We Are Living Art, Created To Hang On, Stand Up and Encourage Others – Maya Angelou

30 Jul
We Are Living Art, Created To Hang On, Stand Up and Encourage Others – Maya Angelou





I have loved animals since I was a small child, got the fever for horses at the tender age of five. I fell deeply in love with donkeys and mules In my late forties. My love for donkeys, and mules forced me to learn as much as possible for them. 


“Donkeys are not horses with long ears.” Melody Johnson, Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC




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“I quickly found a huge gap in education, health and training for these majestic equine, the under dog of the equine world a donkey.”

Why? Donkeys and mules do not bring in large amounts of money like race horses, cutting, dressage.


Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC opened for business on January, 1st, 2014

Select Virtual Coach, Trainer and Consultant for more details.  Select Donkey Whisperer Farm website  to learn more about my virtual training buisness, I have successfully helped over 55 people for free in the past three years. Select client testimonials to understand how I can help you from your home anywhere in the world without you having to leave the comfort of your home or haul your equine.

Are you ready to work with me?

Send me an e-mail at 

Donkeys are unique they deserve to be treated with dignity, respect and natural training techniques, no bit, no spurs no abuse. 


Please remember “training a donkey is a challenge to learn and understand how to best communicate and train them as they do not learn like a horse.”   Donkeys are not horses with long ears. Donkeys require us humans to think like a donkey or mule and wait another day for training as donkeys are on donkey time, kinda like being a human in Hawaii everything is slowed way down.  Unlike the horse the donkey or mule can think all the time, Donkeys are always on donkey time. Slow way down when working with a donkey or mule, sit down and wait for them to come to you.

Melody teaching Rio steering using no bit or spurs


I have been a student of the Parelli home study program since 2007 right after purchasing my horse (a young filly at twenty months not trained), a nine month old baby mammoth donkey (not trained) and a mini donkey at the age of thirteen. I share honestly why the Parelli home study program works for my horse and donkeys. I am not authorized to teach Parelli as I am not an instructor.

After three short lessons with the Parelli carrot stick Rio now has steering – No bit, no spurs



I am married to my best friend and husband Scott and forever grateful to him for helping me keep my dream of farm living in the midst of trauma.  We share our life with one Mammoth donkey, three mini donkey, two rescue standard donkeys, two horses, three dogs and two cats.  Our new farm in Sequim, Washington has twenty acres, two horses, two mini donkeys, two standard donkeys and one Mammoth donkey. I am very grateful for all of the blessings and gifts GOD has provided me and my husband as each day is truly a gift, life is truly fragile and precious. 

Jesus Christ is amazing! Most importantly I share why Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior and how my husband and I trust GOD to hold us tight in the middle of trauma. GOD is amazing.

Donkeys, horses and mules are healing they help us humans step out of our personal journey in life.  To know a donkey will forever change the human who wants to learn and love again.   Take a look at this article explaining the donkey much better than I can from Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue.

I  am a survivor of a life threatening motor vehicle accident while riding as a passenger when the driver of the vehicle I was in ran a stop sign, a semi truck fully loaded with cow manure smashed into the passenger door where I was sitting leaving me permanently disabled.  Select GOD created a miracle for me to read about the trauma and blessings.  After surviving a life threatening car accident so many things change, we continue to thank GOD that our relationship with Jesus Christ is strengthened and reinforced.  

We continue to thank GOD for his Miracle of life and healing one day at a time.  When I am pressed on every side by troubles, I am not crushed and broken.  When I am perplexed because I don’t know why things happen as they do, I don’t give up and quit. 2nd Corinthians 4:8 I pray my transparency gives you hope and the ability to never give up most importantly make Jesus Christ you Lord and Savior.  The bible is still my favorite book. 

Animals are very healing, they help us humans be grateful for everything in our life and live in the moment. LILRUNNING2012AGE7

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“If you have something you want to do with your life get going to move towards your dreams and goals as life is fragile and precious.”

GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!



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168 responses to “We Are Living Art, Created To Hang On, Stand Up and Encourage Others – Maya Angelou

  1. Kerrin Koetsier at Parelli Central

    August 5, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    Hi there

    Just to let you know that we’ve added your blog to our reader, so that we can keep updated with your progress!

    We look forward to reading more from you,

    Kerrin Koetsier
    Parelli Central

  2. Kelly Probst

    August 8, 2010 at 12:58 am

    Dear Melody, you are an inspiration for us all! As a donkey lover, I have found your training to be truly effective and inspiring. Donkey Obo (See Success Stories) has become a total people lover and there is almost nothing he will not do for us……..thanks to you and your Parelli training. I pray that you can attend the Parelli school and share your amazing stories of God’s Grace and the role equines have played in healing your life.

    We are praying that others find their way to your gentle heart and beautiful soul.

