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Lookey who is wearing a halter!!

Tuesday, March 16th, 2021 | Filed under Updates

So the new donkey jennys (Ethel Merdonk and Princess Buttercup Pebbles) came here unhandled.  They learned to take cookies fairly easily, of course…  but wearing a halter was another story.

Cookie/halter training started last week.

First they get a cookie if they touch the halter with their nose.  Then they get a cookie if they let the halter go over their nose.  Then they get a cookie if they let the halter loop over their nose and they don’t move.  Then they get a cookie if I can throw the rope-end over their necks… then they get a HUGE ATTA GIRL and a cookie if they stand still for me to tie it.

Well, today was HUGE ATTA GIRL day.  Both ladies allowed me to put on their halters and tie them.  They actually wore the halters for a few minutes and neither one shook their heads or reacted, although Ethel did sniff the halter on Princess.

Next lessons, picking up feet.  The farrier comes March 30th, so we have a lot to accomplished!


Ethel Merdonk. She was looking for her cookie. The farrier comes on March 30th, so we have a lot to accomplish. She needs her feet trimmed.

Ethel sniffs Princess’ halter. The Pony King Rocky Balboa and Sir Dalton look on from the next paddock. You can see my hands at the bottom of the frame.

Two very good girls!

Mo and Missy Miss look on. They want cookies, too. Interest is high.

Who could resist those faces?! Of course they got cookies, too.

MARCH BUCKET FUND!  SO SKINNY, THEY HARDLY LOOK HEAVILY PREGNANT, young, starved and left on a kill lot… MARCH BUCKET FUND tribal fillies: Keona and Kiki!


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I’m this tall.

Thursday, December 31st, 2020 | Filed under Updates

During lockdown in California (my work is closed – ), I’ve decided to paint my single story house.

So far, so good.

A kind reader gave me a few hints about how to paint around bushes by using plywood to push back the bush (I used a flattened, large, cardboard box).  Thank you.  It worked great!

Anyway, I’m making my way around the house.  First I pressure washed it – well, I did that until our pressure washer broke – now I’m just using a hose and nozzle on ‘jet’.

As you can see… (hand motion)… I’m this tall.  Second round, I will use the ladder.

I had to trim around the roses and citrus trees. The hardest part was the area underneath the silver box on the wall.

The backside of the AirBnB portion of the house. You can see how tall I am.

The garage. The horizontal pieces are way easier to paint than the original vertical boards on the AirBnB part.


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