I am so sad to say, our donkey experiment did not go so well.
Unfortunately, we had to give Abner away to a new owner.
I love Abner.
(Even a very muddy Abner.)
I mean, really, look at those EARS!!
Only, Abner’s sweet face did not translate to his behavior.
Let me back up.
Donkeys are known watchdogs…they protect the herd they are with.
Abner was a great watchdog for our three cows and life was good. In fact, it was fascinating to watch Abner interact with the cows. He was especially protective and fond of Freddie (Ethel’s calf), I think, because they were newbies, the youngest.
(How’s that for cow and donkey psychology?)
Anyway, we decided to add another Lowline Black Angus to our small cow family.
Lovey (as in Thurston Howell, the III’s wife from Gilligan’s Island) joined Lucy and Ethel (and Freddie) a couple of weeks ago.
Immediately, Abner would have nothing of it.
Apparently, he did not like Lovey breaking up their happy home, so he prevented her from joining the other three.
Lovey came to us impregnated, so naturally, we did not want her to be running, and Abner was determined to run her.
After watching him being so ugly toward her, we really had to reconsider keeping him around when she and Lucy and Ethel had calves.
While donkeys are known for protecting, they can also be so protective they can kill a newborn calf, simply because it’s a new and unknown creature entering the picture.
We couldn’t take that chance.
We found a lovely new home for Abner.
I asked the sweet man who took Abner to give us an update on how he’s doing, but I have yet to hear from him.
Who knows? We may try owning a donkey again in the near future, but ThrillCam and I have agreed that we want a baby donkey to begin with.
Either way, we’re always learning.
Has it been nearly two years??
A lot has happened in those two years…mainly adjusting to country life is what has happened.
And, loving on and serving with our neighbors.
And, watching a ton of Baylor football (and basketball).
And, purchasing some cows.
And a donkey.
And, planting a garden (or two).
And, watching our oldest change colleges and majors…and join the wake boarding team.
And, cheering on our youngest in high school football…and soon, soccer.
I’ve missed occasionally writing and photographing the happenings around our family, so I’m hoping 2015 will be the year I get back in the habit…if you’ll have me back in your email box and on your FB newsfeed, that is.
Because we are wrapping up the last little bit of 2014 (say it ain’t so!!), I thought I’d throw out a couple of pictures of what I mentioned above. A lot of the pictures were taken with my iphone…”the best camera you own is the one you are presently carrying…”and I carried my phone WAY more than my “big boy” Canon camera. (That’s another habit I hope to change in 2015.)
More to come!
(I’ve missed you.)