    Kelly and Richard


      August 8, 2010 at 1:46 am

      Dear Kelly & Richard,

      Yes, we are praying my body will heal and I will be able to physically attend Parelli University in Colorado. My dream is to become a Parelli certified instructor when I heal from this car accident as I want to help all the equine horses, donkeys and mules. I love them all!

      Thank you for praying for me & the update on Mr. Obo!


      • Kerrin Koetsier at Parelli Central

        August 9, 2010 at 5:35 pm

        Every person that attends the Parelli University has a unique story, Melody! I have every belief that if you’re determined enough, you could end up here.

        Savvy on, and keep at it!

        Parelli Central

  3. emjayandthem

    April 1, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    That first photo (eye close up) drew me in & then I saw Rocket Man – boy I wish I could meet him.

    Hope your healing progresses!


    • Donkey Whisperer Farm

      April 1, 2011 at 3:06 pm

      I am happy to hear you enjoyed the virutual tour of our farm. I am working hard to get my health back and some days are better than others I continue to be grateful to be alive, have my legs, brain and share information.

      GOD bless you and your family two and four legs!

  4. Alexandra

    September 7, 2011 at 1:34 am

    YES! Always, always thank God for his healing, he’s behind it all! We are so blessed to have a shepherd watching over us. I’m so happy that you were blessed with healing! you’re in my prayers.


    • Donkey Whisperer Farm

      September 7, 2011 at 4:45 am

      Thank you for praying for me for a complete healing each day is a new day, one step forward two steps back but I am moving forward. Long journey ahead for me with the trauma in my spinal cord, shattered pelvis but I have faith and never give up.

  5. danitacahill

    November 30, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    Prayers go out for your quick recovery, Melody.

    My family was just offered a male, ungelded miniature donkey. The owners want to give him away to a good home and we just got six alpacas, so decided we don’t need another mouth to feed! The mini donk is in Jefferson, Oregon, if you know of anyone who might want to give him a forever home.

    • Donkey Whisperer Farm

      December 1, 2011 at 12:03 am

      Thank you so very much for your prayers GOD is amazing I am healing, one day at a time.

      I don’t know anyone in Oregon, try googling shelters in Oregon. Such hard times for people and animals these days I beleive you will find an outstanding home for this little guy. Perhaps you will be the home for him? Donkeys are easy keepers they need another donkey for a companion to be the most fullfilled. Donkeys will forever change your heart they are that special.

      I will keep looking and advertise on the Donkey Whisperer Blog. I suggest you advertise on your blog too, social media spreads so fast these days much faster than the phone. Smile…

  6. danitacahill

    November 30, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    Anyone interested in the donkey can contact me through Facebook Danita Shattuck Cahill, or by email –

  7. teresa2paradise

    December 19, 2011 at 4:08 am

    Hi Melody, what a beautiful name. Love your page and look forward to reading more of it. Thank you so much for visiting Walking With Yahshua and giving me a like. Appreciate that.

    We have all kinds of animals on our farm. They sure are wonderful, kind, and good. God is so good to us too. Hope your healing is coming along really well.

    Blessings to you, hubby, and all animal-people at your place. Teresa

    • Donkey Whisperer Farm

      December 19, 2011 at 4:43 am

      Hi Teresa

      Thank you for your positive comments, GOD is amazing for sure :} Animals are such blessings.

  8. For the Love of My Dogs

    January 7, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Such a great post. Animals are the best :)

    We’re following you now and looking forward to reading more!

    -Deanna and the Crew: Harley, Scarlett, Chelsea and Roory

    • Donkey Whisperer Farm

      January 7, 2012 at 4:19 pm

      Oh thank you for your kind words I love to share the Donkey Whisperer Farm. I added your blog to my links hope you don’t mind.

      Have a great day!

  9. tbnranch

    February 9, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Great Post!

  10. Tee

    February 25, 2012 at 5:56 am

    Thank you for blessing me twice–once for visiting my blog and again for introducing me to yours. I really needed your words. I lost both of my parents in the past year. It’s been a rough go for me. I’m an only child. Your words encouraged me. (I’ve been crazy about horses since I was a child. I live in a subdivision just outside of the city limits. But a little ways down the road there is a cow pasture with donkeys among the cattle. The first time I heard them bray at midnight I almost jumped out of my skin. They make me smile now every time I hear them.

    • Donkey Whisperer Farm

      February 25, 2012 at 4:49 pm

      I am deeply sorry for your loss of parents. God uses each of us to help the other it appears my tears and transparency helps others understand to understand they are not alone and to never give up no matter what, trust God.

      Your life is in the palm of Gods hand he knows the begining and the end, he has counted every hair on your head. God places each person in our life at exactly the right moment sometimes it feels he is not early but I promise God is never late.

      Donkeys are healers of the human soul they are teachers for us humans, truly gifts from God in Jesus Christ precious name.

      GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!

