Author Archives: dianashaffner

What’s New at the Donkey Villa?

With winter kicking up its heels in Kentucky, we have transitioned our two wonderful long-eared girls into winter mode. See how their very own villa has been outfitted to accommodate the girls’ needs perfectly through the cold season. How many donkeys can claim they have their own villa? Since both these girls are disabled, we feel they certainly deserve only

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Another Wonderful Open Barn

Sunday the 23rd of September started not only with lovely coolish temperature but also torrential rainfalls. The success of the day’s Open Barn was in jeopardy. We were in good spirits though regardless and worked on setting up everything for the event as usual. By midday, the heavy rains turned into light sprinkles and then into nothing! Cars started pouring

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A New House for the Boys

The new little daytime shelter for our goat boys Kevin & Oliver has been completed. The Animal Man designed and built it with the utmost attention to detail and love. For their protection from wildlife, the boys will still stay in the horse barn overnight. However, while out during the day, we thought they might enjoy a mini shelter like

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Thank You! Sox for Horses

Please help us welcome ‘Sox for Horses’ as one of our newest supporters. We are so very grateful for a generous product donation from Sox for Horses for our Arabian Shabah who has been suffering from a severe outbreak of dermatitis, a painful condition of the skin around the legs. Despite treatment with various topical, we only had moderate success

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Kevin’s 1 Week Progress Report

Little Kevin has had his prosthetic leg now for one full week, wearing it for about one hour in the morning and again in the evening. These are training and physical therapy sessions for him which include stretching exercises for the contracted muscles around his hip. He faced a combination of several issues. an outward rotation of the lower leg

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Why Mindfulness Matters

Mindfulness matters because you matter, your life matters and how you use your precious time on earth, your life, matters. Mindfulness is being present in the here and now. It has nothing to do with denying the past or never planning for the future. Reflecting backwards and planning ahead are important and useful activities for  leading a productive life and

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