Talk about a handle… his full name is Rocky Mountain Songbirds Lippyluver Luc. Prospectors often called their burros songbirds, according to Luc’s breeder Janelle Rieger. LippyLuver came from our first impression of Luc. He gently takes your sleeve and hold it with his lips. Yes, LippyLuver is a real word as Jim and Kristi made it up all by themselves, with Luc’s help of course!
This was the first photo we ever saw of Luc! I really wasn’t all that impressed, he was kinda funky lookin’ with the big white face that only a mother could love!
In Southeastern Montana we found ourselves donkey shopping on the desert surrounded by dozens to choose from. A certain little white faced boy attached himself to Jim and was right there each and every time he turned around. The year and a half old Luc had picked us and there was no hesitation when Jim slipped a halter on and led him away from his herd mates. Those enormous compassionate eyes seemed to know that we were in need of a life altering metamorphosis and he was the donk to do it. It was quickly decided Luc was getting an Idaho address. The date was November 1st, 2002.
On the way home Julie Davis of Montana took this photo of us with our new boy. I was still on the fence about Luc but was willing to give him a chance.
Luc will turn eleven years old Tuesday May 29th! I must say that you , my friend, have brought me a long way including changing my mind about you and donkeys in general. You’ve taught me to speak and act donkey friendly, you’ve taught me to drive first you, then a team and finally a three abreast. I’ve not always known how to do all this stuff! You taught me to buy you the right saddle or you would buck me off! Why you even convinced us to ditch the broodmares, babies and my reining horse and just have donkeys at Kingma Farm.
Luc, we have had a lot of great times in show arenas in Montana and Oregon and at Western Idaho and Montana State Fairs. We been to my family reunion together and gave rides to all the relatives. We’ve been seen in many many parades and rodeos. I can hardly believe you and I have been together this many years and you’ve never ceased to surprise me! Happy Birthday my friend may we have many more birthdays together to celebrate! You are one in a million!!!