  11. Pat Cegan

    February 29, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Hi, so nice to find you after you visited me. I am recently retired from working with children with handicaps and those with severe emotional problems, often due to living in homes of great Darkness. I had an equine therapy aspect to the work I did and I learned so much from my horses who really taught me what equine therapy was all about. These horses were farm work horses who had never been around kids and were now too old for the cowboys to use. Each of the 10 that I had were gentle and loving to the children, even when they weren’t to adults! They knew these kids were needing special love and they gave it to them generously…and to me. I rode a donkey once, and when I was safely back on the ground, thanked him for an exciting experience which I never wanted to repeat. I take my hat off to you! Hugs, pat Source of Inspiration

    • Donkey Whisperer Farm

      February 29, 2012 at 11:09 pm

      Hi Pat,

      Have you ever had the experience of riding a mammoth donkey? Truly a beautiful thing :}

      • Pat Cegan

        March 1, 2012 at 1:07 pm

        I never heard the term “mammoth donkey,” but the one I rode was huge and got bigger the longer I stayed on him. lol He was beautiful, though. Here in Brazil, the people who have money love donkeys and buy beautiful and intricate gear for them. It is quite a sight to see a calvagada of them.

      • Donkey Whisperer Farm

        March 1, 2012 at 4:19 pm

        Hi Pat,
        The Mammoth donkey has a great history in the United States of America as they were gifts to President George Washington from the President of Spain. President George Washington bred them to the biggest horse mare he could and produced gigantic mules thus creating the roads of america before the car was invented. I have lots of interesting facts on my website, blog and facebook page if your interested. Nice to meet you.

  12. dianne - "life as i see it" - "just because"

    March 1, 2012 at 9:45 am

    morning Melody, what a wonderful bog you have hear. looking forward to following and learning more about you guys and your beautiful animals. i agree, life sure is fragile and precious, and it sure can change in a heartbeat. take care and God bless you and your family two and four-leggeds also! thank you kindly for comming to my blogs. i’lll be back.. ; )

  13. babso2you

    March 5, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    Nice article! Thank you for the like on my blog!

  14. godschick

    March 14, 2012 at 3:54 am

    Wow! What a testimony! Really love your story. Thanks for sharing. Also, thank you for stopping by my blog. Blessings!

  15. atranquilplace

    March 16, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    I have nominated this blog for the “Very Inspiring Blogger Award”. Congratulations!

    • Donkey Whisperer Farm

      March 16, 2012 at 1:46 pm

      Thank you what happens next?

      • atranquilplace

        March 16, 2012 at 1:49 pm

        LOL.. You accept!

        Just kidding…check out my latest post and do what I did. If you have any questions…write me. Blessings.

  16. yen

    March 25, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Wow, you are an overcomer! Blessed by this post!

  17. loopyloo305

    March 29, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    I wanted to let you know that I like your blog so I nominated you for the Very Inspired Blogger Award! You can pick it up by visiting My Blog at
    God bless!

  18. Bird

    April 3, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    I am really enjoying your site. I, too, love animals, so this was a real treat.


    • Donkey Whisperer Farm

      April 3, 2012 at 6:17 pm

      Oh thank you so much, I have lot’s of time on my hands these days in between pain I like to blog, share and read. T.V. is not for me I love the blogging atmosphere meeting real people navigating the world is realing healing for me and hopefully those who read my blog.
      GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!

      • Bird

        April 3, 2012 at 6:20 pm

        I can relate. I was in a motorcycle accident that has left me in chronic pain, too. While I do actually love to watch tv, I prefer writing and reading in Blogosphere myself. Keep up the good work!

  19. kathryningrid

    April 5, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    Hi, Melody,
    I’m so glad you came by my blog and introduced yourself so now I can visit here and learn more about your journey and the joys of your four-legged friends! I wish you many, many blessings and deep healing.

    • Donkey Whisperer Farm

      April 5, 2012 at 11:02 pm

      Hello Kathryn,

      I enjoyed the purple flower post. Thank you for your blessing!

  20. lakesideindia

    April 15, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Thanks for visitng my blog and liking my post about the Kathiawari horse. I’ve always loved horses but only learned to ride about 4 years ago just before I moved to India and Raja is my first horse so it is a big learning curve for both of us!

  21. kzackuslheureux

    April 15, 2012 at 4:15 pm

  22. kzackuslheureux

    April 15, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Sorry, Here is the story in English:THE WOLF AND THE DONKEY

    On May 9, 2007 in the mountains of northern Albania in the northwestern city of Patok, a wolf was captured and put in a pen. To feed him, his captors decided to give him “live food,” ie an old donkey who, having been exploited for many years by its owners, had become worthless to them. Nobody expected to see what happened next.

    Both animals, prisoners of an evil with a desire for possession and selfishness, did something unexpected … The wolf looked into the donkey’s eyes and the poor old donkey did the same, and the two became friends. Because in a world dominated by the greed and apathy of men, the titles of prey and predator become meaningless, and a wonderful friendship can develop between two souls, victims of the same evil, only made possible by emotions that we struggle to understand.


