One of my barn buddies, Kelly, works part time at the Longhopes Donkey Shelter in Bennett, Colorado. Yesterday, she took a small group of us to meet the donkeys.
We headed down Jackass Blvd...to the first pasture of donkeys.
We were met at the gate by some of the friendlier members of the herd.
These donkeys were so sweet...and so cuddly!
We couldn't stop hugging them.
Standing in line for the hugs.
We slowly worked our way around the property visiting most of Longhopes' fifty three donkeys.
Have you ever seen anything this cute?
We wanted to pick her and take her home with us!
Although most of our attention was focused on the donkeys...
we couldn't help but notice what a wonderful facility this is. This is not a shoestring operation. Everything was beautiful and extremely well maintained.I don't think I've ever seen a tack room this clean and organized.
Even the barn kitty was pretty!The donkeys who live here must feel as if they've died and gone to heaven. There are graham crackers for the older donkeys who can't handle hard treats...
and each pasture has its own toy box.
After we'd met the donkeys, we headed over to the Visitor Center.
We were all eager to support the rescue by spending money in the gift shop.
The offerings were plentiful...
Donkey Dancers, anyone?
Kristina bought a shirt...and I bought my first Schleich.
This was such a fun day.
I can't wait to go back and visit the Longhopes donkeys again!