LGRS Blog

Annual Sheep Shearing 2020

It was a perfect day mid-May that we decided it was the right time to shear the sheep at Lucky Glider Rescue & Sanctuary. It's important to remove the "winter coats" of the sheep because they can easily overheat in the dog days of a Central Texas summer. Some of...

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BonBon Photo Bombs Geese

Those of you following Lucky Glider Rescue & Sanctuary are familiar with Brady, the nearly two-year-old Pygmy wether that's in with the sheep herd. He is a constant source of joy and interest owing to his little pranks and demands. Brady loves to stick close to...

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Canadian Geese Spooked

The pair of Canadian Geese we saw earlier in the week came back this morning and were feeding in the goat's pasture. They were probably attracted to the steady honking of the Chinese Geese here at the ranch. It took a while to spook them upon a slow and steady...

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Nestle & Mocha Take Turns at Dirt Bath

It's always fascinating to watch donkeys performing their dirt bath ritual... First, one donkey almost always stands guard. The guard donkey (this time BonBon) will stand facing away from the dirt bath area and keep watch. Second, a first donkey will approach the bath...

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Callie Comforts Mocha at Dinnertime

Mocha (the dark Jenny) is quite vocal and puts up a fuss at dinnertime. Same for gelding Nestle (brown). Here, they are putting up a fuss and Callie saunters over to Mocha to comfort her and calm her down a bit. Once she gets Mocha to stop crying she heads over to me...

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Jules the Rascal!

The morning meal is special for the donkeys because they get some carrot nibs mixed with their grain. First, I'll pull back the metal feed bins, drop in some carrots and then add grain before tipping them towards the donkeys so they can eat. Well, Jules just can't...

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Donkeys On Parade

The jacks up at the new barn heard me callin' so they are moseying down for their dinner. Note how Brady the pygmy is romping and bothering the sheep whilst mare/shepherdess "CowGirl" ignores all the action. In the evening, the donkeys get a small portion of Purina...

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BonBon’s Abscess Recovery

During the muddy season in late Winter and early Fall, the donkeys will often get small rocks packed into the bottom of their hooves. If I see them limping, I'll use a hoof knife to clear that out, but sometimes bruising from a rock will cause an infection to happen....

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Jacks Playing

Jules and Hershel - both geldings - were playing in the corral by the new barn a few days ago and I was lucky enough to catch them on a short video. Donkeys are known for their playtime antics which includes nudging each other, sneak attacks, and grabbing the scruffs...

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Tweetie Nesting Instinct

Little Tweetie the orphaned sparrow is looking for a mate and feathering his nest which is inside of a chandelier at the ranch house. Beware if you're reading a paper or have anything that catches his eye - he'll steal it in a flash and fly off with it. 

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Ewe Priscilla uses Mare as Scratching Post

Ewe Priscilla uses Mare as Scratching Post

Priscilla the Dorper ewe is uncommonly friendly for her kind. Many years ago she had an accident while being loaded into a livestock trailer. She smacked her front right hoof on a metal part of the trailer and lost most of her right toe. It took about six months of...

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Jacks Line Up For Breakfast

Jacks Line Up For Breakfast

Now that BonBon is in dry lot and on a special diet, I have to feed her separately from the other donkeys. Mocha and Callie, the other two jennies, are down at the hangar barn pasture, and BonBon has been relocated to the corral at the new barn because it's easier to...

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BonBon’s New Routine

BonBon’s New Routine

Our gentle jenny BonBon has been through a lot this past year. She has twice been to the emergency room for "choke" and had to be treated for an abscess a few months ago. She has also had trouble walking about lately due to chronic laminitis. A trip to the equine...

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Goat Herd Hoof Trims

Goat Herd Hoof Trims

Here at Lucky Glider Rescue & Sanctuary, we are very grateful for our volunteers. When it comes time to do hoof trims, inoculations, and de-worming -- it's almost impossible to do it alone. Fortunately for us, friends of the sanctuary Jennifer and her son Wesley...

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Brady Goes Cuckoo for Brush Time

Brady Goes Cuckoo for Brush Time

Those of you following Lucky Glider Rescue & Sanctuary are familiar with Brady, the nearly two-year-old Pygmy wether that's in with the sheep herd. He is a constant source of joy and interest owing to his little pranks and demands. Brady loves to stick close to...

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