Travels With a Donkey

Burro Amigo Photo Courtesy ANdReita QC

A friend of mine, Seeker, just mentioned John Steinbeck's book, "Travels with Charley", which inspired so many of us to go RVing, and inspired my use of the user name TravelswCharlie".

Did you know that the title, itself, was inspired by an earlier book, "Travels with a Donkey" by Robert Louis Stevenson?

"Travels With a Donkey", being in the public domain, is available as a free eBook download at Project Gutenberg, here:

Project Gutenberg

I recently learned of a modern-day man who travels with donkeys, both literally and figuratively.

He's Mark Meyers, Executive Director of "Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue", and "Texas Burro Rescue", who calls himself "The Donkey Man", and a "donkey wrangler".

In "The Plight of the American Donkey", he writes, in part:

"Will Rogers once said, "I never met a man I didn't like." While few of us in today's fast paced, keepin' up with Jones', super sized, internet ready world share Mr. Roger's sentiments about our fellow citizens, I can say without a second thought that I truly have never met a donkey that I didn't like. Although I have, on occasion, met a dog, cat, horse or mule that I had little or no use for, no donkey has ever crossed my path that I couldn't find a great deal of good in."

Read this and other articles at his websites here:
Donkey Rescue
Texas Burro Rescue

Ever wish for one of those cute little burros you sometimes see along the road? Mark says they are just as cute and personable as they look.

The really exciting thing is this... if you have a home base with enough grass and trees, you just might be able to adopt a burro from one of Mark's rescue centers.

It's a better plan most others, I think. For one thing, the cost is less... only $100 per animal, and what is more important, Texas Burro Rescue makes sure animals are healthy and at least "tolerant" of humans before they are released for adoption.

But, if you have enough space, there is another program that might interest you. If you have at least 40 acres of grass and trees, and plenty of water, you could become part of Texas Burro Rescue's Sanctuary Program at no cost to you.

If you can take at least six burros, Texas Burro Rescue will place them on your land and take care of all expenses and medical care. That way you could have all the fun of watching burros on your land without the expense or care commitments. Your only obligation would be to make sure they have plenty of grazing land and year-round access to water.

Read about the Adoption and Sanctuary Programs, here:
Donkey Rescue Adoption and Sanctuary Programs

Lots of RVers travel with their horses, why not a donkey?

1 comment:

Ian said...

Thay are slow and stubborn though. And at the end of the day, you feel sore as hell.