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A True Story of Friendship of a Donkey and Horse.

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Friendship and Love

This is a true story of Friendship the friendship of two animals. I heard this story from a family member. She has some friends who owned a horse and a donkey. They told her about the love of two best friends.

Do animals feel and have feelings of love? Do they care enough to mourn the loss of someone they love? I believe they do. Dogs show love often for humans and their animal friends.

Here's how this beautiful story goes. When the family would take the horse for a ride or away from the donkey for a short time he would be sad and would bray until they returned him.The two had a very close bond.

The Horse.

The horse was getting old, they knew he had little time left. They explained to the vet about the friendship of the two animals and ask him what they could do when it was time to put the horse down. The vet told them to let him see them bury the horse.

The Final Day.

The day finally came. This was a sad day for all but more so for the best friends. He loved his horse friend so much. They buried him near the donkey and they had him watch as they buried him. He could see they had put his friend in the ground.

The next morning the lady of the house put a bucket of feed out. When she went out later she found the bucket on top of the horse's grave with only half the feed in the bucket.

The day after she had found the bucket on the horse's grave, she put another bucket of feed out for him, and then watched out the window. She saw him eat half the food and take the bucket and place it on the horse's grave. After five days, he stopped putting the feed on the grave. Maybe he realized the horse was not coming back. He must think of his old friend every day

Herd Animals

Donkeys are herd animals they easily attach to other animals like the horse. They can become depressed when losing a friend from their herd.

Doc by Reno's Bed.

Doc by Reno's Bed.

Doc and Reno's beds. The way Doc flipped the pillow today.

Doc and Reno's beds. The way Doc flipped the pillow today.

Animals Don't Feel

People say animals don’t feel or love. I believe they do and I think this kind of story proves it.

We had to put our dog, Reno down last week. When Reno was younger our cat was dying we had taken Spencer our cat to the vet. The vet had told us he was a senior citizen and it was time to let him go. He said to give him over night and see if things would get better if not then to bring him in the next day. We laid our beautiful cat down on the rug he always loved to lay on. The next morning my husband was getting ready to take our much-loved cat to the vet. We knew we could do nothing more for him. Reno walked over by the cat and laid his big body beside him and gently laid his head on the cat's stomach. Something he had never done before. He knew the Spencer was sick. It was like he was trying to comfort him. I had never seen anything like it. This was a big dog that seems to never care about the cats in our home. I guess he did care about our Spencer.

Our Springer keeps looking for Reno. He wouldn't lay on Reno's dog bed I tried putting a new blanket on it and still he wouldn't lay on it. Here's a picture of him shortly after I put the blanket on. He puts his body part way on the pillow.

Aug 22:

I put Doc's bed underneath Reno's bed. Doc’s bed is the red plaid pillow. Reno's pillow is pink with the brown cover. Doc flipped Reno's bed off of his bed tonight. I just set it up like this today. He is just determined not to sleep on Reno's bed. Reno's bed is the better pillow and I wanted Doc to start using it, but I guess he just won't do it.

Orphaned kangaroo and wombat love each other. Read the story.

Orphaned kangaroo and wombat love each other. Read the story.

Unusual Friends

More Love

We see this every day on TV and stories from friends.

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Our dog protecting our ducks when they went in the water.


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Duck Love.


moonlake (author) from America on July 21, 2014:

tobusiness, Thank you for stopping by. I remember the story of the cat saving the boy. Our cat saved my sister from a fire by bouncing on her until she woke up.

moonlake (author) from America on July 21, 2014:

Shyron E Shenko, Oh how sad for your dog. Thanks so much for stopping by.

moonlake (author) from America on July 21, 2014:

CraftytotheCore, I believe all animals have feelings. Our cats use to snuggle with our kids rabbit. They all loved each other. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Jo Alexis-Hagues from Lincolnshire, U.K on July 09, 2014:

moonlake, a beautiful write, with some wonderful stories. I remember seeing a news item not so long ago, where a young boy was being attacked by a dog. His cat flew from the house and headed right at the dog, chasing it away and saving the young boy from the attack. Anyone who love animals know that they are capable of a wide range of emotions. I could tell you a few personal stories about my dogs, but that will take a whole hub. :) Thank you for sharing, voting up all the way.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on July 08, 2014:

moonlake this is the truest love that one can imagine. When I was a little girl our dog Trixie cried when her puppies were taken from her.

