Beauty and the Beast



The Beast.

There’s been a lot of carrying on around our farm this spring, but nothing (and I mean nothing, not the roosters wearing the feathers off the hens’ backs, not even the wild affair of Clover and Eclipse) prepared me for what happened when Jack met Poky.

Jack made sounds that were indescribable other than to say I thought he was dying. He bared his teeth and screamed.

We’re not quite sure if Jack has seen a female donkey before. We know if he has, it hasn’t been for a long, long time. In fact, it’s been a long time (years) since Jack has even seen another donkey, period. He was an only donkey with his last two owners.

But he recognized a girl donkey when he saw one.

Poky wasn’t as excited about the whole thing as Jack. She ran.

And kicked.

And did some screaming of her own.

Jack was completely unfazed by her lack of amore.

He had enough love for them both!

Beulah Petunia, trying not to look.

Me, I was just trying to stay alive. Forgetting that Jack and Poky are much larger animals than Clover and Eclipse, I didn’t foresee that it would actually be a little bit frightening to stand in the field during the ruckus of their first meeting. I wasn’t prepared for the stampede.

Most of the time, they looked like this.

Even in person. Because I was closing my eyes and crying for my mommy while I was hiding behind a tree trying to not get run over while they made 100 mile per hour circles around me. It took about 30 death-defying minutes for things to calm down.

Then Jack told Poky she was real pretty.

And that he’d been waiting for her all his life.

Jack is so possessed by Poky, he could barely stand to have his hooves trimmed this last time. He almost broke the gate down when she was taken out to have hers done. Jack has been a lonely donkey for a very long time.

And now he is in love.


  1. Nancy in Iowa says:

    Poky seems to have grown into her destiny as Jack’s girl! They make a lovely pair – just stay out of the way!!! :snuggle:

  2. Shelly says:

    Wow that must of been very exciting and shocking at the same time. He sure got excited, I hope they don’t hurt each other. Looks like you are letting nature take it’s course but don’t get hurt – get out of their way. Looks like there is no stopping them. That must of been a riot!! :hole: :hole: :hole: :hole: :hole: :hole:

  3. Annie says:

    That was the best laugh I had all week!

  4. Johanna says:

    Aw, Jack must have been so lonely for so long. Doesn’t it break your heart? So glad that now he has Poky, someone he can really talk to. Someone who understands things from the donkey’s perspective. Everyone needs that.

  5. monica says:

    LOL He has been waiting for a little love for a long time!! Just like a skinny high school kid–the chase is on! :hug: 😮

  6. Mary in Michigan says:

    Loved this love story, that I hope you continue to keep us updated on. You sure have a wonderful way with words, I never get bored with your entries and I don’t skim over them either :eating:

  7. Diane says:

    awww how cute. So nice that Jack has a girl friend now to love. 🙂

  8. Mary in Michigan says:

    Thought that image was of a smiley, my mistake 😆

  9. Kim Gibson says:

    I sense the beginning of a beautiful friendship….

  10. Beth says:

    Awwwwwww….Amore’!!! :hug: :snuggle:

  11. patrice says:

    I see you’re writing romantic stories again!!! :heart:

  12. Phyllis says:

    Ahhhhhhhhh, love in the pasture. Could you ask for anything more. :hug:

  13. Drucillajoy says:

    yeah, I met a man like that a few years ago…he may have even bared his teeth too, the memory is kind of a blur now…he’s history. Pokey, put that guy in his place!

  14. Barbee' says:

    I don’t blame Jack. Poky is my favorite of the critters, too, ever since she protected you and Morgan from Mean Rooster. I hope she will learn to like Jack and be happy with him. She is a smart little thing, and I wouldn’t want her to be unhappy.

  15. Grace Reynolds says:

    Oh, My Gosh! What a story, Suzanne. Isn’t life amazing?

  16. ML says:

    That is soo funny! I picture you screaming a little too while your running out of their way, lol! So glad they are getting along and what a sweet love story at the end. What a cute couple!

  17. Cheryl LeMay says:

    Wow! What a void Jack must have felt all these years living without his own kind.They really are happier having a herdmate.Aheart warming story Suzanne.

  18. Monica C. Webster says:

    Loved the story, and loved the pics. So happy for Jack :))

  19. Melissa says:

    Oh my! How sad and sweet at the same time. Glad they have each other.

  20. sasha says:

    I hope Jack doesn’t have any balls… literally, lol.

  21. Michelle Jamieson says:

    Another great story on your blog – I always enjoy your stories and your blog. Michelle / Michelle Jamieson Interiors

  22. Shirley Corwin says:

    I love all your animal love stories!!!!!!!! I bet it is quite noisy around there. One donkey can be ear splitting!!!!! But one in love. . . . Wow!

  23. TammyF says:

    Oh my gosh! That was some story! You sure can tell they are in love!

  24. LIZZIE VINSON says:

    further reason why i need miniature donkeys in my life.

  25. Sandi says:

    aaawwwww…. so sweet

  26. Staci says:

    What a lovely story, kinda sounds like how the Farmer and I started out – I ran and I kicked…

    That’s is exactly how my Donk acts with the horse, he is in love.

  27. Laurie Fix says:

    Greatest post ever! I had to share it with my FB friends! 🙂 Thanks for the AMORE!

  28. Nannette Turner says:

    Everyone needs someone to love.

  29. mika says:

    I have always heard that donkeys are very social animals so it almost cruel when they are alone, without others of their kind. The part of the story I loved the most was when Jack got so upset because he was out of “eye-shot” of his beloved!

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