Isaac

Isaac

Isaac

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    Name: Isaac

    Type: Hinny

    Color: Dark Bay

    Markings: 4 white socks 

    Sex: Gelding

    Birthday: 1/1/2016

 

Our little hinny Isaac has quite a tale to tell. Abandoned at a Pennsylvania auction at three weeks old, mom nowhere to be found, he was sick and on his way to an early death. A rescue friend sent me the video – he was pitiful. Could she pick him up, we asked? Yes, she would – even though it was late in the day on the 3rd of July. She loaded little Isaac and called. 

She was sure he was sick. Yes, we could tell from the flopping ears and sad demeanor. Was there a vet on the way home that would take him? No – no one was open. Everyone was closed in anticipation of the Fourth of July holiday. We called our vet in Texas, sent her the video. Do you have any Doxycycline she asked? Normally, she wouldn’t prescribe anything without seeing the patient, but we were up against a wall. Fortunately, our friend had been treating a dog with Doxycycline and had some at home. Our Texas vet gave us the amount and Isaac got a dose. It probably saved his life. Fortunately, our friend had worked at a vet’s office years ago. She and the vet were still in touch. She called. Dr. Brian Burks would take him if he could come in the next morning. Get him there, we said. Our sweet friend loaded Isaac back up and drove two hours on the Fourth of July to the vet clinic. Dr. Burks who would become Isaac’s hero was waiting. 

That began the journey now know as “Saving Little Isaac”

Isaac was very sick. You name it, the poor little guy had it: pneumonia in both lungs, anemia, and the worst case of ulcers the vet had seen in 30 years of practice. There were antibiotics, sleepless nights, waiting for the phone to ring with bad news, and more antibiotics when the first ones didn’t clear up the abscesses in Isaac’s lungs. Finally, after two months of intensive care – improvement! We were so happy! Then – more ulcers (he needed a friend but was too sick to have one, so we got him a teddy bear), more treatments for his lungs, Gastroguard every day, and more antibiotics. At last – Isaac was better; the ulcers were improving and he was now a year old. We had another issue. Isaac needed to be gelded – and he needed a real friend. Step one: gelding. He was a cryptorchid. That meant surgery, so we held our breath and prayed his lungs would hold up to the anesthesia. Dr. Burks called. Success! Isaac was a gelding. A month later we saved Ellie, another hinny, and Isaac had a friend. After 14 months, it was time for Isaac and Ellie to come home. He will always need to be watched since his lungs are scarred, but his ulcers were gone and he had a friend too. It was a long journey – but worth every penny and sleepless night. Isaac’s friend Ellie has now sadly crossed the Rainbow Bridge, but Isaac has a new buddy in our Frodo and they live happily together at Critters Corner barn. 

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Tigger

Tigger

Tigger

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    Name: Tigger

    Type: Miniature Donkey

    Color: Pinto

    Markings: Spotted 

    Sex: Gelding

    Birthday: 1/1/2017

 

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In June of 2017, Celine Myers of the Ark Watch Foundation was contacted by Tia Bonkowski of Turning Pointe Donkey Rescue regarding a spotted mini donkey at the Bowie, TX kill pen. Someone had seen a little donkey literally gasping for air and reached out to Tia. Tia, knowing time was of the essence if the little guy was to be saved, promptly phoned Celine. Supposedly, the little donkey was a 2 year old gelding. As is often the case, the people at the kill pen had lied. It turned out that the poor little guy was only about 3 months old, although we didn’t know that at the time. Celine named the small donkey “Tigger” after the character in the Winnie the Pooh novel. We suspect that Tigger had been taken from his mom at just a few weeks of age and sold as a “bottle baby” for someone to raise. Tigger would beat the odds as donkey bottle babies rarely survive.

Celine suspected that he had very advanced pneumonia and to make matters worse, the outside air temperature that day in Bowie, TX was 105 degrees with very high humidity. At that point it was uncertain if Tigger would even make it to the clinic. Celine knew that without immediate intervention, the little donkey was going to die a slow, painful death. Kara Tunnicliff Schardt of the Circle of Friends Rescue in Oklahoma paid the $130 fee to get him released, and Celine sprang into action, having him immediately hauled to the Reata Equine Clinic in Weatherford, TX. He made it but arrived wild and unhandleable and quite frightened of people. Who could blame him, given the rough start he’d had in life!? This wasn’t good – he was already very ill and additional stress might kill him.

Tigger was gasping for air and the vet could hear crackles and wheezes in his lungs. She knew that Tigger had advanced pneumonia and started him on a powerful cocktail of antibiotics hoping he would quickly respond to the treatment. As the days passed, Tigger had several challenges to overcome. Metronidazole suppressed his appetite and the vet staff had to figure out a way to get food into Tigger since he had to have the metronidazole. The hospital staff realized that Tigger would not eat his hay at the front of his stall but he would eat at the back of it. This was an extremely important observation since he needed to eat! This aversion to being near the stall door was likely due to the fact that Tigger wanted to be far from the point where people were entering his space when he put his head down. To an equine foal, humans are just enormous predatory cats who walk on their hind legs and are looking to kill for their next meal! Poor little Tigger had not been with his mom long enough for her to teach him the ways of the world, what was safe and what wasn’t.

Against the odds, and due to the intensive vet care he received, Tigger’s pneumonia resolved. He was able to be slowly dewormed and vaccinated. Just as Tigger was due to come to Red Bell Run, the vet discovered that Tigger’s testicles were dropping! That’s when we found out he was not two years old, but more likely two or three months old, when he was rescued. Eventually, Tigger was castrated, and once recovered he travelled to Red Bell Run with Amanda and Phinneas, two older donkeys that he was familiar with from the clinic. Initially, Tigger stuck close to Amanda and Phinneas, but quickly made several friends and now spends his days sparring with these playmates, enjoying the safety and security a herd provides. It was a very rough start for Tigger but thanks to the efforts of all involved, he is healthy and enjoying life at the Longears Lodge at Red Bell Run! 

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Ellis

Ellis

Ellis

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    Name: Ellis

    Type: Standard Donkey

    Color: Grey

    Markings: None

    Sex: Gelding

    Birthday: 1/1/2017

 

Ellis is a gorgeous grey donkey who lives at Longears Lodge with his mother Elinor. These two donkeys are incredibly bonded and you will never see them apart from each other. 

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Taco & Consuela

Taco & Consuela

Taco & Consuela

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    Name: Taco

    Type: Standard Donkey

    Color: Red Roan

    Markings: None

    Sex: Mare

    Birthday: 1/1/2014

 

 

    Name: Consuela

    Type: Standard Donkey

    Color: Red Roan

    Markings: None

    Sex: Mare

    Birthday: 1/1/2011

 

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Consuela Taco Mom Daughter
Lenny

Lenny

Lenny

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    Name: Lenny

    Type: Standard Donkey

    Color: Brown

    Markings: None

    Sex: Gelding

    Birthday: 1/1/2017

 

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Lenny as a foal. This picture was the inspiration for our logo! 

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Tali

Tali

Tali

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    Name: Tali

    Type: Miniature Donkey

    Color: Brown

    Markings: None

    Sex: Mare

    Birthday: 1/1/2019

 

 

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