Thumbs up, UABI and shared.



CraftytotheCore on October 09, 2013:

I truly believe that animals can feel and have feelings for others. This is a beautiful Hub moonlake. When I adopted our pet pig, he was at a shelter in a make-shift outdoor pen with a dog house. Despite being dumped there by his humans, he bounced right back when we brought him home. I had no cats at the time I got him. But, that night while trying to figure out his routine, I was walking him around outside. (He was 60 pounds then and could be walked on a leash). There were coyotes in the woods behind my house. A cat ran up to me and in to my home through the back door. She was a stray cat I had seen around before. Well, it didn't take long for the two to bond. They rub noses. They used to sleep by the fire place. When Wilbur was smaller, he used to jump on the couch and lay down next to the family.

Soon afterward, we adopted another cat from a relative who could no longer care for him. The two cats would go to sleep in a clothes basket, and Wilbur would try to get in the basket to snuggle with them. :D

moonlake (author) from America on April 30, 2013:

Sneha Sunny, Your welcome. Thank you for stopping by.

Sneha Sunny from India on April 29, 2013:

Poor donkey. :( Very touching story!

Animals do feel have feelings and they love those around them. A very good example is our pets. Your pet gets very happy to see you back home from office. No matter whether its a dog or a cat or anything else. This is what you call feelings- love. Same is applicable among the different pets you own. They live together, play together-like best buds. So, of course they'll miss them if they're gone forever!

Thank you for sharing this beautiful story. :)

moonlake (author) from America on April 29, 2013:

Peggy W, Thank you for the pin and share. I know they love each other and when one is gone they miss them.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 29, 2013:

Hi moonlake,

Am happy to now be able to pin the photo of the donkey and horse. Such a heartwarming story! Our animals definitely feel things such as happiness, sadness and the like. Will also share.

moonlake (author) from America on April 18, 2013:

Deborah-Diane, Thank you and thanks for stopping by.

Deborah-Diane from Orange County, California on April 17, 2013:

We have owned many animals, and I know that they have feelings. This is a beautiful story!

moonlake (author) from America on March 31, 2013:

sgbrown, I think Doc does miss him he seems to be lonely when he's in the yard by himself. Thanks so much for stopping by and for the vote.

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on March 30, 2013:

Awe, such a sweet story! I do believe that animals can care about one another. Being an animals lover, I have read many stories such as this. This story breaks my heart a little as I'm sure the donkey misses his horse friend and I'm sure Doc misses Reno. Lovely hub. Voted up and beautiful! :)

moonlake (author) from America on March 02, 2013:

vespawoolf, Thank you so much for stopping by I appreciate it.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on March 01, 2013:

It's true that animals show love to one another. I read a story once about a cat and a dog who lived next door and took daily walks together. I love these stories, especially the one about your dog and cat. The wombat and kangaroo photos are adorable! Very moving--thank you for sharing.

moonlake (author) from America on February 22, 2013:

rajan jolly, Thanks for stopping by appreciate you leaving a comment.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on February 22, 2013:

These stories are so touching. I'm sure animals do have this type of attachment with those they love a lot.

moonlake (author) from America on January 03, 2013:

You did what you thought was best at the time for your dog. We have owned many pets through the years and there has often been things we have regretted and thought that we could have done better for them. We still miss all of them.

Thanks so much for stopping by, for the vote and for sharing.

