Browning the Donkey Paddock

Posted by F&S

We Frenchies realized we hadn’t seen our friends, the donks, for quite a while, so we set out to find them and catch up on all the latest gossip.  You can imagine our surprise when we saw that some big changes had been made to the donkey paddock.

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Sharkey!  Something strange is going on in the donkey paddock!

1 Sharkey! Something strange is going on in the donkey paddock!

That is strange, Francesca!  Someone has covered a large part of the paddock with tarps, which are being held in place with bales of hay.

2 That is strange, Francesca! Someone has covered a large part of the paddock with tarps, which are being held in place with bales of hay.

Covering the grass like this will turn it brown.  Why would anyone want to do that?  Maybe we should go and ask the donks!

3 Covering the grass like this will turn it brown. Why would anyone want to do that? Maybe we should go and ask the donks!

Hey donks, Francesca and I noticed the tarps in the paddock.  What's going on?

4 Hey donks, Francesca and I noticed the tarps in the paddock. What's going on?

Oh Sharkey, I'm afraid we, donks, have been eating too much - especially me!  That's why I'm sequestered in this little pen, away from Rufus and Clive.  I've been eating way too much grass and have put on too much weight.

5 Oh Sharkey, I'm afraid we, donks, have been eating too much - especially me! That's why I'm sequestered in this little pen, away from Rufus and Clive. I've been eating way too much grass and have put on too much weight.

Oh dear, Bille!  I've heard that overeating is dangerous for both horses and donkeys!  It can cause a metabolic imbalance!  An increase in weight can also change the way an animal stands, putting too much pressure on the heels, leading to foundering!

6 Oh dear, Bille! I've heard that overeating is dangerous for both horses and donkeys! It can cause a metabolic imbalance! An increase in weight can also change the way an animal stands, putting too much pressure on the heels, leading to foundering!

That's right, Sharkey.  Sadly, our instincts are to eat when food is available and we just can't stop ourselves!  That's why Betsy is browning the paddock.

7 That's right, Sharkey. Sadly, our instincts are to eat when food is available and we just can't stop ourselves! That's why Betsy is browning the paddock.

Without sunlight and rain, the grass will brown and die off, leaving me with less to eat!

8 Without sunlight and rain, the grass will brown and die off, leaving me with less to eat!

Our diets consist mainly of hay and a few treats, like apples and carrots in moderation.  Lush grasses and clovers are tasty, but they're rich and make us fat.

9 Our diets consist mainly of hay and a few treats, like apples and carrots in moderation. Lush grasses and clovers are tasty, but they're rich and make us fat.

Oh I get it now, Sharkey!  Once the grass turns brown and the tarps are removed, Billie will be able to exercise in this area without having the tempting grass to eat!  I sure hope she loses the weight and gets back into shape!

10 Oh I get it now, Sharkey! Once the grass turns brown and the tarps are removed, Billie will be able to exercise in this area without having the tempting grass to eat! I sure hope she loses the weight and gets back into shape!

Comments (12)

  • The donks are coming, the donks are coming! :)

    You've made my day and it's only 6:13 am!

    I can see why I feel a kinship with the donks. I too, find myself grazing too much! :)

    Let us chubbies stick together! :)

    But, I concur with Sharkey. We want happy and healthy donks. Ease up on the grass and you'll be in slimming down in no time.

    Now, if only I would heed that sage advice!

    Love all the furry friends on the farm!!
    gail

  • Good Morning F & S

    Now I've seen it all Donks on a diet. Mom watches our weight she doesn't want us to have hip problems. Our treats now consist of freeze dried fruit but I'm not complaining they are really yummy.

    Mom rolled over this morning and there I was snuggled right up against her head. She asked me why I have to sleep so close so I just told her I love her and feel secure with my paws wrapped around her neck. She said I put a smile on her face and gave me lots of kisses. I think everyone should wake up with a smile from their pet - how about you Glue Squad?

    She's not smiling now I'm sitting on her lap while I'm typing and just let out a stinky toot - gotta go mom is clearing the room ;)

    Zoe

  • Hello ladies, Kirby.
    Oh no, the weight police are everywhere; even watching the donks. Chows don’t usually overeat and get fat. I guess it’s because we are always napping and not “grazing.” That’s what I do most of the time. I always have a bowl full of dry food which I can eat anytime I want. I usually only eat when Mommy and Daddy have something to eat; that would be three times a day. Really it’s four for me; always have a little snack before going to bed at night. Up early again this morning. If it isn’t the school bus it’s the garbage truck. I’ll nap later after a morning snack.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Morning Girls & Glue Squad, Nice to see you checking on the donks, guess everyone needs to keep in check on eating & treats, I know some of my treats have been cut down and not because I'm overweight, but I would continue to eat them till they were all gone. Mom says a little goes a long way.

    Yesterday was a busy day for me, I spent most of the day at the "spa" and looked so pretty when Mom came to pick me up, soft & cuddly :) then after dinner I supervised Mom & Dad mow the neighbors lawn, and after that we went for a walk. I was a little tired afterwards. Oh well, all in a days job, hehe...

    Cora-Belle, glad your toes are better; Kirby, don't scratch too much on your new fur. Hi to all my buddies - Lynn, hopefully by January I will be able to help your new addition on good behavior, but let me conquer it first, ;)

    Back to enjoying outdoors before it gets too hot & humid again.

