8 Reasons Why You Should Get a Donkey

There are many reasons why you should get a donkey; one reason is that they are just kickass! (Pun intended) but seriously though, donkeys are wonderful animals that can be the perfect pet if you know how to take care of them, after reading this article on why you should get one, I recommend searching for reading up on how to take care of one, should you decide to get one for yourself. So let me tell you the great thing about donkeys and why you should definitely consider getting one as a pet!

1.) They are Pretty Chill

happy donkey

Donkeys are naturally quiet, sweet, mild mannered creatures that can be so gently that you can let your kids play with them without worrying.

2.) They Don’t Cost Much to Maintain

Yes, they may resemble a few traits of horses, but they don’t cost as much to take care. They need to eat lower quality hey, if barley hay is not available, for the sake of their health, so yeah food and maintenance is nothing to worry about.

3.) They Don’t Easily Get Sick

You have to keep them from getting wet during the times when it rains, because they are more used to the desert, but apart from that the animal is pretty sturdy and would almost never get sick, given that you feed it properly at least.

4.) Intelligence

People often mistaken the donkey for not being very bright, why they think this is a mystery to me, maybe it is how they are represented in cartoons and TV.  But in actuality Donkeys are actually very smart, they sense danger and react according to the situation, though people often mistaken this as stubbornness.

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5.) They are Protective

Not really territorial or anything like that, but donkeys are not very fond of animals like coyotes, dogs, or anything similar. The donkey may be able to help you protect your area from these little critters, and others. Though often mild mannered, they do not really like strangers that seems threatening, so if you have a donkey, you can feel a little more secure with the fact that there is one more animal keeping an eye on the place.

6.) They Can Carry Their Own Weight and Then Some

Though not much for riding, except for young children, the Donkey can help you out with carrying a few things around when you need them to. Let’s see Fido do that!

7.) They Are Good With Children

No, they won’t make your kids lunch and help you take care of them. But they are rather calm around kids, they can play with the animal as much as they want and the donkey would be very much cool about it.

domestic donkey

8.) They Are Like Dogs

Yes, they can be Man’s best friend as well. They form bonds with their owners like one, if you are ever in the area, your donkey will often approach you and interact with you, unlike most horses.

Donkeys are great pets and cute ones as well. If you ever have the space and the extra money to get one, I highly recommend one. They might not be as stylish as a horse, but they are great companions, arguably better than.



The Risks of Saving Abused Donkeys

I believe that every animal deserves to be treated well and have a good home, both in the wild and in domestication. The thought that there is an animal somewhere out there being abused, saddens me, but while saving these abused animals is a noble cause, it is one that also comes with risks. These risk can come from both the abusers and the abused animals themselves, you have to be prepared to handle any situation when it comes to this job, as you will face many dangers and difficulties that might surprise you.


Abused animals are either broken to the point of being afraid of everything, or  to the point of being aggressive to humans, due to it losing its trust with us. One particular case came to mind while a write this, a few year back we had rescued an overworked, abused donkey. Donkeys are normally very friendly creatures, docile and affectionate. But unfortunately this particular donkey had just experience too much pain from his abusers, and as a result my approaching caused him to snap and bite me. It was rather a bad wound, it caused quite a good deal of damage, so much so that I needed to get plastic surgery.

It is these kinds of dangers that you face when you save abused animals, it was completely my fault for not considering how much pain the donkey experienced from his abusers that I got into a situation like that. You must remain vigilant and consider these animal victims as dangerous, approaching with caution and great care. Remember that the animal went into a great deal of stress, a stranger approaching will only make things worse.

I was younger when it happen, and obviously more foolish than I am now, today I have the scar to remind me to always approach with caution, and that I should be prepared for anything, especially when it came to handling abused animals.

Today that donkey is now rehabilitated, and though I was badly wounded, I forgave the fella. And unlike how things ended when we first met, our relationship now is way better. It is clear that he was just scared at that time, and not really aggressive, as he is now an affectionate and curious donkey. I decided to take care of the donkey myself, taking him in and bringing him to my family’s ranch, to remind me that when given a good home, animals will return the kindness with love.

