Family 411: Life after kids

Couple adopts donkeys for their time after the kids move out (WSYX)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX) - Some couples find themselves at a crossroads. They are done raising their children but not ready to retire.

Dean Fagan says rescuing donkeys has become a passion for him and his wife, Dawn. Mister Donker Donks was their first rescue. Now the Fagans have seven mini-donkeys, including four babies.

The Fagans have 67 acres on the farm they call Jackass Junction. The donkeys each have a personality and they are intelligent and affectionate. "They are like dogs. They follow you around. Donkers comes in the house," said Dawn.

The Double D, Dean and Dawn, are recruiters for advertising executives on both coasts. They need a flexible schedule. "We do set up interviews where we are talking on the phone and talking to clients about job searches we are working on."

The Fagans work hard and play hard. They do both with a sense of humor. "It's fun. We enjoy it. We enjoy being around them and listening to them seeing them run and play."

The Fagans tell us even their friends find a connection with the donkeys. "Donkey wine parties. Just a group of friends, it's just kind of silly."

The Fagans say this may not be for all empty nesters, but it might get people thinking about their next adventure. The next chapter of their lives. "Just do what makes you happy. I mean you only have so long , so make every day count."

Many couples are figuring out working and playing together.

According to the Census Bureau, the number of employees who work from home more than doubled in the past decade, to at least 3.7 million.

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