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Chi si occupa di scienze tradizionali sa che nell’universo non esiste niente di assolutamente buono o di assolutamente cattivo. Con questa affermazione non intendo fare un elogio o una difesa delle zanzare, ma ribadire la cosa arcinota, che l’animale più fastidioso e dannoso dell’intero universo è l’uomo e non la zanzara, in quanto è soltanto l’uomo a mettere spesso in atto per la sua protezione ed il suo benessere, strategie con effetti collaterali distruttivi, assai più dannosi dello scopo utilitario che si prefigge e dei quali infine egli stesso rimane vittima.
The true story of Doctor Pumba When he came to our farm, Doctor Pumba had no name, and he won the title of “doctor” by educating and taking care of two colts. It was September 2005, and Doctor Pumba was the image of carelessness and abandonment: long hooves , a bristly hair (bristlier than a donkey’s hair might ever be!) and he was afraid of everything: a pitchfork used to pile up straw, spades used to work into the stable r the threshing-floor, unexpected movements; he was afraid of people he did not know… Pumba had been victim of ill-treatments, and he had lost his trust in human beings. But 5 months of love, respect and cares made him recover bit. He let people came near to him, he did not stand on his guard anymore and started trusting into us. His braying seemed to be that of a stallion and echoed through the valley, making the neighborhood very glad. But his stare was still sad: it is more complicated to educate a donkey right from the start – or cheer him, I dare say – because donkeys are strong, they do not need so much, but they are very sensitive. “The horse is trained, educated the donkey”, says the saying, and it is true. Doctor Pumba’s recovering was slow, but constant. It was beautiful to look at him in happy times, or observe Doctor Pumba while he was indulging in playing and running with colts. It is not easy to immediately understand if a donkey is suffering or he has got physical illnesses: his resistant and tenacious nature bring him to endure pain and fatigue. Furthermore, Doctor Pumba used to stay alone and ate without being seen, so there was no chance even to control his hunger, if he really used to eat or not. We were not sure that Doctor Pumba wanted to eat. Three days had already passed, and our worry was becoming more pressing than ever. We left Doctor Pumba stay in his tranquility into his box, place that allowed us to control him and pay all the attention he needed. After a week Pumba seemed to have recovered: we opened the box, and Pumba started running among the colts, which were very happy to see their doctor again. But this was the last time for Doctor Pumba. Doctor Pumba fell onto the ground, forever, in front of all those people who had taken care of him, loved and educated him. It was the 1st of April 2006. What a sad joke, my dear, sweet Doctor Pumba! From that day, in the name of his memory, altruism and tenderness Pumba has become doctor of body and soul for all animals that undergo ill-treatments. Pumba is the doctor of any wounded animaland the symbol of the war against those who torture and humble animals, and make them suffer because of ignorance or cruelty.
The donkey you see on the logon is our true Doctor Pumba. In honor of Pumba. In honor of you, sweet, unique Doctor Pumba.
“We really thank all the members of Doctor Pumba Association’s staff”.
Until 1996 there was no suitable Italian word indicating the “therapy” done using a donkey. It is said that IDOTEA introduced the new expression “donkey therapy” in the same year to indicate this activity; nowadays this expression seems to have enteredthe common language used by those who operate in this field. Hippos is the Greek word meaning horse, whereas horse therapy is the expression standing for a therapy using a horse. Onos is the Greek word meaning donkey, so donkey therapyis the expression used to indicate the therapy withthe use of donkeys.
Donkey therapy is a branch of pet therapy, and it is known in France, Usa and Switzerland. Only recently donkey therapy has been introduced among rehabilitation centers.
This kind of therapy is active, it does not allow patients to be passive or isolated. It may be a remedy for people who suffer from mental or heart-diseases, hypertension, handicaps, and it is a useful therapy for children and old people, schizophrenics, toxics, jailers, HIV-diseased, deaf people, blind people, anxious and stressed people, people who suffer from solitude or cannot accept themselves, and against emotionaldisharmony.
So characteristic of donkeys (like small size, patience, smoothness, slow and monotonous pace) are used to create a communication channel with the patient, through a donkey-user-operator system. Operators play the important role of both facilitating communication and being trainers.Therapy projects are based on:
donkey’s acknowledge through touch, giving importance to one’s hand as a means of communication and affection, serial exercises and games that encourage to develop language, liability and concentration. Many improving cases are registered, but donkey therapy is not officially recognized by the scientific community.
