Hulls Cove, high tide:

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Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park:

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Acadia National Park:

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Jordan Pond, Acadia National Park:

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Bernard, Maine (Ellsworth, Maine is very close by):

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Hulls Cove, low tide:

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Hulls Cove, sunrise:

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49 states down, one to go.

 

 

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The herd is doing extremely well in their new forever home.

They seem genuinely content here, and I think their unobstructed view of the surrounding countryside has a lot to do with it. (We were surrounded by woods in Lexington.) The Boyz and Grace get plenty of exercise walking their hills, and everyone is at a great weight.

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One morning a couple of weeks ago though, I went out to find Bernard in terrible pain. His chest was raw, swollen and hot. I immediately called our vet, who came to see him that very day.

Her exam revealed the following:

Skin disease; lameness: severe pyoderma in axillas, moist dermatitis, cellulitis: T: 99.4; fly bite allergy front legs distally and RH distally; donkey lame at walk from irritation in axillas and swelling in manubrium.

Poor Bernard!

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While she was here, the vet administered Bernard dexamethasone IV and applied EquiShield ointment to the affected areas on his body. He was such a good boy and I think he felt better almost immediately. You know he loved the attention.

Bernard’s plan:

Give sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim 8 tabs twice daily for 5-7 days. Monitor for diarrhea. Give dexamethasone 2.5 cc orally tomorrow then 2 cc orally once daily for 2 days. Apply EquiShield ointment to affected skin 1-2 times a day. Can shampoo 2-3 times a week to clean affected skin of scabs. Use fan to reduce fly exposure. Start Zyrtec 4-5 tabs twice daily for 2-3 weeks.

We’re happy to report that Bernard is doing fabulously now. He’s a huge fan of Zyrtec these days, especially because it comes hidden in apple slices each morning and evening.

We’ve installed a fan up at the barn, and more than any of the other donkeys, we’re guaranteed to find Bernard standing under it when he wants to seek refuge from the flies. That’s my smart, smart boy.

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From Wikipedia:

Thistle is the common name of a group of flowering plants characterized by leaves with sharp prickles on the margins, mostly in the family Asteraceae. Prickles often occur all over the plant – on surfaces such as those of the stem and flat parts of leaves. These are an adaptation that protects the plant against herbivorous animals, discouraging them from feeding on the plant. 

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Everyone except for Bernard.

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You’re not surprised, are you?

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It hurts so good.

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Harriet and Bernard

 

Imagine my delight when I visited our blogging friend Christine’s site – Garybuie – last week to find this:

Whispering Donkeys by Christine at Garybuie's Blog

Drawn by Christine from this photo of Bernard and Ellsworth taken back in 2010:

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And this:

Whisky by Christine at Garybuie

Also drawn by Christine, from this photo of Whisky taken last year:

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Beautiful, right? Christine is self-taught, and has discovered that animals are her forte since fur and feathers satisfy her love of detail. How I wish I had even fraction of Christine’s talent.

If you would like to commission a portrait of your pet, you can email Christine at garybuie@btopenworld.com.

The Boyz, Gracie and Harriet enjoyed a blueberry and raspberry topped cake for Bernard’s birthday a couple of weeks ago.

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As usual, the herd’s facial expressions were priceless:

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After the birthday boy got the first bite of cake, everyone else got to enjoy too:

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Hello

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Peas and carrots happy. ♥ ♥ ♥

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Bernard.

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