Saturday, May 16, 2009

Some Days...

.... it hardly even pays to get up in the morning.

Poor Tilly the donkey seems to be having one of those days today...

Her hips and back legs were so stiff this morning (after a cold, wet night) that she couldn't get up. So I went out early this morning, gave her some bute and put her coat on her, as much as I could, to warm her up. I couldn't buckle it around her belly because she couldn't get up, but I planned on coming out as soon as she was up to buckle it. I left her some hay and came into the house to wait for the bute to work.

Here's what I found when I went to check on her a little later...


She was on her feet but the wind had blown her coat up over her head!

This is a good example of the difference between a horse and a donkey. She didn't panic, running wildly around the pasture in fear of whatever monster had gotten her head... the way Blaze would have done in the same situation. (A reaction that would have probably would have blown the coat back off her head!)


No... she just stood there, quietly pondering... Eeyore style... what a donkey might do about a coat flopped over her head.  (Maybe she decided to just wait for the wind to change direction... donkeys can be very patient, you know.)

I fixed her coat for her, laughing the whole time, and while she seemed relieved to be able to see again...she was not at all happy about me laughing at her. I stayed out there for 10 minutes trying to get a decent picture of her looking towards me. But this is the only one I got...


The rest of the shots looked like this... a picture of donkey embarrassment.