When I embarked on writing The Adventures of Little Stubby, I began to learn about miniature donkeys – and have discovered that they need our help! It is my wish to bring awareness to their needs – and as families, do what we can to assist with their rescue and care.

There are about 44 million donkeys worldwide. Originally from Sicily in the Mediterranean, miniature donkeys are a separate breed in their own right.

In the 1800’s, these extremely small donkeys were used inside peasant houses to turn grinding stones for grain – they were blindfolded and attached to the grain mills, and they walked in endless circles. They were also used to carry water and supplies to shepherds in the mountains. In more recent times, they have become popular as pets in the U.S. – where there are many miniature donkey breeders.

Leading up to the release of The Adventures of Little Stubby, you’ll see my visits with donkey rescue farms below, and I’ll share their stories with you.

A Donkey Greeter at Little Longears Donkey Rescue!

A Special Moment with Big Clyde

When I first visited Little Longears Miniature Donkey Rescue in New Oxford, PA I fell in love with a mammoth donkey there who’s name is Big Clyde. I decided to sponsor him and took this video of him enjoying some fresh new hay. Since that time, unfortunately, Big Clyde had to be put down due to an incurable health challenge but he had those he trusted most around him and went very peacefully. Now it’s time for me to find a new donkey to sponsor. Maybe you can sponsor a donkey too!

In April 2023, I’ll be releasing my first ever storytelling album! The Adventures of Little Stubby, a sweet young mini donkey with a mind of his own. Hee haw!

Here are some books that I can highly recommend:

Saving Simon: How a Rescue Donkey Taught Me the Meaning of Compassion
by Jon Katz

“In this heartfelt, thoughtful, and inspiring memoir, New York Times bestselling author Jon Katz tells the story of his beloved rescue donkey, Simon, and the wondrous ways that animals make us wiser and kinder people.”

The Wisdom of Donkeys: Finding Tranquility in a Chaotic World
By Andy Merrifield

“A literary ode to peace, presence, and fulfillment inspired by a walk taken with a most surprising creature.”

Running with Sherman by Chris MacDougal

“A delight, full of heart and hijinks and humor…McDougall is a gifted storyteller who gets to the heart of the human-animal connection.”
-John Grogan