The short walking route to Finestrat from home involves a descent on a very narrow path into a river valley then a short climb up the other side to the village. Rubí has been happy to walk that route since I discovered the path last year, but recently something has been spooking her when we get halfway down the descent and she refuses to go any further.
To check and see what would happen with Matilde on that route, I walked her up to Finestrat on Saturday and she did the steep`descent into the valley without any problem. I have now found a good way to go up a steep hill with a donkey, and that is to walk behind holding the lead rope, so the donkey pulls me up the hill! Effortless walking.
A nice shot of Matilde with Finestrat and Puig Campana in the background.
Yesterday my friends Carl and Cait came to take away all the accumulated donkey manure: it took four hours and produced four trailer loads!
The donkeys take an interest in a passing dachsund. The dog looks to them curiously like a miniature donkey, I suppose.