We celebrated Nigel’s birthday on Tuesday afternoon. It was a madhouse.



A fun one, but a madhouse nonetheless. You see, compared to everyone else, Nigel is incredibly shy.

Look at Ellsworth, for example. He has no shame:



Neither does Patrick:



You probably know by now that the birthday boy or girl here always gets the first bite of cake.


In the midst of the mayhem, sweet Nigel was ever the timid one:


Don finally managed to serve Nigel his first bite:


Nigel thoroughly enjoyed his cake:


And so did everyone else. Here are the lovebirds; Mr. and Mrs. Worthington J. Worth:


Ellsworth most definitely has no shame:



Neither does Harriet, really:



And Patrick licked the spoon. Madhouse. The end.


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From right to left: Bernard, Ellsworth, Nigel (Patrick in the background). I had just arrived home from work last night as a man was walking his dog past Morning Bray Farm. The boys were spellbound.

Nigel Ellsworth Bernard

Nigel and Patrick1

Nigel and Patrick2

Nigel and Patrick3

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Nigel has the perfect little black dress on his muzzle.


If you can’t see it, I did a little drawing to help you. (The lady is smiling, trust me.)

Nigel, honey, please forgive me.

Nigel dress

While he’s still the strong, silent type, Nigel manages to communicate very well in other ways.


We love that he’s constantly becoming more demanding of our attention… we’re also always thankful that Nigel and Patrick are now best buds.


Everything happens for a reason.

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We’re so proud of you, Nigel!

Nigel wore a fly mask for the first time (ever) on Tuesday evening and took it all in stride. He must have felt instantly better with the flies away from his eyes, and it was funny seeing him act like a goofball:

On Wednesday, Don went out and bought Nigel his very own blue fly mask. (Blue is Nigel’s color; he inherited it from Fergus.) 

Nigel wore his new fly mask for the first time yesterday morning:

He was so unaffected by it, he couldn’t be bothered to pose for pictures during breakfast.

We are so proud of you, Nigel! You’re moving forward by leaps and bounds now, sweet boy! ♥ ♥ ♥

For the first time on Tuesday evening, Gracie let me rub her back until my arms got tired. After that, I figured last night was a good time to try taking things one step further by brushing her.

By Gracie, she got it!

Good girl, Gracie!

I talked to her the whole time and told her how beautiful she is:

And how proud of her we are:

I also had to explain to her that she’s now joining the ranks of those at Morning Bray Farm who love to be brushed.

Witness Patrick. He came over and backed right up so that I would brush his butt:

And lookee here. Buckaroo too:

And, as if all that wasn’t exciting enough, Don’s been working with Nigel on his feet:

It’s all for the love of donkeys! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