It’s DONKulicious!…. the 2011 Blog is here!

January 22, 2011

We’ve moved into a new year at Teamdonk. You’ll now find us at
Come see what all the excitement is about!

Thanks for being here in 2010.  Here’s hoping you join us at our new site as Teamdonk #2 gets their license to drive!

OH NO!!!!

January 19, 2011

The blog has been busy with folks checking in and that is wonderful.  It was 13 degrees here this morning after a blizzard last night.  Nice to have the snow protecting the crops.  The boys are eating huge amounts of prairie grass hay to stay warm and are doing well. 

But I have a dilemma…

Last evening after a horrible two-hour journey thru a blinding snowstorm we arrived home absolutely beat, both of us have been packing terrible head colds so my thinking was a little clouded to say the least.  Still I had to jump on the internet to check the “Savannah Channel” .  To find this go to then go to Live Cams and then to Double Dot Ranch and Donkey Resort.  This girl is now ninetten days past her due date and she looks ready to pop anytime.  After checking on Savannah and then buzzing thru a hundred or so e-mails..  one was a fantastic note from a gentleman who had just found either the website or the blog and wanted to introduce himself and his team of beautiful black perfectly matched mammoth donkeys.  He sent three delightful photos.  The first was of the team pulling a large wagon that looked like one would go camping in.  This I am very interested in.   The others were of the team plowing and log pulling.  Now this is my kind of fella!  But what I did next about breaks my heart… I deleted the wrong folder and I lost his e-mail.  I read my mail off the server and there was just no way to retreive it back.  So Sir, if you are out there lurking or if someone knows who this could be  please let him know I would love to visit with him.  Thank you!  I had several e-mails that I would love to respond to that are now gone forever! 

Fifty-nine more days till spring… the count down has begun!

A Sign of the Times..

December 14, 2010

Picked this up off one of my Yahoo lists… it’s kinda sad how we have evolved… I prefer the past when Christmas was magical!

Jingle Bells
Dashing through the snow
In a one horse open sleigh
O’er the fields we go
Laughing all the way

A risk assessment must be submitted before an open sleigh is considered safe for members of the public to travel on. The risk assessment must also consider whether it is appropriate to use only one horse for such a venture, particularly if passengers are of larger proportions. Please note, permission must be gained from landowners before entering their fields. To avoid offending those not participating in celebrations, we would request that laughter is moderate only and not loud enough to be considered a noise nuisance.

While Shepherds Watched
While shepherds watched
Their flocks by night
All seated on the ground
The angel of the Lord came down
And glory shone around

The union of Shepherds has complained that it breaches health and safety regulations to insist that shepherds watch their flocks without appropriate seating arrangements being provided, therefore benches, stools and orthopaedic chairs are now available. Shepherds have also requested that due to the inclement weather conditions at this time of year that they should watch their flocks via cctv cameras from centrally heated shepherd observation huts.
Please note, the angel of the lord is reminded that before shining his / her glory all around she / he must ascertain that all shepherds have been issued with glasses capable of filtering out the harmful effects of UVA, UVB and Glory. 
Rudolph the red nosed reindeer
Rudolf, the red-nosed reindeer
had a very shiny nose.
And if you ever saw him,
you would even say it glows.

You are advised that under the Equal Opportunities for All policy, it is inappropriate for persons to make comment with regard to the ruddiness of any part of Mr. R. Reindeer. Further to this, exclusion of Mr R Reindeer from the Reindeer Games will be considered discriminatory and disciplinary action will be taken against those found guilty of this offence. A full investigation will be implemented, and sanctions – including suspension on full pay – will be considered whilst this investigation takes place.

Little Donkey
Little donkey, little donkey on the dusty road,
Got to keep on plodding onwards with your precious load 

The RSPCA have issued strict guidelines with regard to how heavy a load a donkey of small stature is permitted to carry; also included in the guidelines is guidance regarding how often to feed the donkey and how many rest breaks are required over a four hour plodding period. Please note that due to the increased risk of pollution from the dusty road, Mary and Joseph are required to wear face masks to prevent inhalation of any airborne particles and the nappies intended for the Baby Jesus must be used to capture any unexpected additional pollution by the small-statured equine. The donkey has expressed his discomfort at being labelled ‘little’ and would prefer just to be simply referred to as Mr. Donkey. To comment upon his height or lack thereof may be considered an infringement of his equine rights.

