Life Stories

This is a story about a donkey called Pumpkin who has found so much needed love and care. The real story that sounds like a fairy tale:

"Once upon a time there was a neglected donkey Pumpkin, living on a grassy place all year round with only occasional hay, no regular hoof care and no shelter. All of this and a discovery of her insulin resistance condition, has resulted for Pumpkin in painful laminitis (inflammation of the hooves caused by sugar from grass containing fructans, polymers of sugar fructose), founder (rotation of coffin bone caused by separation of coffin bone and hoof wall because of inflamed laminae) and later in arthritic fetlock joints. Equine insulin resistance is considered #1 cause of laminitis.

Even after several years of trying to do almost everything possible to help Pumpkin, her hooves were still faraway from being perfect and with time they became even worse, accompanied with sore fetlock joints.

There was always a hope that despite all Pumpkin's serious health problems - founder, laminitis, uveitis, arthritis and insulin resistance - there might be a positive change in her conditions with devoted care and treatment, so she could live happily ever after."

There was nobody, except my mom and me, who had ever been interested in Pumpkin. She was a freebie. Four legs somewhere in a backyard nobody cared for. Everybody just wanted those horses she came with but not her. And she was treated according to that: horses had hay and a shelter, Pumpkin grass and a tree to stay under in any kind of weather...

I guess it was all meant to happen like this. At least I was able to help Pumpkin with her problems as much as I could, and to tell the whole world about this wonderful donkey with a true personality that I love and miss so much...

Bo, the owner of Pumpkin