GOD, Jesus Christ and his angels spared my life in what can only be called a miracle.
The spring of 2010 I survived a life threatening motor vehicle accident, a large farm truck I call it a (semi-truck hit) full of cow manure slammed into the passenger door of the vehicle I was sitting in. Sadly, the driver of the small truck I was riding in ran a stop sign, leaving me with a life long disability in a matter of seconds. Before the accident I was trail riding three times a week for 4 hours, I was happy and physically fit.
This disability has left me with the inability to have any core strength. This is a challenge for sure when trying to ride or do anything physical. I suffer from rib spasms, back, pelvis and my feet go numb. Still I am blessed to be here and write to you. GOD is amazing as my husband and me started theDonkey Whisperer Farm ®the summer of 2013.
I was flown by emergency helicopter to Critical Care Hospital in Seattle, WA with life threatening injuries; I remember praying and asking GOD to let me live, I was scared I would die. My injuries can only be called a miracle from God to be alive, God is great, God creates miracles and I am living proof of his great work.
Three surgeries and blood transfusions in two days as I was dying
Grade V kidney Tear– Stint Installed and removed, very painful procedure. Grade 5: Shattered or devascularized kidney, ureteropelvic avulsions, complete laceration or thrombus of the main renal artery or vein.
Pelvic bone shattered three large screws surgically installed as the surgeon told my husband he could bend my pelvis up together like a banana.
Things I am grateful for:
I am most grateful to God for his love, strength, mercy and miracle to save my life and provide mewith the opportunity to recover, the strength to endure this pain. I am very grateful to my husband Scott! The team of doctors and nurses that worked on me as they saved my life. Several surgeons told me I am a miracle and blessed to be alive. One doctor asked me if I believed in God and I quickly told him about deep faith in Jesus Christ. I was in intensive care for at least 7 days and the hospital for 12 days. Finally I could go home but once I got home my life was no longer the same as I had no ability to do anything without help and twenty-four hour care in our home not set-up for a person in a wheel chair. Please understand I demanded to go home and with this decision took more work. My husband Scott drove me to Seattle four times a week.
I am grateful to all of the people in my life that helped with our farm, my husband and a close girl friend and her close friend stayed with me day and night in the hospital taking shifts to never leave me alone in the hospital. Food was brought into our home, prayers, cards, calls, text messages, flowers, balloons and so many visits and prayers. In the middle of trauma God created a unique support system for us one only GOD could create.
I was unable to put any weight on my right leg or walk confined to the wheelchair for almost three months I slept in a lazy boy chair with pillows propping me up for at least four months and then the hard work began, physical therapy moving from the wheel chair to the walker, from the walker to the cane and then finally I could walk on my own. I am grateful for my relationship with Jesus Christ as I do not believe I could have physically taken the pain without Jesus holding my right hand. I attended physical therapy three days a week for three years. I wore my equine riding gloves to lift weights. Never Give Up! Today my physical therapy is the farm. The body was made to keep moving. The only problem is when we have a disability we must rest and get up and try again. Never give up, never.
It is my hope that sharing this event will help you believe in Jesus Christ our savior for all things. I have a gorgeous sign in my home a gift given to me by my close friend “Expect Miracles.” I believe that nothing is too big for our God nothing…. This is my testimony for Jesus Christ and his mercy and grace. The car accident has left me with pain and a life long physical disability. Disability is real. Some disabilities cannot be seen quickly, all disabilities are real. I have learned to enjoy my life disabled. Some days are better than others. Each day is a gift from GOD as life is fragile and precious.
Miniature donkeys cannot defend themselves from the predator and some older and slower donkeys standard and mammoth cannot. A cougar or wolf is a serious threat.
We love living on our farm theDonkey Whisperer Farm. Every blessing is from GOD in Jesus Christ name,we thank GOD every day for this farm. Dogs are a huge part of keeping our farm working to live in peace and harmony. Predators will destroy your farm. If you are looking for a livestock guarding dog we highly recommendMarble Peaks Anatolian and Shepherd Rest Anatolian breeders.
