Whilst in the Scottish Borders recently we happened upon a notice “ROLLICKING RESCUES and BAD ASSES” – we were intrigued! Further investigation gave notice of an Open Day at the Scottish Borders Donkey Sanctuary at St. Boswells and we decided to go along to discover what kind of problems may be encountered in their rehabilitation. It was even more interesting than we had anticipated and we spent a very interesting and lovely afternoon in their company. Several years ago I was fortunate enough to keep donkeys and was in seventh heaven on my trip down memory lane.
Donkeys arrive at the sanctuary due to many of the same reasons that westies come to us. The worsening economic climate is perhaps the main reason, with escalating vet fees an ever present threat. These intelligent, sensitive souls thrive on company, as do westies, and need to form similar bonds. It was wonderful to see that the donkeys are encouraged to spend their time with a special pal that they have formed a bond with.
All in all, we had a most interesting afternoon and before we left I had adopted Tobermory, the skewbald donkey in the photo, although sadly I had to leave him behind in donkey heaven at St. Boswells.