    12.000 people had written to the government of Albania asking that the life of donkey be spared and the wolf released to the wild. The story got coverage from the Albanian television and under the huge pressure of the public, they finally let both of them free.

    The original article mentions that the donkey lives now happily on a green pasture and that the wolf would even pass by sometimes to visit him.

    Original source:

    Thanks to Occupy for Animals. Please visit their page here:
    By: Andres Grijalva

    • Donkey Whisperer Farm

      April 16, 2012 at 12:42 am

      I am going to go read, thank you!

    • Donkey Whisperer Farm

      April 17, 2012 at 3:23 am

      Wow this was an incredible story thank you so very much for sharing :) Thank you for putting this in English for me.

  23. patinaandcompany

    April 16, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Love your Maya Angelou quote–unique thought and very inspiring. Things like that give us a needed reminder of our obligations to make ourselves the best we can. Also loved your description of the donkey’s independent spirit and how we must learn to communicate with them, etc.–reminded me of my relationship with my beloved kitties. I think cats are so much the same that way. This type of animal also brings out our best spirit.

    Best wishes with your ongoing recovery.

    • Donkey Whisperer Farm

      April 16, 2012 at 10:49 pm

      Thank you for taking the time to comment on my blog. I understand about the kitty comment as we adopted to kitties years ago they are on kitty time and let me pet them once in a while.

  24. erranttranscendentalist

    April 21, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    What a blessing that you survived to love more animals and people! Having had a similar accident with a semi on an interstate at 70 miles an hour, I totally relate!! Blessings and love!!

    • Donkey Whisperer Farm

      April 21, 2012 at 10:17 pm

      Thank you for taking the time to write on my blog. Do you write about your injuries? I am going to your blog to read, car accidents sure do change everything in a matter of seconds.

  25. oabchurch

    April 29, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Hi and thanks for visiting our blog! Your blog is so interesting and wonderful- keep the great posts coming! By the way, I too am a huge animal lover :)

    • Donkey Whisperer Farm

      April 29, 2012 at 4:45 pm

      Thank you for your blog I really ejoyed reading today :) Thank you for taking the time to comment on my blog GOD bless you.

  26. thewaywereallylive

    May 27, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Love your blog. Who knew donkeys, in their stubbornness could be so inspirational!

    • Donkey Whisperer Farm

      May 27, 2012 at 2:10 pm

      Hi in my opinion Donkeys are not subborn they are usually introverted and need a great human partner or the human needs to become more of a partner with donkey to build a relationship. Donkeys are really smart :)
      Thank you for your sweet comment and taking the time to commment and read my blog.

  27. Bird

    June 7, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Hi, Melody!

    I nominated you for the Mrs. Sparkly Ten Commandments Award. Here is the link:

    I have no idea what it is specifically awarding, so I thought I’d just pass it along to some of the writers who’s blogs I enjoy.

    — Bird

  28. Empowered Results

    June 20, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Good morning! I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award

    • Donkey Whisperer Farm

      June 20, 2012 at 3:21 pm

      Thank you. I will work on adding this week. How wonderful of you to add my blog to this nomination, have a wonderful day.

      • Empowered Results

        June 21, 2012 at 12:03 am

        Hi Melody! You’re welcome! By the way, I see the petition has gotten about 4,000 more signatures… 8,091 out of 100,000. I will be sending emails out tonight and placing it on my Facebook acct. Take care!

  29. LubbyGirl

    June 21, 2012 at 1:02 am

    I found this in a roundabout way, through another blog I found in a roundabout way. But then, the LORD uses both direct paths and roundabout ones, so I don’t think it was ‘coincidence’ that I ended up here. I will be checking back to read up more in the future. I lost my first husband in an auto accident, so I know the effect that has on those left behind. He was the passenger, the driver fell asleep and hit a tree. He is not a believer, and I believe he has suffered greatly over the last 12 years. As I do not know where he is, the only thing I can do is pray for his healing and for him to come to the LORD as the only true source of healing. Thanks so much for your ministry, and may the LORD continue to heal you!!

    • Donkey Whisperer Farm

      June 21, 2012 at 1:31 pm

      Welcome to my blog I look forward to hearing more from you and pray for peace for you and your family. Melody

  30. Long Life Cats and Dogs

    June 24, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Just popped by to tell you I gave you an Award in my latest blog.

    • Donkey Whisperer Farm

      June 24, 2012 at 2:23 pm

      Thank you, this is my 2nd Very inspirational award. I love to create hope and inspiration via my blog.
      Have a great Sunday!

