Agia Marina Donkey Rescue
Crete





Olive meaning and name origin
Olive (Olivia)  is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Olivia is "olive tree". Coined by Shakespeare as the name of a much-wooed aristocrat in his play "Twelfth Night" (1599). He may have derived the name from the olive plant, or as a feminine form of Oliver. Biblical: the olive tree is a symbol of fruitfulness, beauty, and dignity. Today, "extending an olive branch" traditionally signifies an offer of peace. Today, Olive is associated with Popeye's scrawny girlfriend, Olive Oyl.

Nameday: 29th of May.
Olivia is someone with a cheerful and calm attitude to the environment, so she has many friends and new acquaintances easily contain. She is compassionate, sensitive, loyal and fair. Very talented artistically. She is ambitious, quick to learn, and therefore in life achieved a considerable success. Olivia does not like quarrels and disputes, but when you need to know how to fight for her.



Olive the day she arrived... including wooden saddleThis is how Olive arrived at the sanctuary in the summer of 2008...on the back of a pickup truckOLIVE...the day she arrived at Agia Marina Donkey Rescue, a sad, tired, disillisioned little working donkey, still with old fashioned working saddle and her rusty,cruel bridle & mouthpiece which had made the corners of her mouth bleed, it's so good to see the happy confident little donkey she is nowWearing an old rusty mouth bit and nose chain....that was soon removed and placed in our "Museum of Horrors"first walk to the sanctuary and a better life :-)relaxing on the sanctuaryOlive wearing her new rug... it was totally ruined when she was attacked by a feral dog, she almost lost her tail :-(enoying a stroll in the sunLittle Olive, like all donkeys, love the green of our vegetable garden...every chance she gets, she'll try and get to them ;-)))Olive & Penelope...our two elderly ladies, and best friends...scratching eachothers backpeek-a-booChristoph meets blind Olive for the first time...I think it is love at first sight.. for both ;-)Olive giving Reiner, our visitor from Germany, a big smoochYes well that idea of a nice juicy grass snack for Olive was short lived, she prefers to snack on the kumera ( sweet potato, all the way from N.Z. ) patch :-))...and has taken her fly- fringe off...I found it hanging on the lemon tree !!
Yesterday we noticed a deep scratch on her head which was obviously caused by a bump into something hard.
Despite her blindness Olive is quite happy ...in herself, she has her best friend Penelope near her most of the time, they scratch each others backs each day and stay very close.

Olive's story & photo gallery
October 8 2012
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Little Olive is now totally blind and has problems with sore watery eyes..they require 3 x daily washing and fly deterrent.
The flies are endemic here at the moment now that the weather has cooled down a bit and very bothersome to our donk...eys.
We would like to thank Michael, Sandra & Eleni from Germany (for protection from rampant FB abusers we do not give full names) for sending the vet prescribed eye drops which have helped Olive a lot....
Olive
This is our little Olive.  She is blind and has worked very hard all her life, carrying sacks of olives, firewood and a very hefty owner.  She was resqued in 2008 after her owner died.  Now she lives at the sanctuary with her best friend Pinelope in peace and harmony.


September 7 2012
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Our little blind donkey Olive was attacked, while grazing in the field, by a feral dog over 2 yrs ago, had we not been close by the dog would have possibly killed her, the bite on her backside was so bad she almost lost her tail and even no...w her wound can flare up and become sore and weepy.
The Screwworm Fly ( Cochliomyia) is a real threat here in the Southern Meditterranean Basin as well as North African countries, and Libya where it originally came from. The fly lays it's eggs on wounds, after several days the worms hatch and eat live flesh causing the animal unbelievable pain and stress. We discovered that Olive has been affected by this fly and is at present having treatment by injection and wound bathing three times daily with a special solution... it is vital the the flies are kept away, we are using special vet treatments and covering the wound.
Olive is looking and feeling much better today :-))
December 12 2012
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Sweet little Olive, blind and rapidly going very senile, was not at all impressed on a damp & very muddy December day on the Island of Crete in having to be decorated with tinsel & hat for Xmas photos and much prefered to eat her supper in ...peace, away from the rest of the herd....we put her lovely warm pink rug on this week as sometimes she cannot find her way back to the stable in sudden rain storms coming in from the Libyan Sea.
Latest news on Olive
OLIVE, our donkey of the month June 2013,  is PINELOPE'S best friend.  Now over 35 yrs old and totally blind...she is free to roam in the sanctuary field in the company of the rest of the herd but knocks into trees, branches and fences etc, Her head is often scratched and bleeding and it has been a continual worry for us..
We were very fortunate however with the help of our friends Liz and Dave Barrett in England after hearing of Olive's plight did some rese...arch and came up with, and donated, this great 'crash helmet' for equines. Today Olive tried it out fot the first time and it is a great success !!.. we watched her walk around the field today, she collided with two trees and just gently bounce off again...
Many, many thanks Liz and Dave, now Olive's days will be much happier :-)
May 29 2013
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Today is the Nameday of our little Olive...Saint Olivia's Day
Xponia Polla...Happy Nameday Olive
June 1 2013
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This is our little Olive, our donkey of the month June.  She is blind and has worked very hard all her life, carrying sacks of olives, firewood and a very hefty owner.  She was resqued in 2008 after her owner died.  Now she lives at the sanctuary with her best friend Pinelope in peace and harmony
Olive the day she arrived, wooden saddle includedOLIVE...the day she arrived at Agia Marina Donkey Rescue, a sad, tired, disillisioned little working donkey, still with old fashioned working saddle and her rusty,cruel bridle & mouthpiece which had made the corners of her mouth bleed, it's so good to see the happy confident little donkey she is nowOlive & Penelope...our two elderly ladies, and best friends...scratching eachothers back
July 2014: Our dear little Olive passed away very peacefully early this evening in her own quiet stable. All her donkey friends filed passed to say their 'andios' before she was laid to rest beside her friend Pinelope and many more..
Thank you everyon...e for all the beautiful messages sent in.  Yesterday we were sent this lovely poem by June Burden and would like to dedicate it to Olive and all the donkeys everywhere...
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The Little donkey who cried
This poor little beast of burden stumbling up the hill, suddenly stopped in the shade and stood very still. I saw this little donkey and walked across the road. It was only after I climbed the hill that I could see his heavy load.  The stones and rocks upon his back such a heavy load to bare, hid the cross to remind us who rode there.  As I lifted off each stone and rock it was then that I could see the cross that Jesus had put right there that he had carried for you and me.  This cross the little donkey in the shade and oh so still reminded me of the cross that so long ago Jesus carried up the hill.  I gave the donkey water and said a little prayer, it was when I lifted his weary head I saw a teardrop there. All at once I saw his master who shouted some abuse 'a donkey who cannot walk with rocks is a donkey who serves no use'.  I paid his master handsomely and sent him on his way then led the donkey down the hill to green pastures where he lay. The little donkey kicked his legs on the pastures oh so green, and now the cross upon his back so clearly could be seen. Now he runs in fields all day no rocks upon his hide, but I always will remember the little donkey who cried..
thank you June Burden