I invite you to have the chance to get to know our amazing animal family who have already experienced a wealth of adverse experiences early in their lives and who nevertheless continue to offer their friendship as well as their wisdom.
Through their individual experience, distinct perception and profound compassion as well as their non-judgement their connection with you is always insightful and empowering!
Donahue is the wisest of our Thoroughbred herd. He is an amazing gentle man and is also an extremely wise and compassionate elder who is a very self assured Thoroughbred herd leader.
His life history has been very full and diverse - originating from NZ, winning many awards and ribbons in his experiences in the equine practices of hacking, whilst all the while sharing his kindness, dependability and benevolence with all who have the pleasure of befriending him.
Each of our horses definitely have had experiences that would make for an interesting tale, however Wrangler's story remains one of mystery as he entered our lives through adoption from Yagoona RSPCA. Not much is known of his history other than his rescue from a not very kind environment and spending many months returning to health at the facility.
Contrary to his previous life, his heart is soft, kind and loving and he is never too far away if someone is requiring his loving focus!
Surprise’s known history has been one that was active, athletic as well as therapeutic. After sustaining a life changing accident early in life, being a valuable teaching member of a natural therapies equine teaching college, Surprise joined us to become a much beloved member of our herd and has proven to be an outstanding instructor in the ways of patience, gentle approach and being totally in the present.
Surprise continues to show that understanding, RESPECT and trust continue to be the most important conversation that anyone can have with such sentient beings.
Roger is an ‘off the track’ ex racehorse and having been born to the life of racing in 2007, he has experienced much…. even winning first place in a race.
This boy is a sensitive, inquisitive and curious fellow, and he is usually the first to say hello. Always friendly, he absolutely loves to run and it is always a pleasure to watch him prancing around the paddock, cheekily pestering our Wrangler to get a move on as well. An absolute character!
Like her mother, our treasure Firefly just loves up close and personal attention and will run whenever she gets the opportunity.
As Mother and daughter are very close and have never been apart, you had better be prepared to have a close and very personal attention with each of them at the same time! Both girls has never had a saddle on their back or a bit in their mouth and their natural loving and unspoiled characters come from their genuine desire to be with you and that in itself is magical!
Buck is a character who has definitely traveled a very difficult and highly abusive road.
As with Wrangler, we have no knowledge of his history however, we do know that he had experienced a major accident/incident early in life that left him to be diagnosed with a severe Ringbone condition in one of his forelegs
The most amazing thing is that once Buck bestows his trust upon you, he shows the capacity to be very affectionate and loving to those who win his confidence and respect.
Not knowing too much about Promise’s history, other than being an athlete and racehorse as well as a brood mare, her racing name was changed to what she is known to us now.
Promise – a promise of a new beginning and a life of much deserved love and respect.
She is soft, independent and sometimes a little standoffish but her heart is gentle and kind and much loved and adored member of our expanded Thoroughbred herd.
Ladybug is a young lady of a heritage breed and gives the best horse hugs and, like her daughter Firefly, loves to run, run, run!
An exquisite and loving personality that possesses just the best of natures and always looks forward to saying hello - in fact, she will run across a paddock in order to do so!
Standing at a rather large and impressive 16.3hh, our big boy Danny has earned an affectionate description of being a gentle giant when it comes to interacting with people.
Danny is yet another member of our equine family who is extremely kind, affectionate and very loving and he just loves attention and is generally very eager to come and say hello. He possesses a very sociable personality who is more than happy to meet new friends and give them his own special and attentive devotion.
Such an 'old soul' and gentle lad is our Meteor, who has the greatest compassion for others and is such a wise and kind hearted man. Yet another large Thoroughbred who stands at a magnificent 17hh.
Being 19yrs young, Meteor is a very sensitive and clever gentleman, and absolutely loves personal attention whilst exuding a charisma that is almost impossible to resist. An empowerment specialist - most definitely!
OUR WONDERFUL GOATS
Some “heads up” factors about goats – which we quite quickly discovered when our Boar goat, Bruce Almighty, joined our family a few years ago.
Firstly, contrary to general beliefs - goats actually won’t eat just anything. In fact, they are quite selective in what they do eat and it will usually be the flora that you are very attached to – such as roses, frangipanis, succulents (any form of succulent are absolutely delectable to these guys) and whatever other prized vegetation that they can wrap their lips around.
Goats are browsers not grazers - They prefer bushes, trees and hay and are not mere lawnmowers. They are ruminants: They have four stomach compartments and regurgitate.
They will eat, chew their cud (the green stuff that comes up regurgitating their food) and repeat that process all day long. They do not eat tin cans and do not like to eat any food that has been soiled, contaminated or has been on the ground.
Each goat definitely possesses their own distinct personality and character and ours are cheeky "little’ minxes but very affectionate. They are very loving, loyal and incredibly demanding as well as noisy, especially when it comes to food! They are also extremely smart and curious as well as being excellent escape artists.
If goats like you and trust you, they respond to your voice and come when called. They also call out to you when they see you but this only occurs when you have earned their love and trust. Fortunately for us, we experience the joy of them running over to us whether or not we are carrying feed buckets.
Chevelle or more affectionately called Chevy came to us early October 2019 from a severely affected drought area near NSW Glen Innes.
Her previous family love her dearly but just couldn't sustain what was needed to keep her healthy and so we are blessed to have her join our amazing and much loved family.
She is a Hollywood Hoges Palomino girl with the life experience of 20 years and is an absolute treasure.