  31. One Veg World

    June 26, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Thanks for visiting our blog. Your site is wonderful and you’re so inspirational! Thank you for all you’re doing for donkeys with the information you provide on your site. They deserve to be treated with respect and dignity like all of God’s creations. <3

    If you're ever in California, we invite you to visit our restaurant! :)

  32. Garden Walk Garden Talk

    July 24, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Thank you for visiting Garden Walk Garden Talk. I too am an animal lover, but never had a donkey or mule on the horse farm. I can imagine they would be quite challenging, but they are awfully cute. I am sorry to hear of you accident and wish you all the best on your recovery. You really did have God in your corner that day.

  33. theharvestprinciple

    July 31, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    It’s gratifying to see someone who knows their source of strength, inspiration and destiny. You are surrounded by the beauty of God’s creatures and creation, and your gratitude to God is inspirational.

    • Donkey Whisperer Farm

      July 31, 2012 at 6:13 pm

      Hi Andy,

      Thank you for reading my blog and taking a moment to comment. GOD in Jesus Christ precious name is Amazing! Thank you again as I am double blessed to be able to walk into your blog.
      GOD bless you!

  34. dparkins

    August 9, 2012 at 6:28 am

    AMEN! No matter what life throws at us, each moment is an opportunity to glorify God and enjoy Him. Pain, I am convinced, after having had a host of trials myself, is meant for the glory of God. Everything is meant for His glory; and so is pain. You no doubt know this. Thank you for this post; thank you that you are responding to God’s faithfulness by speaking about Him and His glory. I am proud to be your brother in the Lord.

    • Donkey Whisperer Farm

      August 9, 2012 at 2:01 pm

      I will go read your posts in more detail next. I am indeed overwhelmed for your loss I pray GOD helps you move into his love and peace as only GOD can heal what satin has stolen from his children. I was listening to Joyce Meyer last night and she said something powerful. She said “Just think how we feel when someone or thing hurts our children” Well GOD feels the same way about his children – Children of Jesus Christ we are to let GOD fight our battles, never judge, forgive and trust GOD to restore everything. I hope this helped you. GOD bless you!

      • dparkins

        August 10, 2012 at 5:57 pm

        Thank you for replying! Yes, God indeed is able; He restores, He upbuilds, and He claims all for His glory. Have a blessed day today!!

  35. dockfam

    August 10, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    I am in awe of your posts and they warm my heart. I nominated you for the versatile blogger award! The logo is on my most recent post for you. Thank you for making me smile!

    • Donkey Whisperer Farm

      August 10, 2012 at 8:56 pm

      Wow this is indeed a surprise, I love Awards they are indeed a special treat and fun to share. Thank you!

  36. Stephanie Jill Rudd

    August 12, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Wgat a beautiful blog! I found you by a link from Gina Professions of Peace. My sister’s godmother used to run a donkey sanctuary in Norfolk, UK. I adore donkeys and am pleased to follow your versatile blog. Lots of good resding here, which I shall enjoy catching up with. Blessings. x

    • Donkey Whisperer Farm

      August 12, 2012 at 3:07 pm

      Hi Stephanie,

      Do share when you get a moment some memories. Donkeys are so special for us humans, thank you for reading my blog and taking a moment to leave a comment. It is really nice to meet you!

  37. Iamrcc

    August 19, 2012 at 12:22 am

    Just today, I was listening in Church as the priest said, when we see something is not right if God is in us, we must do something. Obviously, God is in you. We ask for his continued blessings on all that you do. Thank you, for visiting my site and ‘liking’ Changing Colors.

    • Donkey Whisperer Farm

      August 19, 2012 at 12:35 am

      I am indeed a child of the most high GOD Jesus Christ he is my savior and for this I am grateful. Thank you for reading my blog and taking a moment to comment and connect with me. GOD bless you!

  38. Hot Rod Cowgirl

    August 26, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Congratulations! I nominated you for The Kreativ Blogger Award:) Follow my link:

    • Donkey Whisperer Farm

      August 26, 2012 at 9:15 pm

      Hi Hot Rod Cowgirl,

      Thank you for the Creative Blogger Award I am indeed honored, love your blog.

      • Hot Rod Cowgirl

        August 26, 2012 at 10:02 pm

        You are welcome:) I truly enjoy your blog as well:)

  39. successbmine

    September 1, 2012 at 2:11 am

    I have never been a farm person, but somehow I have developed a love for donkeys and goats. I had never heard of a mammoth donkey before. I enjoyed your photos as well as your post. I don’t have time tonight to read any of your other posts, but will probably come back another time. God bless.

    • Donkey Whisperer Farm

      September 1, 2012 at 2:14 am

      Thank you for reading my blog and thank you for taking a moment to comment. We are very grateful to have our little hobby farm and all of our animals I hope you enjoy my blog.

  40. YellowCable

    October 13, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Thank you for sharing your story.

    • Donkey Whisperer Farm

      October 13, 2012 at 6:59 pm

      Thank you for reading my blog and taking a moment to comment. GOD bless you!

