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AN UPDATE ON ROJO, REMI AND SAM! PLUS, a chance to do a really nice thing…

As you all know by now, Remi, Rojo and Sam have all hit the Wild Mustang lottery by being invited to live at SkyDog Ranch Sanctuary (7600 acres in Prineville, Oregon).

It does my heart good to see photos of them – fat and happy.  The below pics were taken just today.  Their winter coats are gone, all are well fed and looking like the wild&free life is suiting them greatly.  I swear that Rojo looks like a wild stallion now.  He has that look in his eye…  Although he was always a gentleman and I adore him, this is where he was meant to be.  I feel as though I was meant to rescue him, so that I could free him.

Rojo. Doesn’t he look like he was always wild (and he was, I felt)?! So handsome.

Very plump Rojo and Sam.

Gorgeous Remi. She was my girl and I miss her. But, I think she is very happy where she is living now.

Ahhh, the wonderous food truck! This is strong and dominant Remi with Rojo to her left.

Rojo pushing his girls forward. Remi in front, Sam to her right. It is so nice that they have maintained their herd friendships as well as incorporated a few more into their band. Lovely.

A VERY NICE THING TO DO… and I would be greatly honored by your help.

Skydog Sanctuary continues to aid, administer to, find homes for, transport and take in branded mustangs who are in desperate need – those languishing in meat feedlots.

As you know, Skydog took in Rojo, Remi and Sam as a special favor to me – due to my new living arrangement.  A wonderful gift and I am indebted with heartfelt gratitude.

At present, I think Skydog Sanctuary is housing over 70 equines (including BLM donkeyss), goats and an emu.  They work really, really hard – out in the middle of horsegod country – with just a handful of volunteers and rockstar ranchhands.  Mostly, they do it all themselves.

Yesterday, I noticed a plea from Skydog  – asking for help with their ‘hay for winter’ fund.  Now, they rarely ask for anything… but I learned that they have an opportunity RIGHT NOW to get a large hay load at a low cost.   This plea for help is very important to them.

Since we’ve all enjoyed Skydog’s wonderful stories of rescue, their updates on The ‘Stang Gang and their gorgeous photography, if at all possible, please contribute directly to Skydog’s hay fund.  Thank you very, very much.

CLICK HERE to make a 100% tax-deductible donation to help Skydog with their hay drive for winter.  Any amount – a mouthful of hay or a huge hay belly – will be deeply appreciated by me, Skydog and all the mustangs!  *Anyone who donates $115 – the price of a ton – will get a Skydog hat sent to their home courtesy of Clare from Skydog Sanctuary!

WILDMAN ROJO thanks you!


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Do you remember this photo?  In June, we had an Emergency Bucket Fund for these 3 wild donkeys who were in a kill pen.

You can read their story here.

Donks in the kill pen.


This note is from Clare Staples of Skydog Sanctuary.

After the good news of yesterday, lets catch up with our three beautiful donkeys currently at the Malibu Ranch. Some of you helped save them from auction a few weeks ago THANK YOU and they have transformed since they have been with us. They’ve lost their scraggly winter coats and are shiny and fatter and a lot friendlier. Their names are Red, Rosie and Paulie. We have a funny history with donkey names as the very first animal we EVER rescued was a flashy red roan donkey called Vinnnie who we still love and adore. After that we rescued a mama and baby donks from a Kill Pen in Waco Texas and they were already named Frankie and Johnny. So now it seems as though all our donkeys are wise guys from New Jersey so we just had to name our new boy Paulie. Plus I wanted to name an ass Paulie

Then we had to find two gangster moll names for Paulie’s pretty ladies and we named them Red and Rosie. One of the BLM girls is very Red and the other is very shy and seems like a delicate Rose. They are having a grand old time living out on the 11 acre hill grazing the brush down and being the best fire deterrent as California seems to be ablaze right now. I’ve read a lot of reports recently with evidence showing that wherever you remove large herbivores from land, catastrophic wild fires are the result. Imagine if we returned a lot of the wild horses and donkeys in holding back on to rangeland or private land that isn’t grazed and they could keep the brush and grass low so when these fires roar they don’t have the fuel they do now. They could act as nature’s fire service. We need to get the environmental balance back in sync and wild horses and burros should be a huge part of that.

So here are Paulie, Red and Rosie this morning having their breakfast in the top barn before they go out and munch the hill. We must never forget that the fight for our wild horses also includes wild donkeys like these three. They are just the sweetest most loving and loved animals and their wild herds need to be protected before there are none left out there and sanctuaries like this one are the only place to see them x

Pretty Girl Red

Paulie has the striped cross on his withers and a lot of striping on his legs and back. Very unusual and cool x

Paulie and his donkey ears

You can see the stripe on his back here

This is the shy girl Rose who is almost black on most of her body

Paulie looking so majestic

Red showing off her color and her fuzzy ears

Rose has the sweetest nature but is usually hidden behind her two friends. She and Red have BLM brands and Paulie doesn’t

Yes Paulie, You are safe now FOREVER x

RED – such a pretty girl. From Auction to Malibu ocean views, these are some happy Burros




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