Part Two of What We're Thankful For

Posted by F&S

Since Dr. Pia is still participating in Petside's yearly blog event, where bloggers are sharing great information about pet adoption, we Frenchies thought we'd stick to that theme and tell you more about what we're thankful for.  The donks!

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We Frenchies are very thankful that we get to share the farm with our friends, the miniature donkeys.  Seen here are Billie, Rufus, and Clive.

1 We Frenchies are very thankful that we get to share the farm with our friends, the miniature donkeys. Seen here are Billie, Rufus, and Clive.

Did you know that the charming equine that we call a donkey is rightfully called an ass?  In the late 18th century, the word donkey was substituted for ass, differentiating it from arse, meaning 'derriere,' which was considered rude.

2 Did you know that the charming equine that we call a donkey is rightfully called an ass? In the late 18th century, the word donkey was substituted for ass, differentiating it from arse, meaning 'derriere,' which was considered rude.

However, in the world of donkeys, or Equus asinus, ass is a perfectly respectable word for these adorable beings, but we prefer calling them donks.

3 However, in the world of donkeys, or Equus asinus, ass is a perfectly respectable word for these adorable beings, but we prefer calling them donks.

Mini-donks were originally bred as working donkeys on the Mediterranean islands of Sicily and Sardinia, off the coast of Italy.

4 Mini-donks were originally bred as working donkeys on the Mediterranean islands of Sicily and Sardinia, off the coast of Italy.

Mini-donks were first brought to the United States in 1929.  By the 1950s, there were major breeders and a woman by the name of Bea Langfeld established the Miniature Donkey Registry.

5 Mini-donks were first brought to the United States in 1929. By the 1950s, there were major breeders and a woman by the name of Bea Langfeld established the Miniature Donkey Registry.

Like so many others, we love these easygoing and gentle creatures.

6 Like so many others, we love these easygoing and gentle creatures.

The profiles vary with different breeds of donks.  Miniatures have a slightly dished shape.  Isn't Rufus so cute?

7 The profiles vary with different breeds of donks. Miniatures have a slightly dished shape. Isn't Rufus so cute?

All donkeys have dorsal stripes running the length of their backs, forming a cross at the shoulders.

8 All donkeys have dorsal stripes running the length of their backs, forming a cross at the shoulders.

Here's another look.

9 Here's another look.

Mini-donks measure about 36-inches tall at their withers, or front shoulders and they come in all donkey colors.

10 Mini-donks measure about 36-inches tall at their withers, or front shoulders and they come in all donkey colors.

Billie is referred to as a Spotted Ass.  Spotted Asses can be any height and of any breeding, as long as they have spots.  People love their Spotted Asses so much they even formed The American Council of Spotted Asses!

11 Billie is referred to as a Spotted Ass. Spotted Asses can be any height and of any breeding, as long as they have spots. People love their Spotted Asses so much they even formed The American Council of Spotted Asses!

So now you know a thing or two about mini-donks and we think you'll agree that they're quite worthy of our thanks!

12 So now you know a thing or two about mini-donks and we think you'll agree that they're quite worthy of our thanks!

Comments (11)

  • Ooh add me to list of gratefulness for the donk-a-ronies! :)

    I prefer donks over arse/ass anyday!

    However, I've dated a few 'donks', oops I mean 'asses' in my day! :)

    Donks looked wonderful in the blog today. Seemed extra photogenic, maybe a carrot was dangling yonder to entice such great pics! :)

    I really like the tuft of fur between the ears. Makes me want to 'scritch' it! :)

    Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for the fab-donk-ulous blog entry!

    gail

  • Hi girls,
    I love the donks. They are so cute. Thank you for sharing them and your knowledge about them. Very interesting. I know some asses. They look a lot different than the three at your farm and they come in all different shapes and sizes and they do not treat others very nice. I guess the proper term for the ones I know would be Two Footed Ass. Hehehehehehe.
    Well, what is everyone doing this weekend? I know Gail will be looking at the pictures on the DW all day today. I know Ruby will be learning new things at her new house, I know, well I think I should let everyone say what their plans are. So, Glue Squad, let's hear your plans.
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • Those adorable Asses or should I say Equus asinus ;-) I once did a miniature painting of a Mini Donk (see on one of my miniature art webpages)
    Tomorrow we have our Vietnam Vets Xmas party, I always make a painting for prints to be available for the Raffles...this year it's an ink drawing of dog-tags from various wars "Tags of Honor". I just did not have time enough for a painting with all the commissions I had to fill.
    Today I have a load to do, it's hard with my dizziness(since Jan)I look like a drunk when I walk ;-(
    So everyone here my arms are wrapped around you, friends and fur-friends...and a Big Hug! also to the DW critters at MS...Kitty is out this morning but I know she would say "Me too, purrs to all here!"