When the time comes that you face an animal that had been a victim of abuse, remember to approach it as if it is a wild animal, with great caution. While there is good in them, they are too scared and distrusting of humans, it might even be necessary to be a little tough when taking the animal in, and only after given time to relax and nourish itself in a safe environment should you slowly attempt to connect with the animal.


Saving a Donkey – Things You Have to Consider

donkeys-happy-togetherIt is good to save and adopt an animal, but it is important to first know that you have the right conditions for the animal to, not just survive but thrive. The needs of donkeys are pretty much lower compared to having a horse, but if you never had a horse before, it might feel a bit more overwhelming compared to say, a dog.  One example are pests, the donkey is a far larger animal than the one sleeping on your carpet, if they were infested by something like mites,  these pests will definitely be more numerous than you would experience with a dog infested.  And getting rid of it will take more than just a trip to the vet with some delousing shampoo. In the donkeys case you might actually need to hire pest control services for the environment, and a lot of delousing shampoo, like a whole tub or more.


The Needs of the Donkey


Of course the situation stated above is a bit on the extreme cases, the needs that you really need to concern yourself are the everyday needs. One thing completely essential for a happy donkey is a spacious area to run around, they might not exactly be as energetic as a Labrador but keeping one in an enclosed space wouldn’t exactly be saving them would it?

Another need that you might actually need to consider is a second donkey… I know you wanted to just save one but the thing is, donkeys are surprisingly social creatures, and they are often quieter and happier when they have someone to talk to. And no, you can’t buy left over props from a nativity scene, they would know.

some-hayDonkeys don’t really eat much, given that their natural environment isn’t exactly the type that provides really well, they might have evolved to get used to eating low nutrition hay. So you don’t really have to spend so much on the top shelf products show horses are used to. Of course the occasional carrot or so wouldn’t hurt. (Actually it can, too high on sugar, but spoil them a bit to show them that you love them.)

Finally shelter, a real one with a solid roof and walls, as they rarely actually get wet in the wild. If they do, they will definitely sick, and let me tell you, taking care of a large sick donkey, aren’t exactly a heartwarming scene. And if the worse comes to worse, disposing of the donkey is not an easy job. So if you love them, keep them dry.


Donkeys are like dogs, they are very playful and social, and they are fun to be with and fun to take care of. In addition, unlike a dog, you can ride them, so you have that going for you if you own one. But owning one is not a walk in the park, which is a whole other problem with donkeys we might to talk about one day, so make sure you are prepared to own one before you decide anything.



How to tell the Difference between a Good and a Bad Business Idea?

Sometimes what seems to be a terrible idea will turn out to be a billion dollar idea, and what seemed to be a great idea end in utter failure.

I recall the story of one entrepreneur that wanted to start a mineral water company in a country that has reasonably safe potable tap water. When he first proposed the idea to his friends in the Chamber of Commerce, he met criticism and was laughed out of stage. Determined to make his idea into reality he pushed through with his plans, now his company is the number one seller of bottled waters in his country. This is an example of a business idea that seemed bad but turned out to be good in the end. Was it really just because his plan was actually good that allowed it to work, or is there more to it than that?

Let’s look at an example of a supposedly good idea: A man finds some gold in a cave, and decided to sell the gold to buy mining equipment. After digging for months it seems like the vein of gold that he had found just vanished. Disheartened he quit the mining business and sold his equipment and mining rights. The man he sold it to do not start digging immediately, he consulted experts and geologists, and he found out that the vein moved a couple of hundred meters from the original excavation site due to the ground shifting.

One more example of a supposedly terrible idea:  What if you were surfing the web and found an ad or link that told you about a low maintenance pet you will never have to feed or clean up after. Sounds great right? What if I told you the supposed pet was a Rock? You’d probably close the tab and think that that was the stupidest thing you ever saw, and you’re probably right. But a couple of years back pet rocks was a big fad and sold 1.5 million units at $4 each.

After writing this I came to realize that the difference between a Good and Bad Business Idea is the person who came up with it. The true difference between a good a bad idea lies in how you plan to execute the idea to take physical form. DO you consult experts in the field? Have you planned a way to market it to people? Is there really a market for it? And most importantly; how determined are you to reach your goal of your idea becoming reality?

Yes, there are “bad” ideas but you can easily know they are really terrible with just common sense; you can’t sell sand in the desert. But then again, can you?