The Story of MussoliniWritten by: Keagan Mattison
Many years ago a family-run shelter's decision to save a struggling donkey changed their lives − at least for the foreseeable future.
They always talk about dogs being man’s best friend. Both in words and in reality. It is just enough to see a human with his companion dog to realise the deep friendship and loyalty that exists between them. A relationship of love and commitment built up over centuries.
But you probably haven’t heard someone saying that “donkey is man’s best friend”. Because it’s very rare to keep these animals as pets.
However, Mussolini disagrees. Or just the opposite, and that’s why he thinks and act like a dog. He grew up surrounded by other dogs, who were like his brothers, and he learnt a lot from them. Mussolini didn’t take long to get used to his new life with human parents and dog siblings. And he soon learned enough manners to get along with everyone on the farm.

But surely, the most surprising thing was that aside from the good education from his canine brothers, he also learned many other things about their behaviour, like wagging his tail when he is excited, sleeping like them, or even jumping on top of his human father. Mussolini is big on cuddling and loves to play. He is also house-trained and adores pillow fights.

Not only is this donkey loved by his family, but he also occasionally participates in various activities and charities, occasionally volunteering as an emotional support donkey. 
"We never imagined how much he would change our lives for the better,” said his human dad. Mussolini is an hilarious little donkey with a big personality. We’re so glad this donkey is doing so well after his rough start!

A donkey might simply be the best pet ever. Many years ago a family-run shelter's decision to save a struggling animal changed their lives − at least for the foreseeable future, however, dad warns that having a donkey is a lifetime commitment. So it’s important to make sure you can provide for the animal.
Caring for donkeys with limited pasture, can sometimes be challenging with other species of animals because individual animals each have their own unique personalities, preferences, and histories of trauma − however they are extremely affectionate, comical, and a pleasure to own. 
Donkeys are typically very sweet and gentle, and can make great pets!

They are quite smart, however, and hate being yelled at or forced into anything. Always be gentle and offer treats like apples and ear scratches, and let him − or her − get to know you at their own pace. 
It’s in their nature to love people and care for their families. In many ways, they are like the family dogs, and this adorable little fella proves it.

A donkey, a dog, and an internet star!