We have been raising miniature livestock since 1982 and
have not only learned a lot but we have met some very nice animals. We started out
with one goat in 1981, because we had moved to the country from Los Angeles,
where we had lived all of our lives. Well I wanted a farm animal, but nothing
that was big and scary, so begins the miniature goat and donkey ranch.
We have raised Olde English Sheepdogs, West
Highland White Terriers, Fainting
Goats, Pygmy Goats, La Mancha Goats, Miniature Babydoll Sheep, Angora Goats and
Who would have thought that she would grow up
to be a rancher?
Well she has!!!
One of our Sweet donkeys,
Chiquita Junaita, has gone to live at
Fairyland in Oakland California
It is a wonderful
nostalgic type of children's playground, where they have several
events all year including, theatre shows, sleep-overs, puppet
shows, birthday parties etc.
Please check it out and
take your kids there, Say Hi to Chiquita for us.
Kelly and Dolly
Kelly is our helper at the Ranch
We are so
2007 we won Champion Halter Jennet at
California Miniature Donkey Show In California
Thunderbolt Acres Goldie Mae
Watch Goldie Mae's Video on YouTube
Photo by Capturing their Spirit, Mobile Pet
Donkey Dinner Time at the new Feeder
Goldie Mae and Sister Mary Nativity
Anxiously waiting to meet their new family and friends.
Legacy Acres Mini Farm & Education Center's
Seva & Antone
Having a happy play day
These were two of our geldings, That now live in Weed, Ca.
Savannah Made a Commemorative Donkey Bench
It Celebrates, Alton & Garvin's Win at the
Northern California Miniature Donkey Show 2004
Garvin, Ida and friends
Can we help?
My Grandparents Namesakes
Papa Garvin & Ivie Mae
The Original Garvin & Ivie Mae.
We miss them so much!!!
Gails Pygmy Goat Ranch & Mini-Donkeys
Adopt-A-Highway Volunteers of the Year
The California Department
May 04, 2001
CHAMPIONS OF THE WAR ON LITTER Caltrans honors Adopt-A-Highway volunteers
By JACK MORAN-DN Staff Writer
LOS MOLINOS - They've nearly been run over by thundering big rigs, but
according to Gail Heaney, the reason she and her husband Jack clean up State
Routh 99 East is because "we have a defective gene that makes us go out and
work hard for no money."
The Heaneys, who raise pygmy goats and mini-donkeys on their small Marek
Road ranch, were honored this week by Caltrans as its District 2
Adopt-A-Highway Volunteers of the Year. Along with receiving a plaque and
certificate from the state's road department, the couple was also handed a
special Senate certificate of recognition from Sen. Maurice Johannessen.
"Ever since I was a little kid, I've never, ever littered," said Gail
Heaney, who has a definite opinion on those who treat the world like their
own personal garbage can.
"I think they're jerks," she said. "Litterbugs disrespect their community
and their country. Sometimes when we're out there cleaning up, we actually
get things thrown at us. Not too long ago, one guy drove by and threw a box
of french fries at me."
The Heaneys, who joined the Adopt-A-Highway program in 1991 "because we
wanted to do our part in keeping America clean," says Gail Heaney, report
they pick up more drink cups than any other type of roadside garbage.
"Ten years ago, it was crushed cigarette packs," she said. "But now it's
drink cups - coffee cups in the winter and soda cups when it gets warmer."
The Heaneys usually head out to their two-mile stretch of 99E all by
themselves. Piece by piece, the couple fills 20 bags with trash, four times
a year. That's a bunch of garbage.
"The reason we do this is because we have a defective gene that makes us
go out and work hard for no money," said Gail Heaney with a laugh. "I have a
habit of volunteering my services, and I always drag my husband along with
me. On my headstone, it might say: This Woman Died From Volunteer Work."
That's really no joke, considering the speed and amount of traffic the
Heaneys encounter when they walk perilously along the busy highway, making
Tehama County a prettier place.
"We walk against traffic," explained Gail Heaney. When asked if she had
any tips for other litter-picker-uppers, she laughed and said, "Wear a coat
Diana Weaver, Caltrans' Adopt-A-Highway Coordinator for District 2, which
includes Tehama, Siskiyou, Modoc, Trinity, Shasta, Lassen and Plumas
counties, said the Heaneys "have gone beyond their call-of-duty and have
done an exemplary job of keeping our roadsides clean for the motoring
Gail Heaney just shrugs her shoulders when people compliment her for a
"I never set out to be a professional volunteer," she said. "I just
believe that we all need to help sometime."
We have field trips
. If you would like to schedule a field trip
just call 530-384-1318 or E-mail
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