year we were made aware of a female Donkey who was in need of
a home desperately. Her owners had received a Violation notice
from Animal control regarding the condition of her hooves...which
were grossly overgrown. The owners had a veterinarian and a farrier
come out to care for the donkey, but they felt they needed to
find her a home quickly.
to the farrier and the officials, TIER agreed to take Annabelle
the donkey in, continue the prescribed treatment for her feet
and then find her a safe, loving, responsible adoptive home.
is a wonderful new TIER friend. Although her initial treatment
included the use of a saw to cut off 4-5 inches of overgrown hoof,
she took it all in stride!!! HA! Upon arrival, she was wormed,
bathed and allowed to roam so she could get used to her new feet
and also, to help those tendons/ligaments/muscles in her legs
which had been stretched due to the long hooves.
Annabelle upon arrival:
some of the TIER horses to be upset about having a donkey on the
premises (especially Ms. Pearl!!), but everyone has welcomed her
and is willing the share a bite of their hay with the long eared
lady. She is gentle and cute as can be! The children from the
youth groups groom her with no problem. She enjoys wandering around
with Grace or Pearl and visiting with everyone.
below are from the second trim she received from the farrier who
did the initial work on her. Previously he had to use an electric
saw to cut her hooves, but not this time!! She stood like a lady
and enjoyed her manicure. Once her feet were done, she stepped
out like she was on a dance floor and was the belle of the ball!!
is scheduled for her next trim within the next few days. Depending
on what the farrier says about the condition of her feet and further
maintenance, Annabelle will be available for adoption.
11/24/03 - Annabelle has a foster home with her new buddy
is a cutie and right in my backyard! I guess I can't have just
one! (Donkey, that is!) Annabelle will be hangin' with Pedro De
Burro and keeping an eye on my two silly horses, Gemma and Reza.
She is currently a "foster Donkey" but I think she will
probably be her forever, just have to break it to hubby slowly
that she needs to be adopted by us! At about 6:30 a.m. this weekend
she reminded me that the sun was up so it was feeding time! Boy,
can she bray!! Pedro has never brayed in the year I have had him.
Her and Reza stand at the fence together and holler for food.
Not bad on work days but I do like to sleep in on the weekend!
She is settling in just fine, loves to be played with and groomed.
Her and Pedro kinda make the rounds together while the lazy horses
doze. As soon as I can find the digital (hubby cleaned the office)
I will get pics. I need a color for her, all the others have their
own color. Any ideas? Can't be red/black, green or blue. Then
she gets matching fly mask, halter/lead, brushes, etc.
12/28/03 - I just had to run out and get pictures at 5 o'clock.
Silly me, I know!
Anyway, Annabelle is doing fine. She stills wakes me up everyday,
at least I don't need an alarm clock. She loves to cruise around
most of the day but does find time to nap in the sun. She is so
sweet that Zip, my bratty 8 month old Heeler pup, can lick her
and she just tolerates it. She comes over when she is called and
loves to be "grooma-ed." Annabelle gets a daily massage
and is great about feet picking. The farrier will be out in two
weeks to trim her and she was wormed today. I started adding MSM
for her joints daily in her handfull-ish of pellets with a little
corn oil to stick it all together. She like that better then the
liquid gloucosamine! Oh, what a yucky face she makes if things
are not to her liking!
6/1/2010 Vet Visit -
We purchased Kenalog for the seasonal fly allergies that tear up the legs on Annabelle & Paco our sweet donkey representatives. Both of them have their summer Vet Wrap leggings on as the biting flies are out and have already started to wreak havoc on these two. The Kenalog will help with the allergic reaction to the fly bites. They will receive injections as needed. Recommended use is every 30 days during fly season, but we are careful to only administer when it is really required, as we don't want to cause founder.