Pumpkin the donkey

  • Died: February 4, 2016
  • Location: Gardnerville, Nevada

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Foothill road in summer 1999

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Pumpkin was a donkey freebie that came together with horses. We found her on our round trips from Gardnerville to Genoa in summer of 1999. There was something about her that immediately took our attention -- her unique personality. It was love at first sight. We kept coming daily for a visit and to bring her a treat.

Nobody really wanted her and she was treated according to that. Horses were safe on dirt and Pumpkin was on grass whole year round. From sugar in grass she ended up with laminitis and founder. From rain and snow with arthritic fetlocks. Donkeys are susceptible to pneumonia and bronchitis when chilled. They don't have waterproof coat like horses. Pumpkin was always outside, no matter how bad the weather was, because she didn't have a shelter until year 2003. She used to stand every night under a tree in both good and bad weather... All of this negatively affected her health and shortened her lifespan.

Pumpkin was given to me on December 21st, 2002. My best christmas gift ever! I didn't have my own house with a room for a donkey, so I found her new home with a shelter, for the first time in her life, at New Paradigm Ranch in Fish Springs. Wonderful place with Jeannette, lots of mud on rainy days and a million dollar view all around. We came to the ranch every day to see our Pumpkin. Countless miles and hours.... She spent about eight and half years there, and then NPR closed for business.

Pumpkin's veterinarian, Dr. Brian Peck, DVM, found for her a new home with a shelter at private Canuck Ranch owned by his friends, retired Canadian hockey star Dr. Clint Malarchuk and his wife Joanie. My deepest thanks go to them for everything they have done for Pumpkin and me.

Pumpkin's health slowly deteriorated (laminitis, founder, uveitis, insulin resistance, arthritis), she was spending more and more time laying down instead of standing and walking around, like it was when I brought her to the ranch in summer 2011. She past away on February 4th, 2016, just shortly before I came to visit her.

I miss Pumpkin terribly but I'm glad that her pain from fetlock joints and hooves is over, and I didn't have to call a vet to put her in sleep. I wouldn't be able to do it... I'm so glad that God has decided for me. She is buried on the ranch. She was about 30 years old.