Pamela Dapples from Arizona. on January 03, 2013:

I really enjoyed reading these three true vignettes you shared with us. I, too, believe it's important to let a companion animal know when their good buddy is dying or has died. They understand and it gives them a bit of closure. Now if only we humans could get a wee bit more closure. I was thinking again this morning about my sweet dog I gave away in 2006 because I thought our move back to Hawaii would be too much for her. (She would have had to be in quarantine for four months.) How stupid I was. I miss her still. She has a good home, though. I also have a couple animals I've loved and lost to death. Faith gets me through that -- although it doesn't take away 'missing' them. But somehow it's harder when they're still alive, walking the earth and you can't go get them.

Thank you for sharing these three stories with all of us. Voting up, awesome and sharing.

moonlake (author) from America on September 08, 2012:

Glenn Stok, Reno did have to be put down. I want to write a hub about him but just have not yet. Thank you so much for stopping by and for your comment.

moonlake (author) from America on September 08, 2012:

coffeegginmyrice, I also believe there's a place for animals in heaven. Thanks so much for stopping by. I really appreciate it.

Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on September 05, 2012:

I do definitely agree that animals have feelings just as humans do. Some more than others, or maybe just in different ways that we don't understand.

It's clear that dogs have a deep devotion to their owner and will show grief when their owner dies. Dogs will always display love and concern when they see another animal -- or a human being -- is ill. Your dog Reno is a good example of that, when your cat was old and dying.

The beginning of your story about the donkey and the horse was very touching. It goes to show that not only dogs have feelings.

If I understood correctly I think you said that Reno also had to be put down. I'm very sorry to hear of your loss. I am sure all your pets were wonderful loving creatures.

Marites Mabugat-Simbajon from Toronto, Ontario on September 04, 2012:

Oh, it is heart-wrenching but a really warm and beautiful story of love, friendship and companionship between animals. Made me cry. It is really touching of how their lives had brought each other together, then, one has to leave the other. I believe that animals have their special place in heaven and even would meet their owners. One day, they'll all meet and be happy again. I love this hub, sad but what lovely animals you have! The photos of the donkey and the horse, is very touching, as well as Doc. Would love to share this! Thank you, moonlake.

moonlake (author) from America on August 22, 2012:

Maria, Thanks so much for stopping by. Doc still will not use Reno's bed. Thanks for the votes and have a great evening.

moonlake (author) from America on August 22, 2012:

ignugent17, Glad you like it. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. I'm always happy to get comments on my hubs and thanks for the vote.

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on August 22, 2012:


The story of the horse and the donkey brought tears to my eyes, which remained as I read about the love between Reno and Spencer as well.

Thank you for sharing these stories of love. I believe the love of an animal can be some of the purest there is. Voted UP & UABI.

Hugs, Maria

ignugent17 on August 22, 2012:

Ohhhhhhhhhhh moonlake this is very touching. I could cry just thinking of the donkey putting half of his share. Thanks for letting us see that animals have feelings too. Voted up and more!

moonlake (author) from America on August 22, 2012:


Thank you for stopping by. I'm glad you liked it and it actually a true story. Thanks for the vote I appreciate it.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on August 22, 2012:

Of course animals have emotions! Look at the elephant and how heartbroken they get if one of their own is killed.

I read this Hub because I had read your Hub on HP taking it down. It is a beautiful Hub; I didn't read it before, but I sure like it now. Love your photo of the donkey and the horse.

Great Hub I voted it UP etc. and will share this beautiful story.

moonlake (author) from America on August 22, 2012:

shruti sheshadri, Thank you for stopping by and reading my hub. Animals are beautiful creatures. I think some animals love more than others. I appreciate your comment.

shruti sheshadri from Bangalore, India on August 22, 2012:

I agree... animals are beautiful creatures and they tend to empathize more than human beings in certain cases. The art of care and love should be definitely learnt by us from them.

