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When I give Mo cookies, he makes this face…






I don’t think Mo understands the flavors of this new cookie…  He keeps making this face when I give them to him.

In his defense, I did purchase new cookies in hopes of sweet talking Ethel Merdonk into letting us do her feet – which she did.  Ethel Merdonk and Princess Buttercup Pebbles loved the cookies and made no faces.

Mo, not so much.  I think there is a flavor in these cookies that confuses his taste buds.

This is the new cookie I grabbed by mistake – when I needed a big bag of cookies to bribe Ethel Merdonk.

I had just given Missy Miss and Mo a cookie treat… and I’m now in with Rocky Balboa and Norma Jean. It was here that I noticed Mo’s reaction to his cookie.

But when I came back over, he wanted another. This is his “I want another, aren’t I pretty” face.

After I gave him another cookie, he made the face again.

Well, if he continues to make this face after any cookie, I will have his teeth checked.  But so far, it is only this one cookie:  Dumor Gourmet Gold.  I usually give them ReNew Gold cookies, when I don’t have any Beet-e-bites.

What I usually purchase at Tractor Supply, if I am out of Beet-e-Bites. He has never made that face with this cookie.


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Have you heard the expression, “Stubborn as a Mule”? Well, it’s the DONKEY part that is stubborn. Case in point: Norma Jean.






I’ve had Norma Jean Donkey for almost 26 years.

She is wonderful… very easy to manage, sweet, kind, wouldn’t hurt a fly, took care of both of the Shetland ponies for years.

On the other hand, she is very, very, very stubborn on what she feels she doesn’t need to do.

Now, most donkeys don’t even lead.  Norma will lead.  Most donkeys hate halters.  Norma will wear a halter.

But, where Norma draws the line is a BLANKET.  Uh uh.  Nope.  Nada.  Never.  Don’t ever come near me with that thing.

TRAINING IS A THING… not sure who is training whom here.

When we lived in Grass Valley, I purchased a WeatherBeeta for Norma.  At that time, I realized that I would never win the blanket battle with Norma – especially because I only try to train her when I need her to wear a blanket, which isn’t optimum.  Hence, I usually just brought all the littles into the barn when it was a stormy night.

Here in Paso Robles, you’ve all heard me bemoan my decision to purchase a place without a barn, thinking we’d just build one on this pinnacle of a property.  Well, in California, nothing is easy or cost effective… so we have many shelters, but no barn.  Waaaah.

OK< so on the very few horribly stormy nights when the rain blows every which way, Norma Jean tends to stand in it.    I do not know why she is always drenched during stormy nights.  Everyone else takes cover or huddles together.  Not Norma.  She embraces it – and then she’s soaked and I worry – nonstop.

So for the last few days of this torrential and non-stop rain, I’ve tried everything I can think of to get her under cover.  First, I put her alone in a pen.  She got drenched because she stood out in it.  Then I put warm towels on her – which she liked – but they got wet, of course. Then I put her in my shed with panels around it… and she stood out in the rain.   Today, I put her in the pen with the three newbies, crossing my fingers that they might bond and huddle… but they didn’t.  That might take a few days.  So, tonight, I will warm up the blanket in the dryer (great suggestion reader, thank you) and beg her to please wear it.

PHOTO JOURNAL.

Here, Norma is finally drying off as this shed has lots of cover. I put her hay inside so she’d have to go in to eat. But, instead, she put her head in and then stood out in the only portion that was exposed to the rain.

Awww, c’mon Norma, come in! I’m inside the shed, begging her to come in.

She was happy to put her head in and eat, which I thought would be enough to keep her dryish over night.

SUCCESS!! I warmed the blanket and added a bucket of grain. It ends up that this blanket is now a bit small for our girl. Hmmmm. I have no idea when I purchased it but it is about 4″ too short. However, it is fine in the chest so it is worth wearing, for sure.

Then somehow, Norma moved to the big feedbin and the donkey duo moved to the back.

I came back with more hay, and they were in this position.

I went in to take this photo of Norma in her blanket… and PBC (Princess Buttercup) was sent to her own pile.

So I went up to Bully Ethel Merdonk… who looked at me like, “Whaaaat?”

And the best part… the pony (Rocky Balboa) never moved once. I think we know who is boss.

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