  41. J. A. Robinson

    October 23, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    THANKS for visiting my “pun-ny” photoblog and leaving a “like.” I will share the link to your blog with a coworker who has 2 donkeys and is a Christian (as am I).
    –John R.:

    • Donkey Whisperer Farm

      October 23, 2012 at 2:15 pm

      Hello John

      Enjoyed your photo’s and thank you for sharing my blog.
      GOD bless you and your family

  42. campfireshadows

    November 12, 2012 at 2:25 am

    If you still need healing, I will add you to my nightly prayers. Let me know how you are doing today, OK?

    • Donkey Whisperer Farm

      November 12, 2012 at 3:13 am

      Thank you for praying for a complete healing and no more pain and suffering for me and my family. This has been a catastrophic and traumatic event we beleive in the power of prayer. GOD bless you and your family.

      • campfireshadows

        November 12, 2012 at 1:22 pm

        Melody, I added you to my nightly prayers that our Lord continue to heal you and give you full range of motion without all the pain. It’s funny, Most folks wouldn’t suspect me of being the praying type. Oh but I do! I’ve held the power of prayer in my hand and have seen it move mountains. “Only a fool in his own heart would say there is no God”.

      • Donkey Whisperer Farm

        November 12, 2012 at 3:08 pm

        Thank you. GOD bless you and your family!

      • campfireshadows

        November 12, 2012 at 3:31 pm

        And a tip of the hat to you and yours also :)

  43. allthingsboys

    November 25, 2012 at 1:48 am

  44. margosnotebook

    December 9, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Hi there, I enjoy your blog. One of those blogging community awards have come my way, this one is grandly entitled Blog of the Year 2012 but is really a way to give blogs exposure to new audiences. I have nominated you for it (I see this is your second time) and if you are interested you can read about it here. Cheers Margo.

  45. Jerry Stolarski

    January 28, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Love the photo of Jack and “Love”.

  46. The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap

    February 17, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Just saw you comment come in to Penny at The Why About This and when I saw your photo I had such a huge awwwwwwww moment. Had to come let you know I love your photo and now that I’ve seen your site my awwwwwwwww has stretched miles. Love animals. Paulette

    • Donkey Whisperer Farm

      February 17, 2013 at 11:39 pm

      Thank you for checking my blog out and taking a moment to comment. I will go check your blog out next :)

  47. Orisphoto

    March 2, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Lovely picture for a lovely Donkey! :)

  48. runningonsober

    March 8, 2013 at 3:26 am

    Hi Melody, I’m happy to have found your site via Carolyn! Ironically, my husband and I have just rescued two donkeys–a mom and her baby. So I’m sure I will benefit greatly from your blog. :)
    Very nice to meet you!

    • Donkey Whisperer Farm

      March 8, 2013 at 4:54 am

      Hi Christy,

      Send me some photos and a bit of news love to see all the donkeys and the wonderful people taking care of them. Nice to meet you too!

      • runningonsober

        March 8, 2013 at 5:14 am

        I sure will! We just got them this week, and I’ll be posting a blog entry with pictures introducing them next week. I’ll be sure to share it with you!

      • Donkey Whisperer Farm

        March 8, 2013 at 3:31 pm

        Thank you for reading my blog and sharing your donkeys. You are in for a serious gift from GOD owning donkeys they are indeed very special.

  49. ajaytao2010

    March 21, 2013 at 3:27 am

    Nice reading about you. i loved your blog it was so earthy and humble, infact I loved it very much
    and I loved your photography also

    Thanks. For visiting my blog Browse through the category sections, I feel you may definitely find something of your interest.

    • Donkey Whisperer Farm

      March 21, 2013 at 3:34 am

      I plan on coming back to your blog and reading more looks very interesting. Thank you! Melody

      • ajaytao2010

        March 21, 2013 at 3:53 am

        thank you your blog is very humble the donkeys and the horses
        i simply loved that

      • Donkey Whisperer Farm

        March 21, 2013 at 2:42 pm

        Thank you so very much it is a pleasure to meet you! Melody

      • ajaytao2010

        March 21, 2013 at 2:47 pm


  50. Jennifer- Little Red Farm Life

    March 25, 2013 at 1:54 am

    Wonderful perspective! I look forward to reading more! Have you ever considered driving as an alternative to riding with your injury?

    • Donkey Whisperer Farm

      March 25, 2013 at 2:46 am

      Hi Jennifer,

      Enjoyed your blog today.

      I am still working very hard in physical therapy now a gait specialist and praying to GOD one day I will ride again and at the least be able to drive our Mammoth donkey and mini donkey. The injuries I sustained are very complicated to explain in this little time space. This I can say GOD is amazing and he is doing miracles every day in my life to help me. GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged! Melody

  51. sirfelion

    March 29, 2013 at 3:14 am

    The animals are lovely and very adorable. Prayers for your health to improve so you can ride or drive again. Thanks for liking my blog. Sirfelion.

    • Donkey Whisperer Farm

      March 29, 2013 at 3:18 am

      Thank you for reading my blog and taking a moment to say hello. GOD is amazing and we continue to pray I will not have so much pain one day.

