Saturday, April 9, 2016

It’s a Donkey’s Life

I saw a photo of some healthy, well-cared for donkeys on Karen S's blog, 21 Wits, and it made me think of the donkeys I'd seen in Europe and North Africa last year. 
I don't think their lives are so happy.


Fez, Morocco



Mijas, near Marbella in Spain

As in many countries, there is a donkey sanctuary and protection agency in New Zealand.

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  1. The beasts of burden live very different lives depending on where they are born.
    Not unlike people.
    And both can make my heart ache.

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    1. Mine too, EC. I am thankful for the kind people who look after others, both human and animal.

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  2. I guess it is hard out there for working animals.

    I remember seeing the horses who drew carriages around Manhattan, right next to buses and cars all day.
    ~

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    1. Thunder, this comment made me think of a horse I saw in Rome which brought tears to my eyes. I couldn't help comparing his life with that of the horses we've owned over the years...

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  3. I don't see nearly enough decorated donkeys in my week. That first picture is adorable!

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    1. Oh but John he was so miserable! Under that sacking his coat was all mangy, his hooves were cracked and needed cutting... The ones in the other photo spend all day hooked up to a cart, waiting for the tourists to come along.

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  4. When I lived in Manhattan I saw the horses for the tourists, and always felt sorry for them.

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    1. I feel very sorry for them, especially the many that I saw out in the fields in Morocco. Beasts of burden indeed.

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  5. Does not look to be a happy donkey, bearing the burdens of humans.

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  6. By the way, the mystery birdie bush is definitely not a forsythia.

    It still hasn't produced flowers yet. I am vaguely remembering small white flowers, perhaps...
    ~

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    1. oops - ok, I thought there was a pic of said bush with yellow flowers. A different bush entirely, I guess.

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