The Donkey Sanctuary Needs Your Help
For all you crafting bloggers out there, did you know you can help raise funds by knitting little donkeys that are sold in the shop and used to help with education in other countries? I'm afraid to say my attempts at knitting would produce something that looked like it has passed through a donkeys digestive system. However I know how clever you all are, so if you have any spare time and some wool it would be great to see your creations on a blog post.
Quiet and withdrawn, Molly was a very poorly donkey when we rescued her. Left in a muddy paddock with no shelter she had painful rain scald covering her back and ears and her skin was crawling with lice. But most distressing of all was the length of her hooves and the pain this caused her. Such was her discomfort that she sank to the concrete floor on arrival at The Donkey Sanctuary holding base in Northern Ireland.
I checked his nearside eye and there appeared to be full vision in it. This was later confirmed that day by my vet who believed that Keith had suffered some trauma to his eye in his earlier days. In all other regards Keith was assessed as healthy.
All of the subtle signs were there for the reading – Keith’s favouritism for standing facing most situations nearside on, his obvious anxiousness at being loaded and his deep bond and friendship with George. George always stands at Keith’s nearside (his seeing side) and is never more than a few feet away from him. I believe that George intuitively aids Keith and is aware of his ‘limited’ condition. I have watched George stand and watch Keith in the field and walk over to where he is grazing for reassurance and guidance.
George is brilliant at looking after him. Wonderful, intuitive kind friends. They are amazing. I could watch them interacting for hours –These donkeys have taught me so much. They have an amazing bond and friendship that could in fact teach us all a lesson.