Donkeys From the Porch


I sit outside and spy on my donkeys through the slats in the porch rails. Jack has never been up to the goat yard before, and it’s been a while since Poky was here. I’ve missed her so. I love to walk down the steps and pet their velvety heads through the gate. When I walk into the yard, they chew on my shirt and follow me everywhere. They are adorable and adoring. They are all about me whenever I am down there, but when I go away, they go back to their own lives. And that is the best time to watch them.

I watch them graze, and copulate (OH MY, so often), and nuzzle, and prance, and sometimes run around the goat yard in circles. They eat and roll on their backs, laze in the sun and hide in the shade. They bray and they huff, and they sometimes do nothing at all. Or do they? They have secrets plots and hidden agendas.

I am a donkey spy.

I shall report my findings.


  1. julyorchid says:

    LOL Suzanne! I have sat and watched donkeys in a field across the street from mother-in-laws home in WV, but not to the point that I know when and how often they copulate! (Just teasing you!) I do, however, ENVY that you are able to sit on a porch in the woods and watch the wildlife go about their daily business. How peaceful! I miss that!

  2. Suzanne says:

    i have always wanted a donkey! keep us posted on their exploits 😀

  3. Carol says:

    A porch with a view and a comfortable chair should be part of everyone’s life. Now I can’t wait to see how cute those little baby donkeys will be.

  4. Valerie says:

    I love it. I can watch my donkeys from my deck. They are so playful and energetic, loving, sweet, and very very smart. Every backyard should have one or two!

  5. CindyP says:

    As always, just a peaceful view from that porch and rocker 🙂 Still jealous up here!

  6. Nancy in Iowa says:

    You’ve got the best theater in the state! I’m very envious also.

  7. Nancy says:

    How are donkeys relating to health? Are they easy keepers? I think they are just adorable. I can’t wait to see if Poky will have a baby Poky…cuteness X10! I saw Nigerian Dwarf goats at the fair this weekend and absolutely fell in love! They may be coming before the donkey! What breed is Clover?

    • Suzanne McMinn says:

      Nancy, Clover is a Nigerian Dwarf! (Same as Nutmeg, Rhett, and Eclipse.) Sprite, Fanta, and Mr. Pibb are Fainting goats. And donkeys are pretty easy to keep. I love them! You have to have a farrier come take care of their hooves regularly (unless you want to do that yourself–I don’t).

  8. Kathy says:

    I want to be a miniature donkey on your farm in my next life 😀 Thanks for sharing your life with us Suzanne. I love all the critters (except maybe mean old Mr. Cotsworth) and start most days with you on your farm.

  9. farmershae says:

    I keep telling my husband that velvety horse (or horse family) nose is the best thing in the world. One day I will show him!!! Also, I think they are conspiring about where to get some hats…they need disguises for their devious plans… :happyflower:

  10. Shelly says:

    I always thought donkeys just stand there and do nothing. I love all animals, how relaxing and enjoyable to view them (spy them out)from your deck. That’s the life! :ladybug: :ladybug: :ladybug: :ladybug:

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