Donks eat everything

The donks just keep on eating. They eat my flowers, they eat the trees, they eat their donkey house, they eat their straw, and when there’s nothing else, they start licking my wheelbarrow, as if to say, “Bring us more food or we’ll chew up your wheelbarrow.”

Is this normal, or have I got donks with an obsessive eating disorder? They are getting obese.


About Gareth Thomas

After a mixed career as an aircraft technician, London fringe theatre playwright, Franciscan friar, and secondary school teacher, I find myself dividing my time mostly between looking after the needs of four donkeys in a remote location in the mountains in the Costa Blanca and preparing a legal case against the corrupt management of my monstrous last employer - the Elians group - for unfair dismissal. I like to hear the wind in the pine trees. I do not like struggling to get a duvet into a duvet cover. My musical tastes are extinct and I have mostly given up cycle racing.
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11 Responses to Donks eat everything

  1. Kathy says:

    Just a thought – have you wormed them recently?

  2. damagedjock says:

    Never mind the worming..”let them eat worms” I say…blimey they are couple of munching maniacs going by the pics. What’s next…will they be asking you to nip down to El Corte Ingles for some “special food”?…ha ha..Yeah thanks for the offer old boy. I’ll try and nip down on the old Sleazyjet end of July/Aug if your free then? sis is going to Alicante at that time so may travel with her?

  3. Frere Rabit says:

    Sorry to be slow answering comments, but I have had difficulties with blogging since my old (NOT so very old!) MacBookPro died a few weeks ago. I have now solved the problem by buying an ultra cheapo Acer Aspire notebook for 240 Euros in Carrefour supermarket.

    Kathy, the donks were given their worming treatment very recently, but I’m sure that’s not the problem. They are eating their straw every night now,as well as everything I give them to eat, and they didn’t used to eat much straw before. Their clean up the whole stable every time I put down fresh straw.

    Dave, by all means. Whenever you are ready to come over. Stay for a while. I’m here all summer. By the way, when you say “will they be asking you to nip down to El Corte Ingles for some “special food”, I took the donks a bag of carrots from El Corte Ingles when I first met them, up in the Sierra Bernia. They have been regarding me as a soft touch ever since!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Well, Mathilde is probably preggers, so she will be eating more. Is there any possibility that Ruby could be, as well? Are you going to do a test? But apart from that, the more you feed them the more they will eat. They shouldn’t need a lot if they aren’t working, but that won’t stop them asking. My two are just on grass and a couple of apples a day as a treat. The new cart has had a test drive and I will be off for a two day trip to test out the cover and stuff this week.

  5. Barbara says:

    Sorry, the previous comment was mine, but I seem to have sent it minus name…..

  6. Frere Rabit says:

    It totally spoils the fun if you are going to tell us that Anonymous is really you, Barbara! All around the world, millions of people were trying to work out the meaning of this cryptic message. Some even suggested it was Henry Kissinger.

    I don’t think Roobs is pregnant. She tried a mad dash out of the paddock today while I held bravely on to the lead rope. I was thrown into a cactus plant at about thirty miles an hour. Not many pregnant mothers do that sort of thing, do they?

  7. Barbara says:

    Zut, zey are donkeys, you know….Has she been in season yet? Because if not, then she could well be in the family way. As for eating the straw, it won’t do them any harm and is actually fairly low calorie. You could use wood shavings for bedding, which is not so tasty. But there isn’t a lot of grass, is there? So just let them eat the straw.

  8. Frere Rabit says:

    Wood shavings is a good idea. I shall explore the possibilities. Meanwhile, I have found some sand. Roobs is defnitely not preggers. Pee the colour of mustard vinaigrette.

  9. Mark says:

    I hope your donkeys are well but I’ve just discovered your blog and this post make me chuckle! Thanks for cheering me up after a nightmare of a day. I sponsor an Andalucian donkey, named Loppy,at the Island Farm Sanctuary near Oxford, whose ears at 17 and a half inches (apologies, rather old school) are reputedly the longest in England.

  10. Frere Rabit says:

    Hi Mark, and welcome to the blogue. A giant Andalucian in Oxford? That is interesting. Followers of this blogue will know that I originally wanted a giant Andalucian, but here in Spain it is hardly possible to get hold of one. They are down to about eighty (pure blood 60%+) in the whole of Spain. Send me details please of Loppy, with photo, and I shall put Loppy on the blogue here.

  11. Mark says:

    New to this blog malarky I’m afraid so sent details to your old google (grr) profile contact. Please let me know if I’ve got it wrong (more than likely!) and I’ll send them again.

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