Sunday, November 8, 2009

Another New Toy!


You guys have been so patient in awaiting a Madeline up date.

Here she is today trying out her new wheels, and Grandma Susan (Paintedpromise) will enjoy knowing it's like Madeline was meant to pull cart, she actually loves it and tail wags the whole time.

And, last but not least a little Holiday Cheer from Madeline and her two big brother mules Gus and Earl........Of course, it took several shots and Ms. Madeline was too busy playing with her brothers. We even thought at one point we were going to have to put her Santa hat on her back side as that was all we would see, she even rolled with it on at one point......then whalla, she finally stood face forward and we got them all.

Happy Holidays from Madeline and her two brother mules, till next time!!!

David and Linda

Monday, October 26, 2009

Travel Plans


Ms. Madeline's internet provider at home is down while we make a switch!!! So we can't post pictures yet as I'm checking in here from work.

I can tell you she just got back from her ranch up in Seligman Arizona where she spent the weekend. She romped in the pastures up there just as free as can be and loved every minute of it. She even spent some time doing her Christmas pictures with her two mule brothers.

We will share those with you once we get our new internet service later this week.........

She'll be at the Doll Baby Ranch in Payson Arizona on a trail ride there the weekend of Nov. 14th and 15th......then she'll be busy at home after that for a few weekends working on her driving her cart getting ready for her big night in town in Cave Creek at the Christmas light night parade with her Grandma Susan (paintedpromise). She is a busy little donkey .........

Till next time.......

David and Linda


We are looking forward to the Christmas Parade too.....It will look awful funny having the big horse trailer we have pull in for the parade with just a mini donkey in it........... She surely has her own little personality and it shows through all the time.

We'll see you at the parade and get more info on parking and etc as it gets closer.

Also make note: We got our paperwork in the mail the other day on our big Caballo Del Sol Ride (week long catered ride) we go on every year is March 20th through the 27th 2010. Ms. Madeline went on that last year.....160 riders are there and lots of people will be checking our Ms. Madeline out like last year..... I believe I heard the ride this year will be at Skull Valley Arizona. We'll be passing your name out for those with interest in having a little mini donkey .... You will have to keep us posted with pictures and gender.

David and Linda

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Little Elden


I didn't get any pictures (too much other excitement I guess as a friend of mine and her horse kinda fell off the mountain!) but I got to visit with my grand-donkey this weekend at Little Elden... she looks JUST LIKE her daddy!! And what a funny girl... I went to the side of the pen farthest from her trailer because that's the direction I came from... petted her and talked to her and snuck her a cookie (or two or three) then walked arounnd the pen to head around the trailer to say hi to Dave and Linda... Madeline followed me with her ears back and braying as if to say "HEY I wasn't done with you yet!" But I had to go visit her brand new puppy Amber, what another cutie... and of course say hi to the 2-legged members of the family (although they aren't as cute) LOL.

This morning coming back from our little ride we passed Madeline and I was looking at her and talking to her and got a hi-line right across the face - rope burn under my nose and lost my hat!

After posting that, another AzBCR member (Cathy) posted a couple pictures she took :) so we do have pictures from the Little Elden trip!

Cathys photo caption: What? Nothing to eat? What the heck!?

Monday, September 21, 2009

Run Madeline Run!


Susan, Everyone can use a good laugh from time to time, I'm laughing my backside off. Are you sure her name is not Stripes!!! Like the zebra in the movie that thinks it's a race horse? What a silly little donkey, she was so excited to see me she went a playing and running across the I continued to walk up the drive from the truck I'd yell, "Look at you pretty girl, look at you go" the more I'd say Look at you go the faster she'd run figure eights around the pasture just as fast as she could go........ears all laid back and running like the dickens then halts right in front of me at the fence for ear pets then off she'd go a running in figure eights again as I'd say, look at you go. She knows exactly what you are saying and knows you like what she is doing, so she entertains you to the "T" I said.... she's a silly little donkey who thinks her name is Stripes. I surely love this little donkey as she puts a smile on your face even after a bad day !! So, stop laughing at my little zebra.

