November 30th, 2012
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!
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.
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.
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.
4 Mini-donks were originally bred as working donkeys on the Mediterranean islands of Sicily and Sardinia, off the coast of Italy.
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.
6 Like so many others, we love these easygoing and gentle creatures.
7 The profiles vary with different breeds of donks. Miniatures have a slightly dished shape. Isn't Rufus so cute?
8 All donkeys have dorsal stripes running the length of their backs, forming a cross at the shoulders.
9 Here's another look.
10 Mini-donks measure about 36-inches tall at their withers, or front shoulders and they come in all donkey colors.
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!
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!
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