Shetland Sheep: Rich in History, Rich in Textiles

Shetland Sheep: Rich in History, Rich in Textiles! Our farm mission is to enjoy and promote the wonderful diversity of the Shetland breed by fully utilizing to the best of our ability all they have to offer historically. We believe the best preservation and management of this breed includes it's full spectrum of history. We encourage old and new shepherds alike to join in the fun by engaging in fiber arts, especially spinning and knitting, as this breed is so intimately linked with those aspects of the arts.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Black Bear kills Mini Donkey

Here is the story.  Go to  to read about it.  I know we live with bears, wolves, cougars, and bobcats, not to mention coyotes and loose domestic dogs all around us.  Our neighbors saw a bobcat cross their driveway last fall around 4 in the afternoon, and we have found wolf tracks and mystery tracks that perhaps were from a bobcat passing through one winter right here on our farm.  This very sad bear attack is just a bear's stroll north of our farm.

It is for these reasons, I run my flock in at night.  I know attacks happen during daylight, but with so much human activity around here, that is unlikely.  Someday, I'd like to have a mini-donkey.  I LOVE them!  They take me back to my Colorado Rockies days, where the mining history positively fascinated me.  Those little donkeys are not pets, but extremely useful, tough little workers!  I read countless stories and studied many old photos of donkeys hauling 12 foot boards up the mountain passes to haul in the lumber needed to build the boom towns.  The boards were tied to the two sides of the donkeys, with one end by their heads high in the air, the other end dragging on the ground.  The goal was to arrive in the mine towns with at least 10 feet still left on the boards!!!  Whole donkey trains were tied together to slowly make their way up the passes.  Incredible.  Of course, they were also used in the mines...the more awful side to their history.  Around the world, donkeys are still utilized tremendously for work.  How silly of us Americans to forget that!!  How sad this donkey owner lost his animal.

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