April 24th 2011 12:39 pm
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Are you all having a pawtastic Easter weekend? I got a catnip mouse from the Bunny and Mietzi got Peeps that don't peep.
I just realized that the title of my diary is “Timo’s Tall Tales”. So I better tell you some tales. Grandma and Grandpa live in Germany and here is a tale about a horse from a newspaper clipping that they sent over. (yes, I will also tell you cat and dog tales in the future)
Zorro is a very special horse. Zorro will celebrate his 25th annifursary on the job in July. He is probably the oldest horse in the city of Bremen. He is at least 36 years old and maybe as old as 40 years. For a horse that is very, very old. If a horse is in his 20s he is considered stone old.
Where does Zorro work? He works at a special project. A nonprofit farm on the outskirts of Bremen, which is dedicated to city kids. Kids from different nationalities learn how to play with each other, they learn about responsibilities and how to take care of animals and also how to ride a horse. There are also three donkeys, two goats and a cat on the farm.
Zorro was the very first horse at the project and over the last 25 years he taught several hundred kids how to ride a horse. He still goes on short rides now but he can’t carry a rider anymore on account of his age. Time did leave his mark on Zorro. He has arthritis, he has no teeth left and he gets heart medication. But otherwise he is doing so great that he is kept in an open stable all year round (winters in that part of Germany are not as cold as in Iowa). He does get a nice blanket in the winter. Zorro is on a special diet, including oil and malt beer (mmmh yum). Zorro has always been a very special horse. He has an even temperament, is very patient with the new riders and even the vet visiting doesn’t make him loose his cool.
His 25th annifursary will be on July 11th and every worker on the farm will come and shake his hoof in appreciation of his work for the project. Zorro hopes that many former workers and also kids that he taught to ride will show up for his special day. Congratulations Zorro. Job well done. Thank you for teaching kids about treating animals kindly.
Purrscript: many workers in Germany get a Golden Watch for their 25th anniversary. I wonder if Zorro will get one too.
copycatrights: freely retold after a story in the Weser-Kurier from April 6, 2011. Author of original story: Ilja Mertens
BEER !!!!! thatz why him haz lived a full N happee life ta de age oh 36....
yeowzer hiz storree iz pawsum two...it be like WAY kewl if ALL de kids he helped could be there for hiz annie fursary as well !!!
prob ablee wood be like a line az long frum germany ta iowa huh !!
kewl storee buddy :0 peace out N rock on
Hi Dude Kitteh,
yes, I think that would be a long line of kids, stretching all the way across the ocean. I've been wondering about that beer. Maybe that's better than my niptea. Mom says no, it's not. Mom doesn't have any beer for me to try. Bummer. We love animal stories, especially happy ones.