Edmund Pedro Pickle Chin Big Head Ed Elwood
Edmund is Evermay Farm's poster child. He was the first of our critters to call Evermay home. Edmund was an unwanted donkey who spent his days tied to a tree by his previous owner in attempt to control his high anxiety. He had been moved from farm to farm due to his bad habit of chasing other farm animals relentlessly.
Evermay turned out to be the perfect setting for this anxious donkey, being he was the first of many to call Evermay home. We were able to introduce each new critter to him slowly and found that this was a necessary step. It wasn't without incident, patience and compassion were key.
Edmund, although more relaxed (and spoiled ) still isn't completely stranger friendly. An apple or ginger cookie usually helps persuade him however. Edmund is a vocal guy who announces the arrival of anyone venturing up the drive. He is animated with his big personality and loves attention by his caregivers.
It took months of working with Edmund every day to finally get him to trust enough to relax and shed some of his anxiety. During a those long days spent together founder Susan Elwood gave him nicknames for different reasons.
Edmund's full name is Edmund Pedro Pickle Chin Big Head Ed Elwood. You can learn how he got his names in the picture book Susan was inspired to write titled "Edmund Pickle Chin, A Donkey Rescue Story," in order to teach children respect toward animals and that with patience and compassion anything is possible.
*Edmund Pickle Chin, A Donkey Rescue Story is illustrated by Lynne Bendoly and co authored with Clara Bowman -Jahn.
Our hearts are broken here at Evermay, Edmund was diagnosed with mouth /jaw cancer in March 2017. His ability to eat was compromised, Edmund was suffering and was humanely euthanized on April 4, 2017 .
Susan's open letter to Edmund is shared below:
My Dearest Edmund,
Who would have ever guessed the profound impact you, a grey, long fuzzy eared, pickled chinned donkey would have had on my life.
There are so many things, so many lessons learned, that because of you, I am a better me.
You were an amazing teacher and you gave me so many gifts, of knowledge and new ways of thinking, patience and determination. As you grew and changed from a shy, anxious soul, I grew with you. You showed me that anything really is possible.
It's because of you that two of my biggest "bucket list items," became reality and for this I am eternally grateful.
When you came into my life, my childhood dream of writing a book unfolded before me and my dream of an animal rescue was started. You are not only the face of this sanctuary, you my love, were the personality of it.
It was the utmost honor being your guardian. You my sweet boy, were just as much mine, as I was yours.
As hard as it was to let you go, you made it all so incredibly beautiful, you gave me the time I needed with you, a head hug, a nuzzle and like a gentleman, so stoic and majestic you left us at Evermay. I trust you will keep watch over your animals friends and humans here on the farm, you'll just be waiting at a different gate.
You are missed and will be everyday.
The day you left, you took a piece of me with you.
I love you.