Fiona, a mini mare, and Donkey, a mini donkey were rescued from an auction house kill pen, destined for slaughter. Their pictures had been posted on the internet and we just could not turn our backs on them. So we purchased them, found transportation from NJ to VT, arranged isolation for 3 weeks. They are now part of the family on the mountain. Fiona the mini mare is just as cute as can be at only 32" tall. She is just 2 yrs old and she is indeed a feisty princess! Little Donkey is still a bit sad, but improving daily! He had to be gelded a few days after arriving here since he was housed with Fiona, but his immune system is not in great shape so he has had a hard recovery. He also has several nasty sarcoid/sarcomas on his head. However, his new vet feels that with some healthy clean living and Chinese herbs, his immune system may be able to kick start. They will soon be moving in with Brookie and Sparky.
Well, it has been an interesting and exhausting couple of months since Tropical Storm Irene blew through, unleashing all of nature's fury, but I am happy to say, the road, bridges and landslides have all been repaired! Ripanco Kennels would like to give a big shout Thank You to SD Ireland for coming to our rescue. Thank you also to all of our wonderful clients who were so patient and helpful while the road was closed. Now look for us at the Park and Ride with our new white Toyota Sienna van!