JACKS - A SPECIAL KIND OF DONKEY (pg 3)
below is an assortment
of stories we have heard about jacks - regarding their
at times completely unexpected transfomation from wonderful, docile pet to
a vicious, biting, killing attack monster.
all the stories are true. these things did happen.
they happened to people who least expected them - people who loved their donkey.
I have been reading the conversation about jacks with interest. I got my donkey about 6 months ago.. and have been on this list since I got him. I bought him from a man who just had him out in his back field and could care less who bought him or what they did with him. But he did assure me that a jack would be better for guarding goats than a jennet. I figured he should know what he was talking about.. :-(
After I had him a month or so I asked a question on one of these lists.. and in my email mentioned that my donkey was a jack. Camilla immediately told me that the first thing I should do is have him gelded unless I was experienced with a jack, and offered to send me the jack attack file she has. I received the file.. and was convinced I wanted him gelded. I talked to my husband about it be he was hesitant. Although I wanted him gelded.. just to keep the peace, I decided to wait and see how it went.. but was very careful to not turned my back to him.
He was the most lovable donkey. He had never been petted or hugged by the man that I bought him from, so I was amazed at how tame and friendly he was. I was a little weary about him being intact.. but not scared of him. Then one day my husband and I were walking in the pasture with him.. he was just walking along beside us.. then I walked a little bit out in front.. and before my husband or I knew what was going on.. the jack jumped on me from behind. My reaction to it was so fast that I didn't get hurt.. I jumped forward very fast.. and turned around swinging. I hit a lot of air.. but never did make contact with him.. but my husband came running.. and I guess that scared the jack and he took off the other way... with my husband running after him.. and me screaming at my husband. My husband (who didn't want the jack gelded) now wanted to kill him. But I got to my husband before he got to the jack.. so the donkey never got hit. :-) However, my husband quickly changed his mind about gelding. The sad thing is.. in some of the stories Camilla sent me.. these jacks are just doing what comes natural.. and end up being hurt or killed because of that.
I have since had the donkey gelded..(and he still doesn't like my goats) but because of what happened I am still hesitant to go out in the field with him by myself. I hug him and kiss him and pet him thru the fence, but the only time I go out in the field with him alone is while he's eating. Other than that I only go out there when my husband is out there with me. And that makes me very sad because I read about all the neat things you all do with your donkeys. And I want to do these things also.. but too scared to get out there with him by myself.
So.. as a "newbie" myself.. to any other
newbies on these lists.. please, please have your jacks gelded!
....... My current
jack Zak was [also] quite subdued when he was younger, but
IOW, all jacks
are different in their personalities and behaviors.
Unfortunately, the sweet, quiet, well-mannered jacks/bulls/dogs usually end up doing the most damage when they do get aggressive, because people learn to trust them and then tend to put themselves in vulnerable situations when they're around them.
Kris, a public service message from the "Watch Your Back While You're With Your Jack" Foundation, Anderson
I have a story
to add to the jack-attack file.
I went back later
that evening to pick the jack up and bring him to my place until they decided
what to do with him. He was sweet, lovable and gentle when I stepped
into the stall, put a halter on him and lead him out and loaded him in
my trailer without a fuss. At my farm he acted as if it had never
happened. The vet came the next day and gelded him.
Kathy Dynge, Klamath Falls, OR
Well, sorry to
say but, here's another addition to Camilla's jack attack file. A
man in the next town had bought a standard jack a few months ago.
this is an abbreviated version of the
a poem by Connie Rossignol
rated pg ;-)
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