Donkeys-for-Good: Update on Esther & Esau from Bill’s Barn

Season’s greetings from Bill’s Barn, where Latham residents care for miniature donkeys Esther & Esau and friends! It has been seven months since Latham Centers’ epic Donkey Wedding at Taylor-Bray Farm in Yarmouth Port, and as you can see from the festive holiday photo, all is well at Esther and Esau’s home. Thanks to our incredibly supportive community, over $13,000 was raised at the May 11th event to support Latham’s Therapeutic Miniature Donkey (or Asinotherapy) Program.

Esther and Esau have returned from their romantic honeymoon in Paris (flawlessly booked by Cape Cod’s own Susan Peavey Travel, with ‘honeymoon memories’ photos courtesy of Fleeting Moments Photography).

Esther shared the following about her fantasy honeymoon with Esau, “A dream come true! Paris certainly earns its nickname, “La Ville Lumiere,” The City of Lights. Did you know that Paris was one of the first European cities to use gas street lighting on a grand scale? The warmth of the streetlights combined with the moonlight falling on Esau’s withers was enchanting. We strolled the Seine, and grazed in the Tuileries Gardens. Esau and I donned matching berets and posed in front of La Tour Eiffel. Ooh la la, what memories we made!”

Esau added, “Esther was born to clip-clop the cobblestone streets of Paris. We are a surefooted breed and so we had no trouble climbing the pitched streets of Montmartre. We stood above the city and took in the breathtaking views. Standing there, with the great cathedral behind us, we were reminded of all the donkeys who came before us helping to lighten the burden for our human companions. We hope to do the same for the children and adults at Latham Centers. Always, but especially at holiday time, we donkeys have a proud history as steadfast symbols of humility, peace and service. – We also enjoyed the food! Croissant, soupe à l’oignon, and escargot! We stuffed our suitcases with gifts for the herd back home. I must confess that I indulged in some of the baguettes we had hoped to share. I had to loosen my harness when we got back to the states.”

Esther and Esau join with our program participants in thanking all who continue to support our Asinotherapy Program. This vocational activity builds self-esteem and teaches our individuals care-giving, responsibility, and patience.

Stay tuned to our blog and website for details to be announced about our 2020 Donkey Event!

Information about donating: Tax-deductible donations help subsidize the cost of keeping our six therapy donkeys happy and healthy. Gifts of any size are meaningful and appreciated.

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