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Donkeys communicate in other ways then braying and most are quite subtle. When a donkey is unsure or afraid they tend to freeze to analyze the situation to see if it is safe for them. This can look like stubbornness but it is not. Another way of showing uncertainty is pursed lips and the upper lip jutting over the bottom lip. Pleasure and happiness is shown by quivering lips such as from a good scratch. A donkey hug feels like they are leaning against you when getting a good scratch or groomi...

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