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I’m Jana Appleyard and I live with my donkeys and cats on Hvar island, Croatia where I teach yoga retreats and have a small B&B. I met my first donkey Pano in 2013. He and his friends have led me to discover even more about myself and our journey together has become part of my spiritual practice.

Check out “donkeys are great” very own facebook page, written by Pano himself!

1 week ago

Donkeys are great

Panos story .... It’s been a busy working week for me and Romeo , we had to take Jana’s rubbish to the bins . We had to walk kilometres in the harsh windy weather but we were brave and battled on with little to eat and when we passed the bar it was rush hour and there were many people and cars around We dreamt of the days when we did not have to work and rolled and played with our family in the hills . We managed to stop in a field on the way home for a quick bite to eat despite the torrential rain but we were so hungry we did not care how wet we became
Jana’s version.... for the second time this year I recruited Pano and Romeo to help me take a few bags of rubbish to the bins about 500 metres away. There was a little wind the journey took us some time as the boys had to sample every bit of green grass on the way. They were good at the bar as there were some people and cars, brave boys..On the return it began to rain but the boys were happy to stay in a grassy field for over an hour despite me saying do you want to go home now I’m cold ,while I ran around bringing things in and covering the hay from the rain
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4 weeks ago

Donkeys are great

We all had such a relaxing walk today 7 donkeys a horse ,cats and a dog!look how beautiful the light was #donkeysofinstagram #poniesofinstagram #catsofinstagram #dogsofinstagram #naturewalk #hvarisland #libertywalk ...

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2 months ago

Donkeys are great

To help with our fundraiser our lovely friends Emma and Paul created these limited edition t shirts and bags . Paul did the amazing drawing of me and Emma screen printed me individually on all the bags and t shirts made with amazing soft lightweight sustainable fabric
We couldn’t think of a better person to model with us than our friend Morena who is from our village but is studying to be a vet in Zagreb and is in her final year.. not only that but she is writing her thesis about donkeys!
100% of the proceeds go to our go fund me campaign. The t shirts and bags are limited edition and we have 5 t shirts in each size from Xs to XL
Hope you enjoy the photos! We all had a lovely morning ❤️
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2 months ago

Donkeys are great

Happy valentines to my lady love lily-rose ❤️🍎❤️. We have been together almost five and a half years and it was love at first sight . Although it’s a very cold day today with even our water icing up,Lily melts my heart everyday ❤️🍎❤️ ...

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2 months ago

Donkeys are great

Happiness is breakfast with friends on a sunny ☀️ morning #donkeysofinstagram #loveanimals #breakfast #hvarisland ...

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3 months ago

Donkeys are great

Excerpt from The diary of Pano.....
Friday... I overhear Jana whispering to Cindy and Raffaella... ‘there is only enough hay until Saturday and delivery not until Wednesday...’
Saturday.... we go out walking, I tell everyone to eat as much as they can en route
Sunday ...no hay , Jana is heard saying i remember I left 10 bales up at sveti Nikolai... we can get them tomorrow
Breakfast Sunday ..quite exciting it’s bowls of soaked alfalfa with carrots
Dinner Sunday, the same, I am pleased I won’t fade away from lack of food
Breakfast Monday , the same but added grain and dried bread . It’s yummy but jana says this is not appropriate for your daily diet...
Dinner Monday, still no hay. Apparently it’s vanished ...someone decided to take the 10 bales and ‘forgot’ to tell us
Jana raids the kitchen of everything green
Tuesday . Cindy and Jana brave the cold and take us out all day to eat. We receive a mini food bowl each for supper. It’s like a budget airline dinner. I dream of fields of grass that night
Wednesday..mini breakfast. Jana is heard taking on the phone ...11am hay delivery (phew!!)
We put zena on look out as she is tall enough to see when the van arrives
Noon Wednesday, we have hay for lunch . Yippee.
Thank you all for contributing to our go fund me campaign which helped us buy the hay and thank you to the brilliant delivery company ZANI TRANS for bringing the hay. Fantastic service ❤️❤️❤️
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3 months ago

Donkeys are great

Oscar and Tommy are always busy at work ...keeping guard over the hay and training zena for riding. Well done boys ❤️ #rescuecats #catsofinstagram #catsofcroatia #poniesofinstagram #hvarisland ...

