Agia Marina Donkey Rescue
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Pinelope meaning and name origin
Penelope is a female name, used a lot in Greece, both in the mainland and the islands.
Its etymology is interesting as it seems that the name Penelope comes from the Greek words Pene (Πηνη in Greek) which means web, and ops (ωψ) which means face.
It is also possible that name Penelope comes from the words -pene and lepo, which means unfold and unroll. Penelope or Penelopi, thus, was for the ancient Greeks the weaver, as Homer mentions.
There is another theory though, that suggests that the name Penelope refers to a prehistoric bird – which would resemble with the Wigeon – that was called pinelops.
Origin of name
Penelope is a name famous due to the Homeric epics, and especially the Odyssey.
Penelope was the Queen of Ithaca, wife of the King Odysseus who left his island and his wife for the Trojan War. According to the epic, Penelope was patiently waiting for her husband to come back from Troy for ten years after the war was over.
Since so much time passed and Odysseus was not coming back – as all other Kings of the Greek State countries did – suitors were flocking to her palace asking to marry her and get the throne of Ithaca. Homer suggests that Penelope told everyone that she would get married only when she would finish the clothes she was weaving, but every night she was destroying them, in order to avoid marriage, hoping that Odysseus would come back.
Penelope is a symbol of faithfulness, due to her patience and dedication to Odysseus

Nameday: 1st of September
Due to her commitment to Odysseus, Penelope is the synonym of dedication and love; indeed, Penelope can do everything for her family, supporting everyone in need. She is quite original in her ideas and can foresee the future based on events and realistic conclusions.



Pinelope's story & photo gallery
Pinelope
PENELOPE is a beautiful , small white donkey from the village of Galia.  She has suffered a stroke and as a result her bottom jaw has locked and her tongue hangs out which can create problems, her best buddy is Olive, they are inseperable...



WHEN PINELOPE WAS RESCUED IN 2009 SHE HAD BEEN BADLY BEATEN AND SUFFERED A STROKE AS A RESULT BUT IS DOING VERY WELL NOW. HER BEST FRIEND IS LITTLE BLIND OLIVE, THEY ARE INSEPARABLE.Pinelope...rescued in May 2009, she had been beaten on the head and has suffered a stroke...her little feathered friend beside her is Kiriakos the rooster who suffered a broken hip due to a kick for a donkey, the two are inseparablePINELOPE WITH HER RUG OFF NOW ENJOYING THE WARM SUNSHINE THIS MORNING, I HOPE HER TONGUE DOESN'T GET SUNBURNTPinelope with her friend Olive...both tongues out from  having suffered a stroke11/2011 : saying hello to our new arrival Phaedra11/2011 : PINELOPE with tongue always out is our elderly stroke victim, enjoying the sunshine with shy PANDORA...
1st of September
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Χρόνια πολλά/Happy name day to all the Antigoni 's, Pandora's, Cleo's & Pinelope's
December 7  & 26  2012
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Here's our lovely girl Pinelope. She has suffered a stroke some time ago and as a result her bottom jaw has locked and her tongue hangs out which can create problems. Specially in the summer her tongue can get really dry and has flies all over it. After a stroke donkeys/horses have some sort of facial paralysis including a floppy ear. She's a happy donkey and always together with her best friend, little blind Olive

Latest news on Pinelope
PINELOPE the day after Christmas enjoying the warm sun on her back...a quiet gentle donkey. She suffered a severe stroke after her previous owner hit her over the head with an axe 4 years ago, as a result she is deaf, her tongue constantly hangs out and her lower jaw partially paralised.
April 1 2013
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Our Donkey of the month, PINELOPE is a beautiful , small white donkey from the village of Galia.  She was rescued in May 2009, she had been beaten on the head and has suffered a stroke.  As a result her bottom jaw has locked and her tongue hangs out which can create problems. Specially in the summer her tongue can get really dry and has flies all over it. After a stroke donkeys/horses have some sort of facial paralysis including a floppy ear. She's a happy donkey and always together with her best friend, little blind Olive




donkeys form strong friendships and this is the strongest friendship on our Sanctuary.  Ever since the beginning, these two girls are hanging out together, doing everything together...sweet Olive & PinelopeShe has suffered a stroke some time ago and as a result her bottom jaw has locked and her tongue hangs out which can create problems. Specially in the summer her tongue can get really dry and has flies all over it. After a stroke donkeys/horses have some sort of facial paralysis
R.I.P. In Memory of Pinelope

In the early morninghours beginning of June, our beautiful PINELOPE left us...she came to us in 2009 af-ter being badly mistreated and had suffered a stroke causing a paralised jaw and senility. After her arrival she very soon made a special friendship with Olive our blind donkey..they were inseparable. Pinelope spent her years here at the sanctuary with her special mate knowing that she was loved and cared for and safe...and that alone gives us the strength to go on..