You always need to be one-step ahead of the donkeys. They have watched the way the gate is opened often enough. When the padlock is off, it is just a simple latch that pushes up to open the gate. Matilde has now worked that out and tried it for herself!

Barbara will not be surprised to hear this, as she suggested some time ago that Matilde looks ‘like another Dalie’. Her donkey Dalie managed to undo the tent, get into it, unzip a bag and eat the shopping within, as recounted on this blog last year!

I have now put a security chain and clip on the gate for moments when the padlock is off and I am in the field, to prevent further experiments from Matilde’s escape committee.


About Gareth Thomas

A fairly mixed career starting as an aircraft technician and later Franciscan friar eventually led into secondary school teaching. I settled in Spain where I teach Geography part-time and spend the rest of my time looking after the needs of four donkeys in a remote location in the mountains in the Costa Blanca. I have two blogs: a geography blog and a donkey blog.
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3 Responses to Gatekeeping

  1. You look like One Happy Man, Brother Rabbit and I for one am DELIGHTED for you.

  2. karin says:

    Hola Frere Lapin…have someone on the Forum looking for donkey info….so sending them to your blog…here’s their email, I believe, from the forum.

    (Edit: 13/11/11. 😦 Sorry, a bit slow there, but I have removed the email address from the comment, for security.)

    Dunno if you can help but your the only donkey wrangler I know of in Spain!! Gracias! Karin

  3. Frere Rabit says:

    Donkey wrangler?

    Matilde is prolly the main wrangler around here. Wrangles Rubi’s food away from her every morning. I have to patrol their breakfast time.

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