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4 months ago

Donkeys are great

To add to my many talents i am also a very good predictor of the weather. Recently we have had lots of rain but randomly the rain can stop and the sky clears. This is an opportunity for Jana to run and remove our raincoats and say ‘don’t want you lot turning into a load of softies!’ However on 2 occasions this week I have being reluctant have my coat removed... ‘aww come on Pano’ says Jana ‘get a bit of air to your fur!’. So ,as I am good I go along with it without revealing my true reason. ....I know that the sun will vanish within the hour and we will all be wet.
After we all had a good soaking today Jana finally acknowledged my talent . ‘Ok Pano, guru of the weather prediction. I promise that next time you want to keep your jacket on i will let you because you know best!’
Forget ask Siri just ask Pano!
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4 months ago

Donkeys are great

Panos Christmas speech :
May every day be full of carrots 🥕 and apples 🍎 ,kisses on my velvety nose 💋.love and peace, carrots 🥕 erm ...more apples 🍏 . Love 💗
Oooooh just a minute... Lily is whispering something to me ‘ Go on Pano don’t forget to tell them about our campaign.....’
Oh yes our lovely friends have set up a go fund me campaign... www.gofundme.com/f/92y89j-save-janas-donkeys-this-winter?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link...
Please read through and if you can help us in any way it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you , Pano and family 💕
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4 months ago

Donkeys are great

It’s impossible to take a serious school photo without someone messing about 😂#donkeysofinstagram #loveanimals #lovenature #hvarisland ...

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5 months ago

Donkeys are great

Look at this wonderful photo of me and lily-rose! It was taken by our friend Yvan ❤️ Don’t we look like good donkeys?! However Jana told me I had to report to you that later that day we were all ‘monsters’ as she told us! Jana was away that day and Cindy was very kindly taking care of us... and because she knew the weather would change the next day she took us all for a walk. And we must confess that we were very naughty even Lily!! We ran everywhere and did not listen at all. Only Juliette was good. When Jana found out she said ‘it’s not fair when someone is kind to you to behave like that! ‘ and she went on to tell us that people were doing lots of nice things for us and we should be thankful that we are not tied to a tree all day like my mum lady Penelope!
We were very sorry after that and promised to behave better next time, I mean I can’t be perfect everyday 🤣🤣🤣
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5 months ago

Donkeys are great

This month has flown by so fast and now the days are shorter we have found it hard to fit everything into one day! I helped Jana take the olives she picked to my friend Ivos house. I was very good and patient because even though my bags are really cool if they are not balanced correctly they tip over and Jana was swearing a lot 😂 but we got there in the end. We had some lovely visitors, pictured are Romeo with his new friend Jan who is Swedish. Matilda got used to wearing her winter coat( it’s not cold yet but we thought she should practice) and we gave also had lots of wonderful walks high up in the woods. It’s all good practice for us when we have guests (fingers crossed) next year and keeps us all very fit. Let us know what you have been doing this month! Kisses from Pano and family xxx ...

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6 months ago

Donkeys are great

Beautiful music! pano, lily, Lula, paca and Romeo ! #donkeysofinstagram #amazingmusic #hvar #loveanimals ...

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6 months ago

Donkeys are great

It was back to school for us donkeys and Zena this week as Jana said ‘ok you permanently on holiday gang it’s not so hot in the day now so I can get you out in pairs and small groups to do a bit of marching down the street without strolling and eating !’
Now this is not as easy as it looks because now all the green grass is beginning to show it’s head and we love it! But it’s not the best thing for donkeys and even Zena to eat too much of ( don’t tell her I told you but she gets very bloated if she eats too much and then will never fulfill her supermodel dreams 😱)
Of course me ‘super good’ Pano was teamed with Zena and thanks to me we did a decent walk down the road and even managed a trot back and as you can see we even managed to grab a few greens 🥬 on route !
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7 months ago

Donkeys are great

We spent world animal day enjoying a great day out in the woods and on our way home tried out our best catwalk skills! We were so proud as we continued this pace all the way down the steep hill instead of running as we often do! Great team work! So proud of my team
#libertytraining #donkeysofinstagram #poniesofinstagram #naturelovers #hvarisland #worldanimalday
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7 months ago

Donkeys are great

We have had some great help these weeks while Jana is recovering from her broken wrist. Cindy has brought all the hay bales up to us and carried all the water💪Jana has maintained the glamorous job of poop 💩 collecting with one arm and then we have new and old friends help to walk us. We have our lovely friend Lena ❤️who I have known since I was a baby! Lena is now almost 16 and we love walking with her as she knows us all so well. We get to see her on weekends as she is at school on the mainland in the week now. Our new friend is Zorana 😍and she comes after work to walk with us and it hasn’t taken her long to work out our cheeky tricks. Luckily Romeo has charmed her into getting us extra carob treats from the trees😆 . Thank you lovely ladies for all your help ❤️❤️❤️❤️ ...

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