Meet Rodney


Umm, hello. My name is Rodney and I understand you want to know a bit about me. Is that right? Really? Me? Are you sure? You are…

….ok, I can try that…

So, I’m Rodney. I have been part of this wonderful HeeHaws family since May 2018, when a friend of a friend saw that I was all alone in field, in a right state and desperately needed help.

I am not one for making a fuss about things, but I have to say that was a great day in my life. My old owner willingly signed me over to HeeHaws and I was official.

My name wasn’t yet official, so the lovelies at HeeHaws did a magical naming game on HumanFaceBook to choose a name for li’l ole me. On 13th May I became a bona fide “Rodney”. It quite suits me, doesn’t it? I have to say, I was tickled pink that so many people had gone to such effort to give me a shiny new name. It has taken me a while to get used to it, so sometimes I forget to come running when I’m called, but I usually do it. That’s a fun game and I usually get a cuddle when I come. How lovely is that?

To be honest with you, I’d had a pretty awful time of it. I was all alone in a field, which was littered with barbed wire, broken glass and all kinds of dangers for donkeys and humans alike. It was scary.

I also was sometimes wrestled to the floor by big, frightening men and had my hooves literally hacked at with a saw! I was traumatised by this and I am still affected by it.

My HeeHaws friends, including Helen and Gareth, have been so kind and patient with me. They visited me so much, gave me care and helped me to learn to trust humans again. I am overwhelmed by their protection, understanding and all-round sparkliness…I notice that many of the humans wear sparkles. I am secretly hoping that I can one day wear some sparkles.

I have a pretty good HeeHaw on me and I often use it to show my deep appreciation.

It took a lot of hard work to help me to feel safe enough to be moved, and in July I was able to be moved to my temporary home with Jonathon and Shona.

Jonathon is  a lovely chap who visits me with carrots, apples and if I’m lucky a Ginger Nut…I shouldn’t have too many though. He also gives me ace cuddles and fussings.

Poor Shona doesn’t get much of a look-in, but she also gives me a lot of love and makes me feel special.

I don’t know how old I am. I think I’m about 13, but until I can be seen by a vet no-one knows for sure.

I am still scared by some male humans so it might take a little longer until I feel safe enough for that to happen. It will happen though…the HeeHaws lovelies will make sure of that. It’s important that I am seen by a vet to make sure I am healthy and also for something called “gelding”. I don’t quite know what that is, but I’ve been assured it isn’t a really bad thing…it’s necessary. I am comforted by that.

Ultimately, I will be going to live in my forever home at HeeHaws, where I shall have some new donkey friends. I am looking forward to that more than I can say.

I am quiet and still have so much to learn, but I get braver each day I am shown love and affection.

Things I like are:

Being loved

Learning to trust human people

Feeling safe..this includes somewhere safe to stand, rest, eat and feel the love shown to me

Carrots..I like Ginger Nuts more, but as I said, I shouldn’t have too many

Standing close to my HeeHaws friends when they are chatting

Here’s a little update from me, Rodney, your brave donkey.

I had a little *ahem* snippy operation in October. It wasn’t as bad as I had feared and I recovered really well from it.

Then in November I came home to HeeHaws. That was an amazing day and one I wasn’t sure would ever happen in the darkest time in the dangerous field and with no contact from anyone. I am still learning to trust, but I am getting there and every day I achieve new things. It took a lot of hard work and dedication from HeeHaws, but it was so worth it!

Oh! If you would like to sponsor me, then click on the link below, fill in the form and cool things will happen. It helps enormously.

Aaaaanywaaaaaaay, here I am at HeeHaws with the lovely William. Gosh, he’s a lovely chappy donkey. We share the same living space and are getting along like The Dream Team. Someone needs to make a movie out of us…