Category Archives: Donkeys

Peaceable Kindom

After many rainy days in January, we have emerged from the drought, for now, anyway. (In my view, water conservation should be part of life—honoring this precious resource by not wasting it.) All the animals are spending time lying in the sun. At … Continue reading

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The Celestial Family

With the completion of the new fence on the lower five acres of the Animal Messenger Sanctuary property, I could welcome another resident: Celeste, the mother of the twins Sunshine and Moonglow. Sunshine was the little black lamb who came … Continue reading

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The Arrival of Jasmine Pearl

On Thursday, April 28, at 6:45 am, a new messenger arrived on the sanctuary—Jasmine Pearl, a miniature donkey born to Lily Rose and Ferdinand. Nature is truly amazing. The little one was walking half an hour after being born. She … Continue reading

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More Messengers Arrive

I thought two pigs from southern California would be the next animal messengers to arrive on the sanctuary. My go-between on that rescue disappeared, however, and I can only hope those pigs found another safe haven. I was still thinking … Continue reading

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Fire!

The animals and I had to evacuate the sanctuary on 9/11 (is that date now a modern Ides of March?). When I went to bed on Thursday night, the Butte fire was burning an hour’s drive away from me. It seemed … Continue reading

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A Day on the Sanctuary

People often ask me what the work on the animal sanctuary consists of every day. Here is the answer. Our day begins with morning feeding between 6 and 7 a.m. Before I go out to distribute hay to everyone, I prepare Pegasus’s … Continue reading

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Pegasus in the Garage and a Baby Visits

Last summer, in the heat of the day, Pegasus could often be found in the chicken coop, probably because the screening kept the flies down. During the winter, however, the donkeys ate one of the wood walls (literally, ate it—I came out … Continue reading

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New Arrivals

Four new animal messengers have arrived on the sanctuary—baby messengers! Sunshine the little black lamb was the first. Her mother in a distant flock gave birth to twins and didn’t have enough milk for two. Tiny and sick, Sunshine lived in my house … Continue reading

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Celebrating Green

Thanks to the rain that arrived at last to our drought-ridden land, the earth is beginning to turn green again. During the days of downpour, I stayed out in the most welcome rain long after finishing the animal chores, happy to … Continue reading

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A Return to Peace

The Ring of Protection is complete! That is what I’m calling the new security fence around the barn that allows the animals to spend the night outdoors rather than shut into stalls to protect them from predators, namely, mountain lions. … Continue reading

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