For several weeks now I have been in negotiations with the seller of my donkeys, the veterinary surgeon acting on his behalf, and trying to complete all the necessary paperwork for the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, in order to complete my purchase of two donkeys and bring them to the field and the donkey house I have prepared.
The new regulations for equines, which are the result of a massive EEC initiative that have put many equine establishments out of business because they could not afford to keep up with the burroeaucracy, make it very hard for an individual to buy and keep a donkey as a pet. They are applying all the agricultural norms, together with big money paperwork, to anyone who simply wishes to keep a donkey as a pet.
At present I have my lovely donks, Matilde and Rubí waiting in the Sierra Bernia. They will not be here for a very long time. The paperwork is enormous, just to transfer these two donkeys from a place twenty miles north!
The expense is also becoming quite enormous. I hope they will come here one day, but at present I am trying to balance that hope against the sad realism that I might have to say goodbye to the whole project, lose my two hundred Euro deposit on the donkeys, and regard the animals as a dream that will never be realised.