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Journey of a Spotted Mule
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Journey of a Spotted Mule

In March of 2010, I took a trailer ride that would change my life. Well, another one. Just a few months prior I’d taken one from what folks call a kill pen to a safe location. It was one of four new barns I’d find myself in over the course of the next few years, and I was so happy to be there. I’d never really let on much because my emotions didn’t seem to mean much to the humans I’d encountered in my short life. Every now and then I let my guard down with my new people to reveal a hint of some of my past pains but not often. Those crazy girls just focus on making me happy in the moment and, well, I’ve learned not to balk at that too much!

But before I met them, I was known as Ernie, at least briefly. That’s the name on my first known documents. The loving children whose mother transported me to my forever family gave my next name to me – they called me Freckles because of my elaborate, crazy, unique spots. Once I arrived in Ohio and met my new girls, a rather silly mother and daughter duo, it was decided that I looked so terrified of the world, a stronger, more masculine name was in order. A name fitting for one who could conquer the universe. Being a fan of the “Men in Black” movies, the young daughter dubbed me MIB Agent Zed and so I am forever registered as such with the National American Saddle Mule Association. Of course that’s quite a mouthful, so my barn name is simply “Z”. Understanding that the aforementioned elaborate and uniquely crazy spots include a large white “A”, “B”, “C” and “D” across my rump just as clear as day have also earned me the nickname “alphabutt mule”, my barn name is rather fitting.

I invite you to follow along on the journey from my first day with my loving ladies discover and how they brought me out of my fear into a loving, trusting relationship by being patient with me. I know there were plenty of days they wanted to quit on me, but they never have. Instead, they have stood firm in their promise that I will only know love and kindness for the rest of my life. I have trust in them that we will be companions forever.


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  1. shumes
    Love it! Voted you up. I've always been a fan of mules ever since I met my first draft mule. My love of them has only increased and I hope to one day own a saddle mule. So happy to see some mule-related blogs. Feel free to check out my profile and vote up my winter blanket storage tips blog if you enjoy it. Thanks!

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