My love of donkeys started way back in the 1960s when visiting the Oxfordshire countryside and saw two donkeys in a field whom I named Titch and Mitch. After several years I moved house and not far away was a Donkey Stud. The noise, particularly in the morning was very loud with all the braying. It was always a great moment when I walked the short distance to see the donkeys over the fence.
A couple of weeks ago I was working at Hurfords, which is part of Trow Farm, where I met a new friend by the name of Jubilee. Jubilee is an 11 year old gelding who has lived at the sanctuary since 2008.
Hurfords is home to a lot of young donkeys (many of whom have been brought over from Ireland) where there are a lot of playful, cheeky characters living there.
Let us tell you about a little white donkey called Gwyno who lives here at Trow Farm and his owner's love and devotion. There's a tinge of sadness to Gwyno's story, but for now, let us tell you about his life.
It’s that time of year again where the donkeys are ready to play in the paddocks after being inside for the winter months. The donkeys at Kennel Barn eagerly awaited their turn with excitement (as were the grooms and myself!) they were fully alert and knew something was happening!
We thought you would like to meet our oldest donkey... Say hello to Tessa who is one of our resident donkeys living at Trow Farm, which is just across the road from the main Sanctuary here in Devon.
She is a lovely old lady and has reached the grand old age of 48! Not bad considering the average age a donkey is euthanased or dies here at the Sanctuary is just over 31 years of age.
I have recently started a new job as a relief groom as a short secondment away from Town Barton.
As a relief I am required to provide cover wherever needed, so it has given me a fantastic opportunity to travel around the other farms and departments to see how they work, as well as meeting all the teams.