Reading the Donkey Companion

Posted by F&S

You may recall our blog the other day about visiting the Tractor Supply store with G.K. and Uncle Carlos.  It turns out that we really did buy that book called the Donkey Companion, written by Sue Weaver.  It’s filled with all sorts of useful information and one thing we learned is that not all donkeys are built the same!

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Francesca, come and read this book with me!

1 Francesca, come and read this book with me!

It's the book we got at the Tractor Supply Store - The Donkey Companion.  I thought maybe we could gain a little insight on our donkey pals, Rufus, Billie, and Clive!

2 It's the book we got at the Tractor Supply Store - The Donkey Companion. I thought maybe we could gain a little insight on our donkey pals, Rufus, Billie, and Clive!

Wow, Sharkey!  I never realized there were so many different breeds of donkeys!  I guess we're so used to our Miniature Sicilian donks!

3 Wow, Sharkey! I never realized there were so many different breeds of donkeys! I guess we're so used to our Miniature Sicilian donks!

Now here's an interesting tidbit! Sicilian Miniature donkeys are also referred to as Mediterranean or Sardinian donkeys, because the breed originates from the islands of Sicily and Sardinia off of Italy.

4 Now here's an interesting tidbit! Sicilian Miniature donkeys are also referred to as Mediterranean or Sardinian donkeys, because the breed originates from the islands of Sicily and Sardinia off of Italy.

Look, Franny!  Our donks are the smallest variety there is, reaching a height no taller than three feet to their withers, or shoulder blades.

5 Look, Franny! Our donks are the smallest variety there is, reaching a height no taller than three feet to their withers, or shoulder blades.

I can't believe the donks are considered 'small!'  We, Frenchies, are no more than a foot tall.  Can you imagine how tiny we would be in comparison to a standard donkey, let alone the mammoth size breed?

6 I can't believe the donks are considered 'small!' We, Frenchies, are no more than a foot tall. Can you imagine how tiny we would be in comparison to a standard donkey, let alone the mammoth size breed?

I know, Sharkey!  I love the horses, but it can be intimidating even for pups as brave as us to stand at the feet of a mighty Friesian!

7 I know, Sharkey! I love the horses, but it can be intimidating even for pups as brave as us to stand at the feet of a mighty Friesian!

Oh, Franny, look at this one!  It's a Spotted Ass!  Doesn't that look a bit like Billie?  Not that I think of Billy as an ass.

8 Oh, Franny, look at this one! It's a Spotted Ass! Doesn't that look a bit like Billie? Not that I think of Billy as an ass.

I don't know how Billie would react to being called a Spotted Ass, do you?  I wouldn't want to be the one to say it!

9 I don't know how Billie would react to being called a Spotted Ass, do you? I wouldn't want to be the one to say it!

Actually, this book says that there's an American Council of Spotted Asses, where you can register spotted donks!  I'm sure Billie is proud of her spots, and if not, she should be!  After all, I'm quite proud of the pink spot above my mouth.

10 Actually, this book says that there's an American Council of Spotted Asses, where you can register spotted donks! I'm sure Billie is proud of her spots, and if not, she should be! After all, I'm quite proud of the pink spot above my mouth.

Comments (10)

  • You girls are too funny this morning. I don't know about a council of Spotted Ass Donks, but I bet there is a huge council for Human Asses. I didn't go there, did I? hehehehe My bad.
    Well Glue Squad members, I saw there were many posts about Basil. See that little buddy, I told you we all care about you, but then again, you knew that.
    One more thing, I read that some people are going to be attending Westminster Dog Show at Madison Square Garden next month. If you happen to be there on Monday afternoon, look for the chow section and you can meet GK. Karen and Jan will be with him so you can meet them too. I wish I could go, but I did it two years in a row. It is now time to turn the reigns over to my boy.
    Have a great day.
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • Good morning ladies,
    Spotted Ass sounds soooo funny. Billie is such a cute spotted Ass. I have a pink spot on my bottom lip that is rather charming as well a a couple of black spots on my tummy.
    I think I love the donkies. Our nativity has a sicilian donkey. I know this because of the cross on his back.
    Hey Glue Squad & friend, tell about all about your spots!
    Your pal,
    Rebel

  • Good Morning F & S

    So you spent your weekend reading about spotted asses? And if you should decide to go call the donks asses make sure you are far enough away so you don't get a kick in your ass!

    Mom went to visit her friend at the farm Saturday she needed fresh eggs. She took her sister (Chloe's mom) and her niece Abbie. They got to meet all the goats, chickens, sheep, cows and of course Genaveve the pig. I wish I could go I'd love to chase a few of those goats around the yard ;)

    Yesterday was wonderful mom and dad never left the house. Mom has a pretty bad cough so she just laid around the house and watched football and of course I was on her lap ALL day. I got lots of hugs and kisses I just love my mom :)

    Basil I hope you got lots of rest over the weekend. Make sure you keep us up to date on your test results. We are praying for you.