Linda Modahl

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Gabaldon Horse Camp - And A Surprise!


Here is Madeline in Sept 2009 @ Gabaldon Horse Camp up in the White Mountains. Her Uncle Dan (Ledgerider) was there with us, and boy did we get some snow on one of the days, 2 inches as we rode the Gabaldon 22 mile loop, just rain at camp. She stayed for 5 days at Gabaldon, then Uncle Dan left and we loaded up and we spent 5 days at the Mule Clinic in Alpine while her brother mules got some schooling. And everyone at the mule clinic wanted Madeline, including the owners of Beaver Creek Ranch...... we were beginning to think we needed to keep her in the living quarters....... she was well loved on her trip. She will probably show up in one of the Mules and More Magazine articles or Western Mules Magazine as Terry Wagner one of the writers was at the clinic taking pictures for his story he will publish in one of those magazines......Ms. Madeline took his heart and his wife Sandy's as they got several pictures of her watching the mules from her camp corral while all the mules were in the clinic.

Madeline and Dad and her new surprise for her Grandma (Paintedpromise) at Gabaldon Horse Camp.
 we go!!!!

Hope you all enjoyed Madeline's new little adventure in learning to ground drive..........its work in progress and surely more to come as she learns more as she goes with lots of little baby steps. Till next time !!!!

David and Linda

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Woods Canyon Lake


Madeline spent August 21st late eve, 22nd and 23rd at Woods Canyon Lake in Loop C just off the Scenic overlook. Weather was awesome, just a light rain briefly on Saturday........just enough for you to get your rain coat out and then have to take it back off. Everyone that was at Woods Canyon Lake for the weekend (that we did not know) would stop in to visit with Madeline and enjoyed seeing her on her walks through camp as we'd pass by their campsites. Some had never seen a mini donkey before. Even the camp ground host had to hop on his quad to come see her, and bring her carrots and apples from his R.V., yeppers she is spoiled.

Here is Madeline looking out over the scenic overlook right at our camp site.........

And Madeline in camp with all her little four legged sisters.......old Grandma 15 1/2 year old Bailey the Queensland Blue Heeler, Casey the mini Aussie, Amber the little Jack Russell, and Sierra the Schipperke.

Hope you enjoyed her little trip to Wood's Canyon Lake.......she is getting ready for 10 days in Greer, and Alpine in September, and her first romp traveling down the trail behind us . We'll be sure to get her Grandma (paintedpromise) some pictures of that.

David and Linda

Saturday, July 25, 2009

More Toys


Ms. Madeline's Grandma (Paintedpromise) has been really patient in awaiting more pictures of Madeline.

These are from today............she played with her toys in the turn out with her short ears step sisters ..... See how nice we shed out our coat for summer, all but our belly that is!!!

And here she is just a going to town rolling her toys around with her nose............sometimes she gets to running and rolling it fast and neighbors that drive by often stop just to watch her play ....


And of course she has to help Dad when he mows the dog yard!!!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Grandma Asked for an Update...


Hi Susan,

We'll get you some pictures..........spent last weekend home as the refrigeration went out in the RV on Thursday, part arrives tomorrow and then we'll be hitting the road again. That is about enough fun with parts going out for us !! El stinko....

I can tell you at Wood's Canyon Lake, Madeline was the talk of camp, those that don't ride just spoil her to death.......We were out riding with several others, it hailed at camp, thankfully not where we were......and those that were there with Madeline at camp ran to her portable camping corral when it turned from rain to hail, haltered her up and took her inside their tent with them. And because she had gotten wet before they grabbed her, they used their one and only towel to dry her off. And decided they wanted to cover her to keep her warm so they took the table cloth off the camp table which was blue and white checkered with huge yellow sun flowers on it and draped it over her back as they all stood inside the tent. They said Madeline kept turning around to look at the big pretty sun flowers that were on her back but was happy to keep it on. Obviously she is a spoiled mascot in camp with the Lone Rangers .....

