||Three years old|
||College Grove, Tennessee, USA|
Paradise Hill's Toto is the best little donkey on the farm! When I
state little, he really is! Toto is a full grown Miniature Donkey but
stands only 28-1/2 inches tall. However, Toto's spirit and willingness to
do is the "largest" on the farm.
Miniature donkeys are wonderful with children. It is amazing how
instinctually a donkey knows how to just look at a child and make the
child know that she is safe around it.
The miniature donkey has a cross on its back. You can see the
"cross-piece" on Toto's shoulders, the "vertical" part of the cross is a
stripe along the spine. This is known as the mark Christ laid upon the
donkeys as the animal that carried Jesus on Palm Sunday. All donkeys have
the cross but some are more visible than others.
As you can see in this picture, Toto carries a pack on his back. Miniature
donkeys are very strong animals. Even for his size, this little donkey can
easily carry up to 75 pounds on his back. Toto loves being a pack donkey!
I use him to help me move things around our farm. The farm is very hilly
with a lot of woods. Where the tractor can't get thru, Toto can! He loves
having a "job" here at the farm.
Toto is also training to compete in open trail competitions. This is
similar to obstacle courses, where the judge will ask the donkey to
perform certain tasks - like walk thru a creek, jump over a log etc. I
hope to have Toto competing in this class in next year's donkey shows here
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