My Mini Mules Rescued From A Kill Shelter

Posted in Mini Mules
mini mules
My Mini Mules Rescued From A Kill Shelter

Hey, triple-D friends! Welcome back to the mini ranch! Today I’m sharing a part of my life that I don’t talk about much. As you know, I rescue furniture, but you may not know that I am equally passionate about rescuing animals and giving them a forever home where they are loved unconditionally. Today’s post is about a team of mini mules that were in a not-so-good place when I found them. Don’t worry; I promise the ending of this story is like a Hallmark movie.

* As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases and through other companies as well. You will not be charged extra when you purchase through these affiliate links, but any income I make helps me create more amazing DIY projects to share with you! To see my full disclaimer, click here!

Name Reveal | Mini Mules

Meet Jack and Diane… two American mules living in the heartland (of Texas). They were named after the 80s song by John Mellencamp’s hit, Jack and Diane. I bet you have that song stuck in your head now. You are welcome! * cheesy grin

There was no way I could say no. Let me explain.

mini mule rescue

But I’m Horse Girl

Horses (equines) have been a part of my life since I was a small child. The love between a horse and a girl creates a bond that can never be broken. I have great memories!

Last year we decided to make a big move. We purchased a Ranch Style Home in the country with a small amount of acreage. My senior horse Buddy, who is 38 years old (100+ in human years) is living his best life free to roam on my father in laws ranch in central Texas. My plan after the move was to bring him home with me. I’ve had him for more than half of my life and try to visit as much as I can. But he is too old now to make the long trip in a trailer. I have come to the realization that he will more than likely pass over the rainbow bridge without me living his best life. I’m happy for my friend but miss him terribly. Horse girl for life until now.

Fate Prevailed

I like to call it fate when my dreams come true. I never dreamed that my golden years would look like this.

We gained an amazing old barn when we purchased the property that has a lot of history that dates back to 1939 when the previous owner’s Grandmother used it. It was her homestead.

I can’t stand the thought of leaving it empty, and you know me. I already have plans to restore it. Where there’s a will there’s a way. The barn is usable for now but needs a lot of work to be safe.

old barn

I started my initial search for another horse and maybe a donkey. That would be fun, right? And then I discovered rescue ranches. Why did I not know these places existed? I’ve always rescued dogs and cats but never an animal of this size.

The search for my rescue went on and on daily. I found a lot of no-kill ranches, but the adoption fees and requirements seemed ridiculous, in my honest opinion. I would have to go through an inspection. Hey, I get it, they want the animals to be in a safe place, and I applaud them for that, but I think I got this.

The search leads me to good ole Facebook, of all places. Fine-tuning the search in Texas took me to many pages within driving distance, but there was one that stood out. It was a ranch that would take in equines on consignment. People would bring their animals (for whatever reasons) to them to sell, and if they didn’t sell within a specific time frame, well, I can’t even say it out loud.

This is where I found my minis and knew I had to go and get them immediately. After an overnight discussion with my hubby, we loaded up (as we say in Texas) the next day and hit the road. I couldn’t get there fast enough. I had already adopted them both in my mind, no matter what. The minis were coming home.

hauling mules

A Sad Sight

It was a 3-hour drive, one way to get there. Once we arrived, my heart sank. So many animals (horses, donkeys, mules, and even a mini long horn) stuffed in pens together. Some were sick and lying down, with matted eyes, coughing… how does this happen??? I wished I had taken pictures.

There were several more people with trailers there picking up animals that same day. I spoke to one man that was there with his wife. He said she comes here often for rescues. She buys them, gives them medical care, and tries to find them good homes. There are many good people out there but not enough to provide them with all the love and respect they deserve.

A kind lady met me at the kill shelter ranch when I arrived. After showing me the mini mules, she led me into a large barn and into a stall that was a makeshift office. The desk was made of two boards over some bails of hay. We both laughed when a few chickens ran across my feet. Farm life at its best.

I signed some papers without guarantees (you get what you get) and paid the fees. Loaded them up and headed home. I had no problem whatsoever getting them into the trailer. I think they knew they were headed to a safe place.

Meet Jack And Diane

A little about Jack… he’s curious and is warming up to me quickly, especially when I carry snacks in my pockets. HA! I know a way to a man’s heart. He is a four-year-old Bay Mini Mule. Three days after I got him home, he managed to unlatch the gate and escape to the yard. Oh, brother! The chase was on with him and my dogs. I could tell he wasn’t afraid of the dogs as he kicked up his meals and squealed as if to say, “I’m Free!”. I called him by name and held out my hand with his favorite snack, and he followed me right back to the pen like a lost puppy dog. He is sure sweet when he wants to be.

A little about Diane… she’s an eight-year-old Bay Mini Mule that is a bit browner in color. Her head is longer and more horse-like. She is definitely the BOSS. Every morning she demands to be fed first, and Jack learned quickly that she’s a kicker with good aim.

Both mules have had a check-up from our wonderful new Veterinarian with a clean bill of health.

