Comptesse is one of our granny-donkeys: white, elegant, sweet, she knows how to enter the heart of every visitor.
Last week, during our daily checks, the grooms at farm realized that something was wrong with her. Even Coquette, her dearest friend, was clearly worried about.
Our vet arrived promptly and confirmed what we thought: Comptesse was suffering from a bad intestinal blockage, even more dangerous considering her age (she is 26).
We immediately started treatment, made up of many drips, painkillers and glucose; she was also kept in a well-heated barn... all of these arrangements have been essential to make her heal and to finish well this story (yes, don't worry: fortunately it ended well!).
But something else had a key role in the healing of Comptesse. Or rather, someone.
Since losing her lifetime's companion, Duchesse, Comptesse has found a precious friend in Coquette (as white, tall and elegant as she is). They eat together, sleep together, sunbathe together (this is a very loved passtime by all our elderly donkeys!).
In these difficult days, Coquette did not leave her friend alone for a single moment. She followed the vet during each visit; controlled very carefully our Marianna during drip; spent her time in front of the stable, snout to snout (and if she was away for a few minutes, donkey Baby came right away, to relieve her).
And when yesterday, finally, the vet declared Comptesse out of danger, and the doors of her stable opened, Coquette jumped in and stood at her side, giving her taps on the snout and small scratching on neck ... for hours she did not move a single centimeter from her friend.
Big snowflakes were coming down on the roofs and on the whole Rifugio, but Comptesse and Coquette did not care: they were close together again, in the barn lit and heated by the infrared lamp, surrounded by everything that a donkey can ask for - a warm comfy stable, plenty of food, respect and care - and they looked even brighter, shining from the light that they give us every day: love, pure love.
Christmas means love and that is our wish for you all:
P.S. Do you want to grant a warm winter to our granny donkeys? Make your gift here. Heartfelt thanks from all of them!