It is with
heavy hearts and great
sadness that we must announce
the passing of Sharon Windsor, president and founder
of Turning Pointe Donkey Rescue.
After a long and tiresome battle
with cancer, Sharon passed away
amongst family and friends on
Thursday, November 1st.
rest assured that Turning Pointe
will continue on in the care
of the rescue’s board of directors.
Our goal is to preserve the legacy of care that
Sharon worked so hard to create.
is pretty much how we all knew Sharon,
walking out to greet one of her long eared friends
and....enjoying good friends
.....both long eared
....and short eared!
Rest in Peace Sharon---you will be missed by
all of us,
no matter what size our ears are
We recently received word from Bethany Zaro
her beloved Annabelle passed over the Rainbow Bridge
soon after our own beloved founder Sharon passed away.
We are all certain that Sharon was waiting there at
the Rainbow Bridge to greet Annabelle with a wonderful
embrace and many heavenly donkey treats.
Our thoughts and sympathies are with the Zaro
Check here to read
more about Annabelle
who was over 40 years old!
Click each donkey for their story
And our friends that were lost in 2010:
They come into our lives with their long ears and their
brays, and for a short time, we are allowed to love them and nurture them.
We have the privilege of feeding them, brushing
and keeping them supplied with their favorite treats.
exchange for this, we receive their unconditional love.
They are always
there for a rub, a pat, a hug or for consultation
with us when we have a
problem that we need solved.
They always listen and offer only love back in
But then, their time on this earth comes to an end,
they are called home. There they'll wait for us
until it's our turn to meet
them again, knowing
that their time spent with us, was the safest they ever
In memory of three TPDR donkeys,
Eeyore, Franklyn and
Cricket, who passed out of
our care during the past year. Until we meet again,
rest easy and know that we are missing you
Eeyore was adopted and loved by the Smoke Family
of Britton Michigan until his passing during the fall of 2010
We adopted a donkey some 5 years ago, ( I can't
actually remember the year)
Maximum Power (renamed Eeyore/Donkey by my
grandkids). He foundered
severely on the late summer pasture and after 2
months of trying to bring him back,
he could no longer stand and we had to
have him euthanized. He had
foundered previously but we were able to fix
him up, but nothing worked this time.
I wanted you to know.
Eeyore was my buddy, he called out to me every time
he saw me....
I truly miss him and the personality he brought to our
My grandkids are so sad.... I had to tell a fib and tell them he
a donkey hospital because his feet were so sore and I couldn't
help him anymore.
I may in time think about another rescue but I don't
think any other donkey
will ever be able to replace Eeyore. He wasn't
always the easiest to
deal with, he could be very opinionated but he truly
loved me and anyone
here would say the same thing. He and I had a
connection. I was the only
one he didn't try to bite. :):):) and I was
the only one he brayed for as soon
as he heard or saw me. We talked a
lot. He was an amazing little guy.
He was too gentle to baby sit our
young colts so he had to stay with the
older geldings or he'd baby sit
young fillies who just needed company.
I just wanted to let you know he was well cared for
and loved to the
minute he passed away. He is buried next to my older
broodmare, they got along well.
Franklin was adopted and loved
by Linda Kaye until his
Sharon, I know I haven't spoken to you in a long time,
and I am sorry about
that. I just wanted to let you know;
I had Franklyn humanely put to sleep
He had done remarkably well over the last 8-9 years.....
started having some renal problems. His kidneys were
shutting down and the
last couple of days had only picked
at his hay and would not eat grain/
apples/ carrots/ or treats
of any kind. Totally not like Franklyn.
"Old Donker" gave me immense pleasure! ......
He tooled around the farm with no
halter, grazing as he pleased,
wherever he wanted, whenever he wanted.
When he got tired he went back to his stall.....
bedded with 2 feet of straw
for his lounging pleasure.
He never failed to kiss, snuggle, and generally
be a LOVE.
Thank you for letting me have him.
My vet, the horse dentist,
and other equine professionals
gave me his age to be around 45.
assured he lived the very best life I could give him."
Cricket was adopted from TPDR and loved by Ken & Chris Wilson
of Hanna, Indiana until her passing on Dec 13, 2010. The barn
is just not the same without her, she is greatly missed by all.
We said goodbye to Hope today......
RIP -May 13, 2011
She came to TPDR in the winter
She bore the most haunted, helpless look
we have ever seen on a donkeys face.
She had suffered years of
at some point had even been shot.
She had three wonderful years
here with us.
There should have been more
time, but the effects
of constant pain medications eventually take their toll.
My tears fell silently on her
beautiful face as she left us.
She went with her head
lying peacefully in Sharon's arms.
Sharon says: "Oh, she knew
how I loved her but today
was for her and not for me. "
Rest in peace dear Hope
You can read more about Hope's
Rescuers are Special
People at the Rainbow Bridge
Unlike most days at the Rainbow Bridge, this day dawned cold &
gray, damp as a swamp & as dismal as could be imagined. All the
recent arrivals had no idea what to think, as they had never
experienced a day like this before. But the animals that had been
waiting for their beloved people knew exactly what was going on &
started to gather at the pathway leading to the bridge to watch.
It wasn’t long before an elderly animal came into view, head hung
low & tail dragging. The other animals, the ones who had been
there for a while, knew what his story was right away, for they
had seen this happen far too often. He approached slowly,
obviously in great emotional pain, but with no sign of injury or
illness. Unlike all of the other animals waiting at The Bridge,
this animal had not been restored to youth & made healthy &
vigorous again. As he walked toward The Bridge, he watched all
the other animals watching him. He knew he was out of place here
& the sooner he could cross over, the happier he would be. But,
Alas, as he approached The Bridge, his way was barred by the
appearance of an Angel who apologized, but told him that he would
not be able to pass. Only those animals that were with their
people could pass over The Rainbow Bridge. With no place else to
turn to, the elderly animals turned towards the fields before The
Bridge & saw a group of other animals like himself, also elderly &
infirmed. There weren’t playing, but rather simply lying on the
green grass, forlornly staring out at the pathway leading to The
Bridge. And so, he took his place among them, watching the
pathway & waiting.
One of the newest arrivals at The Bridge didn’t understand what he
had just witnessed & asked one of the animals that had been there
for a while to explain it to him. “You see, that poor animal was
a rescue. He was turned in to rescue just as you see him now, an
older animal with his fur graying & his eyes clouding. He never
made it out of rescue & passed on with only the love of his
rescuer to comfort him as he left his earthly existence. Because
he had no family to give his love to, he has no one to escort him
across The Bridge. The first animal thought about this for a
minute & then asked, “So what will happen now?” As he was about
to receive his answer, the clouds suddenly parted & the gloom
lifted. Approaching The Bridge could be seen a single person &
among the older animals, a whole group, was suddenly bathing in a
golden light & they were all young & healthy again, just as they
were in the prime of life. “Watch & see” said the second animal.
A second group of animals from those waiting, came to the pathway
& bowed low as the person neared. At each bowed head the person
offered a pat on the head or a scratch behind the ears. The newly
restored fell into line & followed him towards The Bridge. They
all crossed The Bridge together.
“What Happened?” he asked. “That was a rescuer” the second animal
answered. “The animals you saw bowing in respect were those who
found new homes because of his work. They will cross when their
new families arrive. Those you saw restored were those who never
found homes. When a rescuer arrives, they are allowed to perform
one final act of rescue. They are allowed to escort those poor
animals that they couldn’t place on earth across The Rainbow
Bridge” “I think I like rescuers”, said the first animal. “So
does GOD”, was the reply.
Best Friends Have Long Ears!
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