It was a spur of the moment thing. I honestly don't know what came over me. Mammoth donkeys are very rare in these parts and well trained riding and driving mammoths are generally unheard of. I guess it was the wagon ride and the lure of having a nice driving donkey that did it.
I didn't set out to get another donkey. I resisted. Truly.
All summer, everyone has been sending me links to this donkey and he was only 30 minutes away, but I said, "NO, get thee behind me Satan, I will not give in to temptation!".
But then I did.
His name is Ben.
We're all surprised.
Some of us more so than others.
I had to lock Tessa up for a short while as she wanted to protect "her" donkeys from this intruder. If anyone would make a good guard donkey, it is Tessa. A pack of coyotes wouldn't know what hit them. Once Tessa decided that he meant no harm, she accepted him with no qualms. He is a bit intimidated by her, but, so far, he prefers her company.
Emma is wary, but deeply intrigued.
Which is actually a pretty good summation of her personality now I think about it.
Maybe she thinks she is looking in a mirror.
Ben is not so sure that he wants any new donkey friends.
And Ramsey? My poor little Ramsey who is just a bit of a momma's boy and who is also, maybe, perhaps, a teensey, tiny bit sheltered and spoiled? He is frightened and appalled.
I do hope that everyone just needs a bit of time. Ben got here on Friday afternoon and he is missing his Catalonian girlfriend. Emma and Ramsey are not used to anything intruding on their kingdom. Tessa, once she decided her guard duties were unnecessary, is content to let the donkeys sort themselves out.
I hope they do sort themselves out. God knows what I'll do if they can't live together in peace.