Your Donkey's or Mule's New Year's Resolutions
- I will only wiggle a little (just enough to stay out of his reach) when the vet comes to
give me shots.
- I'll reserve my chewing on the barn for times when mom and dad can't see me. Then I
can surprise them!
- I will only toss the best hay on the floor. Then I can more easily sort through it and find
the best tasting morsels before anyone else, while leaving the rest in the manger for later.
- When mommy brings out the halter I'll be the first to meet her - but only if she's
coming to take one of my buddies out instead.
- Clean shavings are a wonderful gift of love from my mom. So I'll do my best every time
to show her how much I appreciate my freshly cleaned stall. The ultimate way to do this is
by peeing right in the middle of the shavings as soon as she is finished cleaning my stall.
- I will always load in the trailer when daddy asks me to, but only if he isn't in a hurry
and we aren't going anywhere. Moving floors were not meant to be stood on.
- Mom always says we need to be clipped for shows in the spring. Maybe I'll start working
early and surprise her with my excellent barber skills on my herd buddies. It can't take too
long to remove a mouthful of hair here and there, and a chew off their tails.
- Humans don't like too much noise. So I will be polite and only bray when I have a good
reason to. That may include feeding times, whenever I see a person that might come talk to
me, when I'm bored, when mommy is training my buddy, when mommy leaves without giving
me a treat, or any other time I feel like it...
- And lastly, I'll be the most lovable mule or donkey in the whole wide world!
Happy New Year Everyone!
As another year begins we can proudly look back at our accomplishments of 2009. It was
a banner year filled with many events and activities which allowed us the opportunity to
educate the public on our long eared friends. Our club welcomed many new members and
interest in these amazing critters is definitely on the rise. It looks like it is going to be a
busy and exciting 2010.
Agassiz Fall Fair
Fort Langley Parade
Dogwood Donkey Show Fun-filled meetings
A Message from our President
I am hoping that everyone has taken the time to notice that the
days are finally getting longer! I think the Lower Mainland has
managed to escape the worst of winter and Spring should be
I am glad to have the holiday season behind me and am happily back to my routine
with my horses and donkeys. Before the shows are upon us, I always like to make
sure that everyone is in good health. Some people clean up their houses and yards at
this time of year, but we at Oak Stables spend more time focusing on our animals
and their health! This is the time of year that we attend to deworming, vaccinations
and dentistry. I like to make sure that my driving donkeys teeth are checked by my
vet and floated if necessary. We also have some older jennets that tend to get sharp
points on their teeth, so they get checked too. West Nile has made its appearance
into this area, so I would recommend discussing vaccination with your vet, if you
haven’t already done so. Farrier attention is done year round, but it is much more
pleasant to be holding donkeys for their feet to be trimmed now that the weather is
Don’t forget to renew your membership to our club, as it is now due. If you have any
ideas for clinics or guest speakers for our meetings, please let me know. Thank you
to everyone who offered their homes for last year’s meetings- it was much
appreciated and made the meetings warm and friendly! If anyone would like to
volunteer to host meetings for 2010 please contact myself or Pat Strang.
When Pat Strang's new addition to
the family is not visiting with
Santa she can be found in the
house playing with the dogs and
chasing the cats!. Charla is 2
years old and is not quite sure if
she is a donkey or a human. She
loved her visit with Santa but
Santa wasn't impressed when she
decided to have a nibble of his
beard, she thought it was hay.
Cheryl & Soren Larsen graciously opened their beautiful home in Abbotsford to host
our club meeting and Christmas party. Despite the chilling weather it was a great
turnout and a very fun filled day. Members present were Bud & Virginia Allen, Trudy
Leishman, Cheryl & Soren Larsen, Margaret Stewart, Marcel Sward, Pat Strang, and
Helen Howell. Virginia started the meeting with everyone introducing themselves. The
success stories of the Mane Event, The Fort Langley Parade, The Agassiz Parade and
demos were all discussed and everyone thanked for their participation. We exchanged
gifts and shared a lot of laughs. We then enjoyed a scrumptious potluck
lunch.Thanks so much Cheryl & Soren for having us!!