We Three Kings
We three kings of Orient are
Bearing gifts we traverse afar
Field and fountain, moor and mountain
Following yonder star 

Whilst the gift of gold is still considered acceptable – as it may be redeemed at a later date through such organisations as ‘cash for gold’ etc – gifts of frankincense and myrrh are not appropriate due to the potential risk of oils and fragrances causing allergic reactions. A suggested gift alternative would be to make a donation to a worthy cause in the recipient’s name or perhaps give a gift voucher.
We would not advise that the traversing kings rely on navigation by stars in order to reach their destinations, and suggest the use of RAC routefinder or satellite navigation, which will provide the quickest route and advice regarding fuel consumption. Please note as per the guidelines from the RSPCA for Mr Donkey, the camels carrying the three kings of Orient will require regular food and rest breaks. Facemasks for the three kings are also advisable due to the likelihood of dust from the camels’ feet. 

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night….

Hall, Montana Home of Elwood

December 4, 2010

HALL – Elwood was thinking metaphysical donkey thoughts one rainy day last week.

To keep the ol’ synapses snapping, he sighed to a couple of newspapermen who dropped by. You know what they say about donkeys and their brains.

They don’t say those things about Elwood. He ponders the world as it passes him by, day and night, on State Highway 1 in the Flint Creek Valley. He wonders why everyone but him needs to get somewhere else.

People are funny, Elwood said, twitching back an ear twice the length of the photographer’s best lens. They run like rats in a cage, I guess to keep up with the spin of the Earth. On my side of the fence, it’s not even turning.

He’s been on that side for maybe 15 years now. Elwood’s age is in dispute, and may never be known.

“The closest we can come up with is 37,” says Liz Luoma, who lives next to Elwood’s pasture. “But that isn’t so old for a donkey. I’m told they can live to be 50.”

The Luomas love Elwood, and even though they don’t actually own him, Liz and Keith have taken over primary care. They make sure he gets his grain, his hay, his arthritis medicine.

Arthritis medicine?

“Yeah, and he doesn’t like it,” Liz says. “So you have to smash it onto two teaspoons and put it inside his mouth. Once a day, all winter long.”

The derivation of “Elwood” is a mystery.

“My boyfriend named him, but I don’t know why he called him that. I didn’t ask him,” Sheila Keirnes says.

Might it have had something to do with Elwood Blues (Dan Aykroyd) of the Blues Brothers?

“That sure could have been it,” she replies.


Keirnes and her ex-boyfriend got Elwood from Jim Snead in Drummond before Snead passed away in 1998. Keirnes, who runs the Stockman Bar in Hall, thinks Elwood isn’t much more than 20 or so.

“I was going to have his teeth floated (filed) but the guy told me he wasn’t that old,” says Keirnes, who adds that Elwood was “a hell of a little packhorse” in his day.

Elwood accepts such praise with a humble snort or, if you’re near enough, a nuzzle to the shoulder. Though we puzzle him, he loves humans.

“He’s got a hell of a personality,” says Wally Small, who stops by to see Elwood whenever the Old Timers Ski Club heads up to Discovery Basin from Missoula.

Sometimes Small’s daughter, Denise, accompanies the skiers, who range in age from their mid-60s to Small’s 79. Denise has become Elwood’s biggest fan.

“She absolutely adores him,” her father says. “She’ll stand and bend forward and he’ll just lean his head on her shoulder.”

The ski club, sometimes 10 or 12 strong, travels to Discovery or Lookout Pass at least once or twice a week during the winter. They never pass through Hall without stopping to see Elwood and plying him with treats.

“I would call him our ski mascot,” says Stan Cohen, another regular in the club.

Elwood loves treats. Carrots are fine – he’ll bare his teeth in a grin of appreciation as he takes one from your hand.

Odd to say, he doesn’t do apples. A juicy yellow apple from an unknown benefactor sat untouched in the mud on the rainy day.

“But, man, he loves peanut butter. And doughnuts,” Cohen says.

Nature Valley Granola Bars, adds Small.

Potato chips, Keirnes says, who then points out the ramifications:

“He’s way, way too fat,” she says. “He’s not supposed to have those bulges in his sides. I can’t seem to convince people of that.”


Even without the carrot of, well, a carrot, Elwood turned from the back side of the pasture and watched as the newspapermen emerged from their car. His long ears twitched. Maybe he saw the “4” on the license plate, thought it was his ski club buddies from Missoula. He waited a respectable length of time, then plodded slowly toward them as the rain splattered off his back. There’s no hurry when your world is standing still.

Elwood posed for the camera. He exchanged donkey pleasantries. He took the first carrot offered with graciousness and a few loud chomps. Then the second. Then the third. Then the maple bar from the grocery in Drummond.