A touching hub, Glad to read this :)

moonlake (author) from America on August 21, 2012:

Relationshipc, I remember a friend from long ago had two little dogs named Bourbon and Brandy. Bandy got sick and died and Bourbon passed away a month later. They believe he died from a broken heart. Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.

Kari on August 21, 2012:

That was a sweet story. I don't know who could possibly think that animals don't love, feel, remember, etc...I've seen the love between two animals first hand, as well. My border collie had a very hard time after her doberman friend died (best friend). She lost a lot of spunk after that, and she never regained it.

moonlake (author) from America on August 21, 2012:

Sueswan, I know I also think they know when animal is dying and may also know when a person is. Thanks so much for stopping by and for the vote.

Sueswan on August 21, 2012:

Hi Moonlake

My heart went out to to the donkey who lost his dear friend.

Animals do have feelings and are much more intuitive than some people give them credit for.

I remember when my sister's dog Delmore(lab/border collie mix) was sick. Winnie(beagle mix), her other dog stayed close by. I knew that Winnie knew that Delmore was dying.

Voted up and beautiful

moonlake (author) from America on August 20, 2012:

Nell Rose, Thank you for stopping by. It's a sad story sad that the horse had to die and the poor donkey missed him so much.

Nell Rose from England on August 20, 2012:

This was so beautiful, it made tears come to my eyes, yes I know that animals feel love, and loss. we have had loads of animals over the years and have seen some extraordinary things happen with them, lovely hub and sad too, nell

moonlake (author) from America on August 18, 2012:

ChristyWrites, Thank you glad you liked the story. Animals can do sweet things for each other. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on August 18, 2012:

Great story, and I love the photos too. So sweet!

moonlake (author) from America on August 12, 2012:

taazakhabar, Thank you for stopping by and reading my hub. Animals are for sure can love just like humans.

taazakhabar from New Delhi, India on August 12, 2012:

Loved your story and style of story telling. Love is the bond that binds all humans and animals alike.

moonlake (author) from America on June 16, 2012:

Angela Brummer, Thank you, so much for stopping by and reading my story. Thanks also for sharing.

Angela Brummer from Lincoln, Nebraska on June 16, 2012:

I love donkeys and horses! This is great and will be shared!

moonlake (author) from America on May 22, 2012:

alocsin, Thank you, glad you liked it. Thanks for stopping by and for the vote.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on May 22, 2012:

That's a very moving story. It shows that animals are capable of complex relationships. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

moonlake (author) from America on May 21, 2012:

tillsontitan, Thank you, I'm glad you liked the story. I appreciate you stopping by.

Mary Craig from New York on May 21, 2012:

This is a lovely story. Animals grieve just as people do. I had an aunt who had a chihauhau and they were very close. When my aunt died they had to put the dog to sleep because he kept looking for her and wouldn't let anyone near him! Voted this nice little story up.

moonlake (author) from America on May 19, 2012:

Peg, Thanks for stopping by. I know so many animals love each other. I think they miss their humans and their animal friends when they're gone. I had a friend that had two dogs Bourbon and Brandy. When Brandy died Bourbon followed a few weeks later. They think Bourbon died from heart break.

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on May 19, 2012:

Moonlake, Oh I'm so glad to see this one is up and running. I had to drop back by and reread this very touching story. Quite believable. My friend in Florida has a menagerie of animals including three dogs, a cat and a cockatiel. The bird actually lands on the floor near the German Shepherd and talks to her and tries to imitate the dogs when they bark.

moonlake (author) from America on May 17, 2012:

stars439, Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. I believe animals care for each other.

stars439 from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. on May 17, 2012:

Love you're hub. Animals definitely grow to care for one another. God Bless You.

moonlake (author) from America on May 17, 2012:

JamaGenee, I think animals know when other animals are sick. Our cat was very sick and the morning we had to put him down we put him on the rug in the kitchen. Our dog went over by him and laid his head on top of the cat. He had never done that before. It was so sad to see.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Joanna McKenna from Central Oklahoma on May 16, 2012:

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww (she says, wiping away tears). What a beautiful story, moonlake. Animals have feelings, so why wouldn't the donkey mourn the loss of his best friend? I'm guessing he "got" that the horse was sick, and may have thought putting the half bucket of feed on the grave might make his friend well again. How sweet...

moonlake (author) from America on May 15, 2012:

Derdru, Thanks for stopping by. Our dog is still not the same. He will miss Reno for awhile I think. Sorry about your Caliquina.

