Not long ago, Justina shared a sad story about an abused donkey that she passed by on her way to work. The people who owned him were using him for a stand in for a cow in roping. Donkeys can suffer all kinds of injuries being used for this purpose. The poor little fellow just sat...so sad and pathetic looking. On Saturday upon passing that poor donkey, they saw the people were there and stopped. Morning Bray bought the donkey that day and found out that these "humans" had not only used him for roping, but did a home job of castration, weren't feeding him equine food but rather he got what was left by the cows.
They brought the donkey home to heaven also known as Morning Bray Farms and gave him his name and forever home. They named this sweet abused critter Patrick.
Well, Patrick became the topic of conversation at our house before he ever got a name. Ry identified with the little sad donkey. Said he knew how it felt to be alone (autism) and no one knew what he wanted. This donkey gave Ry words that he could speak about his own heart, his own suffering. He would worry about Patrick to his teachers during the day. So much so that they asked who this child was that was being so mistreated and bound up with rope? Most days before the bringing home to MBF I really didn't know I could cry as much as I was crying for Ry. Now mind you it was mixed tears of joy and sorrow. Ry will always feel different and nothing anyone does for him will change that but he was able to use his feelings about Patrick to verbalize his own story. Ry is surrounded by adults who would fight to the death for him. Sweet and sour, hot and cold, wet and dry....that's how this time before Patrick was saved, felt.
When Patrick got rescued, Ry was over the moon. He drew this picture of the five donkey brothers, Bernard, Ellsworth, Fergus, Nigel and Patrick. He began to talk about Patrick as though he was a superhero. This was a sad, sitting down donkey who had been helped to overcome his plight by being given a wonderful new life. Happy Patrick, Happy Ry.
|try as he might, Ry could only get 4.5 donkeys on a page. Patrick is the .5 donkey in the lead. If you notice on MBF, there's Ry's drawing of the donks. He loves him some MBR donkey BOYZ|
I can't tell Ry about this at all. He can't know that these people will be allowed to terrorize more sweet donkeys because they are cheaper than a cow, more expendable, and more docile. Justina has started a letter writing campaign because for all intensive purposes it is against laws in NM to knowingly trip or make an equine stumble. I'd say being a roping dummie pretty much is making a donk stumble. Please go to Morning Bray and copy the letter and send it to The honorable Art De La Cruz, County Commisioner. Our superhero donkey Patrick's best and most understanding fan RyLeigh would so appreciate it (even if I can't tell him of the other donkeys fate because it would set him back and I just can't do that).
Please take a moment and make a difference in our laws here in NM. Help make it illegal to use donkeys for this purpose. Thank you lovelies. I appreciate it.