For the past week a pall of sadness has blanketed the Sanctuary Farm. Although many days have passed since Summer, the donkey’s, death, it still feels like the news of her passing has just been heard. The feeling of her absence is tangible.
Like people, there are some donkeys who have a curiosity and an energy which combine to make them stand out. Summer was like that. Born in 1970, her very old age gave her a confidence which in turn brought certainty to all of her actions. She made her wants and needs very clear through the signals of her body language and the forcefulness of her bray. Visitors were sometimes taken aback by Summer’ s assertiveness, especially when she would push herself into a person’s field of contact, making it clear that it was time for attention to be directed her way.
There are many DSC volunteers whose memories of this appealing donkey are precious, intimate. People talked to Summer and sometimes they sang to her, too. Her presence, alone, was often enough to banish those woes and cares that can weigh down a person’s mind.
For thirteen years Summer was an important part of life at the DSC. We gave her sanctuary and, in return, she gave a special energy to our world. She will be sorely missed.
Sandra Pady, Founder