Anyone that knows anything knows that long ears are the holiest of animals and have always had pride of place right there next to your God. Whether you believe in one God or another or none at all I reckon you humans could learn a thing or two about life from us long ears and the other creatures you share your planet with. We reckon your God knew a bit about this... why was the donkey his choice from the minute he was born to when he died?
We think your Ten Commandments may hold some clues:
I am the Lord your God. You shall worship the Lord your God and Him only shall you serve.
We muleteers are not a servant of your God although we respect all that are who are also tolerant of our beliefs. We are loyal and true to our own God, Mother Nature, we do not pollute her or disrespect her and we appreciate her beauty and life giving in all seasons.
So Mr Pope perhaps the books might say one thing, but listen to your heart, we think you'll find that if your God did exist that he most certainly would have had his ever faithful companion with him when he was born; who else walked the path of life from birth to death with him but the humble donkey?