Today was a sad day here at Slate Range Camp, as our beloved burro, Rita, passed over the Rainbow Bridge. She didn't come up for breakfast with the rest of the gang, and when I searched, I discovered she was down, but still breathing.... she couldn't get up on her own. My neighbor gave me a hand but we couldn't get her back up, even with the help of Assteroid, my youngest burro, pulling too. She did not have colic symptoms, but was still breathing regularly. I called my regular veterinarian, who has been following her chronic condition. We were both afraid that he couldn't get up here in time to do anything, or that there wasn't any solution we could do. I tried his suggestions of covering her with a blanket to help prevent shock (though it had probably already set in) and trying to give her water and position her better to get her back up. I spent the rest of the morning either sitting with her or checking back... she became progressively unresponsive and passed away just after 1:00 PM. I am very sad but also grateful that I was able to keep my promise to her elderly former owner, Mac, that I would provide his two burros (especially Rita, who had been with him for twenty years) with forever homes.... I hope someday another will do the same for me when the need arises. Though I couldn't do anything to alleviate her symptoms, her suffering (if such) was brief, and I got the chance to tell her what a great and wonderful donkey she had been in her long life. I am so glad to have had the honor of hosting her here at the camp.