June 9th, 2012
There have been changes to the site that we write our blog on. Unfortunately, it is $75 to upgrade and so it is with regret that we are signing off from this blog and will be using facebook from now on.
Those of us in rescue have been hit extremely hard by the poor economy. Donations are almost non-existent and no matter how hard we work, it is simply not possible to continue on without financial support. The ever increasing costs of hay, veterinary care, transport and everything else has made it impossible to accept any more donkeys at this time. Contact us and we will do everything we can to help with placement or adoption but, unfortunately, we do not have any more space at this time to accept more long ears.
Thank you to every one of you who have been loyal readers of life with donkeys and the goings on at Lavender Dreams Farm. Hopefully, we will see you on facebook. It’s not as personal but it is free!
May 21st, 2012
It’s with a sad and heavy heart I write to let Sissy’s friends know that she left us today for the other side. It was a difficult decision to make but she had liver failure and there was nothing we could do for her but let her go peacefully. She is buried on the knoll above her donkey friends where she will be able to watch over them. It was a terribly hard day especially since we were so certain she was going to recover. I am so thankful she was able to spend the past year with us. She was rescued from horrific conditions and truly blossomed here. She was an absolute gift to us every day and gave all she met unconditional love. I want to thank each and everyone of you who sent prayers and healing thoughts to Sissy during this past week and for all of you who rooted for our dear, sweet donkey. Rest in peace, dear Sissy.
February 29th, 2012
Here we are in the middle of a pretty major snow storm and we get a call from people who were raising alpacas but are throwing in the towel and want us to find their animals homes. The property is being foreclosed on and guess who they called for help!
This is 2012. There is no market anymore for alpacas and nobody really wants them other than for their meat. Alpaca meat prices are at an all time high and the ‘canners’ (livestock transport to slaughter) are hovering at auctions and farm foreclosures to buy them at low prices or get them for free. That is today’s reality. They used to sell for thousands of dollars each but no more.
We have been working around the clock to place these animals and there are 10 of them! They are a special breed with thick, luxurious hair for spinning and fiber arts.. Although we have had many calls on them, the majority of people want to breed them!! What is wrong with this picture! We will not adopt to people who want to make more alpacas. 4H is not an option because they will go to slaughter after the show season. Time is running out for them. We do not have the facilities to bring in 10 alpacas and can not even put up a temporary area for them with all this snow. Over 3 feet of snow and ice! It is difficult just to get in to feed them and we also have to figure out how to get a trailer in to transport them out of there. The males will need to be gelded (another big expense the owners will not take on) plus there are many other costs involved with this rescue. We just could not turn our backs on this situation! ”Who ya gonna call!”…
Donations are always very much appreciated via Big R or Smartpak.com gift cards or through paypal - (email@example.com). We also need grass hay!!!
February 29th, 2012
Chris loves to watch the chickens eat their breakfast under the kitchen window:
Homemade bread chunks
Grapenuts and corn flakes
Black oil sunflower seeds
January 29th, 2012
It’s finally here. The year of 2012 that Mayan calendar declared to be the Year of Enlightenment. My prayer is that it will come true, that man will find peace in himself and in turn kindness will rule for our planet and her inhabitents.
We have had a brutally cold year so far with periods of intense warmtrh which makes for a thaw and freeze cycle that is hard to keep up with. We have been asking for donations of sand and clay kitty litter to keep the corrals safe for the donkeys as it can be extremely dangerous for the animals. If anyone wished to help with sand or litter please drop it by or if you are far away a Walmart or Petsmart/Petco gift card will help us out a lot. We have gone thru over 100 bags of litter and completely ran out of sand already.
The donkeys do not mind the snow and have thick, heavy coats to keep them warm. It is the rain that they dislike intensely. Some of the longears who are not yet healthy enough or do not have sufficient weight on them wear insulated coats. We feed extra supplements thru winter along with a little grain and always kelp. Yesterday was banana treat day and a photo of them eager for their snacks is above.
We are plannng for Spring and getting our seed orders together, along with ideas for enlarging the fencing. Dreaming of a bigger barn…..
Wishing everyone a Happy New Year! Love from the donkeys!
November 10th, 2011
What a summer! We barely had a summer and suddenly it was Fall and now we have already had snow. We hustled this year to get the new shelter completed for the donkeys and to get new feeding stations for them. We have a new dog kennel now for foster dogs and over 2 dozen doggies were here over the past few months on their way to new homes, other fosters or rescues. We helped with so many cat rescues I lost count. We are involved with a massive cat and dog situation now with over 85 cats and kittens and 20 dogs ranging from 5 pounds to over 100. These animals all came from 4 cats and 2 dogs the people got at a feed store TWO YEARS AGO! They have been apparently been breeding non-stop for the past 24 months. They are covered with fleas and ear mites, are mal-nourished and need to be spayed and neutered. So far 10 males have been neutered. Pend Oreille Spay Neuter Alliance is helping to see this through but that organization consists of 2 people so it is a big job and we are expecting more snow this weekend.
We got our hay in. A huge job with over 12 ton squeezed into our pole barn. We barely have room for our pickup and my tiny care but ya gotta keep the hay dry!
We took in 2 more donkeys last month and they are adjusting well. They had a lot of issues from neglect and abuse. They were also very thin due to poor nutrition and scared of everything, But slowly they are learning that life is good here and that we can be trusted. I love to watch the donkeys we bring in blossom. Most have never had a kind word or gentle touch.
We have a lot of donkeys now. This economy is scary. People are even abandoning their animals along the roads and one donkey was found tied to a friend’s gate. I had 9 calls last Wednesday before noon with people wanting me to take their animals from birds to dogs, cats and donkeys. It is never ending and I can only do so much but each animal matters and I do what I can. Thank you so much to those of you who have contributed to our rescue efforts over the years. We could never have done it without you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
September 12th, 2011
Shirlie Jean has come so far since we rescued her. I didn’t know if we would ever be able to even touch her after the neglect and abuse she endured for years. Here she shares a hug with my donkey whisperer husband. Why do we do this? Rescue the down trodden and forgotten? This picture says it all.
September 12th, 2011
This weekend I was all set to pick our Damson heirloom plums for jam. To my surprise there were NONE on the tree Saturday morning. None. The night before there had been hundreds. There was just one shriveled plum on the ground. There were also quite a few branches lying about, looking like they had been snipped. Deer would have eaten the branches but would not have been able to reach the fruit. Later that day I was up on the ladder in the barn looking for something in the loft when I saw a big pile in the corner. It was all the plum tree leaves, twigs, fruit and branches!! What could have done that? There is no way to get up to the loft without a ladder (which is moved to that area when we need to get up there) and this was all done in about 48 hours!!! Here is the picture of the pile but no evidence of who did it!
September 1st, 2011
This is our newest bundle of joy. Christopher was part of a massive rescue that we were part of and had been in a cage most of his life. He does not walk very well but is quickly building up the muscles that atrophied while being penned up. He is sweet and playful, accepting of all the cats here and loves David. He is learning how to be a cat and loving it!