Please remember the Anatolian dog is not for the beginner dog owner. This breed requires a fair human leader, a fence and is a self-thinker. This breed is not for the beginner dog owner. Large fenced farms are a requirement as these dogs love to bark, run and dig!
The Anatolian is a serious dog, built to remove predators from the farm. It is our belief all animals require clean water, fences and shelter to get out of the elements. A vet is required for all animals just like people need to see a doctor. Common sense is vital to the health of your farm animals and the farm you manage. Please do your homework before making the decision to bring the Anatolian into your life. These dogs do not enjoy change, they need a fair leader just like the donkey.
Thank you for visiting our blog!
Scott & Melody Johnson,
Owner Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC
Melody & Scott Johnson, Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC
2017 is our year! This has been a long process of praying, planning and waiting for the exact right time.
Things To Consider Before You Start To Build
Marrigage – Did you plan your dreams with your partner? If not things could get rocky. Marriage is a give and take each must learn to let go. ReadHow to stay married while building.
Land – Will you purchase the land or use your builders land? If you use the builders land the builder may or may not want you to use their builder and cookie cutter plans. These plans will not be your custom plans.Do your homework, easements, wetlands, etc., are important before purchasing land with nothing on it.
Working with an architect is not always easy. Just like everything in life you must do some work if your goal is excellence. Interview and research to find the right architect who is willing listen to you, build your home not their creative project. This is your money. Try to find an architect that actually has experienced building a home from beginning to end. Some never get out of the office.
Learning to read the house drawings. Ask you architect before you start paying and working with him/her to teach you how to read the drawings. This seems to get lost in the middle of the storm of creating the house.
Read your contract
The builder must follow the contract i.e., you asked for a certain size (material) of window, door this must be installed. No cheap stuff can be exchanged without your signature on the contract.
Change orders is a NO, NO. Do not do re-work, make sure all of your house is in 3D to walk around inside your home before signing off on the house. This will save you tears and money. When you have a great builder everything is wonderful. Let the experts take care of your home the first time correctly. The cost to do re-work is too expensive both financially and emotionally.
Live on your land for at least one to two years. Why? Neighbors, noise, weather helps determine where you want to place your home. We lived on our land for two years before construction started, this has been an invaluable experience in determining where to place the home on our farm.
Do your homework before purchasing your land, easements, wetlands, etc., are important before purchasing land with nothing on it.
The most important person to hire is your builder. Meet people who have used the builder, ask to walk in and see their work. A good builder will have references. Interview at least three builders in your area.
Finally it’s time to build. Make sure your builders contract reflects you do not want garbage left on your property, loud music blasting, cigarets, food thrown about. Write this on the contract.Install video surveillance! Be sure to keep outstanding records and an outstanding budget. Did you know you will pay tax for building your home? Yes!
Did you know building a home is stressful? Yes! Dreams and reality sometimes do not match depending on your pocket-book. The computer is your friend for design ideas and it’s free. Use this tool save yourself money with a fancy designer. Be sure to send photos to your builder.
Are you frustrated trying to find a halter to fit your donkey?
Select our store to order in stock colors and our measurements will fit any mini or standard size donkeys head. Lead lines come with each halter. 6ft for mini donkeys and 9ft for Standard donkeys.
The Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC sells mini, standard and Mammoth donkey rope halters with matching lead lines world-wide.
Our mini and standard donkey halters are adjustable meaning they will fit a mini or standard donkey from four months to full grown.
Are you looking for a Special Order?
We are happy to send you the template to measure your donkey and build a custom fitting donkey halter for you. Please remember mini donkeys are not full-grown until three years old. Select from 19 colors of yacht rope. Our contractors work in the U.S.A.
Free shipping in the U.S.A. with a Lifetime Warranty. Yacht rope will never mold. Dirty? Wash in a bucket of warm soapy water and let dry.
Please never leave any halter on your donkey, horse or mule while not in attendance. Do you have a equine difficult to catch? The Donkey Whisperer Farm teaches the owner how to train the equine to catch you!
GOD Bless You And Your Family Two And Four-Legged!