Derdriu on May 15, 2012:

Moonlake, What an endearing, lovely, loving tribute to the friendship between a donkey and a horse! Also, thank you for respecting reader input by including the exit poll. Yes, I've heard of similar instances, particularly involving horses and another animal. For example, all the great military and race horses have companion animals, though typically cats that often sleep on the horse's back.

My kitten Merlino grieved when the love of his life, Caliquina, was killed. He wouldn't eat for 2 or 3 days.

Respectfully, and with many thanks for caring and sharing, Derdriu

moonlake (author) from America on May 13, 2012:

katyzzz, Thank you, glad you enjoyed it. I love that video too.

katyzzz from Sydney, Australia on May 13, 2012:

Really, really beautiful hub and gorgeous video. Very moving.

moonlake (author) from America on May 09, 2012:

Peggy, Thank you, glad you stopped by. Our dog is mourning the loss of our Reno. He runs outside like he's lost wondering around the yard all by himself. I feel bad for him but we're not ready to get another dog. Thanks for the vote I appreciate it.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 09, 2012:

We have seen this in person. One of our dogs mourned right along with us when we lost our first dog, Kelly. It was pitiful. It finally helped when a puppy that had been abandoned was adopted by us. Our Kerri (who was a puppy and grew up with Kelly) mothered him (our new dog, Reggie) as if he was her own. It brought life back into our home and smiles again for everyone involved...both the two legged and four legged creatures. Your story is heartwarming. Voted up!

moonlake (author) from America on May 06, 2012:

Bob, It is a true story. Animals do mourn just like anyone else. Who knows why he thought he should take the horse food. Thanks for stopping by.

moonlake (author) from America on May 06, 2012:

PegCole17, Pets do love each other. Our dog runs outside hoping to see Reno. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.

diogenes from UK and Mexico on May 06, 2012:

Mmmm I am afraid this is taken with a pinch of salt, Great if true, though


Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on May 06, 2012:

What a beautiful story. It was sad but deeply meaningful. Animals do have feelings, thoughts and dreams. When we lost our dog Slick, his companion Buddy Lee mourned for months watching out the front window for his return. Every time we came home he would get excited then sad when Slick wasn't with us. Up and awesome!

moonlake (author) from America on May 05, 2012:

Feline Prophet, Thanks so much for stopping by. Life is truly beautiful.

Feline Prophet on May 05, 2012:

Makes you realise that all truly beautiful.

moonlake (author) from America on May 05, 2012:

Joyce, I'm sure he still is this happened not long ago. He very likely not over the horse and may never be.

Thanks for stopping by and for the vote.

Joyce Haragsim from Southern Nevada on May 05, 2012:

Wonderful story, I feel for the Donkey he must be very lonely.

Vote up beautiful and interesting, Joyce.

moonlake (author) from America on May 05, 2012:

Pamela99, Your right dogs often grieve for each other. Thank you, for stopping by and leaving a comment.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on May 05, 2012:

I think animals have feelings and this is a beautiful. I have seen dogs and cats grieve, so why not a donkey? I'm glad you shared this beautiful story.

moonlake (author) from America on May 05, 2012:

AliciaC, Thanks for stopping by. I do believe that.

My dog is kinda of being sad today we had to have his friend put down yesterday. We're also sad.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on May 05, 2012:

What a beautiful story, moonlake! I believe that animals can definitely feel love, too.

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