Christmas Greetings

Merry Christmas,  here’s wishing you a joyous season filled with donkey hugs galore!     
Everyone … including the “Don’t Touch Me Luc” and Mr. Pigpen donkey (Galahad) received a good ole’ coat brushing yesterday.  I was able to get the mud off their backs and legs and the ice balls cleaned off their tummys so the hair can fill with air pockets and keep them cozy warm during this cold snap.   All but Luc love to be with their people for winter cuddle time….even with a new round bale in the feeder everyone, excluding Luc, wanted to stay with us, he’s like Alvin in the Chipmunks. AL vinnnnnnnnn……!
We are having a White Christmas with a beautiful layer of snow.  At 20 degrees yesterday they were all snuggy warm boys, it’s 4 degrees now and have been at the round bale feeder all night waiting to hear Santa’s sleigh bells, I’m sure.  Jim added extra bedding around the feeder so not only can they eat in comfort but they have warm dry bedding to lay in.  He’s a good Donkey Dad! 
They received Christmas Eve apples in their afternoon hay pellets  as well as a fresh round bale yesterday.  Hank has put on some weight, which is good for this time of the year.  Merlin is eating like he’s a growing teenage boy but not filling out much, using those calories for play time…. I’m thinking.  He’s definitely the youngster of the bunch. 
We have more new baby calves across the road and Hank and Galahad spend hours watching them.   Hank has such a protective nature.  I did see Hank instigate play yesterday with Merlin and later with Galahad.  We sure love him.  
Luc is more interested in filling his tummy and napping in the sunshine or playing with Hank with their new rubber toys, a 16 inch piece of heavy rubber hose, that is when the urge hits or when Hank strikes Luc with the hose!
On my agenda is to get on the ball and write Hank and Merlin’s web intro pages for the new site.  I now have a new photo program to learn… sure will do a lot more than the old one. 
Looks like a busy one today…. cooking and gathering everything it takes to put food on the table then packing it all up for a trip to town to have Christmas dinner with Grandma and Grandpa, who are shut ins this time of the year. 
Merry Christmas to all,
Jim n Kristi n the donkey boys



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