I went down and had a nice visit with Tessa this afternoon and gave her and Hawkeye a pedicure. No, I have not forgotten about her!
She is doing quite well. We are all a bit disappointed (but I am not surprised) that she has NOT lost any weight. There are those of us who are just doomed to pudge even when we stick to celery and carrots.
Tess is still rather obsessively in love with Hawkeye. I have found that the donkeys spend more time outside, wandering around since Tessa left and I realized that it is because she used to bring them in the barn and then stand guard outside the barn. She now does the same thing for Hawkeye. She likes get him in a "safe" spot and watch over him.
I'm not sure that Hawkeye actually needs a whole lot of protecting, but there is no convincing Tessa of that. God help the boogey man who messes with Tessa's herd.
It would be interesting to see how Tessa's attitude would change if she had a baby who actually needed all of her mothering. If she had better conformation, I would be tempted to breed her to a nice jack and get myself a sweet mule baby.
Instead, Tessa will have remain content mothering and guarding all of her friends - whether they want it or not.