16th General 1st Mainland Donkey & Mule Club
December 6, 2009 Minutes
The First Mainland Donkey & Mule Club would like to
welcome the following new members to our club.
Sylvia Hardy, Mission, B.C.
Gabriele Hau, Mission, B.C.
Ronald & Denise Barry, Trail, B.C.
Cindy Ling, Powell River, B.C.
Lynda Vegsund, Aldergrove, B.C.
Judith White, Hope, B.C.
JULY 31 – AUGUST 2 The
Dogwood Donkey Show will be hosting
it's 3rd annual show at the Agri-Fair in
Abbotsford, B.C. Whether you will be
participating with your long eared friend
in the show or just want to enjoy a
weekend of entertainment in the
country, we offer something for
everyone of any age to enjoy.
MARCH 21 2010 - The Horseman's
Bazaar and Country Fair will be held at
Thunderbird Equestrian Show Park in
Langley, B.C. The First mainland Donkey &
mule Club is planning to participate with a
OCTOBER 22 -OCTOBER 24 The
1st Mainland Donkey & Mule Club will
be participating in the Mane Event at
Heritage Park in Chilliwack B.C with a
promotional booth and donkeys for the
public to enjoy.
SEPTEMBER 18th – The donkeys were
a real hit at the Agassiz Parade and Fall
Fair last year. We are hoping to
participate in the parade and showcase
our donkeys again this year.
The Mane Event was held at
Heritage Park in Chilliwack, B.C. The
1st Mainland Donkey & Mule Club and
Dogwood Donkey Show participated
with a promotional booth. Virginia &
Bud Allen brought a different pair of
donkeys each day for the public to
enjoy. The donkeys loved all the
attention and their fans enjoyed their
loving nature and entertaining antics.
Many donkey and mule enthusiasts
visited our display where our
committed volunteers answered many
questions and provided hand outs on
our long eared friends. Thanks so
much to all the volunteers who helped
make this a very successful and fun
event. A special thanks to Bud &
Virginia Allen who spent endless hours
transporting donkeys back and forth
over the weekend and for their
knowledgeable help in the booth.
FEBRUARY 7th – Meeting scheduled. If
you are interested in hosting the meeting
please contact pat 604 826-4404
Apple Molasses Cookies
These Apple Molasses Cookies are simple and easy to make.
My donkeys gave them 5 stars on the taste test. Even my
gelding, who is a pretty picky eater, was begging for more!
These cookies are also human edible, and are a great
healthy snack. If you prefer sweeter cookies, you can add a
little sugar to the dough to sweeten it to your taste.
Apple Molasses Cookies
2 cups Rolled Oats
1 3/4 cups Diced Apple
1/2 teaspoon Salt
2 tablespoons Molasses
1 cup Hot Water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix all ingredients thoroughly.
Spoon dough onto non-stick cookie sheet.
Bake for 8 minutes.
Remove from cookie sheet, and put on plate or cooling rack
This recipe makes approximately 24 cookies.
To Renew Your 2010 Membership
Make cheque for $12.00 payable to the 1st Mainland Donkey & Mule
Club and mail to:
4380 Tamboline Road
PANJSHIR VALLEY - A lack of decent roads and its towering, craggy mountains are
leading Afghanistan to turn to an age-old mode of transport to ferry ballots to remote
regions ahead of Thursday's election: the donkey. About 3 100 burros have been hired
to carry the poll materials, underscoring the logistical difficulties facing election
officials in one of the world's poorest countries, where a violent insurgency also
threatens the vote. Donkeys loaded with election materials made their way through a
washed-out road winding through the towering Hindu Kush range north of Kabul on
Monday. No car or truck can traverse there. The animals carried the materials in blue
plastic boxes tied to their backs. Armed policemen walked alongside them. About 17
million registered voters are eligible to cast ballots on Thursday to choose
Afghanistan's next president and provincial council members. Aside from a lack of
infrastructure, the threat of the Taliban insurgency is rattling the vote. Authorities
have been forced to abandon plans to open hundreds of polling stations because of
security concerns. Of 7 000 polling centres originally planned for across the country,
voting can take place at 6 600, Interior Minister Hanif Atmar said.
COLLBRAN, COLORADO - When a female horse meets a male donkey, the pitter-patter