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DECEMBER BUCKET FUND: In honor of our Norma Jean, let’s help these 3 young donkeys in the kill pen!

All Seated in a Barn had been looking for a donkey for us to sponsor in the name of Norma Jean.  She found one, Snickers, who had lost an ear and most of his shoulder, to a dog attack.  Sadly, he didn’t make it.  Very sad.  We had all hoped he would pull through.

Snickers didn’t make it – and we were all heartbroken. We thought he might pull through.


Then, yesterday, ASAIB called me and asked if we could save these three, young male donkeys who were at the Bowie Livestock Auction in Texas.  I said YES!  Norma Jean would be thrilled if we bailed and helped feed/house 3 donkeys!

So, that is my request.  In the name of Norma Jean, let’s help these three land softly and be supported (meds, quarantine, food) for the few months they have before being adopted. — And, whatever monies we have leftover, will go towards the unpaid vet bills for Snickers, who wasn’t so lucky.

All donations are 100% tax deductible!  Thank you in advance and we truly, deeply appreciate all donations – especially in the name of Norma Jean.

All boys! They need rescuing and after care/transport/quarantine. Norma would love saving these three in her honor!

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Although the purchase price for these books is not tax deductible, your purchase will go directly into the Fund.  I have purchased all these books personally, and will send the monies received for the books, to the Fund for these donkeys!  Happy Holidays and thank you for helping!!

  1. Susie the Whispering Horse!

    These books are so NICE!  They feel great and look even better.  It measures 11.5 x 9.  There are 32 pages with 26 illustrations.  Easy print.  Lovely illustrations. Heavy paper.  Hard back.  Weighs less than a pound.  GREAT  message…And the very best part, it reads like a poem or a song –  It is so lyrical!   This story is made for being read aloud.  AND, the illustrations drew me in absolutely.  I could look at the detail forever.  I could just imagine being the little girl I was, coveting this book and poring over the pictures.100% of sales of these 25 books will go to Big Eddy!  Each book is $25, which includes shipping in US).

    Click here to purchase a Susie book for $25!

    *Pay Pal has changed their buttons, so if you want this book and it won’t let you purchase, email me  ( and I will figure it out for you.


2).  THE STORY OF BLUE – A Rope Horse, told in his voice…

I’ve read all of Michael’s books and listened to his entire audio library… THE BEST.  Any horse person, not just a roper, will find themselves nodding and smiling.  A total humanity boost.  I was given the opportunity to read an advance copy, and I couldn’t put it down. This is a lovely, lovely story told through the eyes and voices of Michael and his horse, Blue.  So  many times while reading this, I had to shut the page and reflect on what I had just heard… enlightening, humorous, uplifting and full of amusement through Blue.

I LOVE the voice of Blue.  He is a riot – we’ve all met a horse just like him!

To purchase The Story of Blue for $29.99, click here.

*Pay Pal has changed their buttons, so if you want this book and it won’t let you purchase, email me  ( and I will figure it out for you.

NORMA JEAN THANKS YOU FROM ABOVE.  She would be thrilled to save 3 donkeys!!

And I thank you for honoring my wonderful, perfect girl… she was the very best.

Norma Jean, looking at me through the front door of the house. She hung out there, on our porch, every afternoon at 11am.

This is the last photo I took of Norma, the night before she passed. I had no idea she was going… and I don’t think she did either.

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Norma Jean.

I don’t know how to express what a great being she was…

Kind, quiet, strong, honest.

My friend.  For 28 years.  My heart actually aches with missing her.

I didn’t realize until today, how much she actually shared her life with me.  We were good girl friends.

Having her as a free-range donkey was such a gift.  Norma would come to me when she was happy and ask for a treat or just to hang.  She came to me, sometimes running,  when she needed comfort or help.

Her days were full of good times and freedom.

But I think this recent bout with laminitis, broke her spirit.  –She was improving.  In fact, I had just purchased her a new winter blanket.  But… I think the prospect of her freedoms restricted, broke her heart.  She didn’t want to spent most of her time in a dry paddock.

I can only surmise that this week, the vet and I had been chatting in front of Norma.  We talked about having her wear a grazing muzzle during limited time outside the barn.  We talked about keeping her in a dry paddock during Spring and early Summer.   She would have to wear boots…

But Norma didn’t want that kind of life for herself.  She LOVED being able to roam around the ranch and make her own choices.  A life in the barn with boots and a grazing muzzle was not a life for Norma.

I think she was mulling this over and decided that it just wasn’t worth it.

This morning, she came to me, put her head into my chest and told me that this time, she didn’t want fixing.  This time, she was done.

I couldn’t believe it… she was doing so well…

But her mind was made up.  She wouldn’t eat (and I tried everything).  All she wanted to do was lie down in front of her fans.  Even her breathing changed.

–I could have kept her going… but I knew that she didn’t want that.

She trusted me today, to hear her and help her.

Which I did.

And I didn’t want to.  I didn’t want to let her go at all.

But as I sat with her, waiting for the vet, I told her that Slick and Dodger would be on the other side … and I let my best girl – go.  It was just like that.  She was lying down, and she put her head down and left.  Her way.  The freedom way.

The Donk Squad is together again.

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