David and Linda


GOOD! she deserves it! Can't wait for pics... did they take any of her wearing the tablecloth?????

I was horse camping at Mormon Lake this weekend and talking to an old friend Billy Dean (he's 89) who recently got 2 mini donks, turns out he was at the Caballos ride near Kirkland and he remembers meeting Madeline

My grand-donkey is famous!!!!!


Yes, someone in camp got pictures as they told us they had. We'll probably get hard copies of them on the next Lone Ranger Ride........when I do, I'll see what I can do about getting it on here, as it had to be a hoot !!! We'll get you some others before then.

Yes, Billy Dean, know him well, as he knows us from the days that we led the National Fox Trotter Fast Group Rides for several years...............and yes, he met Madeline on that week long Caballo Del Sol Ride.......he loved her to death. And those whom walked past him petting her as he talked with us on that ride........would comment to him that she was just his size for riding.... as they would snicker and walk by. And with you knowing Billy Dean you know that is no joke, he and his short little ole legs.

David and Linda

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Wardrobe Addition

Today Madeline got a new piece of head gear..............she wanted her Grandma to see her in her new head piece, she even thought her play yard balls could not see her sneeking up on them .

She even believes her new fly mask hides her so well, that she thinks the neighbors can't see her as she sneaks up to the fence......

But this is what she truly thought about it, it was far too clean........

Awe, now Madeline knows her grandma will surely not recognize her in this position ..............and grinning the whole time!!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Letter From Madeline

Grandma, I was a good girl for my second time of getting my face trimmed. My big brothers got done first then it was my turn. I only sat down once when the clippers came towards me, but my mom was so nice to give a cookie, I decided it's not so bad. My mom groomed up my face again, brushed out lots of my molting body hair, and my growing mohawk of a mane is all nice and short again. I even got wormed......and boy that was good stuff my Dad gave me I thought it was candy. Oh, and I also wear a fly mask from time to time, and my goats don't even try to take it off me, not unless they want to see my backside. Madeline........

Saturday, May 30, 2009



Glad you enjoyed the update Susan, as you could see in the pictures Madeline is full of play. It was amazing to us to see that John Henry and Madeline were not far off in size from each other now. She was much larger than him originally and now not so much. She is just bigger boned than him now on her legs and shoulders which will be good for when we teach her to drive.

We truly enjoy her!!! Awesome little donkey....

David and Linda

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Memorial Day Weekend


Okay, you guys have been very patient in awaiting an up date. So get your popcorn out, sit back in your favorite chair and enjoy the latest adventure with Madeline . There is 31 pictures of the little stinkers in action, so if your checking out this post before I'm finished you'll just have to tune back in to see the rest of the pictures.

For the Memorial Day Weekend, we were up at our ranch up north, and it was Madeline's first time getting to see John Henry (little miniature donkey of my mother's, acquired from Susan (paintedpromise). John Henry is a month younger then Madeline.

This is John Henry come Saturday morning in one of our guest corrals, he had a corral all to himself with his big brother mule Floppy right next to him in another one.

And here is John Henry just a running and kicking up his heels with all the excitement of being somewhere new.....

I went to the barn to get Madeline, as she did not yet know he was here at the ranch. We had arrived on Friday night late, and my mother rolled in early Saturday morning. Ms. Madeline was quite surprised when she came out of the barn and followed me over to where John Henry was. I can tell you, she had the look on her face like "what, a donkey" and just stopped right in her tracks as she got close to his corral. This is Madeline in the barn right after I took her out of her stall inside the barn on our way to go see John Henry.