These two are keeping me on my toes! I’m learning a lot about what “stubborn as a mule” means.

mini mule
Jack Of Hearts
mini mule

Stubborn As A Mule

Mules are a cross between horses and donkeys, with a donkey father and a horse mother which gives the mule the best traits of both. So, I’ve been told. But one trait that they are known for is being stubborn. They get it from their donkey father. Let’s blame it on the males. LOL

When mules are unsure of anything, they will not put themselves in harm’s way. This can be quite a challenge when training them. They are strong and often more intelligent than their parents. Smart thinkers.

Their bray is more of a high-pitched yodel, unlike their donkey father. Somewhere between a horse’s neigh and a donkey’s bray.

Working with them is like working with a headstrong child. I’ve always heard that a stubborn child is an intelligent child. I’m taking that to mean I’m super intelligent. LOL, momma said it.

However, once you have established a trust and bond with these incredible animals, they will be more than happy to be your best friend.

They follow me around like puppy dogs, especially when I have a pocket full of snacks. I’m learning.

Faith And Hope

Jack and Diane were headed to a scary place with a grim outcome, like many unwanted animals. It breaks my heart to know these animals can sense death. Secretly, I like animals more than people. It’s hard not to feel this way in these circumstances.

I grew up on a farm, and I had to learn and accept the death of animals early in life. My faith and hope for all discarded and unwanted animals are that someone will step up and do the right thing. We are all God’s creations.

That also means spaying and neutering animals so that they don’t reproduce. Do the right thing.

I promise this won’t be the last you’ll hear about Jack and Diane or the cool projects I have planned for the barn. We can’t wait to share more with you.

A huge thanks to everyone that gave me suggestions for names. I carefully considered them all. There were so many great combinations. Y’all are so creative!

xo, Do



  1. I’m so giddy about Jack and Diane! I can’t wait to come back and meet them. Thank you for rescuing these two babes and giving them a wonderful forever home to yodel. πŸ₯° They couldn’t have landed in a better barn.

  2. Your mules are so precious Do! You are a big-hearted woman and I really admire that quality in you. Jack and Diane couldn’t have found a better home!

  3. So happy for you, Do. Those are some fortunate babies, as you are, too. Looking forward to this journey! ❀️

  4. Congratulations! And thank you for adopting these 2 cuties. The sad fate for so many equines is ending up at auction, purchased by kill buyers and shipped, in horrendous conditions, across the border to slaughter. I live in Massachusetts and have two horses, an Arabian mare and a little bay pony, coming to live with me on January 29th. I’m adopting the Arabian and fostering the pony for a bit. They were both pulled (bailed out) from a kill pen in PA and are now quarantining before being brought to Massachusetts. They’ll be joining my ponies, Derby and Bethany, and “The Boys”… lambs, Penn and Teller and goats, Starsky and Hutch. I’m looking forward to future posts about Jack and Diane!

    1. You made me cry, Ms. Donna. It warms my heart to know you are adding to the already lottery-winning furbabies you have. Adorable names, especially Starky and Hutch. I had totally forgotten about that show until now. Thanks for sharing, and I will be sharing more updates soon. These two mules are quite comical. πŸ™‚ xo

  5. I think you are an inspiring person with so much talent and heart!! Thanks for sharing this sweet experience, someday I hope to have a place to do rescues as well. β™₯️

    1. You just never know where life will take you. There are plenty of small animals that need to be rescued as well. Thank you for joining me here. I’ll be sharing more updates soon. πŸ™‚ xo

  6. I love it and I love ❀️ you and have always known that you like animals more than people that’s one of the reasons we’re friends.

  7. I love their names. Jack and Diane is β€˜our song’. My husband and I started dating at 16. Our motto has always been β€œtwo American kids doing the best they can.” Hugs to you, my friend.

  8. I’m so happy that you found these amazing animals… my heart is full knowing they are safe, obviously loved, and no doubt on their way to being spoiled as all animals should be! Requesting frequent updates, please!

  9. Omygosh, I’m embarrassed to say I had no idea what mules were, I thought they were the same as donkeys… I had to google it. lol But I’m SO HAPPY you rescued these cuties Do! They couldn’t have asked for a better home. And Jack and Diane, LOVE IT!

    1. I LOVE Google! LOL, well, now you know more than you ever wanted to about mules. They are so much fun and have turned out to be quite the characters. Thanks, friend. πŸ™‚ xo

  10. Awe. Thanks for sharing your new fur babies with us. Their story made my face melt. You know, we take the lost and forgotten animals in to save them, and we do. But they are really saving us. Teaching us to be present in the mist of the craziness of life, and the most important…… they teach us to love more. They open up places in our hearts… we didn’t know we had. They are good for our souls.

  11. Love your story. I have been following several horse rescues and it is absolutely horrifying how some animals are treated. It hurts my heart. You are awesome in my book. Can’t wait to see what you do in their barn. They are so precious. Love seeing them.

    1. Thank you Sandi!
      I’ll never understand why anyone would harm these amazing creatures. Every living thing is a gift. They have brought me much joy and I look forward to every morning that Diane and Jack SCREAM at me to come see them. It’s music to my ears. I love it! Have a great rest of your week. πŸ™‚ xo

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *