With all this snow, there’s all kinds of equipment to clear off the roads.
But businesses are also responsible to clear off their roof tops.
The Sleep Inn initially hired a few men from South Prairie to help them out.
Then, those guys had a bright idea.
“I like using them up on the roof it makes the job a lot more enjoyable,” said Eli Waddington, a South Prairie Rancher.
Them’ being Zach and Zeke – two miniature mules hard at work on the roof of the Sleep Inn.
“So the Sleep Inn hotel asked us if we would shovel off their roof and we were shoveling on the flat part and pulling calf sleds of snow and my brother smarted off and said that me and my cousin looked like our miniature mules Zach and Zeke. I told him, ‘well that’s it!’ Let’s get them up on the roof and they can pull the sleds. So I called the owner of the hotel and he said go for it,” Waddington said when asked how this whole idea came about.
Eli, his brother Isaac, and their cousin Nathan decided to get creative with snow removal.
“The snow is too hard on most spots to used a snow blower or anything. Plus if you’re blowing the snow you it could land on somebody’s head down below walking. If you take it to the edge and shovel it out you know exactly where you’re going with it,” added Waddington.
Last week, these three started shoveling at the Sleep Inn and have cut quite a bit of labor with the help of their friends.
“Oh yeah, it’s a lot faster with the mules. And they’re actually getting better at it, they enjoy it.”
Zach and Zeke come in right through the lobby, just like any guest, up a few flights of stairs, sneak through a little door to the roof and get to work,” Waddington added.
Not to mention, two donkeys in a hotel lobby isn’t something you see everyday.
“I walked down to get the harness after we put them up there and a fella asked me, ‘did I see what I thought I just seen a second ago up on the roof?’ I told him a couple miniature mules and he said, ‘yeah!’ I said, ‘you sure did,” said Waddington.