Olivia’s Birthday

She is 24 years old today.  I got her in 2001 as a guard animal for my sheep and goats.  She was added in addition to a guard llama Swirl I had.

Olivia at our wedding

2003 at our wedding

In 2004 she was getting way too fat on the pastures here so I had to move her away from the sheep and goats onto a pen of wood chips.  So we bought Marty to keep her company.

donkeys 2006


We briefly tried to teach them to pack but crossing water was a no-go.  But she does a good job of guarding still, letting us know if there are predators in the area.



Olivia used to have quite a bit of hoof problems including abscesses that needed soaking.  Fortunately her hooves have improved over the years.



She is quite friendly and tolerant of me.

Reindeer Olivia


She is also great with farm visits, particularly children.

open farm day

2015 farm day

And she likes her treats.



I just love her.



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6 Responses to Olivia’s Birthday

  1. Michelle says:

    Happy birthday, good donk!

  2. Jeanne says:

    She’s a cutie! I know there are different types of donkeys – can you enlighten me an to what type she is?

  3. Denise says:

    she is a super cute little mini-donk 🙂 Happy Birthday Olivia!

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