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June 3, 2008

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Rufus, the Pet of the Day
Name: Rufus
Age: One year old
Gender: Male
Kind: Miniature Donkey
Home: Ayersville, Ohio, USA
   This is my Miniature Donkey, Rufus, he is two weeks old in this picture, standing next to his momma, Sally. Now he is as big as she is, but is every bit as cute. In this picture you can clearly see the "cross" donkeys carry on their backs, the story goes that this is the sign of blessing they carry for having born Jesus into Jerusalem Palm Sunday. Rufus is very special to us as he is the first miniature donkey ever born on our farm. He let his personality show through from the very start - at just two hours old, he had already started bucking, and was practicing putting his ears back. He was building his muscles right away and practicing maneuvers!

    He is a year old now, and every bit as much the mischievous little boy as he ever was, even though he's full grown now. He still scampers around the pasture, kicking up his heels and showing off for anyone who is watching. He loves to pick on his Mama, too, but she generally keeps him in check with a well-timed nip. He may be as big as she is now, but he still gets told who is in charge.

    Rufus is precious to us, our own little miracle in the furry flesh, and we love him even when he is naughty sometimes.

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