As you know, I love donkeys. A lot. And I love dressage (it is shockingly addictive when you are a Type A person like myself).
So, I couldn't help but break out into a smile to see that Charlotte Dujardin and Alice Oppenheimer went to India to work with the Brooke team last week.
The Brooke, for those of you who don't follow every donkey-related charitable organization in the world, is an international animal welfare organization dedicated to helping working donkeys, mules, and horses in poor communities - Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Egypt, Jordan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Senegal, Guatemala and Nicaragua, and Mexico. From what I understand, they provide both treatment for equines in need as well as training and education for their owners, which is great for the long term health of these working animals. They've done some great things in the past year or so alone since I've been following them. The Brooke USA is the American branch of this organization, through which those of us in the U.S. can donate.
So Charlotte and Alice went to India last week, and visited the brick kilns and an equine fair, to assist with the Brooke's work and promote the organization. The Brooke USA gave me permission to share some photos with you - which I feel like you need to see if you haven't already because it will really make you idolize these DQ's more than you already do, and hopefully encourage you (like me) to support this organization.
Sadly the baby in the last two photos, who was found separated from mom/abandoned at the equine fair, did not survive after being treated for days by the Brooke's vets. Sad story for a Monday, I know, but all the more reason to get involved.
On a lighter note.... I'll leave you with Charlotte, Alice, and Eddie the Mule:
Charlotte, Alice and Eddie
We've got a VERY special #BrookeMeetsCharlotte update for you! Check out Charlotte Dujardin and Alice Oppenheimer Dressage's video diary from their first day in India... starring none other than Eddie the mule!Stay tuned as we'll be bringing you updates later today on what the team have been up to on their second day in India...
Posted by The Brooke on Wednesday, October 28, 2015
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