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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!

2 days ago

Donkeys are great

We had the most beautiful walk with some new friends from Germany . It was Silvias birthday and her husband and his friend had arranged for a surprise walk with us up in the hills as Silvia loves donkeys . As you can see even a bottle of Prosecco was brought up the hill! I think lily- rose and Juliette fancied a glass ! We saw all the lavender too . It was a great day ❤️ ...

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3 weeks ago

Donkeys are great

This weekend we celebrated Zena pony’s 6th birthday! We began on Friday with a very big walk and we didn’t arrive home until 9pm which was lovely as it’s so hot in the daytime now . On Saturday which was zenas actual birthday we stayed home and relaxed and had our birthday music playlist which is a bit of a tradition for all our birthdays . From April we begin our birthdays .. lily and Matilda have April birthdays , we have given Romeo a may birthday as we don’t know when he was born , Zena has June , I have July ( don’t forget everyone! ) Paca is august and early September we are going to give Juliette a birthday as we don’t know when she was born either and we will finish with Lula who was born the end of September . ...

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4 weeks ago

Donkeys are great

Thank you to all our lovely visitors the past month . We love to meet new people and it makes us so happy that people are actively seeking to visit animals that are not tied up and living a nice life with exercise , stimulation and socialisation.
Thank you for all the donations which help us to buy hay and of course all the 🥕 🍏❤️
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1 month ago

Donkeys are great

This is a very well put together animation about something that is really happening today . Please watch and share ...

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1 month ago

Donkeys are great

Ok…even though it’s about Zena that pony not me handsome Pano 😍 I thought you might like to see Zena in her new commercial wearing her beautiful disco halter made by lovely Debbie at horse leads 🥰 but for all of you who need a donkey fix we will be modelling ours soon ! ...

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2 months ago

Donkeys are great

Don’t forgot to take some time to relax on this 1 may holiday
Here I am with Juliette and her daughter Matilda enjoying the sunny weather
Thank you to our lovely friend Tina who visits us every time she comes to the island for the beautiful photo 😻
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3 months ago

Donkeys are great

Today we celebrated lily-roses 7th birthday ! We all decided to stay in and relax in the sun. We had carrot 🥕 treats and played all our favourite songs. We had a lovely day ❤️ ❤️❤️❤️ ...

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3 months ago

Donkeys are great

Our dear friends on Crete in Greece doing such great rescue work ❤️❤️🙀 ...

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3 months ago

Donkeys are great

Today we celebrated Matilda’s second birthday . When her mummy Juliette was very pregnant with her Juliette ran away from where she was living at the top of the island along with Romeo and Paca and came to us because she wanted Matilda to be born at our house and live with us forever ( clever Juliette!❤️)
Although it wasn’t too cold today, every now and then it would rain so we decided not to go out walking and stay home and play games . Later in the afternoon the sun appeared and Jana decided to take off Matilda , Paca and Romeos jackets ( they sometimes wear them when the rest of us don’t )
Half an hour later very unexpectedly came a clap of thunder and then ice fell from the sky ! And it didn’t stop! Soon everything including us was covered in icy white ❄️ We were quite surprised and all stood still like frozen statues ! Jana had to run down to the bottom field to get us saying” I am so sorry you don’t have your jackets on “! But we were all ok and we went into our little barn and had lots of extra hay that Jana had put out for our supper to keep us warm with full tummies for the night
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4 months ago

Donkeys are great

Today is the day for the girls 💪! Romeo and me would like to wish our lovely ladies ‘ happy international woman’s day ‘ and of course we are sending donkey kisses and cuddles to all
you amazing strong women all over the world
Here’s some photos of our great leader lily rose with her team Juliette , Lula , Paca, Matilda and Zena pony xxxx
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5 months ago

Donkeys are great

Earlier this week the weather was very cold and Jana put our jackets on before bed . ‘It might be windy tonight’ she told us ‘and even go to 0 degrees !’Brrrr I thought that’s very cold for a Mediterranean boy like me . In the morning our water was frozen but then the sun came out and warmed everything up. Jana began to remove all our jackets as we were eating breakfast but I wouldn’t let her take mine off . ‘Pano !’She laughed ‘It’s warming up now don’t be a softie, we are going out walking later and look at the beautiful sun ‘..
I wasn’t convinced, I mean she comes out with wet hair some days and sometimes doesn’t even wear slippers and as a man from a warm country where you should never be seen without your vest on let alone go out with wet hair I thought I should at least wait a few hours. I have to confess I was quite happy to remove my jacket when she returned to take us out but I didn’t tell her !!
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5 months ago

Donkeys are great

Did you know that donkeys are very good at jumping ! In fact they are very athletic indeed ❤️ here is sweet Paca demonstrating her jumping skills
#donkeysofinstagram #showjumping #hvarisland #loveanimals
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6 months ago

Donkeys are great

Today in Croatia is sveti Stjepan day ( st Stephen ) and we have been informed that’s it’s traditional to ride a horse ! Oscar is already saddled up and ready to go , horse or donkey no problem for him ! ...

