New Year’s Wishes

 

 

FROM EVERYONE AT THE DONKEY SANCTUARY OF CANADA

(DONKEYS TOO, OF COURSE!)

MAY THE YEAR 2014

BRING YOU GOOD HEALTH, MUCH CONTENTMENT

AND MANY OPPORTUNITIES TO ENJOY THE MAGIC OF THE NATURAL WORLD.

Sandra Pady, Founder

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BOB RAY’S PHOTO OP

With the record snowfall that we are having in Southern Ontario this December, our Open Days are being particularly enjoyed. 

Last Sunday, we took advantage of our snowy world and had a photo session with Bob Ray and Mrs. Claus.  Kathy Gerry, a volunteer who is a wonderful photographer, came to the Sanctuary especially to record the event.  (Thank you, Tim, for being the chauffeur and for navigating through the traffic chaos on Highway 401).  We have a full size red sleigh (plywood) made by my brother in 1994, and to pull it we placed two life-size wooden donkey silhouettes (Thank you, Pete, for sharing your keen carpentry skills).  There were straw bales for seats and a blanket to keep Mrs. Claus warm.   Finally, when  everything was fluffed up, we put down some hay and Kayla  brought in Bob to stand next to Mrs. Claus who was in the sleigh.

Now, Bob Ray has considerable public relations experience.  He appeared on several occasions  with the Canadian Opera Company a few years ago  and he has also impressed the crowds at the Royal Winter Fair.  There is little that fazes him and his curiosity is unbounded.  He did not disappoint us this time, either.  He posed like a model (“Ears forward, Bob”) and he particularly liked the sound of some ringing jingle bells.

When we were finished – or, rather, when Bob was finished – he trotted off to a corner of the garden that is overhung by an old fir tree.  It was the perfect place to rest and be away from the photographers (several more had appeared with cell phone cameras  during the session) while nibbling on some tasty fir needles.  

Come next year, I am certain that you will be seeing Bob and Mrs. Claus in our Christmas literature.  In the meantime, there is one more Open Day left (Sun. Dec. 22nd) and we hope you will come to visit.  The donkeys are waiting to see you. Hot chocolate and treats will be available to keep away the winter cold. Cheers!

Sandra Pady, Founder

SAUCY – Rest In Peace

The sun is shining brilliantly around here today and I wish  that Saucy could be  outside basking in the warm rays.  She has always looked so comfortable resting in that way.  That cannot be the case, however, because this dear little hinny was euthanized on Tuesday.  Her physical health  had deteriorated to the point that it was time for her to leave this world.

Saucy has been on my mind almost continuously this past week, since I was first told that she was in a state of decline.  You see, I shared life at the Sanctuary with Saucy for almost 20 years and in that time she never let me touch her.  Her fear of humans colored every moment of her life and, try as we did, she was never able to relax.  They say that a horse will in time forgive and forget, a donkey will forgive and not forget and a mule or hinny will never forgive and never forget.  Saucy was no exception.

She was born in 1988 and for some period in her six years  before being brought to the Sanctuary, Saucy was physically and psychologically abused.  For the rest of her life, the fear that resulted clouded every moment whenever she had to be in the company of humans.  Staff at the DSC were unfailingly patient and calm with her; I would often stand and watch as the lengthy process unfolded before she could be handled for any kind of farrier or veterinary treatment.   But all of this positive trying had little effect and each time she was approached it would be a matter of  starting all over again.  In her way, Saucy taught us that there are times when our compassion can have no limits.

I hope that Saucy is in a better place, now.  I want it to be one where there are rolling fields, lots of sunshine, plenty of water, trees for shelter and all in the company of equine companions.  For Saucy’s sake, human beings need not apply.

Sandra Pady, Founder