Sunday, January 29, 2017

Losing Sweet Alice

I don't feel very articulate right now.  Sweet Alice died yesterday morning unexpectedly.

I don't use the word "sweet" lightly.  She was a most sweet, gentle donkey.

What am I missing about the girl?
That plaintive foghorn bray telling me it was time to eat.
Her soft-as-a-feather way of taking a treat. Such a light touch.
Her gentle manner in most  ways.  Very rarely was she pushy with the other donkeys and never ever with me or Rick or the farrier or vet. Never.

She had had a hard life before Crossroads Donkey Rescue was able to take her into their care.  The rescue group suggests she might have been a breeding machine for an Amish farmer.  When she was no longer useful, he approached Crossroads to buy her.  (it's a good thing I will never meet that man)

 They scooped her up

 and she  lived on one of the rescue farms before arriving at our place in the fall of 2015.

The most recent vet guess at her age was 25 years.  Not extremely elderly for a donkey but the girl had not had TLC until late in her life.  That took it's toll.

The girl was not a total donkey angel, however,
What will I not miss about sweet Alice?
Getting goosed every morning as I latched the gate.
Trying all the tricks in the book to get Alice out of the hay aisle.
Eating her way through more than one hole in the barn.

But I'd take the girl back in a moment, in spite of her eccentricities.

  You'll be missed Sweet Alice, 
More than you know.
Take care on your new journey.


  1. Oh Janet, I am so sorry. I feel like crying. When I saw the title, I was hoping you meant she was playing or hiding from you. I'm so glad she had a happy home with you. You take such good care of your animals. Take care.

  2. I am so very sorry. Losing Alice will leave a hole in your heart for sure. I am so glad she had a good home with you.

  3. I am very sorry to hear about sweet Alice. I was thinking about her just the other day, wondering how she was doing. At least she had some good time with you.

  4. Oh Janet, I am so sorry for your loss. I am nearly in tears here now as I've just logged on and checked your blog and obviously didn't expect your sad news. I totally agree with the other comments about Alice having a wonderful happy home with you. I feel so angry and sad when I hear about animals not being treated properly. I am just so glad that there are loving, decent people out there (like yourself) who help these wonderful creatures. My thoughts are with you.

  5. Thank you for giving Alice a wonderful forever home. It warms my heart to know she had someone to love her and spoil her. She was a very special donkey, hugs to you from a fellow Crossroads Donkey member. Michelle

  6. Aww, sweet girl Alice....
    I am so sorry to read this, they really do become loved members of our family, and she will be missed beyond measure :(
    Alice was loved and she knew it.
    RIP sweet girl.