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September 30, 2014

Killing the Donkey Paddock Grass

We Frenchies were driving around the farm recently and decided to find out why the donkeys were in their stable stall instead of being outdoors. This is what we discovered.

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Hey, donks! Why are you in your stall on this very beautiful day?  Why aren't you frolicking in your paddock?

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Well, Frenchies, have you seen our paddock lately? We are on grass rationing because we tend to overeat and gain weight. When that happens, we can get a condition called laminitis, a complex disease that can cause severe pain and damage to our feet. Betsy only lets us out for a short time each day in a different field until our paddock is ready for us.

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Well, here we are in the donkey paddock and, yes, indeed, something major is going on.

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The guys have the grass covered with black plastic sheeting.

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Ah ha! Very interesting! The grass beneath the plastic is turning brown and seems to be dying off. The heat of the sun must be baking it.

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Francesca, it seems to me that they're intentionally browning the grass so the donkeys won't be able to overeat. You know, at this time of year, rapidly growing grass is very rich and contains high levels of sugar, which tastes great to donkeys. When they overeat and put on weight, their entire digestive systems become irritated.

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One week later -- well, here we are in our nice brown paddock.

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You can see that our restricted diet has given us a healthy, lean physique. Take a look at Clive behind me. He's found a bit of grass on the fringes of the paddock. I think I'll go and join him.

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You know, this restricted diet really isn't so bad. Betsy feeds us healthy food, and we get plenty of exercise. We feel great and have no problems with our feet. We do, however, miss all of that deliciously rich and sweet grass. Oh well!

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Francesca and Sharkey
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Meet Francesca: I entered this world on December 13, 2004, in Pinewood, Minnesota. I’m a bit older and certainly far wiser than Sharkey. Like Sharkey, I’m also friendly and quite curious, but I’m more cautious about letting my curiosity get me into trouble. I must admit that we do have fun together. I just know when to stop. Martha describes me as a bit obsequious, but that’s ... Read More

Comments (10)

  • fan4MS 15 Oct, 2014

    Oh my, theses posts go back to this July! We signed up to be notified when this blog came back on...so what happened? We here have been loyal for years...makes me sad to know that this is, "the loyalty from DW!"
    But I'm happy to see the gang again. Our sweet Frenchie girls, including fluff face GK and the darling Donks!
    Vivaldi will be missed...can't wait for the canaries to show up.
    At least our DW Glue Squad stayed together to honor you guys...
    delia & Kitty =^..^=

  • beachmamacc 22 Aug, 2014

    why does the white donkey in the paddock have a hood on?

  • fan4MS 15 Oct, 2014

    The hood is to keep pesty flies from the eyes and face.

  • animalloverjan 18 Aug, 2014

    Hi F,S,&GK plus the donkeys that are out on Martha's beautiful Bedford farm! I also love seeing all of you when ever possible! Can't wait to see the horses, chickens, kitties, and all of your friends at that beautiful farm! I am an animal lover and I love all of you sweethearts! Be sure to thank Martha for these wonderful photos and comments! Love, Jan and Dudley Do Right

  • Baby Favor 6 Aug, 2014

    It was so good to see Francesca Baby, and Sharkey too out and about and checking on the donks!

  • dancingdogs 1 Aug, 2014

    Hello all, your favorite Ruby Gem from The Glue Squad. I am sooooo happy to see Franny, Sharkey, G.K. and the donks. We all miss The Daily Wag so very much. Are you bringing it back soon Mama Martha? To see all the farm and family again has made my weekend. Franny and Sharkey how are things on the farm? We miss you and the gang. Take care, love and licks, Ruby

  • bunnylove1964 31 Jul, 2014

    The return of the donks! Hoof, hoof hooray! :)

    It's tough not having the run of grassy area to nosh until your hearts content, how isn't it. But, we want the donks to live a long and healthy life.

    I wonder if browning those chocolate chip cookies I have will stave off my desire to eat them! :)

    Welcome back furry friends, we missed you!
    gail

  • swein 31 Jul, 2014

    Good morning ladies and G.K.!
    Long time no see, as they say. It sure was great to see Clive and Rufus again. I guess we all love our sweets just a little too much. I don't have that problem but Mimi sure does! It's been very busy at my house. My Aubrey came home to go live with us while she goes back to school and she loves to take me for walks. This old guy is sleeping soundly these days with all the exercise.
    Have a great day!
    Your pal
    Rebel

  • Karen Tracy 31 Jul, 2014

    Hi Franny, Sharkey and GK,
    I wish the DW was back. We all miss it. It is great to see the donks again. Smart idea to cover the grass so they don't eat too much. Hey, I have a great idea. Let GK run loose on the farm because if he tries to escape, you can follow him with Martha's drone. Good idea?
    Love to all,
    Karen and Maddox

  • prconger 31 Jul, 2014

    Hello Ladies!!!!! It's so wonderful to see and hear from you again. We have really missed the Daily Wag! And we finally see GK and the Donks! We hope we see a whole lot more of you and all your friends in the future.
    Brutus and Max