    Zoe

  • Hello Ladies,
    What a love and comfort Mom and I had from all our Daily Wag Buddies over the weekend. Thank you DW staff for keeping the posts going over the weekend. It sure did help us in this wait until the lastest test results come in. Mom and I stayed close and she was a researching fool all weekend. I am not old either--just a spring chicken, right? You are all the best, and I will keep you informed as the latest results come in.

    Those spots on the donks are cute. I have lots. That is why I am a brindle.I would stay plenty back if I was you girls, if you call them an ass. No matter if there is a council or not, I do not believe they are used to it. Stay back!!! Rebel I think that is so neat you have a donkey in your nativity, with a cross on it no less. Zoe, what a fun weekend you and I both had with our Moms. That cuddle time is what it is all about. Those farm eggs are really good too. Maddox, you be sure and get all the in depth particulars about the time of G.K. at the Westminster Dog Show next month. We certainly all want to tape him. How proud you, Karen and Jan all must be!!! I will get back to you all when I hear from my doctor. Thanks again for your love and support. You are the best group of glue squadders going. We love you!!
    Love & licks,
    Basil (and Lynn)

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    Well today you are talking about my favorite subject; Asses. I’ve told you before that one lives next door but I haven’t told you about seeing so many when we travel. It seems that everyday we are on the road we see many of them. Mommy and Daddy keep track of them and at the end of the day, they pick the biggest “all” of the day. People driving really do some dumb things. I guess that’s why Daddy calls them a “dumb ass.” No offence Donks.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

    PS Take care Basil, my paws are together for you.

  • Hi Girl Friends &G.K., OMG! You girls are so stunning looking in these photos and so charming to teach us more about your wonderful donkey friends! Billie, Clive, and Rufus are so much fun to see out there in their paddock talking to you many times when you visit them! Should you call Billie a Spotted Ass? I don't think I ever would do that 'cause Mom might wash out my mouth if I did! You girls are so cute and I love your spots! Since I'm a brindle, I have many spots all over my body! My Uncle Tim is still working on getting my photos over there for you to see. Love your comments again today! It was great to see more comments from Basil and for him over the weekend! As usual, our prayers are for all of you to be as healthy as can be! Basil, Cora-Belle, etc. so happy you are doing much better and Basil, my paws are crossed, also! We had a fun time on the 3rd Sunday in a row when it got warmer and dry so Mom could take me for another 2 hour walk! Got to meet a cocker spaniel named Daisy May and a baby pit bull named Scooby-such fun!! Hope everyone has a great day again! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Oh how cool you bought the book! I find Donks, Mules, Asses, Burros fascinating. Did you know that the Donkey or Ass(Equus africanus asinus)are a domesticated member of the Equine or horse family? The ancestor of the donkey was from Africa(E. Africanus)and that was thousands of years ago. Columbus brought them here to this land. What I have always wondered is the sounds of Braying they do, so obnoxious ;)

    Hey Maddox I know what you're talking about, those Human Asses...seems to be more of them lately...Geeze! :( ~d

    Mommie delia is so happy that I have a tiny meeeeuw, my cousin Kyle Meaaouuws sooo loud.

    I'm happy the weather has been snow-less, I can enjoy catting around in the woods. Yesterday a 8 point Buck chased me and he stopped short of the driveway when a car came. Then there is the Squirrel that comes and drinks my water and goes inside my Igloo...what nerve!

    Have a great day everyoneI
    Kitty >^..^< & mommie ~d

  • My favorite blog post yet! It's all about the donks!

    I never knew all the varities of donkey's there are. I do learn quite a bit from your postings F&S.

    By the way, I've dated a few 'spotted asses' in my day! :)

    Love you both!

    gail

  • thanks frenchies for all the info..we too, have "asses" that live across the river up on the hillside,,oops wrong kind of ass...the donks are such cute little guys...like I mentioned before we had mini-goats..loved those little guys,,but they could really head-butt..I deserved it though, because being a blue-heeler aka cattledog, I would nip at their little ankles..not to hurt them just to play...watch out kitty.. a buck could do so damage to you..ask my buddy, Kit-Bang, a branch bull elk in rut..knocked her flying one year out in the front yard...so be careful, she says munch the squirrel if it gets in your igloo again..naughty Kit-Bang!.Basil, take it easy today buddy, just lounge around...I have no spots,,I am a double masked..I must brag ..it has been said I have the perfect cattledog double mask...Dudley, we still need to see what you look like..must get out and check on the wood-ducks down at the swamp ..yes, I'm wearing my stupid vest so I don't get chilled..I know the critters laugh at me..over and out Cora-Belle

  • LMAO! ...

    Sorry girls - couldn't resist.

    Happy new year!

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