    Till next time,
    Missy Chow
    xoxo

  • Hello Ladies,
    I never knew that donks could overeat. It is good they have Betsy looking out for their weight. I love that Kirby, the weight police. They are everywhere around me,except they never follow their own laws of eating. The laws are just for me. I hope the donks slim down soon and get back to the browned area. Zoe, your morning kisses remind me of the Warrior Prince. He was a snuggler just like you. I hope the chiweenies didn't wear out Cora Belle yesterday. It is a busy day today as I am helping Will and Weston get ready for their trip to Alaska tomorrow. Remember Will got this gift certificate to a travel agency when he retired and this is his father son trip of a lifetime. I know they will be bringing back lots of salmon and halibut. Off to help.
    Hugs & smiles,
    Lynn

  • Hi F, S, &GK+ Glue Squad, Once again, you two brilliant girls have taught us something new and very important about your good friends, the donkeys there at Bedford farm! How great that Betsy is browning the Donkey paddock so that Billie can lose her weight and be healthy again! I'm sure that you girls and GK will visit the donkeys more often and help keep them much more active! You girls are always active and that's why you look so great! Gail, I agree with you about the donkeys and I love all those furry animals at the farm, too! Zoe, I'm a lot like you because I love to sleep very close to my Mom whenever possible because I love her sooo much! Kirby, I love snacks, too and I remind Mom to give me some whenever possible! Delia, your beautiful Kitty sure reminds me of my good friend, Bogie, who used to sleep like Kitty does when he was too hot-I love kitties! Will check back later to read the rest of your comments today! Hope all of you have a great day and stay safe! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Hi ladies,
    I so missed the donkeys. What we learn about the donks, we could almost write a book.
    I, too have put on weight. I had been riding with Papa to work. One night Mimi said "What happened to our dog?" I had developed quite a belly. Well, one of our route drivers was giving me 2 large dog bisquits every morning. That is a lot of extra calories even for the biggest of the small ones, like me. So, now I ride to work with Mimi. The drivers are gone by then and I don't get any extra treats. That's a sneaky way to put a guy on a diet.
    I'm so glad to hear everyone is doing so good. Missy Chow, I bet you looked beautiful after you spa day. Zoe, you make Mimi laugh when you talk about your stinkers. She remembers her little Boston Terrier being a foo-foo dog, too. Gail, Mimi knows just what your mean, she gave in to peanut butter cups yesterday. Kirby, you have more will power than me. If I see a bowl of food, I gobble it down.
    I'll check later..........Great day everybody
    Your pal,
    Rebel

  • Hello Francesca,Sharkey, Lynn, Cora belle,Maddox, Missy Chow and all my glue squad friends-
    I was very interested in learning about the paddock browning since sometimes we see areas with tarps on farms during my commute from work. Being a working frenchie pug I like to see the farms out the windows but we never get to watch donks. Billie looks very smart too.
    I was "off" yesterday and stayed home with my grandpapa to watch the olympics and NY Jets camp news on tv to keep cool. Mom volunteered at the cat shelter to give them TLC before work. She has been running a lot and taking me to the park so we both are very fit this month.
    Chloe welcome back! I hope you spare that baby ground hog. Kirby Bear I hope your skin feels less itchy. Zoe, I just don't understand the fascination with t.p. but maybe in my younger puppy days??? Missy Chow YOU LOOK STYLIN GIRL! Bet that spa treatment was fun. Maddox, you and your son are very handsome men. I loved seeing G.K. sitting by the pond. Rebel we are glad your ducks came back. Coar belle hope you are relaxing eating maple bars with those pretty nails by the river. Delia and kitty we really enjoyed hearing about Kitty sleeping outside. Dudley HIGH FIVE to YOU for loving kitties, James Dean sends his purrs. Lynn, hugs to you and a safe trip for Will and Wes to Alaska. Sonya, hope you enjoy a nice relaxing summer day.
    Mom is taking me to the new Dog Park!! Gotta go- love, Abby

  • Perhaps Billie needs some work to do - burn off calories and not eat out of boredom.... how about a cart and haul things to the compost site.... something along those lines.

  • Maddox - Where are you?????

  • ..we had mini goats and like the mini donks, if you would let them, they would eat till they got sick..all of our mini goats had been abused, but got to live their lives in luxury when they arrived here..Hard to imagine that people could be mean to a mini goat..we don't have any mini goats anymore, but in my younger days I would spy on them and bark and try to herd them around, except, some had horns I had to be careful of...what no Maddox today..where are you buddy?..All the rest of my dog pals and people have a good day, love, Cora-Belle

  • Late for this post so am doing it today! :-(

    The pastures look so lush and it's been a drought, so does it get watered? what a shame to deaden the area, but it's important for an equine not to overeat lush grass, we lost our Pony from founder after she was stolen from us and not feed well, when we found her we put her out to pasture, she overate and got her founder back and had to be euthanized because it was so painful for her to stand...at least her last months were with my daughter who loved her and took care of her. I wrote a webpage on "Princess our Pony"(click on my name)

    I do hope the Donks will be OK! F&S keep an eye on them, founder is a terrible thing and thank Betsy for the great job!

    Jan, Kitty says Thanks for the compliment...she is lovable on HER feral terms...so cat like! ;-)

    delia & Kitty =^. .^=

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