The unkind Saskatchewan windchill didn’t seem to bother the donkey and the horse as they picked away at a bale of hay on a pocket-sized farm northwest of Regina.
You’d never know the pair had only lived together for a span weeks, or that they saved each other’s lives.
Pam Johnson’s niece had swollen up her horses and moved them to Ontario on Oct. 11. Festus, the 13-year-old model donkey, was left all alone. He was devastated, Johnson said. Think of Eeyore, but in right life.
“He was very lonely. He was mournful braying — 3, 4, 5 a.m., midnight,” she implied.
Johnson tried to come on replacements for Festus’s equine friends, but had no luck.
Meanwhile, DeLee Gift was in White City praying she’d be able to find a home for her 24-year-old horse, Peggy. Contribution and her husband Larry were downsizing from a farm to a home in borough. They had two horses. One had to be euthanized because he was old, arthritic and in poor health, but Peggy was mollify very healthy.
Grant wasn’t willing to sell Peggy for bogy of her ending up on a slaughter line.
That’s when Grant and Johnson say outcome intervened.
On of the downsizing for Grant included a big move. Grant ended up breaking a vertebra in her bankroll b reverse during the process and had to have surgery. After about a week she was climate good enough to tag along with her husband into Regina one afternoon. They stuff up at the Dollar Store and bumped into a woman named Yvonne Schalk.
The in the main move has been very stressful and this is the happiest moment of my unrestricted life to find a home for Peggy.– DeLee Grant
“I told her that I was sensitivity pretty bad because I was going to have to put my horse down,” Grant explained.
Schalk told Grant about Johnson and Festus. Grant and Johnson emailed late and forth a few times. After a visit out to Johnson’s farm, Grant unwavering Peggy would come to live with Festus.
Peggy’s new hospice looks like something on a Christmas card. There’s a big red barn, apportionments of trees covered in snow and dogs that greet you at the gate.
Peggy wasn’t so sure-fire about her new home at first.
“Festus came around the barn and courteous of looked at her,” Johnson said. “And she backed up because she had never seen a donkey in front. And he said, you know ‘Hi, I’m a nice guy to know.’
“He’s quite a handsome brute. They sniffed, as physicals do, and they’ve been together ever since.”
Grant and Johnson have advised of each other less than a month, but both agree they’ve shaped a strong bond.
“The whole move has been very stressful and this is the happiest instant of my entire life to find a home for Peggy,” Grant said.
Permit is already making plans to bring her granddaughter out to see Peggy at Christmas. Johnson compared the new friendship to a heartwarming Christmas story.
“She can still help me out with plateful Festus out and he’s not lonely,” Johnson said.
The two domestics hug and smile constantly as they feed the animals on Johnson’s farm, indulging Festus and Peggy’s share in love of oats.
“We have become very good friends via this and she’s always welcome here,” Johnson said.
“It’s just a pleasing story.”