Friday, December 26, 2008

The Christmas Donkey

This is one of those Christmases when a Christmas Wish was granted. Our youngest (9yro) daughter has talked about nothing but wanting a donkey of her own, since we pastured a few donkeys for a neighbor this last summer, so when Christmas got close and talk of Santa started that's all we heard--I want a donkey. And she didn't care if she got any other presents. All she wanted was a donkey. Soooo we're thinking ok--how do we do this..........................

Last Thursday the 18th I logged on to our local Freecycle Yahoo group-- (www.freecycle.org) and posted a want ad for a donkey. In case you're not familiar with freecycle, it's a nationwide group of local yahoo chapters and you can post for things to giveaway for free or that you are wanting--but it all must be free. Well within the hour I had a family with a donkey they were willing to give to us--free! We made arrangements to go meet the little donkey and we fell in love with her and knew she was the one! Next we made arrangements with our neighbor to help pick her up and so on Christmas eve the husband and neighbor went to pick up little Dixie Donkey and brought her home, where we hid her out in the barnyard until Christmas morning.

Bright and early Christmas morning everyone was up and dressed and soon gifts had been unwrapped and then it was time for our daughter to head out the door to take care of the ducks--and that's when she found the lead rope with a note from Santa attached and then she was like a bolt of lightening off to the barn, because there was a donkey waiting for her--her very own donkey! It was love at first sight for both of them!


Dixie, daddy and daughter out in the snow in the barnyard. Lots of snow! And yes Dixie has her very own stall all to herself in the barn, so she can keep warm. Don't you love her pink harness she's sporting. She about 2 1/2 years old and is a lovely chocolate brown with cream muzzle and belly and she has the sweetest personality.



She was one happy girl with her big Christmas Wish granted.

9 comments:

Joanie said...

What a beautiful story! Little Dixie Donkey is so adorable, your daughter must be thrilled to pieces!

cherished*vintage said...

What an awesome story! Dixie and your daughter look like they've become fast friends. What a fun Christmas.
-Karoline

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh what a cool gift! My daughter wants a goat! But we don't even live on a farm!

The Feathered Nest said...

Oh Cathy ~ this is the best Christmas store ever!!! I'm so very happy for your little girl and for your Dixie donkey too...she will have it made from now on with your daughter caring for her! xxoo, Dawn

Angela said...

That is so precious. How many girl's want a donkey for Christmas? I asked santa for a pygmy goat again, and was told to hush it aint happening!

Jenna Z said...

Oh my gosh!! Cathy, this reminds me so much of me at that age! I came up with lists and lists of reasons I should be allowed to have a donkey, I researched all that things it would need and how I would pay for them. What care it would need through the seasons, what vet visits and farrier visits would cost and how I would train it using positive methods and what events in the area I could take it to. I did get a donkey! And a couple-three mules too, later on! Boy that was a fine time!

Rhonda said...

When mom told me about Dixie Donkey I almost cried. This is so great! But you know you have ruined the youngest grandchild for life. She is going to have to be where she can have her best bud for life now. You can not make her give up her girlfriend for anything ever! This is so cool. She so needs a llama for her collection now. Tell her Auntie R said so. I think it is the coolest present ever. I am so jealous. You are such a resouseful mama! You get the gold star of the year!

Jealous Sister and empty animal nest
Rhonda

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Hi Cathy,how precious that little Dixie is ! You need to enter that pic of both of them with the pink into PINK SATURDAY at Beverly's.

Judy's Vintage Collections said...

That is too sweet...my youngest son who is now 44...I got him a donkey one time but not for Christmas...I think it was for his birthday...He was so happy too! I see I was right you do have snow..
Have a great year!
Hugs, Judy