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(For those interesting in working more with donkeys, see our community service meetup: Little Brays of Sunshine). (https://www.meetup.com/Little-Brays-of-Sunshine/)

Add an interesting dimension to your walks in the Hudson Valley by including a miniature donkey companion. Donkeys are, and have been, one of the most valuable animals to mankind, but also one of the least appreciated and misunderstood. Sweet, calm, intelligent, and strong, they are wonderful trail companions and pets among many other things. Mine make up the Little Brays of Sunshine and serve as therapy donkeys and donkey ambassadors visiting nursing homes, schools, fairs, etc.

I have a herd of nine miniature donkeys and am looking for others who want to join me on walks with them around the Hudson Valley. I've found that the people who can appreciate them are generally great people who are fun and interesting.

Miniature donkeys are too small to be ridden by adults. They will be walking, not being ridden. You will be helping to lead them. We will generally be sticking to easy to moderate difficulty walks of duration ranging between 2 to 3 hours.

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Donkeys and experience are not required, but if you happen to have your own donkey, join us!

If you are new to donkeys, also watch for our "Donkey 101" events scheduled through this meetup. At Donkey 101's, you'll learn about the nature and history of man's most under-appreciated and misunderstood domestic partner and it's the only event where you get to meet all of the miniature donkeys plus their herd-mates which include two large standard donkeys, Max, the pony mule, and Stripes, the zonkey (zebra-donkey hybrid).

Did you know that donkey milk is closest to human milk? That's just one of the interesting things about donkeys that you'll learn while having fun and getting some exercise and outdoor time with interesting people.

For more information, see the New Member Info (http://www.meetup.com/Hudson-Valley-Donkey-Walkers/pages/New_Member_Info/) page.

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Easter Sunday Afternoon with the Donkeys

Donkey Park

NOTE: Please read the entire event description on the Meetup web site before entering your RSVP. This event will give you a chance to spend all or part of your Easter Sunday afternoon with the donkeys at Donkey Park. We will be petting and interacting with the long eared members and socializing with the other short eared members as well. We'll setup some chairs in the paddock for those who just want to sit, relax, talk, and let the donkeys approach. You can come for the entire three hours or for any part of the time. At this event, we won't have any other planned activities. We'll just play it by (long and short) ear. Please wear clothing and footwear that you don't mind getting dirty, as donkeys love to roll in the dust, and it may be muddy as well. We do have some rules at Donkey Park which you should be aware of. 1. Please do not bring any treats or other food for the donkeys. We want the donkeys to associate visitors with affection rather than food and to avoid unwanted begging behavior. 2. Please explain to your children in advance that, for safety reasons, running is not permitted at Donkey Park. Because there is a maximum of five donkeys we can take on any one trail walk, these events at Donkey Park are one of the few types of events where you'll get to meet and spend time with all thirteen members of the herd including our two large standard donkeys, Susie and Cinnamon, Stripes the zonkey (zebra-donkey hybrid) and our latest addition, Max, the young pony mule (horse-donkey hybrid). NOTE: Even if there is not a waiting list, if you RSVP Yes and your plans change, please change your RSVP to No. We do want to know how many people to expect, to make sure that we have enough parking and enough of our volunteers present to supervise.

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Wednesday Short Walk from Donkey Park

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