I believed our newest rescue, Alice, was not doing well last week and went into a bit of a tizzy. Partly because I'm NOT tickled pink with my equine vet. I won't go into particulars but I chose him because he has donkey expertise. His style is not sitting well with me though. Today I spoke with the equine vet who helped me through the last months of my horse Natural's downhill slide in 2014. I liked her open-minded philosophy, her kind manner and her generosity of communication. But I didn't know if she had donkey know-how. Turns out she owns a miniature donkey! I feel like a burden has been lifted in my quest to make Alice more comfortable. I will definitely be calling her when next Alice's "issues" are beyond my ken. Whew!
Alice perked up after a couple of modifications, although I a little stumped as to what did the trick.
(sweet Alice on the left)
I want to give a huge thank you to fellow blogger The Dancing Donkey. Quite a while back we were in contact with each other about teaching donks to drive (a cart). And we had exchanged email addresses. I recently contacted her with some of my concerns about little Alice and was given lots of suggestions, articles, and good info. Thank you, thank you Kris.
And, while I thanking people, I'd like to include Fran of Crossroads Donkey Rescue. I know she's always available when I need to bounce a donkey question off someone's ear.
Yes, donkeys are different than horses, in many ways. They may all be equines, but the differences come up again and again. I'm still learning.