Okay, not quite all mine yet, but let’s start at the beginning.
MysteryMan and I spent the last five days having a great time, with great friends in one Great (big) State, all of which I’ll tell you about later because I’ve got more important things to discuss at the moment. MINIATURE DONKEYS.
We originally planned our trip to Texas with food, friends, and music in mind. But MysteryMan had the best idea ever when he suggested we rent a car for a day and drive a few hours south to see his Aunt on her little ranch. Do I really need to tell you what also lives on that ranch?
I have tons of wonderful things to say about MysteryMan’s Aunt, her place, and her little menagerie of animals, but I have limited time, and way too many pictures to do it justice right now. Suffice it to say, MM and I think she lives in a little slice of heaven.
For now, let me introduce you to a few special someones though…
A few weeks ago we got word that a new Jenny (that’s a female donkey for the uninitiated) was born, and that she’d be a perfect candidate for coming to live with us in Spring.
(Did you just die of The Cute? If not, you will before this post is done)
We’re not sure if she’ll keep the name PJ when she comes here, but she’s currently named after MysteryMan’s aunt, since they share a birthday.
We stayed one night with the donkeys and couldn’t believe it when we woke up in the morning to a newborn baby donkey from one of the pregnant Jennets. Talk about fateful timing.
This baby girl is only a few hours old. And we think the fact that she was born on the one day we were there is a sign that she is meant for us as well.
The fact that we could walk up to the baby just hours after she was born is a testament to the gentle nature of these donkeys. If you’ve been around DIYdiva long enough you know that since MysteryMan planted the seed of expanding our family with mini-donkeys in my mind a couple of years ago I’ve been fairly well obsessed with the idea.
I’ll also admit to being a bit nervous about it, since I don’t have any experience raising or caring for any kind of animals that have, well, hooves, for starters. Plus a horse tried to kill me once, and that’s something that will make you a little leery of anything equine-ish, even if they’re under 3 feet tall.
So I was riddled with insecurities about whether or not the donkeys would be standoffish, or, say, prone to using people as target practice for those lethal kicks.
And then I met this bunch. They sure look stuck-up and mean, don’t they?
You can see by the fact that PJ is staring adoringly at MysteryMan that the donkeys haven’t taken to him AT ALL.
The interesting thing about donkeys is that they are simultaneously curious and calm. They don’t run madly up to greet you, but they’ll always mosey over to see what you’re up to. Even if you don’t have treats.
They are always aware of their surroundings, and provide a willing audience to any human shenanigans…
(As far as composition goes, this photo sucks… but I can’t help but love the attitude of this crew as they watched us play with PJ)
And they each have their own personalities. This Jenny was posing for the camera…
While this one made it clear that I was taking too many pictures, and not paying enough attention to her.
She just wanted a hug. (Yeah, it’s an unflattering and out-of-focus picture of me but it illustrates just how lovable, and funny, these creatures are.)
Even PJ doesn’t discriminate on who she makes friends with…
I mean, how can you NOT love them?
Now feel free to fall out of your chair with the overwhelming amount of adorable you’ve just been exposed to.