I took the chihuahuas out to potty last night, and there in the back yard were three donkeys.
This is not ideal.
So I went and got Abe's halter and lead rope. He's always good as gold, stands and waits for me to halter him.
When I led him back to the barn the girls placidly followed.
I stopped at the feed room and got a pocketful of goodies.
I gave Abe a goodie, then led him on through the barn to the stall, and gave him another one.
Missy came through the door and said, "Where's mine?" So I gave it to her.
I heard clunking around in the barn - Clara was exploring.
So I took Abe's lead rope, looped it around her neck
Gave her a goodie, and led her on out.
Goodies, pets, and cuddles around.
They're so good. Seriously. It really shows in deals like this. I just love them.
Can hardly see here, girls back inside. Too late for natural light photography.

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