My good friend Gale, who is also a long-time blog reader and donkey supporter, has sent me an extremely interesting film about a donkey retirement function in Russia. I will include it here so you may join me in celebrating the happy event.
As a long time member of a famous Russian ballet troupe, Monika the donkey, after 19 years of faithful service, at age 21 was deemed to have earned not only a comfortable retirement, but a truly fitting retirement party, worthy of a distinguished lady donkey moving graciously to dowager status. She was dressed in one of her stage costumes, including pink tutu, leg ribbons and a tiara and then led amongst her adoring public with her young replacement at her side. The young replacement looks suitably awe-struck and mindful of the importance of the occasion. Monika donkey is polite but firm with her throughout their walk together. The tutu will not be passed until the last moment.
They then adjourn to a banquet table, overflowing with all sorts of donkey hors d'oeuvres. Always a perfect lady and a consumate professional, Monika samples the delicacies without so much as a crumb on her tutu or a disarranged tiara. She then makes a final bow to her admirers, leaving not a dry eye in the house, I'm sure. And that, dear readers, is how one retires a donkey. With love and respect and gratitude for a job well done.
Jack's retirement was rather more of a near-death experience, brought on by years of neglect. He doesn't like to dwell on "them dark days" but he seemed rather wistful about the idea of a magnificent send-off into the senior years. He tells me that every day here is a party by his reckoning and we intend to keep it that way.
The magnificent Monika can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zH6emSKRYFs