Here is an update for those of you who read my book “Beware Dobermans, Donkeys and Ducks”.
Henry, who had been a beach donkey at Eastbourne and had appeared on stage and in nativity plays finally died at the grand old age of 38.
Cherry Blossom was rescued from a tiny garden in Bognor and was known as the escapologist because she ignored all electric and most other fencing charging through it with her bulk also died at 38.
Frances had been saved from going to market when the dealer lost his field to a housing development she also died at the age of 37. She was the mother of Phoebe.
Pepsi had escaped from her field up the road and turned up outside our gate so often that we decided to let her stay also died aged36.
Dandy was Pepsi's great friend as she had been rescued at the same time. We had discovered her across the road with her friend Donna who was dying. Both had been neglected after the owners had divorced. We called the vet out but it was too late to save Donna however we did manage to persuade the owner to give us Dandy. She proved to be very difficult as she had never been handled and stayed with us until she died at the good age of 37
William was a later elderly addition who came to us when his owners - went to live in Spain. Unfortunately he was really too old to make the journey and only lasted a year with us but was such an affectionate character he was much loved and also died at the grand old age of 38. His death may also have been due to the fact that he was grieving over the death two months earlier of his great love Maddie, our sweet grey mare with half a tongue..
It can be very hard to have them all go within such a short period but that sometimes happens when they are all of a similar age.