At eight months old, Chip is our youngest miniature donkey and our only male too. He’s one of the most unusual donkeys you’ll ever see, for he has long, flowing hair. This trait is a rarity in the world of donkeys, and he’s officially categorized as a “wooly” donkey because of this. Chip spends his days running, playing, and (much to our dismay, but he’s just so darn cute) rolling in leaves, dirt, and pine chips.
Blush is the most recent miniature donkey to come to Blue Ridge Writing Academy. She is six years old, and more than anything else in the world, loves to be touched and petted. She follows us around the pasture like a dog. We wonder sometimes if she knows she’s a donkey, or whether she’s convinced she’s a human instead.
Frosty is our oldest miniature donkey. She’s 12, and comes with quite a backstory. Frosty was rescued from a ranch in Texas where she was used as a donkey-roper. This means the cowboys used her to practice roping and tying, rather than use their prized calves. She was traumatized from the experience, and is still recovering. She is a gentle, sensitive soul, and we are especially proud of the healing she’s done already.
Misty is our fourth miniature donkey. She’s three years old, and like Blush, follows us all around our farm. We think she’d sit in our laps if she could. Though she is young, she is quite the busybody when it comes to keeping up with what her herdmates are doing. We laugh and laugh as she tries, much to their dismay, to “mother” them all.