    till later,
    delia & Kitty =^. .^=

  • Good morning ladies,
    I love the donks, too! I forgot to be thankful for the giant dog that lives next door. His name is Errol. He is so doggone tall! He was adopted by our neighbors way before I came to live with Mimi & Papa. He loves to "sing" along with sirens. He has a wonderful (and loud) baritone bark. We touch noses between the fence posts. I'm afraid he could hurt me though, not to be mean, but by accident. So, we are buddies from afar.
    Well, we are going to have warmish weather for the weekend. Papa is going golfing one last time & I'll take a walk and help Mimi finish decorating. She says that she will pull out her favorite Christmas movies for us to watch, too. Her favorite is "The Shop Around the Corner". Oh, we'll have a fire, too.
    Hope everybody has a great weekend and that Kitty gets home today. Where does Kitty go?
    Your Pal,
    Rebel

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    And hello to you too Dr. Pia. Oh wow, donkeys today. I just love those little guys; they look like little horses. Well, maybe not when you look closely. I don’t have enough room for a donkey where I live. Daddy said that if we did, he would get me one to play with. The little cat is still here. Thought it would be gone when we came back home after being away for two weeks. Mommy still won’t let me chase it. I’ll bet she would let me chase a donkey; then again, maybe not. That cat ruins my squirrel chasing. The squirrels are afraid to come on the back porch to steal the bird feed. I know that cat is out there; just let me at it. Until I get to chase it, have a good, and safe, weekend all.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hi F,S,&GK+ Glue Squad, Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful photos and great information about your friends, the donks, Billie, Rufus, and Clive! Sure wish I could be there and be able to hug them and you sweethearts, too! Hope you have a great weekend there at the farm with good weather! We have had lots of rain and wind lately and Mom and I go outside every time we get a bit of sunshine or just clouds so she can cut lots of wood for our wood stove! Really nice to be able to stay warmer inside! Gail, so happy you enjoyed seeing the donks again! I love them, too! Maddox, I don't know any asses because everyone I have met is very kind to me-I'm really lucky! Delia, sure hope you are OK and that my friend Kitty is , too! You are one busy lady! Rebel, you sure have an interesting dog next door and I have some great buddies near me, too! Sure wish we can get some nice warmish weather this weekend, too! Will check back later to read more great comments! Hope all of you have a great weekend! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Morning Girls, & Glue Squad, Hi Lynn, Delia, Sonya & Gail.. The donks are very photogenic today and seemed very happy to have their pictures taken. I know you girls take good care of them as all of your other friends on the farm - Good Job! :)

    I'm not sure what's up for the weekend yet. I'm playing it very carefully as Mom said the "full moon" this week might not have been my friend, if you know what I mean.

    Ruby, how are you doing? Abby & James Dean, I think Mom got me something to wear for a Christmas picture; but she's not sure which outfit I will wear, maybe she'll take two different pictures if I'm "really good" :-) . Kitty, it's getting colder, don't stay out too long. Rebel, sounds like you are going to be busy with Mimi today. Dudley Do Right, are you okay? Cora-Belle, hope you are wearing your vest, Kirby Bear, any adventures coming up? Maddox, I can tell everything is going well with you, right? Zoe, what have you been up to - is Mom still working late?

    Wishing everyone a great weekend.

    Till next time,
    Missy Chow
    xoxo

  • Hello Beautiful Gentle Donks, and all my glue squad friends-
    The donks are so pretty in their furry coats,really enjoyed learning about them today. I know some two legged creatures too Maddox, that are not nice and can be called by the donk's other name.
    Kirby, please let the poor cat alone. Sure he is trespassing but maybe he needs some adventure time and likes seeing such a handsome, gorgeous dog- you!
    Delia, feel better and enjoy your special Vietnam veterans event.We should all keep in mind that these brave men and women helped keep our country free.
    Ruby, what are doing for the weekend?? So glad you are doing well in your loving home. Abby was checking out all those nice stuffed toys.
    Mom is going food shopping then to her favorite stores- The Corner candle shop (awesome gifts and unique calendars) and Michaels for some jewelry stuff. I am going to read with her- yes, Maddox, I read books- Anna Karenina and dream of Kitty!!!
    Purrs and happy weekend to all- love and purrs- James Byron Dean the persian cat

  • Hello Girls & Glue Squad Buddies,
    This is waaaaaay cool seeing the donks. I have never seen one, and now to meet Billie, Rufus and Clive, how do you do, nice to meet you. This farm of Mama Martha's looks so neat too. Dad put up a taller fence so I won't jump in the garden area and visit Yukon next door. We met, he is nice, but he barks and scares me. It sounds like this big guy in the red suit and Christmas is getting pretty exciting. Mom has bronk ki tis!! It makes her cough lots. So I will try to relax a bit with her today and watch her fav movie for the holidays, It's A Wonderful Life. Rebel, Mom has never heard of The Shop Around the Corner, and she has over a hundred Christmas movies. E-mail me the info and I can tell Dad to find it. I love learning and hearing from all my new friends. I have been in my forever home now for 9 days. I still worry at those doors and when people leave, but every day I feel better about it. Have a "GEM" of a weekend everyone.
    Love & licks,
    Ruby

  • Love seeing the donks every chance I can. Sorry I haven't been around lately. Lot of things going on but I'm always here in spirit. I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying their weekend! :smile:

  • We adopted a five year old Rescue Doxie in March 2012. What a joy, he is the new love of my life.
    Cjaye
    SC

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