I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love.

For me they are the role model for being alive.

~ Gilda Radner

Friday, October 23, 2009

Fund raising


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It's difficult any time, but in this economy it's darned near impossible.

The last two weeks have been spent in preparation for a fund raising event to garner some much needed funds for the food bank. When it was all said and done, we didn't raise a lot of money, but we did have a good time. Hopefully, more people are aware of our needs and the services we offer.

My friend and a volunteer brought her mini donkeys, Candy and Boomer over to attract attention to our booth. They were very popular with everyone.

Poor Stumpy had to stay home (AGAIN!) Many donkeys are livestock guardians and will kill dogs, if given the chance. Candy and Boomer are as gentle as you can imagine and they love their own dogs. Other dogs? Not so much...

But dang those mini donks are as cute as can be!
Here's Boomer



And this is Candy


Both Candy and Boomer are 18 years old. Carol rescued them a couple of years ago. Both donks have come along way but the neglect they suffered manifests itself in physical maladies they both suffer, and always will. Fortunately, they have a forever home with Carol. Her love and devotion to them is obvious and is returned. Although the donkeys are spoiled rotten, they are well behaved and respectful. Except for that one time when Boomer thought he was a lap dog and tried to climb into my lap.

This is a perfect example of what a horrible photographer I am. I didn't get any pictures of our booth. No pictures of Carol on her mule. No close-ups of the donkey's in their parade gear... And that's why I don't have more pictures on my blog. I forget to take them.

I'm adding this link regarding donkeys as livestock guardians. It seems people didn't know how brave these beautiful creatures could be.

It's a quick read about some folks, longtime breeders of Scottish deerhounds. They decided to get into sheep and found they needed livestock guardians. After researching the subject, they chose donkeys.

11 comments:

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Tank woo fur sharing these khuties!

I khan't say I knew they were THAT way!

Sorry your fundraiser didn't go better but yes, it is khwite the challenging time fur things like that...

Welkhome Bakhk!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

Sam said...

Wow! That's amazing, I never knew that donkeys are livestock guardians. That's fascinating and scary all at the same time.

tula said...

Hi Candy & Boomer,
both sure are cuties! & lucky to have a wonderful new home. the news had a story on how low the foodbanks are everywhere. your help is much apppreciated.

tell stumpy woot woot!

toodles,
tula

NORWOOD UNLEASHED said...

Stumpy.. candy and boom boom boomer
That was a fascinating article. I never knew they were effective guardians. I sure wouldn't want a projectile missile aimed at me. Thanks for that story. I have another view of this special creature.
norwood
PS I know your not missing this.. rain all day 50. ho hum

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

OH they look so cool. Sure wish we could have met them.. Well maybe not us dogs but Mom would..
Funny we herd sheep and they protect them..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

NORWOOD UNLEASHED said...

Hi Stumpy.

Yeah.. you can still "enjoy" the snow and rain in my posts. You definitely won't miss it then. Your going to like my next post.. it has something to do with my ears.
wiggling the eyebrows at u
norwood

Life With Dogs said...

Interesting - I really had no idea. I would imagine that fundraising in this economy would be difficult beyond description. You are to be commended for the effort...

Dog_geek said...

Cool donkeys!! When I used to do more herding, I saw all manner of creatures used as livestock guardians - from various dog breeds, to donkeys, llamas, and even emus! I'll never forget the look on Z's face when we were at a herding lesson, and he momentarily became distracted by the sheep that were in the field next to us, since they were right next to the fence. When he ran over to see them, a huge emu that had been laying amongst the sheep suddenly stood up and glared at him, and he was like, "heh heh... nevermind! I'll just go back to the sheep in my field"

Sam said...

Thanks so much for those links. I've already been to fearfuldogs.com and the blog, but I haven't visited the other two. Off to check them out!

T said...

Oh love the donkey's. They are so cool, and smarter then most people think.

giantspeckledchihuahua said...

Khyra, these two mini donks must be the sweetest, cutest ever!

Sam, you want scary? You should see these two when they are mad! I hope the links give you something different.

Tula, the food banks everywhere are in desperate need and it seems to be ghetting worse every day. makes me really scared for the four leggeds!

Norwood, were your ears shaking, too, in your nightmare? I love the scary picture of you in your banner. Wouldn't want to run inot that creature in a dark alley!

LWD, I don't know about commended, iI am pretty grumpy these days...

DG, A friend of mine had an emu ranch, they can be quite intimidating!

T, I love donks, and mules. Although I have always had access to horses, I have always wanted a few of the long ears!