I am inclined to think of Autumn as being the “walking” season. The chillier weather encourages thoughts of hikes in the woods where the trees are at their colourful best and where one can amble along fully immersed in the immediacy of the moment. Come late September, at the Sanctuary Farm the fields will be outlined in blazing colours while the forests will crackle with the sound of leaves under foot.
This year on Sunday, September 27th at 10 am, our annual fundraiser, PACE for the Donkeys, will be take place at the DSC. We are planning to welcome hundreds of participants for this 5 km walk which will be laid out across the fields, at the side of donkey pastures, through the forests and down the lane. We anticipate that there will be those who will move along very quickly, marking their time, while others will enjoy a more leisurely pace with stops now and then to commune with a donkey or gaze at life in the marsh.
Every one is welcome, younger and older alike, to come and enjoy an invigorating morning spent walking in the countryside — and helping the DSC with the donkeys’ costs of care.
For further details and to register for the event, please go to our website: http://www.thedonkeysanctuary.ca .
Sandra Pady, Founder
When the dogs and I walked up to see the donkeys this morning, MJ trotted over for a bit of attention. She is a beautiful creature, almost Mammoth in size, with a shiny dark dark brown coat over a trim body. Her ears are enormous, her eyes are dark pools and her nose is touched here and there with a bit of grey. At 15 years she is at the peak of her life. As I ran my fingers over her silky neck, I scratched her a little here and there which caused her to stretch out in delight. It was a brief encounter, one that we both enjoyed.
MJ’s obvious contentment, indeed, the contentment of all the donkeys standing and lying in the fields was a joy to behold and in that moment the list of essentials below ran through my mind. It is a list that provides guidelines for good animal care or, for that matter, the living conditions of all beings.
THE ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR A CONTENTED LIFE
- ADEQUATE FOOD
- Do I have enough of the right kinds of food to eat?
- ADEQUATE SHELTER
- Can I get away from wind, rain, sun and snow?
- ADEQUATE WATER
- Do I have access to fresh, clean water to drink, even on the hottest and the coldest days?
- SPACE TO MOVE AND EXERCISE
- Do I have access to enough space to move around, in keeping with my biological needs?
- FREEDOM OF CHOICE
- Am I allowed to make choices about how I live my life each day?
- PROPER SOCIAL CONTEXT
- Do I have the opportunity to live with my own kind, and relate to them as I would in my natural environment?
- MENTAL AND PHYSICAL STIMULATION
- Is there variety where I live?
Sandra Pady, Founder