Two part question, as the title says:
I am at the moment completely devastated, my beagle died in my arms the other morning, a few hours after we arrived home, a 24 hour journey home from a 3 week vacation. I was surprised that the cat went and laid in bed with him that morning, I never thought the cat would be that sensitive.
The one that really shocked me was when I went to hang out with the horses for a while, they were quiet , and accepting of hugs, maybe more than normal, but little Poncho came bustling over, reached up and just laid his head and neck up against me. As he is so little at full stretch his nose comes up to somewhere between waist and bust, he just leaned into me and let me rub his face and ears. He has never ever offered to do anything like that before, he is usually friendly but aloof, I can go a pet him, he doesn't come to be petted, food yes!
For those who don't know, I share Poncho with another lady, so he was here last winter for 6 months, went to her for the summer, and has only been back a couple of weeks.
I would love to teach Poncho to be ground driven, maybe to pull a cart in the future, how would I start? I know with a horse, but everyone says donkeys are different. He leads fine, but I think that is all he knows.