A couple of weeks ago I posted about adopting Sherlock, a BLM Mustang in this post. Today I’m going to introduce you to the BLM Burro we adopted. The process is similar to adopting a mustang. If you want to read all about that, it’s in the same post about Sherlock.
What is a burro?
A burro is considered a small donkey. Ours stands about 40 inches at her shoulder and even though we haven’t officially had her weighed, we guesstimate she’s about 300 pounds. They don’t have many predators and are known for their strength. Burros are great companions and most of them are gentle with a sweet disposition. She is no exception.
Look at that face and those tiny feet! Look at those ears! Oh My Golly – I love her!
When the Mister and I went to Fort Worth to pick out a burro, we fully intended to get the dark brown one in the back. But when I saw her face, I told him nope – I want her. The one that looks like she ripped open a sack of flour.
Because she had lived in the wild, we had to put her in a small pen, gentle/train her, and let her get use to human interaction. During the first week she was rubbed all over, lead around with a halter through an obstacle course, and tied to a tree. All of that is a big deal and a lot for the first week!
Remember with Sherlock we had Trainers that had dealt with Mustangs before. They helped a lot this time too but one of the coolest things about her training is that the Mister did a bunch himself. It might be that we’ve had a few years experience dealing with Sherlock but I’m leaning toward it being her sweet behavior.
Bringing her home
We wanted to get to know her first so it took us a while to come up with a name. Since she looked like she had gotten into the flour we started off with baking type names (cupcake, sugar pie, honeybun). No one agreed so we tried feminine southern names (Dixie, Petunia, Magnolia) which didn’t work either. We then thought of favorite book characters and finally settled on Scout (from To Kill a Mockingbird). It really fits her personality – girly yet tomboyish, sweet, smart, stubborn yet curious, and we are surprised at the strength that comes with her small stature.
When we first brought her to Navasota, she was nervous about her new surroundings and intimidated by the big black Mustang that now shared a pasture with her. All Sherlock wanted to do was check her out but she was all like Aaahhh, get away you crazy thing! It took a couple of days but now she’s his little shadow. I’m sure Scout thinks Sherlock is Prince Charming and he thinks she’s the annoying wart on the frog.
Besides her coloring, her personality, her ginormous ears, her itty bitty feet, her chubby belly and her velvety soft nose, my favorite thing about Scout is her braying. She brays when she wants food or when Sherlock has been taken away for a ride etc. She sounds so pitiful. After every whiny moment she lets out a snort like You people just don’t get it. Turn up your sound and watch the video. God love her.
If you decide you need a burro or mustang and want to get one, don’t forget about the BLM! They have adoptions all the time and so many need loving homes.