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Show a Little Respect for The Lowly Donkey

Updated on May 17, 2014

If we try to understand donkeys, then we can appreciate them


A donkey has a strong profile


Donkeys are friendly and able to make friends easily


In my time I have

seen them kicked, cursed, spat-upon, whipped, and after all of this barbaric-punishment, the lowly-donkey's integrity and self-respect remained intact. How many humans can say that?

I can't. I am not that foolish.

Donkeys aren't conceived by the Greek gods or some mysterious cult magic trick. No. Donkeys are the product of male and female donkeys who mate. Just like us.

Except without the braying. (NOTE: in some cases, some burly men of the sea, mariners in the 1800's were so grateful to "be with a woman," after being at sea for six weeks, that the would bray after having intercourse with a woman he had paid to sleep with him.)

I know my donkeys. I wish I could afford one, but there are municipal-zones where I live that forbid citizens from having donkeys inside the city limits.


  • Pulling a plow for some ungrateful farmer
  • Visiting the White House to meet the President
  • Being the mascot for any high school, college or pro football team (* there is a college football team in 1AA football whose name is The Arkansas Mule-Riders, but not Arkansas Donkey-Riders)
  • Allow newlywed's to pose with him for their wedding album photos
  • Never be used as a "Watch Donkey" instead of a "Guard Dog"
  • Never run in The Kentucky Derby
  • Never make a cameo appearance on Face The Nation
  • Play piano at Carnegie Hall
  • Be arrested for smuggling drugs

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Think about it

donkeys do not ask for anything but room, board, and some oats for dinner. Are those impossible to fulfill? No. Not in this day and time in which we live.

And if you are really respectful and kind to a donkey (that you can own because you have no ignorant city ordinances to honor) you can almost hear them saying "thanks, master," as you walk away.

I hope that someday, maybe not in my lifetime, medical scientists and audio-engineers will help enable the donkey to talk. I am so serious my face is going to burst from its rigidity.

And think of this, ladies and gentlemen, if your grandkids' grandkids are around to witness a talking donkey, what will this mean to our society?

More than we humans can imagine in 2014. I tell you that.

A talking donkey will open the door for: donkeys going to school, getting degrees, running companies and even more astounding, becoming congressmen, senators and even being elected to the Office of The Presidency.

And with other talking animals such as dogs, cats, rabbits and so on, we humans will take a more-serious look at the lowly-donkey who started it all.

Next time you want to belittle a donkey, remember. A lowly-donkey carried the Virgin Mary when she was carrying Jesus, The Messiah


I can give credit

to the writers and producers who gave Eddie Murphy the "Donkey" role in the Shrek movies. Murphy gave the lowly-donkey a new-found dignity, respect, and prominence.

I liked that. For a "beast of burden," (Hello, Mick Jagger), like the donkey to have some needed-respect.

For many years, the humble donkey was thought of as:

  1. Stupid
  2. Stubborn
  3. Lazy
  4. Unable to learn task

I was so glad that when I found out that these "donkey-bigots" were as wrong as I would be trying to take over the Vatican as a new Pope.

Donkeys, I am proud to say, are none of these things listed above with the exception of being stubborn (like their cousins, the mules), but they are quick to be obedient when they are treated with dignity and some nice words.

Just like us humans.

This donkey is telling you "Hello."


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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama


      You are right. What a brotherhood--donkey sand Bigfoot. Who would have dreamed this? You have such a gift for noticing the obvious. I am always peeking a little bit past the obvious and wondering what lies ahead. Thanks for your friendship and comments.

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      JBSNVNY 3 years ago from Upstate NY

      I am willing to wager that Bigfoot loves donkeys because they would sound the alarm if any humans are near so Bigfoot can hightail-it out of there before being seen!

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, JBSNVNY,

      Thank you, my New Friend, for this delightful comment. I appreciate you input and yes, donkeys would make great a great security system. I do love their braying.

      I would wager that donkeys do not even fear Bigfoot.

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      JBSNVNY 3 years ago from Upstate NY

      Loved this hub! Laughed out loud and remembered some donkey experiences I have had in recent years. A few farmers around here have learned that donkeys make the best guards against predators, such as the coyote, for their sheep and cattle herds. I guess their braying would scare anything away ha ha! But seriously, they can make short work of de-predatorizing a coyote!

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear moonlake,

      I admire your heart and attitude. God bless you my fellow donkey enthusiast. Donkeys are good animals. I will always love them, and here is a secret, I love chickens too.

      I am so sorry that you cannot get animals or birds.

      Hopefully something will give and you will enjoy some wildlife.

      Thanks for your sweet comment and come back soon.

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      I would adopt a donkey in a minute, we have a big barn, but my husband wouldn't go for that and he's right. There are many reason why we couldn't do it. Heck I have been trying to just get a couple chickens and haven't got that yet. Voted up....

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, ria,

      Thank you for your sweet comment. I do appreciate you very much. Oh, do not worry. If I see a donkey in the road, he will get the right-of-way.