Here is Madeline and John Henry together in his stall, she just really did not know what to think when she first went in to see him. Her first reaction was to run over to me in the stall and stand behind me, plaster her ears back as he looked at her, then turned her butt to him and kicked up at him. I think Madeline has learned to like being the only donkey as she did not want to share her mom with him. After a few minutes though she started strolling around the stall with him .....and doing her favorite thing......roll in the dirt ...and John Henry doing his thing........

By this time, it was now time for us to get ready to put my mothers mule Floppy to work finishing up its team driving lessons with David's mule I took the two little mini donkey monkies into the barn and put Madeline back into her barn stall to finish her breakfast, and between her is Gus in his stall, and put little John Henry in Earl's stall on the other side of Gus....... This way John Henry who has bonded very closely to Floppy (my mothers mule), and vice versa, would not be able to make brea noises for Floppy while he was working on his lessons . Lesson one here, in some ground drive training work on Floppy earlier, (while John Henry was still in his other guest stall by himself), as you got out of sight with Floppy in ground training and John Henry would brea......well, that was it, lesson was ALL over for Floppy as he would blow up and take off from you with ground lines and all to run back to John Henry.......Hence, the reason why the little monkeys had to go into the barn away from Floppys he could concentrate on bonding with Earl to finish his team driving lessons......So, here I go, taking the two little monkeys into the barn for awhile .

And here is John Henry in Uncle Earl's stall in the barn next to Uncle Gus....Boy ole Gus thought these things were multipling as he was flanked by one on each side of him.

And here is Uncle Gus saying hello to little John Henry......Gus has slowly come to love Madeline these days, and cries for her when she's off outside the barn running.......he was really nice with little John Henry too, and baby sat the both of them while Floppy and Earl were off team driving.

Later that day some ranch neighbors up the road from our place stopped in for a visit. They just had to see Madeline as they had heard all about her from other ranch neighbors, and got to visit with both Madeline and John Henry for a bit.....Here they are with Madeline.

And here with John Henry........

By this time of the day Earl and Floppy were done with team driving lessons, so Floppy was going to have to learn to drive single now. This mean't Earl for the time being was put in Floppys guest stall outside by himself for awhile. Then after a few hours when Floppy's single driving lessons were complete......that was a task , but we succeeded, we then let the little guys out of their barn stalls to run and play where ever they wanted.......They followed David over to Earl in the guest stalls......So that David could bring Earl back to his barn stall.

Of course there was lots of help on the way to the barn, as David stopped beside the horse trailer to brush out Earl, with John Henry right there wanting to know what he was doing.

And once the brushing was Earl and John Henry went to the barn..........Little John Henry took a liking to Uncle Earl, even tried to nurse off him ONCE !!! Good ole Earl just stood there and looked at David like "Dad, we got a problem here".......he was so good with the little ones.

Oh, and in case you were all a wondering where Madeline was......she was on the other side of the rig just a having a ball........Here she is in all her glory . Just a running and a playing and "don't forget me"....

And John Henry helping Uncle David in the barn........

Oh, and here comes Madeline ........

All this playing makes us thirsty........Good thing we keep a bucket of water in the breeze way for them when they are off a romping.

And ...... more play outside the barn.........Yes, Ms. Madeline knows her way around and showed Little John Henry all of her entrances into the barn ....

Madeline ran back inside the barn to play hide and seek........while John Henry hid outside the door!!!

John Henry caught sight of Uncle David going to get the off he went......

And of course Madeline found her Dad with no problem............then decided to graze nearby as he worked.

More grazing for Madeline........While my mom gets John Henry ready to go for a walk with her dogs. ask, where was Madeline while John Henry went for his walk with his mom..........Madeline was playing with Dad while Dad played with his tractor;)

With my mom back from her walk with John Henry, he now follows my mom and David over to where she is camped at.....

Then ALL the little ones join in for some carrots....

And more play time together......

Hope you all have enjoyed Madeline and John Henry's Memorial weekend trip.......Till next time ...

David and Linda