It has been 21 years since Sparky the donkey joined our family so I feel like I know him pretty well at this point. Sparky has fairly simple wants and goals in life. He wants his daily treats each morning. He wants his blanket on him if there is even a hint of cold in the air. I’ve never met an equid that genuinely enjoys wearing a blanket like Sparky. Sparky loves a good butt scratch, and will turn his rump to you and start backing up when he wants a butt scratch. People who don’t know him think he’s getting ready to kick, but he’s just putting himself in position to make it easy for you to give him a butt scratch. Finally, Sparky wants to have friends. He doesn’t want friends that obsess over him, cling to him, and try to run his life. He just wants regular friendship.
Sparky struggles a lot with meeting that last life goal. It almost never works out for him. He’s been obsessed over, clung to, and followed around by mares and geldings alike. No matter what pasture he is in, no matter what group he lives with, the highest honor is always getting to be Sparky’s special friend. Sparky’s special friend always has to follow him around, try to run his life and try to keep him from having other friends.
When you are as cute and sweet as Sparky, I guess it is inevitable that you will attract more attention than desired. Sparky currently has Sabrina and Bonnie obsessing over him and running his life, and Sabrina is the definition of the clingy girlfriend. She dutifully follows Sparky’s every step and continually attempts to give him unsolicited advice on how to run his life. As he has done with every other equine that has been obsessed with him, Sparky largely ignores her and goes on with life. At this point he has a minimum of 21 years of practice at ignoring unsolicited life advice. Hopefully he has many more.
Sparky sandwiched between Bonnie and Sabrina, the two horses currently obsessed with micromanaging his life
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the grey horse club had claimed a section of the pasture; L-R Asterik, George, Gus, Cocomo, Silver
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Lily and Calimba
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Toledo and Johnny
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Miel and Mick