Can I blame it on my wild ass?

About a month ago, I decided the family needed a change. I wanted to shake things up a bit and in the process, stir up some inspiration dust. I also decided my kids needed pets to hang around, but it wasn’t going to be your standard guinea-pig-in-a-cage pet. It was at that time, I began to understand why some folks look at me and wonder about how many crayons are in my Crayola box.

That decided, I began searching Kijiji for the perfect pet. I wanted something that would be outside because I hate animals inside unless they live in a glass jar. I also wanted it to be useful. I admit, I really wanted a Tamworth pig, but when I realised my middle son – the one who gets attached to everything including an old chesterfield with broken legs – would be traumatise by my eating his pet he played with all summer, I decided against it.

One day I saw a miniature donkey for sale. I admit, I hadn’t realised they made miniature donkeys – they meaning Mother Nature and her faerie associates. I had heard of and had seen miniature ponies. They were cute and manageable because of their size. The more I thought about it, the more I could see a donkey in my future. My youngest child was so light-weight, he could even ride the jenny around the yard. Wouldn’t that be fun? And we’d have a lawn mower that didn’t take gas.

Diane Lynn Tibert
I can blame my missed computer time on this gentle miniature ass named Mayzie

I answered the ad and that’s when I realised I had taken too long to consider the purchase. A dozen others had already inquired about the pet, and I was out of luck. But I kept looking, and the moment I saw Mayzie for sale, I jumped on the ad. Phew! After a few short messages and a visit, Mayzie was our new pet.

And then the work began. Before Mayzie could come to her new home, I had to renovate the shed and somehow transform it into a barn. And I did. But it took me away from the computer for a few days and I missed a blog posting and hadn’t answered about 20 messages.

Then came the fence and several more days of missed computer time. More messages began piling up. Add 20 hours working outside the home, picking up hay and chicks, taking kids to swimming, riding and appointments and picking up food so they wouldn’t starve, took more time away from the computer.

Now that all that work is done and it’s raining, I can begin to catch up a bit. But I won’t have much time to relax. The kids have already mucked out the stall several times and have filled a wheelbarrow with droppings. My next project – the compost bins to stock pile the manure – is needed immediately. But as I said, it’s raining, so I can sit here without worrying I should be outside swinging a hammer.

Seeing my kids spend most of their home hours with their new pet makes all the hard work worth it. Seeing them scramble out of bed in the morning to be the first to open up the barn is priceless. Seeing them fight over who gets to muck out the stall and pick up the manure from the pasture is something I’d thought I’d never see. Imagine, two kids arguing to be the one picking up poo. It reminds me of a story in which a boy named Tom had all his friends arguing and paying to be the one painting the fence.

On a writing note, Mayzie has provided some inspiration. My daughter said that she was going to include a miniature donkey in her next story. I chuckled and said one would wind its way into mine, too. It only seemed right because the experts were always saying, “Write what you know.

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8 thoughts on “Can I blame it on my wild ass?

  1. I’m sure you’ll all have a great time with Mayzie, and I love the title of you blog post!!

    ALthough we’ve had a variety of animals over the years when the kids were growing up we are down to one kitty. Sometimes he’s a handful. Good luck!!

    • I think we’ll enjoy Mayzie, too. And in a few months, she’ll be working, guarding the sheep we intend to buy.

      We expect our first kitten in about four weeks. We’re just waiting for it to be weaned. My youngest son has wanted a cat most of his eight years, and finally he’s old enough to take care of it. And since the cat across the street was put down and the mouser dog has moved, there’s nothing to control the mice in the field.

      Thanks for commenting, Laura. It seems there is a rise and fall throughout life when it comes to animals in ones life.

    • Coolest mom? Well, the kids might think otherwise because . . . I’m their mom. lol.

      My kids have had an unusual childhood. They’ve been in more cemeteries before they were ten then most people visit in a life time. They’ve collected rocks, polished those rocks, practised spells, attended various exhibitions, rocks and mineral shows and hidden beachs, created their own books, entered art shows, raised chickens, been lost on backroads, broken down miles from no where, heard a long drawn out horse fart and ignited onion juice.

      Each spring, before school ends, I create a Summer Challenge Chart and post it on the wall. Everyone, including me, has to do ten new things before school begins again in September. Those ten things must include: Eat something you’ve never eaten before. Go somewhere you’ve never gone before. Do something you’ve never done before. As we complete a challenge, we tick off a box. We always have a great time with this.

  2. Loved the title, and so appropriate! What does one do with a mini donkey as a pet? Do they go on walks, play fetch, take you for rides on their back????? My curiosity is endless.

    • Since I decided to purchase the jenny, I’ve heard more jokes about a wild ass than I can remember.

      Pet donkeys can be led around on a lead rope and taken for walks. We’ve done this several times since she arrived. Mayzie is one year old next month, so she’s too young to be ridden. However, when she’s three, we’re going to ‘break her for saddle’. Kids under 60 pounds will be able to ride her. At that time, we can also train her to pull a cart. She will be able to pull me around. My daughter wants to show her at the exhibition which means she’ll have to be trained to walk properly while at a walk and trot. Sam also wants to train her to do simple things like bow.

      Jenny’s also mow the grass. They only eat hay in the winter and graze during the summer. We feed her treats like apples and carrots.

      Not only does she keep my kids busy and company, she can also keep coyotes at bay with her wee-snaw (as the kids call it). Many farmers who raise goats or sheep use donkeys to protect their flock. By the time she’s three, she’ll be able to kick a coyote to death. Coyotes seem to sense this and so don’t bother donkeys. We have coyotes walking through our backyard and I found a paw print in the snow on our step, so they are very close. I’m always worried about the kids if they’re out alone. With the donkey to guard them, I’m not so worried.

    • Mayzie has quickly turned into a favourite pet. The neighbours seem to think so, too. People drop by to see her not us. lol. And when the bus stops at the end of the driveway, the kids press their faces to the glass to catch a glipse of the jenny. It’s really quite amusing.

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