She is soft, kind and extremely loving and is an absolutely beautiful addition to our Donahue's herd and we are so very thankful.
Part Boer and Kalahari goat, Flirt was hand raised by a client of mine and was very kindly offered to be a young female friend to our one original goat member Bruce.
A real personality and attention seeker, she is always happy to be the centre of anyone’s attention and tends to be a real ‘piglet’ when it comes to ‘hogging’ the food. She runs from one bucket or hay pile to another, rudely pushing the others out of the way, which is probably the only real exercise that she gets.
Maggie G is a lovely suspected part Nubian part Alpine girl and is mother to our 2 goat boys Max and Chili.
Travelling up from Victoria with her boys, Maggie joined our growing goat herd and it didn’t take long for the supremacy antics to settle and all fur balls become a solid family.
Maggie can be just a little stand offish at first with any new people that visit, but usually her curiosity takes over and anyone entering her paddock tends to get investigated quite thoroughly.
She is also known to be a wonderful alarm system when anything is amiss! A noise that is to be heard to believed.
Chili is the oldest son of our Maggie G and is definitely a huge lover of sun baking, eating and playing. Like his mum, he tends to be a little shy of new faces and takes a little time to gather the courage to actually come and introduce himself to new comers. But curiousity take over and it is in no time that he quietly moves closer to check out any visitor to his paddock.
Our very cheeky Max is Maggie G’s youngest son and is even more shy of people he doesn’t know than Chili. However, when he does get to know you, he becomes a very curious boy who is a lover of nibbling on your hair, clothes and fingers. Very sweet natured, he also loves to play chasings around practicing his head butting with his mum, or jump from dog come goat house to goat house. However, when things calm down you will usually find him snuggling up to his mum. Two 'peas in the a pod'!
Diva will happily follow you around, waiting for her chance to receive much deserved attention and affection. As a hand raised and treasured indoor baby goat Diva prefers human attention and is an extremely affectionate and gentle little lady who will happily give you her best loving. After all, she just loves being petted and receiving the much needed and desired individual focus.
It is always interesting to watch the dynamics of this little herd and we just love watching them at play as they bolt around the paddock, jump upon their furniture and happily have a game of headbutting.
OUR TREASURED DOGS
All of our dogs over the years, have been and still are rescues and it has been our practice to do our utmost to adopt those who have been overlooked, are too old, too rambunctious or have not been adopted for a myriad of other reasons.
Each and every member of our delightful canine family has given us so much joy, love and companionship, that we have determined that we will continue to adopt and do whatever we can to ensure that those lives will always receive the deserved attention in order to remain happy and healthy and each day is filled with love.
And in return we are the recipients of their undivided attention, deep love and consistent adoration. Something that they will happily bestow upon anyone new who ventures close enough into the vicinity of their immediate licking range.
Part Doberman, Part Bull Terrier, Dooley entered our life treading the fine line of a threatened soon to be cessation of life through euthanasia via a local shelter.
Being only approximately 5 months old, Dooley was one of 6 dogs scheduled for the 'green dream' that day and thankfully through the desire to find all innocents a foster or forever home, we managed to save all and Dooley came to us to join our pack.
He continues to be an absolute delight, a wonderful pack leader and our main man whom we absolutely adore with all of his funny antics, wonderful affection and his overall good nature!
Guys like this are priceless and why it is so worthwhile rescuing and adopting.
Maddie is our youngest and most full of energy being still a pup and was adopted through Wally's Dog Rescue.
Although so ready to get into whatever mischief whenever she can, our part Staffie, part Whippet rascal very easily melts your heart with the sweetness of her face and cheeky character.
She is a sweet natured, carefree and very enthusiastic young lady, and has given me the wonderful excuse of having a puppy brain!
Definitely Looking forward to sharing many years of fun and love with this youngster.
Maddie is also another easily made friend who will always be more than happy to make any new visitor feel extremely welcome and loved!
OUR CHEEKY CAT FAMILY
Jonesy is an extremely mellow fellow who is happy to just sit on the couch with you and share your space.... but do not expect him to be a lap sitter .... this is not his style.
He has never been a hunter and gets on with the dogs, birds and chickens. He is a lover not a fighter and remains happy to luxuriate also on any soft bedding that takes his fancy.
Definitely an amazing personality and a gentle soul. He is affectionate and knowledgeable and never really becomes anxious or non-plussed.
Lucy's origins remain a mystery as does most of our adoptions. She came to us as a lone kitten through a friend, and is one who will run and hide.
She's tiny is size but makes up for it in her attitude. A true feline and when it is in her tolerance, she will condescend to allow you to give her attention and affection.
Never an outside cat, she luxuriates on whatever soft bedding attracts her at the time.
Really, who wouldn't want to be a cat in this household?
DON'T FORGET OUR CHICKEN FAMILY
Many tend to think of chickens as wonderful producers of eggs, creators of great fertilizer and we will definitely not even venture into the food style of thinking!
Our chicken numbers have thankfully grown since we initially adopted them on our move into the 'lifestyle farming' surroundings and environment and they are most definitely valued and much loved members of our extended Maggies Farm family.
Getting to know each of their personalities and seeing their happy little characters shine just gives us great joy. They are cheeky, spontaneous and full of spirit and they make us laugh every day.
And yes...... even inclusive of those early morning celebrations from the roosters of being awake at those 'ungodly' hours of the morning!
We love each and every one of them and continue to be thankful that they teach us about the feathered variety of life.