Last evening the organizing committee for my Birthday/Garden/Fund Raising party descended en masse and began the scheming and plotting necessary for such a huge event. Of course, they came to call on us in the paddock first and I was pleased to discover that they are donkey-lovers and admirers to the core. We were complimented and snacked and patted and one of them even gave me a deep-down ear massage that left me weak in the knees. Jack was suspicious that they might be vets but eventually he came around.
I overheard some of the planning and my other ears, Ben donkey, has filled me in on the rest. I had the woman photograph the actual invitation but as it is so small an image, here is the gist of it.
Serendipity Stables is Thrilled to Host
Sheaffer's Birthday Party, May 24th, 2009
In Support of PrimRose Donkey Sanctuary
The Social Event of The Year!
Donkeys! Cake! Tea! Lemon Squash! Frivolity! (in moderation, of course)
Come and Hob Nob with some High Class Asses! (They made me write this part)
Special Guests Sheila and PrimRose!
Ladies are Requested to wear straw hats with edible floral trim, to be
consumed by the donkeys later.
No Ear Pullers!!
Come and Meet His Sheafferness!
In the event of rain the arena will be closed to riding and the party will be held inside.
Address: Serendipity Stables
15488 McCowan Road
(500 meters north of Aurora Road)
They have added a bake sale - for humans, of course... And a silent auction, which frightens me slightly as herself is always threatening to sell me to the highest bidder if I don't behave. There is also to be a "Most Splendid Hat" contest which will be judged by young Jack the human. I hear rumours of a game called "Pin the Posterior on The Human" and I can't wait to see that unfold - I've volunteered the woman as a generously-sized target. Even the visually impaired couldn't miss the mark. Sheila will bring some items from the sanctuary shop and there will also be a bin for those who wish to donate used tack etc. Our goal is to raise $700.00, which is what it costs to keep one donkey at the sanctuary for a year.
My head is spinning with all the activity but I will keep you updated as the news trickles down to miniature donkey level. The humans attached to Ben and Jerry gifted me with a magnificent photo of the donkey brothers and I have had it copied so you may admire their handsome demeanors and extreme cleverness. They will be assisting me in my public duties at the party and are working themselves into a frenzy of excitement. They guarantee a few "surprises" for the humans.