heart & soul Earle
Gender: male (jack)
Date of Birth: August 14, 2011
Birth Height: 23 inches
Birth Weight: 30 lbs
Sire: Stoney Acres Hot Rod
Dam: Red Willow Northern Prancer
The proud jack foal above is heart & soul Earle - our little miracle baby. He had the roughest of beginnings with his mother going into premature labor, a veterinarian assisted birth, no mothers milk, intranasal tube feeding evolving into meals delivered via eye dropper and a near fatal bout of gas colic. And that isn't even half of the story. To say this little guy is a fighter couldn't be more of an understatement. The first 2 weeks of his life were filled with difficulties, each of which he overcame. At times we weren't sure if we were doing the right thing trying to keep him alive only to have him face another challenge. While we held him, massaged him and nursed him through a 4 1/2 hour episode of gas colic (which is fatal in 93% of cases) we decided that if he wasn't going to give up, neither would we.
Today Earle and his mother Prancer are alive, healthy and leading normal miniature donkey lives here on the farm.
Thank you to all of the veterinarians who assisted Earle and Prancer in their recovery.
A special "Thank You" to Dr. Earl Van Assen (Morden Veterinary Clinic) who saved Earle's life the first 3 times.
Dr. Earl Van Assen (aka "Big Earl") with heart and soul Earle