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6 months ago

Donkeys are great

In our family everyone goes out walking ! #donkeysofinstagram #poniesofinstagram #catsofinstagram #dogsofinstagram #rescueisbest #adoptdontshop #blindcat #naturewalks #hvarisland ...

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7 months ago

Donkeys are great

Beautiful ❤️❤️❤️ ...

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7 months ago

Donkeys are great

Does anyone on the island have any old metal gates sitting around in their garden that they no longer use ? Jana is trying to replace all our broken fences and gates with metal ones as then they don’t swell in the rain and break and also because we chew the wood !
“Anyone would think you never get fed !” Jana said to us .I tried to put the blame on Zena the pony because she’s obsessed with eating but then Jana caught Juliette and me nibbling … oops!! Now she’s put Tommy the cat on gate patrol!
Please message us if you have any old metal gates that you don’t need or use , even if they are broken we can put them to some use . Thank you ❤️
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8 months ago

Donkeys are great

Yum yum yum !! Going for walks and eating the best of nature’s menu. Listen with the volume on 😹
#donkeysofinstagram #hvarisland # naturewalks #naturesmenu
#naturesmagic
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8 months ago

Donkeys are great

As most of you know it’s always very important to have a donkey supervising any jobs that need done and I especially feel it’s very important for the girls to feel that they can join in with our manly building activities …..,,
Oh my goodness it’s me lily-rose taking over panos page !!! If you look at these photos closely you will notice neither Pano or Romeo appear in any of our building photos !! The only thing you can see is Romeos bottom as he eats a bush !!
We would like to thank Janet and Toni ( the only man working that day !!) from Australia who very professionally helped all us girls fix all our new fences and gates while Pano and Romeo vanished 😹😹😹😹
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8 months ago

Donkeys are great

Today we modelled our new fly masks , don’t we look super ! Jana was tired of repairing the holes in our old ones and as we had a some money left in our savings account she decided to buy us some new ones . However the special donkey wear shop is in the uk and now due to “this bl**##y brexit thing” as Jana calls it ,the shop cannot afford to send things to Europe. Luckily we had made some new friends who came walking with us recently Bibi, Arlo and their parents Ellora and Jason who live in uk and when Ellora was visiting again she asked us if we needed anything from the uk ! Great timing ! We also got a new rain jacket and some wormer paste that we don’t mind taking as jana hides it in toasted jam sandwiches 🥪 😹. Thank you to Bibi and Arlo who helped their mum pack and suggested that if it wouldn’t fit in her suitcase she could always wear everything and pretend she was a donkey 😹😹😹 ...

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9 months ago

Donkeys are great

We are officially all a big family !!! We are now going to be all together forever ❤️❤️❤️❤️
Thank you to everyone for following our page here on Facebook donkeys are great and on Instagram yoga.donkeys.cats.and.more .
All your kind words of support and for all the donations recently to help us by food and more recently to buy Romeo, Juliette, Matilda and Paca
We believe in kindness towards all animals , freedom and good care .
Here and everywhere all over the world animals are used for tourism at family farms and restaurants but not all of them are treated well. Often they are tied up and never get to be free or have shelter when the tourists have even left for the night . How sad for these animals who have no freedom or exercise
Many donkeys are alone which is so sad
We are working to show visitors that this must change and the good thing is that tourists now are looking to visit donkeys who are cared for and have freedom . They are noticing now all the places where the donkeys are tied and are bred each year just to show a cute baby but the animals are clearly not cared for often not even given much water in the hot summer months
We receive no help from the tourist board or from anything else here as Jana is not Croatian and can not register as a family farm . Sadly it’s many of these places that are exploiting their donkeys and other animals
But the important thing is we are happy and loved and slowly and surely things will change .
Love from Pano ,Lily -rose, Lula, Paca, Romeo, Juliette,Matilda and of course our Pony friend Zena ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
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