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LEGGETE E SIATE FORTI.. STRAPPA LACRIME:( Mamma, sono uscita con amici. Sono andata ad una festa e mi sono ricordata quello che mi avevi detto: di non bere alcolici. Mi hai chiesto di non bere visto che dovevo guidare, così ho bevuto una Sprite. Mi sono sentita orgogliosa di me stessa, anche per aver ascoltato il modo in cui, dolcemente, mi hai suggerito di non bere se dovevo guidare, al contrario di quello che mi dicono alcuni amici. Ho fatto una scelta sana ed il tuo consiglio è stato giusto. Quando la festa è finita, la gente ha iniziato a guidare senza essere in condizioni di farlo. Io ho preso la mia macchina con la certezza che ero sobria. Non potevo immaginare, mamma, ciò che mi aspettava... Qualcosa di inaspettato! Ora sono qui sdraiata sull'asfalto e sento un poliziotto che dice: <il ragazzo che ha provocato l'incidente era ubriaco>. Mamma, la sua voce sembra così lontana... Il mio sangue è sparso dappertutto e sto cercando, con tutte le mie forze, di non piangere. Posso sentire i medici che dicono: <questa ragazza non ce la farà>. Sono certa che il ragazzo alla guida dell'altra macchina non se lo immaginava neanche, mentre andava a tutta velocità. Alla fine lui ha deciso di bere ed io adesso devo morire... Perchè le persone fanno tutto questo, mamma? Sapendo che distruggeranno delle vite? Il dolore è come se mi pugnalasse con un centinaio di coltelli contemporaneamente. Di' a mia sorella di non spaventarsi, mamma, di' a papà di essere forte. Qualcuno doveva dire a quel ragazzo che non si deve bere e guidare... Forse, se i suoi glielo avessero detto, io adesso sarei viva...La mia respirazione si fa sempre piu debole e incomincio ad avere veramente paura... Questi sono i miei ultimi momenti, e mi sento così disperata...Mi piacerebbe poterti abbracciare mamma, mentre sono sdraiata, qui, morente. Mi piacerebbe dirti che ti voglio bene per questo... Ti voglio bene e.... addio." Queste parole sono state scritte da un giornalista che era presente all'incidente. La ragazza, mentre moriva, sussurrava queste parole ed il giornalista scriveva...scioccato. Questo giornalista ha iniziato una campagna contro la guida in stato di ebbrezza. Se questo messaggio è arrivato fino a te e lo cancelli... Potresti perdere l'opportunità, anche se non bevi, di far capire a molte persone che la tua stessa vita è in pericolo. Questo piccolo gesto può fare la differenza. Non ti costa nulla: CONDIVIDILO.
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From a communicative and relational point of view, the use of animals for therapeutic purposes represents a further step, becoming a helpful instrument to pursue the aim of treating diseases. The first ancient therapy implying the use of animals was the so called “horse therapy”. Known and practiced since 3000b.C., horse therapy is quoted in ancient medical treatises. Basically horse therapy was suggested against insomnia (Hippocrates of Cos), paralysis and epilepsy (Asclepiad of Prusa), etc. But it is only in the last years that pet therapy has developed significantly, and now it involves many different animals: -introduction of dogs or little domestic animals like cats, rabbits, etc in the aisles of pediatric wards -activities implying a contact with domestic animals, like chickens, geese and hens; agrizoo with didactic activities; dauphin therapy and Newfoundland dogs for water therapy. And now the donkey therapy. Why donkey therapy is different from such other therapies? The characteristic of donkey therapy come from the study of donkey’s ethology., that is the study of his behavior, reactions and nature. Donkeys are very versatile animals: they allow a very good riding, they let farmers attack carts or work tools without problems, they are able to carry exceptional weights and volumes, and they are always ready to work hard. Perfect animals for children: slow, self confident, donkeys do not react badly; riding a donkey is very pleasant and funny. Children have always had a particular fondness for donkeys: a child who doesn’t want to study is identified with and called “jackass”. Sociable: a donkey wants to stay in company and he looks for a contact with other animals and people, he does not like staying alone. He puts his muzzle near to your hand to smell it, and to feel delighted. If he feels indifference around him, he will call your attention with a typical gesture: he moves his muzzle from the bottom to the top as if he would like to push your body. He wants your attention, and he does the best he can to get it. Curious: he observes the world intelligently, and he always wants to understand what people are doing. A donkey wants to take part into human activities. If I enter the farm to drive a stake into the ground, I will see all my donkeys’ muzzles between stake and hammer. I have to stop working and caress them. Patient: his patience is infinite. He is always at your disposal and very tolerant, even when children take undue advantage of this fact. Children are the best donkeys’ trainers, for two reasons: contrary to horses, donkeys do not need be tamed. As soon as a bit of trust between the little trainer and his donkey is established, it is done. This happens because for children training is basically a way of playing, they do it spontaneously. Two parents gave a donkey to their daughter for her birthday. After some days the mother phones me, she was worried, and said: “I turned my head and saw my daughter on the donkey. Is it dangerous?” Only parents are scared. Small: there are small donkeys (90 cm high, and even less) that are easily governable and with a very calm temper, and they are not scary. Self confident: in case of danger (contrary to horses, which run away) a donkey stops moving. He holds his hooves on the ground and he does not move until he feels at ease. This is the reason why donkeys are very responsible animals, foreseeable