Story submitted from Lucky A Ranch.
I had met Dianne a few years back, when we had rescued a mule. I had invited her to come check out the rescue. She came, I introduced her to everyone, it took her a while to get comfortable with all the residents. She came back nearly everyday and helped me clean pens, water, take care of the injured etc...
February 2020, my life changed forever. One day I was fine, the next I started hurting, a few days later I couldn't move. It took a few month to find out I had Scleroderma, an autoimmune desease that will never go away. We live in the White Mountains of Az, where the winters can be very frigid.
Dianne was there for me thru the toughest days, she never gave up on me and helped with every chore. To tell you how bad it was, I couldn't even carry a flake of hay. I was crippled. Dianne even took me to the doctors since I couldn't drive. It was awful but I never gave up. Eventually we got it under control and I became myself again... sort of.
Dianne doesn't like snow and wasn't crazy about working in the rain either but she never gave up on me and was there for me thru rain, snow, wind and all. She has been my only volunteer who came back more than twice. Volunteers are hard to find and Dianne proved to be life saving to me. Thanks to Dianne, I didn't have to give up on my rescue and she kept me going.
Since then my disease has been under control and we moved to a warmer climate. Sadly Dianne lives too far to volunteer but we have stayed in touch.
"We are a non profit 501 (c)(3) donkey and mule rescue and sanctuary located in Arizona. Family run, mama, daughters and 1 very dedicated volunteer, we help donkeys and mules from bad situations."