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An unlikely bond cultivated on Castle Rock farm

Last updated on August 7, 2019

An unlikely bond cultivated on Castle Rock farm Weather Summary: 84 degrees CASTLE ROCK, Washington — In the small Washington town of Castle Rock, Michal Ann Watts and her husband Brian tend to their small family farm off Garlock Road. Michal Ann touts the hometown feel and quality of life as reasons why she’s spent her entire life here. “It’s the sort of place you want to put your roots down and just stay,” she said. “We have ducks, geese, chickens, horses, two dogs and a bearded lizard,” Watts.  But the newest members of the farm are perhaps some that you wouldn’t expect to see.  “When they came off the horse trailer, I couldn’t touch any of them,” Watts said.  She’s referring to eight donkeys they received in July, rescued from all over the country. The Watts operates a satellite adoption location for Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue, a national organization that rescues donkeys from government lands, abuse cases, and overpopulation.  “They’re trained and then sent to me to find forever homes,” Watts said.  A new focus for the Watts, that they have adopted wholeheartedly.  “They’ve just kind of been a neglected animal, and kind of misunderstood.” Being misunderstood is something that Michal Ann’s longtime friend, Catie Graham knows all too well.  “Keeley is my brilliant, funny, creative, little lady who marches to her own beat.”  She’s proudly referring to her six-year-old daughter who “doesn’t socialize like other kids,” as Catie puts it, “but that doesn’t mean there’s any lack of any less love or interest [in] the donkeys and my daughter and children with autism or special needs are so similar, they are magical and wonderful and hysterical and just treasures.”  Keeley has autism, something her mom says is misunderstood by most people, but the Watts’ farm is where an unexpected meeting led to the perfect friendship. An unlikely bond cultivated on Castle Rock farm


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