and easily governable. Donkey’s pace is secure too. Mountain’s paths are traced out by donkeys. Thanks to his slow and secure pace, a donkey does not take any false step. Funny: in opposition with horses, severe and serious, a donkey is ridiculous and funny, he is well-liked by everyone. If he starts braying, laughter becomes uncontrollable. His presence causes hilarity and ironic situations, so that witty remarks, stories and funny memories soon begin. The following step of the discussion is considering the sex appeal of donkeys. Everyone has got a story of his own to tell, and the myth of the mule’s fallacy always rises up. Into a farm donkeys are free and form a herd, consisting of a jackass and different females. It may sometimes happen to you to be a spectator of a courtship ritual. A jackass, before covering a female, wastes his time in a long courtship ritual, that consists in running to mount her, stop her biting her on her neck and finally show his phallus. The female does not want to be taken, she runs away and violently kicks the jackass until she feels ready to be covered. At this moment she stops, and allows the jackass to cover her. During this exhibition, human spectators are emotionally involved, and they take part into the events making considerations and appreciations. Two groups are soon created: men identify with the jackass, and women with the female. Men rejoice at each phallus’s exhibition, whereas women exult at each kicking. Al this with great fun, because a donkey make you notice the comic aspect of each event. Careful: a donkey avoids danger, his pace is slow, and he carefully chooses the path to follow. Every trap, ditch or obstacle is carefully avoided. If he is not convinced, he stops. Routinist: once a path is found, a donkey keeps it in mind and repeats it without difficulties; he always comes back to the places he knows. His tendency is that of repeating movements and behaviors. His pace is monotonous, and his habits, rhythms and repetitions suggest self-confidence. A child used to ask his grandfather to tell him the same story, and he became furious if his grandfather changed just a word of it. The story had always to be told exactly in the same way. Repeating exercises or simple movements gives a feeling of pleasure and self-confidence at the same time. During a donkey therapy course, a child had noticed that his donkey stopped every time he asked him to stop using a rope. From that time the child started repeating that exercise, and the donkey did it too. Loyal: a donkey shows great affection to those who take care of him. He runs towards his master and welcomes him warmly, sometimes braying too. Sweet: smooth when you caress him, he comes near to you because he wants caresses and fondles, and he is always asking for more. Slow: when he moves, his pace is always monotonous and controlled; if he is in danger, he tends to stand still. Intelligent: he works with awareness, and he has a very good memory. He learns very quickly what you teach him, and he is particularly able to guess how to open a gate and, consequently, conquer his freedom. This fact obliges the farmer to always find more complicated closure systems. Empathic: he loves staying n contact with people, he loves their friendship, and he wants to lay with them. Stubborn: it’s true. That of being stubborn is an earned reputation. If he has decided to stop it will be very hard to make him move again. This is because he wants to understand what is happening around him. He prefers to follow his rhythms rather than obeying to external orders. Therefore it is possible to get an answer from him only if we convince and involve him; in other word, if we make him understand that it is a matter of play. “Jackass”, “as stubborn as an ass”. Expressions used to describe someone who does not want to change his mind, or to describe behaviors we cannot tame or modify, people we cannot educate; so in a world where culture tends to create a flat and rigid mass of people, if we say “you jackass” to someone it should be as if we congratulate him. Thanks to their characteristics, donkeys are the right animals to use for relational therapies. What a donkey offers is a great self-confidence and a very tempered behavior. His movements are very sow, he has no unexpected reactions, he is very patient and, at the same time, always at our disposal. Try to image a school trip. When children go visiting a farm, they often find a donkey (donkeys are often free to move), and a feast soon begins. They start running, screaming an playing with the poor donkey. The donkey stays still, he does not move , he waits and, very slowly, he wags, he turns his ears to listen. It would be impossible to see the same scene with a horse. Anyway, the subjects must be chosen by an expert, who carefully considers their characteristics, reliability and disposability.
Gli asinelli sono il compagno ideale per le escursioni dei bambini. Innanzitutto, l'asino è un animale molto docile, sembra amare particolarmente il contatto con i bambini, ne comprende la naturale dolcezza e ama esserne coccolato e carezzato. L'asino è buffo e simpatico, mette allegria nella comitiva, cambia l'umore di gli stia vicino, aggrega e coinvolge. L'asino non giudica, non commenta, non indossa vestiti all'ultimo grido, non si dà arie, è umile ed amichevole, ma indipendente e deciso.
E' un animale lento e prudente, ma è anche testardo e tenace, trasmette calma e sicurezza. Per la sicurezza dei genitori gli asini non amano correre o saltare, ma camminano regolarmente senza accelerazioni. Con gli asininelli si possono compiere passeggiate giornaliere o veri e propri trekking: i bambini cavalcano gli asini o li caricano dei loro bagagli. Presto, tra l'animale ed il suo giovane cavaliere si stabilisce un filo diretto, una comunicazione che solo i bambini sono capaci di avere. Contattaci per ulteriori informazioni.