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Friday, August 20, 2010

Bring an old donkey to Apifera!



This is Cracker Jack, a donkey of about 20 years. He was rescued in Texas where he was neglected and being abused as a roping prop. His leg wounds were open and raw from rope burns [you can see the scars below, which are treated with a topical oil to keep from cracking], a chunk of his ear was chewed off, his feet had blown out abscesses. And his teeth- the vet felt he'd been tied for long lengths and he tried to chew threw chains or cords so his teeth are worn down to points in areas. The police were brought into help, and eventually, he was released to a donkey rescue and hauled to their California facility where he was doctored, and then he made another journey to Oregon to be placed in a temporary foster home hoping to find adoption.

That's where the senior gentleman and I met. His foster mother and I spent the day together today, surrounded by the donkeys they are helping. All were special. But this old guy had a look. It was like an old man who had much in his life, but saw a lot of it fade away, or torn from him. A lot of bad things were done to this noble creature. But he still has this huge, trusting heart. We think this donkey probably had a lot of love in his earlier years, maybe even with children, but like many donkeys, he was let go for one reason or another. The stories in him, they are there. I hope to hear them when we are reunited here at Apifera.






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9 comments:

Cathy said...

Oh this makes me cry. Thank you for wanting to give this sweet old boy a loving home! He'll fit right in with the donks and senior goats, won't he? And I just know that Martyn won't mind at all. ;-}

Annie Pazoo said...

Hullo, Katherine! Cracker Jack tells me his name is Senor Cracker Jack (sorry, I don't know how to make the tilde on my keyboard). If is a fine old fellow and no doubt will be VERY happy at Apifera. Yay!

Now the very difficult job of choosing a print. They are all so wonderful!

NanaBeast said...

I can see why you want to take Cracker Jack home to live with the Apifera family. He is beautiful. I just sent a little to help out with his care. Please give him a big kiss and hug from me. I hope he loves the smell of lavender!

Apifera Farm said...

Oh I'm just so pleased, and can't wait to get him in to settle. He's been all over the place - I already started referring to him as Ramblin' Jack...he is very soulful fellow. Every bit helps, and thank you for every penny so far!

Delisa said...

Dear Katherine:

I am so happy that you are bringing this poor sweet gentleman home to your farm. It breaks my heart to think what he has been through. I know he will find not only safety with you and your husband but peace as well. Peace is one of the most precious things we can give to a fellow creature.
Delisa

maccandace said...

Too sweet. The rest of his live will be spent in donkey paradise with you at Apifera. What is an average donkey lifespan?

Raison d'Art said...

What a handsome man. He's very lucky you came along.

Apifera Farm said...

So nice to hear from you Delisa, and yes, peace - that is what this poor fellow needs. I am anxious to get him here so he can start to relax, it will take time. Although he's very calm.Thanks, Mac and R d'Art- he is lucky, but I'll learn from him too.

Blackfeatherfarm said...

His story makes my blood boil, but the ending warms my heart. He is soooo sweet.....

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