No, it's not a grandchild... though that is something DH keeps hoping will happen. Actually, we headed out in our little red truck- horse trailer combo this morning and returned with Abraham, a 10-year old
gelded BLM burro who was born on the Twin Peaks Herd Management area near Susanville, California.
Since he was rounded up out there in the wild back in 2001, he has lived a few other places - most recently with Sally, who raises mini-donkeys. She lives about 40 miles from us, but we had never met until today... I have a dear friend, Ginny, whose mission in life has been to match up people and equines through her "Hole In the Head" animal rescue. Ginny has helped us in one way or another to acquire all of the six burros we have had to date, so it is no surprise that Sally, who had participated with Abraham in the Longears Celebraytion a few years back, hosted by Ginny and husband Dave, called and asked for her help in finding him a new home when she realized he would be much happier living with other standard-sized donkeys than with minis (one set of pastures) or horses and cows (another set). None were compatible and the horses and cows were downright unwelcoming! Ginny posted to one of the four Yahoo animal lists I am on that Abe was looking for a new home. I don't read those lists much more closely than the knitting ones, but luck was on my side, as this was back in the middle of the snowstorms we were having in late January, and Sally and I started talking on the telephone.
Donkeys have different feeding needs than horses and cows, whose diets can be much richer, so poor Sally was needing to pen him up twice a day to eat separately, further reinforcing that sense of being different. She was pleased to learn that we had only donkeys and came with the highest recommendation
Abe wasn't that excited to get into the trailer, but willing enough... it only took us about 10 or 15 minutes and a handful of carrot pieces. Donkeys have to think and consider each step, so he tried about a dozen times with just two feet in, then back out, before finally hopping in, and we were on our way back home.
Travel can be stressful, especially for those animals who don't do much of it, so he was in a sweat by the time we got back home, just over an hour later, and loved being let out and led around... at least until I told him he had to go into this snow-covered paddock. He must have been thrilled to have all the snow at his old place melted away... he will spend a few days getting to know the rest of the family thorugh the cross-fencing we put back in place and having his own little shelter, but he has been doing fine on this first afternoon here.
Abe's coloring is called 'blue roan' and he won a prize for donkey conformation, so even though he is wearing a shaggy, heavy coat right now, it is still easy to tell he is one good-looking boy. And he has nice manners too! We are pretty pleased:)
While we were out burro-ing around, my Kidsilk Haze Feather and Fan stole was blocking and she will get a photo shoot worthy of the wondrous feel this yarn has later on in the week. DH's vest grew some more while he and I watched Blue State last night. Very funny movie that many of us could relate to... not moving away though.
The Vintage Capelet also got some work and there was yarn dyeing with turmeric, as well as some plotting over what to make for my Pay It Forward gifts.... happy knitting this week, dear ones!