Monday, October 19, 2009

Our Newest Family Addition

Miss Daizy!

Daizy is a 20 year old rescue donkey.

And yes she looks just like Miss Dixie. Daizy is our rescue donkey and she arrived here at her new home this Saturday. We found Daizy through a craigs list add--for free! Saturday morning we loaded up and headed out on our 2 hour drive to Twin Falls Idaho where we found Daizy in a very poor home. No grass in the pasture and not being very well taken care of. Daizy is approx. 20 years old--donkeys live to be 40-50 years old.

She had the most horrible twisted hooves I've ever seen. It was so bad all she could do was hobble, because her 2 back hooves were twisted and turned under, so she actually walked on the top of her hooves instead of the bottom. It was quite an awful sight. I really wasn't sure how we were going to get her out of the pasture, where she had to cross a small creek and up to the road to the trailer, but she slowly hobbled and somehow jumped the creek and then when she made it to the trailer in she walked.

We headed to get a quick burger and to see if we could find a farrier that could help us with her awful hooves. We just couldn't stand to have her like that another minute. After placing a few calls we were ever so thankful to find a kind farrier on our way home who was willing to put her poor twisted hooves back to normal--or near normal. It'll take a bit more trimming over the next few weeks, but they look 100% better and she can now walk normal.

She's a very sweet disposition and is now getting fed regularly with plenty to graze on along with a barn to keep warm in (donkey's can't handle the weather like horses do) and she gets lots of love, pets and treats.

Daizy and Dixie at feeding time. Dixie, who is only 2 1/2 is still getting used to her new sister and isn't all that happy about it--yet, but she'll get there. She's been getting extra attention too and of course no donkey will turn that down!


Gayle said...

Poor little donkey! I'm so glad that you rescued her and have given her a wonderful new home!

Shabby Cottage Collectibles said...

What a sad story. How can anyone treat an animal like that? How very caring you are to take in that sweet donkey! Warm hugs, Esther

Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

they are so cute...they look so much alike..glad she found a wonderful forever home with you.;)

June said...

Cathy I am so happy that Daizy now has a good home with you. This is so wonderful of you to make a place to live out her years in comfort.

cwa said...

Congratulations to you and Miss Daizy for finding each other. Bless your family for taking her in. I know she must be so glad to be with a kind, caring family now.

Angie in AZ said...

It breaks my heart knowing this poor thing lived in such a way... and for how long? I just don't understand such. What a blessing you are to take her in. They are so sweet, aren't they? She probably thinks she died and is in heaven!

Pam said...

What a wonderful, wonderful thing to do for that sweetie. Thank goodness for people like you! :)

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Bless your heart, Cathy. I firmly believe that there's a special place in Heaven for those who care for animals. Especially, those like Miss Daizy. One can only imagine the memories she has of her twenty years. I'm sure the future looks more Rosie for this sweet Daizy! Keep us updated, ok?

Jenna Z said...

Aww, what a sweetie pie to hobble all that way with you and then jump into your trailer! She knew she was going somewhere great. I love donkies (and mules!). It brings back great memories to see these two sweeties.

QueenBe said...

Lucky Daizy... I bet she makes the most wonderful pet, as rescue animals seem to know they were given another chance. What a sad story. As a former horse owner, I know how horses (and I am sure Donkeys, too) rely on hoof health to even function right. Keep us updated on her progress!

Andrea said...

Bless your kind heart! She does indeed look so sweet!

God bless you for being such a caring person!

In His Love,


Phyllis said...

Hi Cathy,

I discovered you by doing a search for "sewing birds" and came across your gussett tutorial - just what I needed, so thank you!

God bless you for saving Daisy. When I moved here 9 years ago, I had a small barn built with intentions of rescuing two donkeys. It has never worked out for me and now I won't be able to b/c I'll probably move from here to a small place (apt ?) one day.

I've bookmarked you under my favorites so I can visit again often.

Thanks again for caring for the animals!!!!!

TheRoosterChick said...

She sounds like one lucky girl to have found her way to you.

Natasha Burns said...

ooooh poor sweetie :(
I'm so glad she found a warm and loving home in yours. And a sister who will grow to love having her around I am sure. Your donkeys are so precious!
Do you know Tiffany of Shabby Scraps? She has a donkey, Churro The Burro - I think you guys would hit it off with donkey talk if you didn't already know her!

Susimac said...

I'm so glad that you rescued her, she looks adorable, what a sad life she has had so far, at least now she has 'fallen on her hooves' (feet), as we say in the UK, and got a family that loves her, bless you for taking her in

Lucy F. said...


thank you for her, for having saved of his previous misfortune.
What you have done is great work.


Shannon @ Silver Trappings said...

Awwwww. Thank you for rescuing her!