We often notice that just like us, most donkeys will get out of the rain, however, there are a few that seem to enjoy being out in it. Our dear Shillinionas, who is almost 30 years old and blind, is one of the latter.
Shilli, as he is known, lives in at night in a specially adapted stable, but during the day likes to wander around the paddock and has the occasional snooze while standing up. Unfortunately, he also likes to doze off outside when it’s raining. Normally we would get him in before he got very wet but we felt that it was unfair to keep him in so much and so this winter he got a lovely new waterproof rug.
We did wonder how he would react to wearing the rug having never worn one in his life but he stood perfectly still while we put it on and adjusted the straps. He obviously appreciated his ‘raincoat’ as he pricked his ears before wandering off to show his friends. Shilli also loves rolling and getting as dirty as possible so the rug has also helped us keep him a little bit cleaner.
Shilli was very sensible when the winter was very bad though and did wander into the barn - cleverensible boy.