  52. Jimmy vs. World!

    April 10, 2013 at 4:30 am

    This is a really touching story. And donkeys are possibly the most underrated creatures of the animal kingdom!

  53. Victoria C. Slotto

    April 13, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    You have a wonderful mission in life. I admire your faith and courage…they go hand-in-hand!

    • Donkey Whisperer Farm

      April 13, 2013 at 11:53 pm

      GOD has given me the gift of communication and I am sharing his word via my life story. I pray that I can inspire and help others who think they have no help in this world we live in as GOD is the only way in Jesus Christ name amen. I am grateful to have the relationship I have with Jesus and I am grateful that my husband is a christian now to. Sometimes Trauma is what brings us to our knees for Jesus I pray others do not wait for trauma to find Jesus. Nice to meet you! Thank you for reading my blog, thank you for taking a moment to connect with me.

  54. peakperspective

    April 25, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    You’ve obviously been put on this earth for a very special reason, and your animals are so lucky to be the recipient of your boundless energy and love. Be well.

    • Donkey Whisperer Farm

      April 25, 2013 at 3:02 pm

      Thank you for reading my blog and taking a moment to connect with me and comment. GOD is amazing and I am grateful to still be here and share his miracle of life and healing (I have good days and bad days) but still I do my best to have a purpose in this fragile world we all share.


  55. soonie2

    April 27, 2013 at 12:29 am

    What wonderful work you do! Thanks for the follow, following you back. I look forward to exploring your site here.

    • Donkey Whisperer Farm

      April 27, 2013 at 4:15 pm

      Thank you for taking the time to read my blog and leave a comment. GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged! Melody

  56. friendlypics

    May 8, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    They look like our Catalan Donkey (here in Catalonia-Spain). Great work! Congratulations

  57. Katie Michele

    May 10, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    I included you among my nominees for the “WordPress Family Award”. Thank you so much for your kindness and continued support, it’s deeply appreciated!

    • Donkey Whisperer Farm

      May 11, 2013 at 3:51 am

      Hi Katie,

      Thank you so very much for this award and congratulations on your award. You are an inspiration for so many people keep up the great work, trust GOD in Jesus Christ name for all things. Melody

  58. PigLove

    May 14, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Melody – I’m sending you snout kisses my friend. Never give up. God is good.
    Check out my blog in a few when you get a chance. I am so leaving you something there :)
    XOXO – Bacon

  59. Valarie

    May 29, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Thank you for following my blog “Encouragement for Every Day” I pray it will be a blessing to your heart! God bless your ministry here!

    • Donkey Whisperer Farm

      May 29, 2013 at 11:29 pm

      Hi Valarie,
      GOD bless you and I look forward to reading more stories on your blog.

  60. Summer

    June 10, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Sweet you,

    I’ve an award for you, for the person who you are and the things you share with the world

    Thank you for that..

    Namasté, Summer

  61. Ajaytao2010

    June 16, 2013 at 7:51 am

    I Nominate you for a Special Bouquet of Awards – 3 Nominations

    please accept it and oblige

    there are no linkbacks for this award

    • Donkey Whisperer Farm

      June 16, 2013 at 2:18 pm

      I am excited to see what this award is all about, thank you so very much for reading my blog and for giving me this award. Congratulations on your award!

      • Ajaytao2010

        June 16, 2013 at 2:20 pm

        thank you dear
        you dont post lately

      • Donkey Whisperer Farm

        June 16, 2013 at 2:21 pm

        I was away on a short vacation I am back now :)

      • Ajaytao2010

        June 16, 2013 at 4:31 pm


  62. The Sundog Drift

    July 5, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    I found your blog by seeing Rio’s face on your thumbnail. So glad I found you. I need more resources for burro knowledge and fun. My sister and I each adopted a female “Jenny” wild burro last October for guard donkeys. Mine is Rosie and Susie’s is Francis. I gentled and trained them both. Francis now lives on 100 acres with a flock of 15 sheep in the rolling hills of Northern California. My Rosie resides with at Sundog Ranch guarding my flock of 7 goats. She is the most precious girl we could imaging. Gentling and training the burro’s was a challenge but well worth the time and effort. Still got to work in trailering.

    • Donkey Whisperer Farm

      July 6, 2013 at 3:10 am

      Hi Sundog Drift,

      Send me an e-mail at and I can help you for free with some tips and ideas how to help you the best for free. Can you skype? This is the best way to talk about your donkeys and help coach you to be the best human you can be for your sweet donkeys. Good for you for adopting them no doubt you saved them from the slaughter house or worse being abused. :) Talk to you soon, Melody

  63. Shelly

    August 10, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    I love it when people recognize the amazing work of God in their life and are able to give Him all the praise and glory. Be Blessed!

