Dogs are frequently said to be man’s greatest friend, but Donnie MacAdams disagrees and considers his horse Waco to be his closest companion.
Waco Hanover used to be a famous racehorse, but these days he just hangs out with his human pal, Donnie. Donnie spends his days interacting with several customers at a Vermont state information center. He lives with his roommate Waco in an apartment above the stables, and he can’t wait to see him again. For the past eight years, Donnie has devoted all of his spare time to Waco.
When times were tough, the buddies were there for each other. For instance, Donnie claims that after suffering a heart attack, Waco helped him recover.
Saying, “I couldn’t carry a five-gallon pail of water because it was too hard on my body,” he elaborated. Waco, though, aided his development, and he can now lift a five-pound bucket with ease.
Donnie wasn’t ravenous upon first meeting Waco in 2008. A quote from his interview with CBS News reads, “I wanted to dig a hole because I didn’t think he’d make it through the winter.”
This sturdy old horse, however, was not ill at all; he was simply lonely.
About half an hour of talking to him one day was all it took to convince him that I would remain a buddy and not abandon you. Eight years of this has passed.
“During the colder months, I used to go down to the barn and rest against the front of a stall. According to CBS News, Donnie reveals, “He would put his head on my shoulder and just chew, chew, chew to make me feel better.”
In 2019, at the age of 42, this devoted horse passed away. Donnie mourned the loss of his “best friend, therapist, sounding board, and, in the last few years, a camera slut Waco” in an emotional tribute. I never imagined that a horse could become my best friend. More than that, he was.
Animals have the potential to improve our lives in countless, wonderful ways.
That horse is beautiful. Rest in peace, Waco. It was fate that brought Donnie and Waco together, and they got to spend many happy years together.