March 9, 2014

SURPRISE!!! **Warning: Cuteness Overload**

Unless you saw my Instagram posts, you will most likely be very surprised at this surprise....


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I got a miniature donkey!!!


I found a very reputable breeder with outstanding miniature donkeys in my state.  My goal was to find a calm, healthy donkey with great bloodlines.   After looking at seven of her donkeys (if you were there with me, you might have just died of cuteness when I came across a 1-day-old donkey) I found Jethro.

Baby miniature donkey
Jethro!

Jethro was born on January 25th of this year, so he won't actually be with me until May when he is ready to be weaned.  The thing that made him stand out was that he just wanted to be loved on.  He was following us around everywhere, but definitely wasn't being obnoxious.   He let me pick up all four hooves and pet him everywhere (legs, ears, belly, tail, chest, etc.) and he stood like a complete gentleman the whole time; his sire and dam are the exact same.   The other donkeys, except one that was sold, were at a super squirmy, feisty stage and weren't quite as approachable as Jethro.  At first I was wondering if he had an illness or disability because he and his penmate were so calm and sweet.


Baby miniature donkey
Jethro and his dam, soaking wet from the rain!

As it turns out, he has yet to have a sickness or any known disabilities.   From what I have read and heard, donkeys are very hardy animals.   Their main health issue is getting overweight, they don't really commonly suffer from anything else.

Baby miniature donkey
Photo credit goes to his breeder
Jethro will be shown in showmanship and in-hand trail at the 4-H fair this summer, being the first miniature donkey ever shown at our large county fair.   He will be my new walking buddy and I am sure he will keep me great company!  I also hope to walk him in parades and have him visit nursing homes.  Above all, he will be Ypke's minion (term completely stolen from Adventures with Shyloh) and a beloved pet.

I am hoping to get another miniature donkey to come along with him, but the others that I met just weren't quite what I was looking for.  You never know, maybe you will see another one of these posts!  As of May, this will become a miniature donkey and Fjord blog.   I will do a post on his special pasture set up within a couple of months. :)




15 comments:

  1. He is absolutely adorable!!!! I want a mini donkey so bad, but I still have to convince my fiancé that we need one :)

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    1. Thank you! They really are wonderful animals to have around; super smart, friendly, and cute.

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  2. So cute!!! We had a mini donkey at our barn for a while. She was so much fun, great little donkey! I am so excited for you and Ypke will be pleased to have her very own minion to toss around :)

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    1. Thank you! Ypke is eagerly awaiting the arrival of her minion. :)

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  3. Oh goodness he is so adorable!! I can't wait to hear more!

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    1. Thank you, he really is just the cutest little fellow! Once May rolls around, I will definitely be posting about him!

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  4. so cute! is he smaller than a miniature horse?

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    1. I know with miniature horses there are two types of classes: Class A is 34" or under and Class B ranges from 34" - 38". Miniature donkeys cannot exceed 36". Right now he is up to my knee, but he should mature to be 31" or so and be stockier than a miniature horse.

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  5. I love donkeys!!!!! So excited for you!

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    1. They are wonderful animals, so smart and friendly. Thank you!

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  6. That is the cutest donkey EVER :) Love him! Does he make a lot of noise? Must be so cute :D

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  7. So cute! Our neighbors have mini donkeys and I'm trying to talk my husband into getting one to keep my horse company!

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