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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.

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2 weeks 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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3 weeks 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 weeks 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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1 month 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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2 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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2 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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2 months ago

Donkeys are great

thank you Amanda and Chris for rescuing these dogs..... if anyone would love to take on these two sweet dogs please let them know xxx ...

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3 months ago

Donkeys are great

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

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3 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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4 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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4 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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5 months ago

Donkeys are great

Last week Jana fell over on a small stone and unfortunately landed badly and broke her wrist..’oh Pano ‘ she said ‘all the daring things we all do and I break my wrist falling over a tiny stone!’ We were quite worried when Jana did not return all day so decided to escape our field and look for her. We soon forgot about Jana when we realised all the figs were on the trees and made it our mission to escape 3 more times 😂😂😂 which wasn’t really fair on Jana as she only had one arm to haul us home 😂. We only got told off a little bit as Jana said ’ I may have only one arm in use for a while as well of lots of other uncertain things in my life right now but I will always have you and to the rest of our furry gang to put a smile on my face! ‘
If anyone on hvar would love to give Jana a hand 🖐😂 helping us on walks the next couple of weeks please contact us . Jana could certainly do with a bit of help. All you need is a bit of patience a sense of humour and an appreciation of enjoying the peace of nature.xxx
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5 months ago

Donkeys are great

Residents and visitors to hvar island beware ! A notorious gang have been posing as officers 👮‍♂️ of the law and preventing drivers passing until they surrender any apples 🍎 or bananas 🍌 they may be carrying with them. Be warned this gang are extremely fluffy cute and persuasive!! 😂 ...

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5 months ago

Donkeys are great

Even on a quiet island in the middle of the woods we still get to experience traffic problems....😂 #donkeysofinstagram #poniesofinstagram #naturelovers #hvar ...

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5 months ago

Donkeys are great

Yesterday was Pacas birthday she is now 2 years old and is Juliettes first daughter .Paca got her name because she is so very fluffy like an alpaca! Usually in the summer we all get a short coat but last summer Paca stayed fluffy... this summer though we have managed to get her slightly de fluffed... that’s because Jana has been brushing her every day! Paca loves to be brushed we think she would let Jana brush her all day if she could...We hope you all enjoy some of Pacas photo album ❤️ ...

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6 months ago

Donkeys are great

There is nothing more magical and soothing than walking with my gang out in the woods. Some people want to walk with us but are impatient and only want to walk fast but the joy is in the peace. Sometimes we stroll and sometimes we pick up pace there is no plan,.no goal. There is nothing better. #donkeysofinstagram #poniesofinstagram #walkinginthewoods #meditation #hvar #bestthingtodo ...

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6 months ago

Donkeys are great

This morning we had an unexpected guest come to stay.... a tortoise! It was in the lane next to our house. ‘ my goodness !’ said Jana ‘where did you come from?! ‘
We contacted out friend Ivana who is a bit of a tortoise expert and she advised us how to take care of the tortoise and then Jana introduced mr or mrs tortoise to us. For some reason Zena was a little afraid ! But little Matilda was not 😂
If you have lost a tortoise here in dol please let us know and if not we are happy to keep he or she here with us.
Are tortoises like us though and need a companion? Please let us know!!
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6 months ago

Donkeys are great

I haven’t written anything in a while as we are struggling to get some good internet at the moment on top of lots of other paperwork I must help Jana with ...but hopefully soon it will all be sorted .
But one thing we would all love to say today is THANK YOU 🙏 to all our wonderful Facebook friends for all your love and support recently with kind words and donations for our hay recently. We had donations from all over the world from people we have never met as well as people we know. Donkeys sure bring people together! All you need is love, hugs and some long donkey ears to make the world a better place. Here I am with my friend Raffaella who came over from Italy last week to spend some time with me and my family ❤️❤️❤️
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7 months ago

Donkeys are great

Today we pay tribute to the amazing Italian composer Ennio Morricone who passed away today at 91 years old. He composed so many soundtracks for many movies including of course spaghetti westerns our favourites!
We had such fun tonight making videos as out tribute to Ennio so we have our one here and a different one on our Instagram page yoga.donkeys.cats.and.more
We hope you enjoy them!
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7 months ago

Donkeys are great

Two heads are better than one....
Dear friends, we currently like many people are experiencing the repercussions of the past months. Now we have found out that this year has been also bad for the hay,the yield is down by almost 90% this means that there is little hay available and the price is at premium . We must get our hay from the mainland so we also have expensive delivery costs. We are trying to buy as much hay as we can now because it is unlikely there will be any more available until next spring. Jana is walking us out everyday so we can at least eat something but soon everything will be very dry. Romeo and me had a meeting and decided to make a little appeal to help us cover some of our donkey family’s expenses. Please message us if you can make a small contribution ,every little amount helps. Donkey kisses from me Pano , Romeo and the rest of our family ❤️❤️
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