A year or so ago, someone honored Elwood with a nameplate on the gatepost and a nifty woodcut of a pitiable-looking burro. He’s swaybacked and, OK, a tad overweight, and he could probably use a pedicure. But even as the rain settled in on his stock-still world, Elwood looked anything but pitiable.

“He’s part of Hall,” Keirnes notes. “I think he should be mayor.“

He’s all donkey, in all the best ways. Think Eddy Murphy in “Shrek.” Don’t think Pleasure Island in “Pinocchio,” where carefree boys who don’t want to go to school are turned into donkeys, ostensibly because donkeys are ignorant and stupid.

That’s not Elwood. And there’s no sign of his ancestry, the African wild ass, in this guy. He brays when spoken to, and when the wind’s right you can almost hear him in Drummond, eight miles away.

A donkey can be called an ass or a burro, but “donkey” fits Elwood best. Keirnes says Snead picked him up at a horse sale in Billings years ago. Because of that, she assumes Elwood comes from east of the mountains. And because his ears are notched, she thinks he may have been adopted off the range.

“That usually tells you he was wild at some point in his life,” she says.

Elwood wasn’t discussing his heritage, nor did he grumble about the rain. He knew it would stop in due time and leave an inimitable freshness to September. Then there’ll be snow, and the snow will melt. The hayfields will ripen, berries will grow, and autumn showers will come again.

The newspapermen climbed into the car and headed back to Missoula. Snack time was over for this donkey. He turned from the fence in nonchalance and went back to doing what he does best – being Elwood.

Reporter Kim Briggeman can be reached at 523-5266 or at

Reprinted with permission from Kim Briggerman and The Missoulian newspaper.  Thank You!

Matthew Koehler said on: September 19, 2010, 9:44 am Oh Elwood! Thanks for a great story Kim! Elwood also serves as a friendly reminder to not “haul ass” through Hall.

Holiday Donkeys

November 29, 2010

It was a get out and play in the snow day… Here’s some results!

These photos will enlarge when you click on them… just discovered that piece of blog magic!

Luc in the background and Hank out front were really enjoying themselves!

RMS Magical Merlin has his snow stance down pat!

Here’s Galahad in front and Merlin behind taking a break from a good ole’ snow romp!

From all of us to all of you, here’s wishing all your December times are fun in the snow days!

Luc’s Seventh Honor Roll

November 28, 2010

It’s that time of the year to tally those points Luc has earned just by being Luc. It looks like he has done it again.  This will be Luc’s 7th appearance in The Brayer Magazine in the Continued Excellence catagory.  Luc has also achieved fame in the ADMS Driving Participating Award and the overall Supreme Driving Program. 

Here is how Luc’s next appearance in the Honor Roll Hall of Fame will appear;

7th Honor Roll—For Continuing Excellence

RMS Lippyluver Luc G-11987 HOF

It has taken me years to discover that the RMS Lippyluver Luc contract, which states; “The Kingma’s, will do our best to keep you healthy, happy and loved” is null and void.  His end of the bargain was to be a very good boy and do as asked, not creating pasture havoc every chance he gets!  It seems Luc has put us into an ongoing negotiation that almost always ends in his favor, or at least we let him think so.

He’s the leader of his pack of merry men.  Swiping a mouthful of food from all the buckets every morning, that’s Luc. He loves wormer so much he would devour the syringe if you let him, licking the extra off everyone’s lips.  He’s the one who will reposition his rubber mat so he can steal it later, turning it into a pasture toy.

After years of driving single he’s the one we hitch a green donkey with to show them how’s it’s done.  

We requested his breeder, Janelle Rieger, of Rocky Mountain Songbirds in Ismay, Montana to build us another, jus’ like Luc.  She told us that in no uncertain terms she broke that mold as soon as Luc hit the ground.  Smart lady, that Janelle!

That’s our Luc earning his 7th Continuing Excellence Honor Roll.  His stories have reached worldwide on the internet and in many popular magazines.  It wouldn’t be Teamdonk without him.

Versatility Hall of Fame

November 28, 2010

Now that winter is upon us it gives me time to catch up on all those little projects I’ve been meaning to accomplish.  I happened upon Galahad and Luc’s American Mule and Donkey Society’s paperwork for the boys Versatility Hall of Fame awards.  Galahad has yet to achieve his mainly because we have not been hitting the show circuits, the fairs or parades these past two years.  Instead we have been driving and driving and driving!  It’s one of those things I have really just wanted to stay home and do.

