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  Season 8 - Episode 803
 

Miniature Donkeys

Miniature Donkeys

Miniature Donkeys

Miniature Donkeys

Miniature Donkeys



  Miniature Donkeys

If you can't tell by the donkey image on the gate, you can definitely tell by the sound. But these aren't just any donkeys. They're miniature ones. These cute and cuddly guys average just under three feet high. "You know they're little carousels. They're like a fantasy that's true. But most people have never seen one," said Caroline Elfving, the owner of Carousel Gardens Miniature Donkeys. It was Elfving's miniature carousel collection that inspired her to name her ranch "Carousel Gardens" and to equate her equine friends with the little figures on the merry-go-round.

Devoting her time to donkeys wasn't Elfving's desire until her life took a dramatic turn. "I worked at the University of California at Davis as a pest control operator and I had a major injury. I became medically retired in 1997 and I always thought, now what am I going to do?" She had a little donkey as a pet so she thought why not expand to a herd, breeding and selling these cuddly creatures for others to enjoy. Now she has more than two-dozen blissfully grazing on her 11-acre property outside of Corning, California.

"It's a very relaxing atmosphere. It's a different life, but an enriching one. I feel very blessed that I found this type of animal. It just fulfills my every dream of what a pet should be," Elfving said. Miniature donkeys are trustworthy around children, the elderly and the disabled. They're hardy, healthy animals that only require a small amount of grain and hay, as well as shelter from extreme weather.

Elfving enjoys sharing her donkeys with others, by taking them into schools. She even created a coloring book that teaches youngsters about the care and feeding of these adorable animals. For more information on Carousel Gardens and miniature donkeys log onto the website at www.carouselgardens.net

 
   

 

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