ROSEBUD: A Rescue Mule with a very happy ending for your Monday! (PS: Need a calendar?!)

As you know, I am a fan of the HORSES OF HOPE Faces of Rescue 2013 Calendar.

To me, I don’t care if I use the calendar as an origami airplane or if it just sits on my desk forever… the photos are beautiful and the cause is GREAT – saving horses from the actual last horrific stop.  The gals who created this calendar work tirelessly to photograph, market and rescue these poor souls who have no more chances left…

So, I’m writing to try to entice any of you calendar-challenged people, or those of you in need of an office gift, or a barn gift or a stocking stuffer, you might consider this calendar.

What other way can you donate and also get something??  Win-Win!


Sarah K Andrews is the photographer who has changed the lives of so many of these desperate horses.  What a lovely way to donate your skills, eh?

Gina Keesling owns HOOFPRINTS and she published the calendar – another selfless act.

The proceeds of the sale of these calendars goes to ONE HORSE AT A TIME rescue.  This is the engine behind the locomotive of effort that rolls forward week after week to save as many of these slaughterbound horses as possible.


I chose to feature Rosebud because I love the donkeys and mules… They are truly brilliant, stoic, kind, amusing and the most honest animals I’ve met.  I feel that every ranch should have a donkey or a mule.  They protect and serve ultimately.  Truly.  The Grand Canyon uses mules for a reason.

This mule, Rosebud, was thrown out as trash when she became too old to work…

But now, rescued through the work of these fine ladies, Rosebud lives to charm again!

(From Thoroughbred Daily News via Gina Keesling)











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Rosebud is one of the many horses, ponies, donkeys, and mules featured in my 2013 Horses and Hope calendar. With the help of Gina Keesling of HoofPrints, my 2012 debut calendar contained over 100 photos of auction horses. Thanks to the support of horse lovers all over, it raised over $40,000 for One Horse At A Time, helping hundreds of horses in need directly, and untold others indirectly through increased public awareness. Now that we have one calendar’s worth of experience to draw upon, the 2013 version promises to be even more exciting, even more creative, and as always, inspirational and positive.


Sarah Andrew

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6 comments have been posted...

  1. Arliss

    Not only does this calendar benefit such a great cause, but it is really beautifully made — the photos, layouts, and text are really wonderful. I’ve treasured my 2012 edition and can’t wait to get the new one.

    LOVE the pics and writing about Rosebud!

  2. Ann Thompson

    I love Rosebud, she is the Maxine of mules. She gives great advice, brightens my day and her rescue story inspires me everyday to do more for those that cannot speak for themselves. How can you not love someone who loves jelly donuts?

  3. Rosebud

    Thank you for posting my beautiful pictures. I love it when Ms. Sarah comes to take my pictures because I get to wear my favorite hats and because Ms. Sarah has a laugh that just makes you want to whinny along with her. I hope that you will buy the calendars and see all the other beautiful horses and pesky ponies. I must say that I am just grateful that they are on the calendar and not taking up space in my paddock.

    Whoops, Mom says I have to be nice and remind everyone that the funds from the calendar go to a really really good cause and that One Horse At A Time is responsible for gelding several of those really pesky ponies here at the rescue. So please buy one so that the rest of them can be gelded and go away.

  4. Kathy Wilson

    On your recommendation, I ordered the calendar – it is beautiful and I absolutely love it. Well worth the cost. Thanks for letting us know:)

  5. MET

    Look at her face – so beautiful! I ordered several when you first posted about these calendars – they will make fabulous Christmas presents and I think will be delivered today.

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