Tribute written by Susan Wagner.
It is with great sadness that I inform all of you of the passing of one of our beloved Mules, Belle, who I rescued in 2001, along with her sister, Babe. She was 27 years old.
For those of you who have been following my recent posts about her, you are aware that she had been hospitalized for five days with a less-than-hopeful prognosis. All of us here at Equine Advocates, were devastated, but still remained optimistic until yesterday when she suffered a relapse. At that point, after conferring with our veterinarian, we had no alternative but to humanely euthanize her before her condition worsened even more.
Back in 2001, I was informed about a pair of Amish Work Mules who had been involved in a plowing accident during which time, Belle had sustained a broken jaw. The farmer was going to send them to the auction because he no longer wanted them. I purchased them privately from the farmer to rescue them and prevent them from going through the horrendous experience of being sent to a meat auction.
As we had not yet established our horse sanctuary, I kept them in a foster home until we were able to bring them to Chatham in 2004. A few years later, Belle lost her left eye due to an ulcer, but apart from that, she was very healthy and never had anything seriously wrong in the twenty years she was with us.
Her pasture mates that include her sister, Babe, along with Henry and Marilyn, were all on hand to say “goodbye” to her yesterday as she passed peacefully. Babe, in particular is taking it pretty hard, but so are Henry and Marilyn. They are each mourning her loss in their own special and individual ways.
As for myself, my sister, Karen and all of our dedicated staff who worked with and around Belle every day, we are all grieving today. She was such a sweet and exceptionally kind equine who loved people, but most of all enjoyed being around her sister, Babe and the other Mules who live in the section of the Sanctuary we affectionately call, “Comedy Central.”
Belle will be sorely missed by all of us here at Equine Advocates, her sponsors and members of the public who got to know her over the years. How lucky we all were to have her in our lives!