Aitana: update 2

Aitana walked down to level 2 to get her morning feed and was clearly moving downhill with greater ease: slowly but confidently.  There was none of the hesitation and taking rests on the short descent as she had to do before the hooves were re-angled.  Laminitis makes the down-slope walk painful. I can identify with … More Aitana: update 2

Aitana: update

First, I’d like to praise the Donkey Sanctuary Sidmouth and the Refugio del Burrito in Spain for their really kind support and concern regarding Aitana. Particular thanks to Nikki in Sidmouth for responding to enquiries from my daughter Alys (as I had been having phone signal problems earlier in the week); Cecilio from Refugio del … More Aitana: update

Aitana: case details

This blogpost concerns Aitana’s current medical situation and unlike the usual posts on this blog, I am putting the information here for those currently advising.   Thanks to Donkey Sanctuary Sidmouth (apologies for very poor phone signal and frustrating lost calls) and Cecilio of Spanish Donkey Sanctuary for advice.  The following is provided to help … More Aitana: case details

Seven years of the blog

It is seven years since I began the Brother Lapin’s Pilgrimage blog, shortly before leaving England:   I did not suspect for a moment as I began that blog that I would not be returning to the UK again, and the blog would be about a new life in Spain.     The blog had an … More Seven years of the blog

Isn’t it awful?

I had a couple of emails recently from kind readers of asking me if everything is OK, since I haven’t updated the blog for longer than usual.  Thank you, everything is OK here.  I’m in a more than usually tight exam schedule in school, and by the end of the next week it will … More Isn’t it awful?

Jurassic Parral

Rubí’s Tuesday Blog I don’t know why but we suddenly have dinosaurs on the field.  They arrived on Saturday.  They are living in a specially constructed dinosaur shed attached to our stable. Morris says he has been reading up on the matter from his Eye Spy Book of Dinosaurs and by the way they walk, and … More Jurassic Parral

Thoughts about Nothing and Everything

Note for new readers: Rubí donkey writes an occasional Tuesday piece on, helped by Morris donkey when background reading is required. So, that’s Palm Sunday over for another year.  We ate the palms.  What’s next?  Morris has gone back to eating trousers.  And I’m in my house awaiting further developments. Time to reflect on … More Thoughts about Nothing and Everything

Donkey social behaviour

Social interaction in a small family group of donkeys tends to involve everyone.  Here is a typical sequence from this afternoon. Aitana and her mother Matilde are having a siesta.  Aitana sat down first and then Matilde came to join her in close proximity.  They take turns rolling over and grunting.   Morris arrives from the … More Donkey social behaviour