Teamdonk #2’s parade debut was scheduled for Saturday July 21, 2012. The Friday before the parade I washed, waxed and polished the Pacific Show Cart. Then I did the same to the team’s harness, it’s a good four hour project and a great physical workout.
I unloaded the Pacific Gig and moved it from the donkey trailer to the car carrier and then loaded the Pacific Cart into the donkey trailer and dropped the pole. Loaded up the gooseneck with all the essentials, including both sets of hames bells which of course I had to ring as loud as possible on their way to the trailer! Testing one, two three…testing! Everything was loaded that could go in during the heat of day. This was all done under RMS Lippyluver Luc’s watchful eyes and ears as he peeked out of the pasture shelter.
Later that evening we dropped the ramp and tied to load the four wheeler into the donkey trailer crosswise… it almost fit but not quite. Jim loaded the four wheeler in front of the cart from the back of the trailer. Wahoo, it fit! I told Jim, “If it fits…it ships!” This was our first time ever hauling it and the cart to a parade. The four wheeler was to give Jim some much needed transportation as we park and hitch out of town in a beautiful pine tree shaded spot on a gravel road far away from everything that is going on. Luc is still watching and listening to all the happenings from the dark depths of his pasture shelter.
Pretty soon here come the boys for their evening drink and some salt before heading out to Donkey Park for shade and evening chow with the Whitetail doe and her fawn that they have befriended. Everyone has to come into Donkey Jail as that is where the salt is located. That is all except Luc who holds back surveying the scene and saying, “Not me guys, she is getting ready to go some place and I’m not going to be her “Ginny Pig Donkey” nope not me, not this time… not gonna do it..period.”
We closed up the donkey trailer and went into the house. It didn’t take long for Luc to carefully sneak into feed jail watching the house and his escape route. He got himself a drink then some salt and then that last final long drink of water before treading lightly out of Feed Jail and back to Donkey Park to join his friends.
Next morning its breakfast time which only happens in Feed Jail. Everyone came in and immediately enjoyed their morning treat. Meanwhile the gate is closed locking all the donkey boys in. I pulled the freshly washed halters out of the trailer and proceeded to go catch the “victims”. It’s no problem to halter Hank lead him out and tie him. I went back in to get Merlin and suddenly here is Luc pushing his big ole’ white face into Merlin’s halter. WHAT??? Are you kidding me…Luc changed his mind and wanted to be parade donkey after all.. LUCERS!!~
This is Luc, on your left, and Galahad on the right when Luc helped Galahad get thru his parade debut at this same event! Go one post back to see and hear the Elk City Wagon Road parade held this year in Clearwater, Idaho.