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Friday, February 25, 2011

Her name is Matilda, and she's coming to Apifera



Giacomo must be looking down on us and smiling. We have found a senior donkey to bring to Apifera.

And her name is Matilda.

My heart skipped a beat when I heard her name was the same as my mother's middle name. Matilda was recently rescued by the kind people of Lavender Dreams Farm in Washington, along with 8 other donkeys. The owner of the donkeys wanted to get rid of them, and didn't want to even bother taking them to auction [which would not have had a happy ending] since he wouldn't get enough money. He told the rescue he was going to have to shoot them in two weeks. They stepped in.

Matilda had been abused as a brood jenny. The owner was only giving her straw...yes, straw. She was bred every year for her whole life. The rescue's vet has looked her over and she is in amazingly good health considering she'd never had hay or supplements. Her teeth are pretty good but they are paying to have them floated [a procedure to shave off the points off an equine's teeth]. She is having regular farrier work too while she is there - her feet aren't too bad, thankfully. And they have been walking her to try to strengthen her back muscles and improve her sway back. Carrying the extra weight of a baby without proper feed or care put strain on her back, for sure.

I am so excited to bring her home and work with her. She has a loving personality, but is a bit shut down- who wouldn't be? I will be loving all over that donkey. She will participate in sing-a-longs, cookie breaks after nap time, rubdowns, ear poetry contests and sunset sit-ins by the barn. I will show her Donkey Hill and the magic Old Oaks, who talk to all newcomers, if spoken to.

And I'm thinking too she will be a wonderful candidate for senior visits with the elderly here at the farm.

14 comments:

Claire the Shepherdess said...

Oh Matilda! You are so startlingly beautiful, with your unusual color patches! You have been blessed by the hand who shelters the donkey, to have found your way to Apifera. I am so very excited for you.

Jody said...

matilda, I love you

Emma said...

Welcome, Matilda!

Sharon said...

this is such exciting news for apifera! matilda is a pretty gal and a fetching name...can't wait to hear more as spring approaches!

Delisa said...

I am so happy for you Katherine! She is beautiful. She has so many wonderful joys that await her. You have such a loving and giving heart. Delisa :)

AnnK said...

She is so beautiful! It's good to know that she will receive the love she deserves.

Megan said...

She is so pretty! Congratulations on your new addition! I bet she will really enjoy the sing-alongs and cookies! I know I would. :)

Sandy said...

Matilda...is just awesome! And YOU are my hero! What a huge heart you must have to open your life to all these seniors.

Apifera Farm said...

Thanks everyone- we are very excited for the May arrival! Stay tuned!

Susan said...

Oh, I just teared up when I thought how Matilda is going to have such a good life now with you - sent a little contribution your way to help out. Also - just got your book - wonderful! You inspire me with your kindness and creativity.

Apifera Farm said...

Thank you so very much, Susan. I have lots of ideas for her, and me. But I guess I need to let her settle and make sure my ideas mesh with her tired old heart.

maccandace said...

How exciting. I look forward to the stories Matilda will tell.

turquoise cro said...

YaYYYYYYYYY! Another SWEET rescue! Welcome Matilda! Give Katherine a BIG kiss for me, OK?!!! HeeeeeHawwwww! ((((JOY)))))

A.Marie said...

Oh my goodness...I absolutely LOVE donkeys! We had a ornery little donkey when I was a little girl. I was sitting on her one day and the silly thing trotted off, with me on her back, and we ended up in a wild onion patch. Both of us REEKED!! :)

I came over here from FB....Red Pine Mountain Farm had a post about taking in stray animals and someone posted a link to your blog!

May God Bless You for what you are doing for these animials! :)

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