The woman has not been at my disposal for typing because she's been busy with various things. Very annoying and inconsiderate of her. I may have to approach a typing agency to hire someone more reliable.
There has been much going on around the rescue of the neglected donkey. The story of how they finally got to see him is so convoluted that I can't remember it all. See him they did on Wednesday and it must have been bad because they all came back looking very pale and not saying much. It seems he may be past the point of saving. They tried every way they knew to buy him but the owners wanted to keep him for no apparant reason. He was lying in a pool of manure/ice water, covered in an armoured layer of filth, is terribly thin, has no hair on his neck from lice, and his feet...I didn't know a donkey's feet could grow right round till they merged into his pasterns. He is almost unable to stand and walk and his pupils are dilated with the pain of it all. I waited to hear that this was a made-up tale they told us just to scare us into good behaviour, but it's not. The SPCA have now taken over his case and I will keep you updated.
Two days ago, TJ stopped eating and last night he stopped drinking, so our personal physician, Dr. Maggie Turner, appeared today to examine the patient. Good thing SHE'Ss patient, because he tried every wrestling move on her and did some airs-above-the-ground and slammed her into the boards till they were both quite red in the face. She even stuck a thermometer up his posterior to see what the weather conditions were in there. Holding steady according to the read-out. He was given a large amount of tranquilizer which made him just groggy enough that they could put a metal device in his mouth and pry his jaws apart. It took three of them but he finally got his teeth rasped and a large tooth-top came out. It must have been what was bothering him because as soon as he was let go, he was ravenous. His story is that he was savagely attacked by three mad women, he overcame them all and emerged triumphant with only a broken tooth. He lies like a hearth rug.
Of course, they really wanted to spend all their time with me. While waiting for TJ to sink into near oblivion, they both gave me ear massages and said how handsome I am and took my picture. Doc is deeply in love with Dr. Maggie (they both have red hair)and insists on snogging with her and licking her coat and breathing deeply in her face. He makes quite a spectacle of himself - and she lets him. Molly just grunts and flaps her lips and asks for food.