What is the secret to making unexplored hidden mountains accessible to a family? … a Donkey!
These affectionate animals have been part of our family for as long as we can remember. Each one of them has their own individual personality, their own life, their own specific tastes (some are happy with a chunk of bread, whilst others have more acquired tastes, saucisson being a favourite!) They love the company of humans, especially that of children, who they will encourage to keep on walking without sulking. Trained masters in the art of comedy, they will suddenly become all downcast and upset, merely for attention and cuddles. They are even capable of faking a limp in an attempt to earn some tabacco (gourmet donkey treat) and after they've got what they want, they will set off, "t as a "ddle, ready to tackle the tricky paths awaiting them! Ratatouille, Ouzo, Libellule, Lilou, Gédéon, Isidore, Nestor, Kif-kif, Lupin, Manu, Iznogud and their 40 odd friends fascinate children and adults alike.
Warning! You will be dealing with a skilled psychologist, an expert in the complexities of man, ready to take advantage of your weaknesses! Donkey is an experienced drama-queen, quite capable of collapsing Cinderella-style if he sees you are devastated with remorse at the amount of clothing and cereal bars piled on his back, when in truth he's really not too bothered.
Some helpful tips :
Watch out for your picnic! Donkey loves bread which is poking out of a bag.
It is important to be firm : one of you leading your donkey with the rope, the other closing the way behind him, with a little persuasive stick if he starts to play up. (Leave a meter in between you and the donkey's behind, so as not to risk an unwanted kick aimed at an irritating fly.)
Do not let your donkey graze or collect grass whilst walking, or he will think he's boss and stop at every possible opportunity.
On a perched mountain trail, make sure you always stay on the side of the rock face, keeping your donkey on the side of the void.