Tuesday, December 15, 2009

We Found the Donkey's Owners!

Yeah!  They had been frantically searching for their two beloved lost little donkeys and thanks to the internet and some helpfull people, they little darlings have found their owners.

Happy ending.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Two New Donkeys Arrive Here at HART

I had just finally come to terms with placing Charles and Franchesca into an adoptive home.  They were very difficult for me to give up because I had grown so attached to them but I know that the more animals that I keep as permanent residences the less that I can save.

Charles and Franny had only been gone for three days when I got a call from the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office asking me to go out on an animal at large call two pick up two little donkeys.  These two adorable little critters had been wandering around Dopp Road between Newberg and Yamhill for at least a couple of weeks before a kind person in the area corralled them and called the Sheriff.
They are both in good health, appear to be young and other then one of them with feet a little overgrown they appear to have been well cared for.  I put an ad on Craigslist and in the Newberg Graphic lost and found to try to locate their owners.   :(  They are both gentle, well behaved and craving attention.  If their owner is not found, they will be up for adoption in 90 days in accordance with Oregon Satute.

Here is Turbo, named for her ability to run like the wind once the gate is opened.  She is quickly figuring out that when the gate is opened, that means more groceries are coming, not that it's time to make a run for it.

Here is little Dodge, name so due to his habit of dodging the rope when I put one around his neck to take him out of the stall for the day, the silly little sucker.

Here is Turbo sticking his tongue out after a drink of cold water, I thought it was cute!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

A New Update for Big Ruth from the Beavercreek Case

I'm sure you all remember Big Ruth from the Beavercreek case last spring.

Well, she has been in foster care for the past several months and is doing very well.  

Here is a photo of her feet in April.

Even after intense trimming for two months they are still splayed out and her heals are still crushed.

Here she is from November 20th, what a DIFFERENCE!

And here is a close up of her feet

Yeah for Big Ruth and thank you Gwen for helping me out

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

A new update on Shadow and Maryia!

Shadow just continues to amaze me. She is doing well on her recovery. We are trimming her once a week. Tweaking her feet little at a time to encourage the rolled under side to grow more normally.

She is now able to go into the "Sand Paddock" area. It is firmer foot that the rubber. She was a little tender footed the first few days but got over that quickly. She does not trot yet but can boogie at the walk with no lameness.

She is very sweet with all people. But she and Mariah have a new roommate and little Shadow will pin her ears and make ugly faces at her. Very funny to see her be such a little toughie.

Shadow had her teeth floated on June 7th. Jerry Schmidt, Balanced Equine Dentistry volunteered his time and did her teeth. She had a retained cap (at 13 years old!) he pulled. She does have one funny upper incisor that is shorter than the rest and seems to be twisted sideways. Her molars were not too bad. Jerry balanced her out and she is good to go.

Shadow has shed out and is so cute. She has little white freckles sprinkled over her hinny. A funny thing she does is in the morning after I feed her hay she will almost always take a "nap" in the hay. She plops down in the hay and eats the hay all around her. I have seen her lay flat, reach her head back and pull more hay to her. Then rolls up and munch away. She is so sweet, funny, and demanding! You should hear her neigh (squeak) in the morning. I am never fast enough to bring her breakfast, according to her. :-) She is a doll and doing well.

Mariah is doing well. Mariah and I had a big break thru last Friday. She allowed me to trim her front feet with no one holding her halter. This is huge trust issue for her. Back feet we are still working on but it is coming. On Monday she came right up to me and asked to be petted and stayed with me for awhile!

She is still very sassy but I see her coming around and understanding not all people are bad. Every time I am with her I try to do something nice for her. Mostly scratching ... her favorite spots are her shoulders and under her neck. Carrots are a good thing also. She is just so smart and cute.

She continues to do well on her feet. Walks, trots, and canters well. She has shed out beautifully. I love her little black spots in her white splashes.

Thank you Jamie for letting me work with these two cuties. They put a smile on my face.

I am not afraid of death and I am not selfish therefor no animal shall suffer at the hands of my weaknesses.