      And he can tell me "thank you" when he passes.

      Then I will pass this along to my followers, who are THE BEST.

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Grand Old Lady (who is NOT old),

      Yes, you are right. Baalam. An angel stood in the donkey's way and then the angel spoke through the donkey and asked a serious question. Baalam, like me, was stunned.

      And yes, but in my way, I would have told this creep to get it off now!

      Thanks for stopping by.

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Jodah,

      Mr. Ed? Frances? Yes, mules. They are related to the donkey, but in another way. It has all to do with inbreeding.

      I still prefer my donkeys. Nothing against Ed or Frances. Ed was cool. Frances could save the Cleveland Browns if necessary.

      But Jodah, even mules have some self-respect. LOL.

      Thanks, good friend, for the comments.

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      ria-majumdar 3 years ago from Manipal

      Donkeys sure are stubborn. If you find one in the middle of the road don't try and scare it down. They don't move out of your way. You will have an easier time convincing the world that the Niagara falls are in Africa.

      Great post! :)

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago

      Hi, Tiffany,

      Thank you and may God bless you for your sweet comments. Spiders are okay, but I respect those poison spiders who reside in the Amazon and out west. I just love them at a distance.

      Thanks for the visit.


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      Tiffany April 3 years ago from Michigan

      Hello Kenneth Avery, Kudos with your article! Another masterpiece. I am animal lover. Huge! I slow learning spiders due to a friend who is in love with them. She has over 5 spiders. Not being rude, I found a site where they help donkeys. Here you go:

      God Bless, Tiffany April

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

      You have made me realize that donkeys have long been under appreciated. In Numbers 22:28 a donkey even spoke and all he said to his master was, "what have I done to you that made you beat me three times." Donkeys are sweet. I would have said, "you SOB. Get off my back."

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Great hub Kenneth. But you mean donkey's can't talk? What about Frances the talking m..., oh I am wrong, a mule ain't no donkey. But if a mule could talk, and a horse Mr Ed, why not a donkey? I'm sure they can, they just choose not to. Our neighbours have two donkeys and I'm sure I caught them whispering a couple of times as I walked past. You are right though they don't ask for much...and Mary rode one when pregnant with Jesus, we need to treat them with more respect. Voted up.

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Amen, Ann1Az2, we are on the same page. Thank you, Father. Visit with me again.

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      Ann1Az2 3 years ago from Orange, Texas

      Yes: Hebrews 13:8 "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever." Amen

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Ann1Az2,

      I love how you explained, and reminded me of this Baal story. Sure, the Lord can do what He wants.

      A scripture says, "He is in heaven and does as he pleases, but you o man. You are on earth and be of few words."

      I think that is Ecclestiaes (?) You know what I mean.

      And certain denominations believe that God changed from this time until current time.

      Not so.

      Visit me again and often.


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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear sheilamyers,

      A sincere thanks to you for your remarks. I appreciate a true friend like you who understands my appreciation for donkeys and other animals.

      Have a great night.


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      Ann1Az2 3 years ago from Orange, Texas

      Interesting perspective on a highly under-rated animal. Not only did Mary ride one, but so did Jesus, himself. And not only that, it was one that had never been ridden, so I believe Jesus must have talked to him, just like he talked to the whale about Jonah. As far as donkey's talking:

      "They have forsaken the right way and gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; but he was rebuked for his iniquity: a dumb donkey speaking with a man’s voice restrained the madness of the prophet." 2 Peter 2: 15-16. The Lord made the donkey talk to Balaam, after he (Balaam) struck her 3 times:

      "Then the Lord opened the mouth of the donkey, and she said to Balaam, “What have I done to you, that you have struck me these three times?” Numbers 22:28

      I reckon if the Lord wants donkeys and other animals to talk so that we can understand them, He'll make that happen!

      They do have a contest every year in Texas somewhere (I forget where) for the donkey with the longest ears. I had the privilege of meeting the winner one year. He was a real sweetheart.

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      sheilamyers 3 years ago

      I think donkey's are cool! Maybe it's because some of them seem to have the same attitude as cats (and I love cats). See, they aren't at all stubborn, they just know who is in charge - they are. As you said, if we treat them with respect and give them some love, they'll be our best friends. I've never owned one, but I think they would be neat pets.

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago


      Thanks to you also for the sweet comment. Do you get to go there and pet the donkeys?

      If you do, would you take a photo and send me a jpeg of them?

      Thank you so very much for reading this hub.

      You are a wonderful friend and follower.


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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago


      Thanks from me and the donkey that I wish my town would allow me to have.

      Donkeys are sweet friends. And are very playful.

      Come back again.


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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Very enjoyable hub. I think donkeys are adorable. There are some people that live about five miles away who have horses and donkeys. They always look very peaceful.

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      Brenda Thornlow 3 years ago from New York

      I love donkeys! I think they're so cute. Voted up!