    • Donkey Whisperer Farm

      August 10, 2013 at 3:29 pm

      Hi Shelly,

      Thank you for reading my blog and taking a moment to connect with me. I really appreciate it and it is nice to meet you. GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!

  64. celestedimilla

    August 14, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Hey there! You started following my blog, so I wanted to check out your blog and say, “Hi!” Your blog is a delight! I love what you’re doing for donkeys (and what they’re doing for you!). I also find your strong faith inspiring. I read the story of your accident, which I found very inspirational. It’s a pleasure to e-meet you! Celeste :)

  65. giovannipinto

    August 17, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    Thanks, and check out great content for your edification;

  66. magreenlee

    August 25, 2013 at 6:48 am

    Hi, thanks for the follow. You’ve got a great blog here – I’m in awe of your energy and dedication!
    Goodness me, your Rio is certainly a mammoth donkey, I don’t think I have ever seen one so big! And our “striped” donkey has ears just like your Rocket Man – I will try to get better photos of him on a day when the shadows are not so strong.

    • Donkey Whisperer Farm

      August 25, 2013 at 3:49 pm

      Hi Margee,

      Nice to meet you and I am excited to find your blog. I give all the glory to Jesus Christ as I am not strong enough to do this on my own.

      GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!

  67. The Rider

    August 25, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    What a blog! I wish I could comment from my other blog, but it is in Afrikaans- I love donkeys too! Thanks for the amazing work you do!

    • Donkey Whisperer Farm

      August 25, 2013 at 7:09 pm

      Thank you so very much for the kind words and for reading my blog and commenting. GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged! Melody

  68. unexpectedincommonhours

    August 26, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    You have a fascinating blog. I look forward to reading more. Thank you for visiting and following my blog!

  69. mflahertyphoto

    September 3, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Haha that photo reminds me how scared my younger horse is of donkeys!

    • Donkey Whisperer Farm

      September 4, 2013 at 3:56 am

      Most horses are afraid of donkeys at first as donkeys do not smell and they sound different along with long ears. My horse Miss Lily was never afraid of the donkeys but she is an extrovert. Nice to meet you thank you for reading my blog and taking a moment to leave a comment.

  70. Sun

    September 15, 2013 at 12:30 am

    i enjoyed reading about your adventures with donkeys and horses. you certainly are blessed – thank you for sharing what God is doing with you and sharing your passion for his magnificent animals, the horse and donkey. Thank You. ☼HUGS!

  71. petrel41

    September 23, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Congratulations, Melody!

    I have nominated your blog for the Sunshine Award.

    More about this nomination is at

    • Donkey Whisperer Farm

      September 24, 2013 at 1:05 am

      Thank you so very much I love these Awards.

      • petrel41

        September 24, 2013 at 9:26 am

        Well deserved :) Keep blogging!

  72. neilirving

    October 22, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Great blog and I love Rio I want him he is stunning

    • Donkey Whisperer Farm

      October 23, 2013 at 3:48 am

      Hi, thank you for reading my blog and taking a moment to comment. Lot’s of donkeys need homes!

  73. neilirving

    November 7, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    I always enjoy your blog and its my pleasure to pass along the WordPress Family award

  74. unexpectedincommonhours

    December 24, 2013 at 1:14 am

    Just wanted to thank you for the follow. I have been inspired by what you do and am enjoying your blog.

    • Donkey Whisperer Farm

      December 24, 2013 at 1:18 am

      You are most welcome it is so much fun to read your blog too! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

  75. fotografaire

    December 28, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    Sweet photos! Thanks for the visit.

  76. Lisette Defoe

    October 5, 2014 at 3:16 am

    Hello… Thank you for visiting my blog. I hope you found something that blessed you. I will be sharing soon on some more dreams, visions and things I sense the Lord speak to me in quiet times. You also keep up this great work! :) have a great day!

    • Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC

      October 5, 2014 at 3:16 am

      GOD bless you!

      • Lisette Defoe

        October 5, 2014 at 3:19 am

        I forgot to mention… My island is known for Donkeys. We have a Donkey sanctuary there. Bonaire, in the Caribbean. You would LOVE it!!

      • Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC

        October 5, 2014 at 3:20 am

        Really, how wonderful is this I look forward to reading more about the donkeys on your island.

      • Lisette Defoe

        October 5, 2014 at 3:47 am

        You can look it up… Bonaire Donkey Sanctuary :)

  77. darwinontherocks

    November 11, 2014 at 8:01 am

    Thanks for visiting my blog and for the reblog ! You have beautiful picture of horses and donkeys here! I’m always fascinated by people who seem so confident around these animals. I’m so scared of them. Have you ever been scared of them at one point in your life ?

    • Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC

      November 14, 2014 at 4:54 pm

      I am a world-wide coach for owners of donkeys, horses and mule as so many people are afraid of them but want them. When we learn how to train them and be fair our life comes into balance as we no longer let people take advantage of us we are more plugged into our surroundings. Equine are healers. :)


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