The Donkey!

As many of you know we have had several llamas over the years. Our plan with the move was to bring Tommy, the llama with us. However he died the end of August.

(John feels it was the same thing we lost the other ones to: Meningeal Worm.)

Unable to find a llama near our new place John researched donkeys. They are also known to be guard animals to sheep. I have to admit I know very little about donkeys! After finding a farm nearby who had them for sale the owner showed us a couple to choose from. Once the decision was made she commented on the “ Jerusalem Cross” on her back. Another fact about donkeys that I  never knew and once able to,  googled it to see exactly what she meant! It was a fascinating fact that I’m sure many don’t know!

Jerusalem Donkey

  The bible says that Mary rode a donkey into Bethlehem before giving birth to the baby Jesus.    We see this today in most Nativity scenes where a donkey is standing or bedded close by the manger keeping watch over the new family.    Then, on Palm Sunday Jesus rode into Jerusalem for the last time on a donkey.  The religious significance of the donkey is expressed in Christianity, Judaism and Islam.  The King, riding the lowly donkey, is seen as a symbol of peace and salvation.

You may have heard of the legend of the “Jerusalem Donkey”.  It goes something like this – after he brought Jesus into Jerusalem the donkey was troubled because he knew what Jesus was about to go through with his trial, suffering and death on the cross. The donkey seeing the sad treatment of Jesus wished he had been able to carry the cross; after all, it was his job to carry man’s burdens. The donkey could not bear to watch and turned away but in his concern stayed nearby as Jesus endured his torture.  God saw this and caused the shadow of the cross to fall across the little donkey’s back and he has carried the sign of the cross ever since as a symbol of God’s love.

The delivery went smoothly but the donkey wanted nothing to do with John and especially the sheep the first day or two. Eventually with some coaxing John was able to get it to the section of pasture where the sheep graze.

After a few hours of the sheep being terrified of something new in the pasture and the donkey being terrified as well of her new surroundings they have finally adjusted!  They are even hanging out together now!

Meet Clara the donkey! And yes she has the cross on her back.

Sheep Moving & Sam the Ram

Moving the sheep was one of the many steps to this move.

Once we arrived with the second truck load  we got things unpacked. The next big step to this move was the arrival of the sheep.

Fortunately for John he found a very dependable driver. He was able to get  the sheep loaded at our house and deliver them to their new home in Floyd. With the help of our neighbor they got 28 sheep loaded pretty quickly! A text sent to John confirmed they were on their way.

It was about an 8-9 hour trip and they finally arrived about 4:00 that afternoon.

With my son and family only a little an hour away they decided to drive down and welcome the sheep once the truck arrived.

It was a huge relief once we saw the truck come down the driveway. The plan was to have him back into the barn area and open the back of his truck. We were all hoping this would go as planned and believe it or not it did!

As you can hear from the video Margaret  cheered once they all jumped off!

Click on “ They made it” and you can watch the video!

They made it!

Sam the Ram arrived yesterday!

Sam the Ram And the adventure continues; the donkey is coming next week. There is an ongoing contest of names for this donkey so stay tuned!