Who Was Dominic The Donkey? -The REAL Inexactitude Behind The Christmas Donkey

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One of my friends posted a question on Facebook about Dominic, the Christmas Donkey, so I decided to see what I could discover about the etiology of our revered old friend… The truth is that the Internet is quite vacuous when concerning information about Dominic as can be seen in this article.

With that introduction, here is my quasi-researched inexactitude of the legend and story behind Dominic (complete with apocryphal footnotes for dissimulation):

Dominic was actually a super-distant cousin to Nestor the donkey, who was, of course, the other “Christmas Donkey” [1], and the “god-donkey” of Spieltoe the donkey [2] (In which -both relations certainly explain the pedigree and eligibility for his deserved title –the “Christmas Donkey”). Additionally, he was the great, great, grand-donkey of good-ole “Number 7” [3] -another fine donkey (Which, of course-of course, explains Dominic’s perfect answer to his job interviewers at a later date!).

In the end, Dominic’s greatest dream (after that of being the Christmas Donkey) was finally realized when he passed his interview (an interview of a different color indeed) to become the “most famous donkey of all” … He became what he always dreamed of becoming and proved to the world that not only was he, as Lou Monte [4] put it, the “cutest little donkey” Christmas Donkey, but also that he really knew how to “pull” [5] for another, more earthly, type of “king”… and that my friends, “says it all”! [6]

The culmination of this story was chronicled and immortalized in video and available for all to see via YouTube (Press Play in the image to below to be immersed in this, the final, part of his epic story):


1. ^ Nestor, The Long-Eared Christmas Donkey
2. ^ The Donkey Companion -Spieltoe -pg. 67
3. ^ The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams
4. ^ Lou Monte
5. ^ Budweiser Clydesdales
6. ^ Budweiser (Anheuser-Busch) 



I don’t get it…can you please help me understand this brilliant article?
(Spoilers -The Etiological Inexactitude detailed – highlight the area below by selecting it with your mouse…)
First of all this was a complete spoof that was quite fun to make (an inexactitude).  Key points of “based-on” fiction in this particular story: 

 1. Nestor the donkey was was created by Rankin-Bass as a Christmas “stop motion” special in 1977.  Nestor was the donkey that Mary rides into Bethlehem.
2. Spieltoe was the donkey that narrated the “Nestor” special and was one of Santa’s donkeys…
3. Nestor’s and Spieldtoe’s true positions within Christmas literature and their “relationship” to Dominic give him the right to be called a “Christmas Donkey”

4. “Number 7” was the donkey in “Grizzly Adams” that “hee-hawed” loudly all the time…thus, Nestor’s “answer” in the Budweiser commercial could be justified and expected.
5. “of course-of course” is a reference to another equine, Mr. Ed.
6. The most famous donkey of all..is a play on the “most famous reindeer of all”, Rudolph -another 4-legged animal that was undervalued at the start.
7. “an interview of a different color”…”a horse of a different color”
8. Lou Monte, is the singer that made the Christmas Donkey song famous.
9. “pull for another” is a connection to the Budweiser Clydesdales…
10. “more earthly type of king” is a reference to Budweiser the “King of Beers”.
12. “says it all” is another reference to an older Budweiser slogan, “When you say Budweiser, you’ve said it all!”
12.  Why did I spend time on this “ridonkulous” fiction?  Because.  
13. Don’t you have better things to do? 
Yep. (“Take a read” of the 500+ articles on MusTech.Net and stay-tuned for the 1000s, in my head, not written yet)
14. Have you gone mad?  Not yet…
15. Were there any other super-crafty connections to anything else in this story -equine or otherwise?  Maybe something to be “REVERE-ed”… 

Really, there is no more below here….


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Joseph M. Pisano, Ph.D. is an industry innovator, education clinician and lecturer, trumpeter and conductor, and the creator of many education websites. He is currently the Vice President of Innovation and Engagement at Keystone Ridge Designs, Inc. After twenty-three years as a professor and administrator at Grove City College, he made the move into industry in 2018.  As one of the youngest full professors in Grove City’s history, he served in various roles over his tenure including the Technical Director of the Pew Fine Arts Center, Assistant and Associate Chairs of Music and Music and Fine Arts, Director of Music and Fine Arts Technology, Director of Jazz Studies, Stage Manager, and he finished his tenure as the Director of Bands where he directed the college’s Symphonic Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Pep Bands, and various small ensembles.

He been named a TI:ME Teacher of the Year, received the JEN Jazz Educator Award, the PA Citation of Excellence, and named a “member for life” of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association. He is a past Vice President of the Technology Institute for Music Educators, an associate member of the American Bandmasters Association,  a past President of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association, and a member of various education and music honoraries. He has written for numerous publications including DCI Magazine, Teaching Music Magazine, and was the Educational Editor for In-Tune Monthly Magazine for eight years; he has contributed hundreds of articles to various publications. He is an active conductor, trumpeter, clinician, and educator. Find out more at his website jpisano.com.

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