Rest in Peace, Mr. G
Mr. G showed the world the power of friendship. He will never be forgotten.
In 2014, a southern California shelter reached out for help with a goat and donkey.
We had space for Mr. G but no experience with donkeys. Another sanctuary offered to take Jellybean, the donkey, and we transported Mr. G to our sanctuary.
It is normal for new arrivals to be stressed, but Mr. G’s behavior was abnormal. He refused to eat or move from his stall, for days!
After several veterinary visits and tests, it was clear Mr. G was physically healthy.
We reached out to the shelter and asked about Jellybean and Mr. G. The animal control officer said that both had been each other’s companion for at least ten years. Well, that explained it – Mr. G was deep in grief!
One of our volunteers immediately drove down to pick Jellybean up and bring her to Mr. G.
When Jellybean arrived, Mr. G immediately transformed. He perked right up, raced outside to Jellybean’s side, and began eating!
Here’s the thing about relationships. They often change. Jellybean and Mr. G had only each other for companionship. That is all they knew. But at the sanctuary, there were other goats for Mr. G…and he soon figured out that he wanted to be with them.
This left Jellybean on the fringes of the goat herd. We were able to rescue another donkey, Jujube, and the two are inseparable.
Mr. G lived a good life here. He never got into fights and welcomed each new goat with dignity and grace. He slowed with age, as we all do, but always kept up with the goat herd.
Toward the end, Mr. G began having serious mobility and balance issues. If he was knocked over or fell down, he needed intervention from caregivers to get back up. Our veterinarian ran tests and we tried different treatments. None helped. We believe Mr. G had cancer and, at more than 15-yrs-old, we would not put him through any invasive testing.
As Mr. G’s quality and enjoyment of life began to decline rapidly, the decision was made to euthanize. He died as he lived – quietly and with dignity.
In his honor, please share his rescue video.
Animal Care Director