Driving the boys always gives me something to write about as those who follow the blogs well know.  Some of these tales have been accepted in magazines such as; The Brayer, Mules and More and more recently The Canadian Donkey and Mule Journal.  The Donkey Digest for the Affiliated Donkey Societies of Australia will also be publishing some of the Teamdonk stories.  We are feeling a tad bit international these days!  These articles, the internet, the Recreational Driving Challenge and the Mischka Donkey Calendar among others have boosted Galahad’s points to 267 enough for him to earn his Hall of Fame Award.  Here is the write-up that will be appearing in The Brayer along with this photo.  Congratulations Galahad!

OK Sir Galahad Qualifies for Versatility Hall of Fame Award

OK Sir Galahad now ranks among the greats as a member of the esteemed Versatility Hall of Fame donkeys.  Galahad was bred by Doug & Sue Wallace of Enumclaw, Washington.  Sired by the incredible Siemon’s Maxamillion and foaled by OK Lady Scarlett with quality conformation wrapped up in a strawberry roan package.  Galahad joined the Teamdonk mammoth donkeys in October 2008 as a performance prospect and we certainly have not been disappointed in his go-get-um attitude.

In the past two years, Galahad has seen 443 driving miles mostly traveling across the landscape of the Beautiful Camas Prairie in North Central Idaho with his teammate RMS Lippyluver Luc hitched to a two-wheeled Pacific Carriage.  Their 2009 adventures were carefully logged on as Galahad was learning his driving skills.  He even participated in a few parades along the way.

Follow their stories at  to see how their skills developed into cross country fun loving driving donkeys.  Galahad has now seen 88 hitchings and has been driven 287.5 hours.  It’s the team’s fun loving antics that prompted their stories to be told in several national magazines.  The Teamdonk boys are becoming rather well known in assorted driving circles.

This spring Galahad will be helping to train Teamdonk #2 with three and four abreast driving planed with the new guys.  Look for OK Sir Galahad’s adventures at  Spring plowing bees and summer parades are all planned for OK Sir Galahad’s future.  At Teamdonk we’re passionate about our driving donkey boys.

Feasting in the winter time

November 28, 2010

Ahh breakfast time at last!

Hank takes a break from his morning appetizer to do some coyote watching!

Finally!  The real deal… a winter’s feast!

Tis Winter here on the farm

November 26, 2010

Winter is here as is the snow and the cold.  The donkey boys frolic during the bright moonlight nights and take innocent naps during the day.  Little do they know I watch their playful antics that they think they are getting away with. 

They are here this morning with big soulful eyes and dawn shattering brays saying, “Mom, we’re hungry where’s our morning mash?” good grief that was before the lights of the sky were turned on… maybe they are watching me as I am watching them?

Here is a fun jingle I picked up on the internet.  It is sung to the tune of Jingle Bells with a couple of words changed making it more befitting to Teamdonk!

Smashing through the snow
Heading for the barn
Counting up the joys
Of living on the farm


What a hoot, lost my boot!
The snow is cold and wet
Oh what fun to slip and slide
I’ll get to that barn yet


Although the snow is pretty
Donkey hoofs drum a beat
Weather doesn’t matter
They demand it’s time to eat


What a hoot, lost my boot!
The snow is cold and wet
Oh what fun to slip and slide
I’ll get to that barn yet


The sunset last night was charming

I hope I drained the hose

Forecast said it’s warming

Surprise again it froze


What a hoot, lost my boot!
The snow is cold and wet
Oh what fun to slip and slide
I’ll get to that barn yet


I pulled a bale from the loft
It narrowly missed my head
The donkeys aren’t to concerned
They are closer to being feed


What a hoot, lost my boot!
The snow is cold and wet
Oh what fun to slip and slide
I’ll get to that barn yet


The troughs are all frozen
My hatchet breaks the ice
It also put a hole in one
Now that’s a pretty price


What a hoot, lost my boot!
The snow is cold and wet
Oh what fun to slip and slide
I’ll get to that barn yet


It’s a little easier walking

Since I broke the trail before
As I head for the house
And contemplate evening chores


What a hoot, lost my boot!
The snow is cold and wet
Oh what fun to slip and slide
I’ll get to that barn yet


But still the scenery’s nice

And the donkey’s brays are sweet

So I may decide it’s all worthwhile

Once I thaw my feet.


What a hoot, lost my boot!
The snow is cold and wet
Oh what fun to slip and slide
I’ll get to that barn yet


Happy Holidays!

Kristi & Teamdonk

with 443 miles traveled in 287.5 hours
of driving time during 2009 & 2010


Happy Thanksgiving

November 25, 2010