I love the beginning of the new year as this is a time to reflect on our past dreams and goals. Thank GOD for all of our blessings. Plan for the new year projects and goals as some dreams were planned years ahead and now they are ready to be born. Living on a farm teaches life has seasons.
Spring, summer, fall and winter:
All of these seasons are very important for the farm crops to grow. Just like the farm has seasons so do people.
Time management is important as our world is spinning faster and faster each and every day.
The difference in completing goals and not is making a plan, asking experts for help. Education is a life long process, the mind needs to continue learning to stay strong. I enjoy teaching just as much as I enjoy learning. No one can do everything without help, sometimes it is hard to ask for help. We all need one another to make the world a better place. I enjoy training the owner to train the donkey. Why? Donkeys are smart not stubborn. The donkey is always looking for a leader who is fair. Never for a bully or abuser.
We pray, wait and work hard for everything we do. Patience is very important while waiting depending on the issue and our personality this can be easy or difficult. This I know for sure. If I do not pray, prepare and plan nothing will change. I want to try to make a difference in this great big world.
Training Donkeys Takes Having A Plan:
Donkeys are smart not stubborn!
Donkeys look over a human in a matter of seconds and before you know it the donkey has trained the human to do exactly what the donkey wants.
The donkey will not engage at all!
The donkey places humans in one of three categories in a matter of seconds:
Did I tell you Donkeys are Smart!
Did You Know Your Donkey Has A Personality?
The personality of your donkey can be the same as your personality or not. Makes no difference as training the donkey successfully depends on you the owner learning how to have a plan and control your emotions. Match the energy and personality that shows up on your farm. Never drill your donkey, stay ON DONKEY TIME kinda like beach time.
After surviving a life threatening motor vehicle accident I was stuck in bed and a chair for most of three years. I attended physical therapy for three years, two and three times a week. I wore my horse riding gloves to the gym when I lifted weights so I could see myself riding again. People are visual learners too! Select GOD Created A Miracle For Meto read about my journey.
Mind Over Pain And Sorrow:
I had a choice to give up or trust GOD!
My husband of twenty-four years made the choice to keep our little farm and not give up. He is an amazing man.
My husband gave me audio of the bible to listen to when I was not strong enough to lift the bible and read it. Select Audio bible.
Our marriage grew stronger not weaker during this time of pain and suffering.
I learned to not worry about the little things. Pay attention to the good things in life. The news, social media is geared to negative attention. I refused to put any negative information in my head. The pain was constant and this in itself was enough negative energy.
Love Life. Share love, I learned to Blog and I gave free donkey training lessons to people who owned donkeys all over the world. I wanted to continue to use my brain and help others. This is something the bible teaches us. Stop thinking about ourselves and help others. Not easy to do in the beginning but the more you do it the better you feel.
Stop feeling bad about everything I failed at. Let it go! Look forward as GOD gave us eyes in the front of our head for a reason. Learn from our past mistakes but move on!
Meet people, rejoice, laugh, smile and understand that I am lucky. Many people had it much harder than me.
Live my life with a gratefulattitude. Surround myself with positive people and energy.
Dream! Never stop dreaming it is never to late to live your life with passion.
GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!
The photo above was drawn specifically for Melody Johnson to provide promotional education to save the life of donkeys. Sadly a donkey who has no training is at risk for sales, auction and slaughter. Please share this blog post as you could be saving a donkey’s life. A big thank you to Jeff Elison, you can find his christian drawings on facebook.
Donkey Whisperer Farm is proud to announce Donkey 101 Online Training Video Course, the first in a series of online training courses by Trainer Melody Johnson.
Donkey 101 teaches the fundamentals of resistance-free, natural training for you and your donkey. Donkey 101 offers a holistic training approach that includes insight and guidance into donkey psychology, emotion and behavior. Donkey 101 focuses on unique and proven techniques that train you, the owner, to train your donkey so you and your donkey enjoy a balanced, positive and rewarding relationship.
Donkey 101 includes 19 instructional videos and a PDF highlighting the vital aspects of donkey training for just $59.99. Videos include such topics as, building trust, staying on donkey time, teaching your donkey to catch you, introverts vs extroverts, teaching your donkey “walk-on and “whoa”.