- What size are the donkeys (they're standard sized, meaning they're between 36" and 48" tall at the withers, larger than miniature donkeys but smaller than mammoths)
- How old are they (six and 10 years old, which is relatively young as donkeys can live between 25 and 40 years... though the world's oldest lived over 60 years!);
- Are they halter-trained (yes);
- Are they currently under veterinarian and/or farrier care (yes - donkeys have to be dewormed and have their hooves trimmed regularly);
- How are they with other animals, domestic and otherwise (fine, they were in a field with a horse and they're used to a dog - not sure what they'd be like with sheep/goats);
- Why were they being sold (the seller wanted another horse though his wife really wanted to keep them (we've since spoken and arranged for a visit));
- How much were they asking (not much), and
- When could we come for a visit (any time).
Turns out the seller lives about 20 minutes away from us so less than thirty minutes after our preliminary phone call, we found ourselves mucking about a pen with two donkeys and a horse. While the male wanted little to do with us (we later learned he's just shy at first), the female nuzzled up to us, checking out our pockets and looking for behind-the-ear rubs.
They were obviously well loved beasties (Leeroy is even a little on the fat side) and we were pleased to find out the male wasn't a Jack (an uncastrated male). He's a gelding (a castrated male), which is a good thing for us, as Jacks can be more aggressive and noisier.
Henry's not the only one enjoying their company. Both Cindi and Leeroy follow us around the barnyard and watch us from the fence line as we load the wood furnace or walk the kids to the bus.