Key Peninsula’s Favorite Pony Runaway Ray off to Greener Pastures

Pierson Fowler, 7, said he loves feeding the animals when he gets home from school. Pierson offers their sheep Marshmallow a slice of apple while his mother Marykate Fowler watches.
Pierson Fowler, 7, said he loves feeding the animals when he gets home from school. Pierson offers their sheep Marshmallow a slice of apple while his mother Marykate Fowler watches.
Runaway Ray is survived by the Fowlers — his human family — two horses, two hosts and a sheep.
Runaway Ray is survived by the Fowlers — his human family — two horses, two hosts and a sheep.

Runaway Ray has left for greener pastures.

The partially blind Shetland who stole many hearts on the Key Peninsula died in his stall last night, according to Marykate Fowler.

“Woke up at 1:30 a.m.. Tried to go back to sleep on the couch. Dozed. Woke back up at 2:30 a.m. went out on the deck listened to the trees and saw a shooting star,” wrote Angela Hiott on Facebook. “Came in and found out the shooting star was Runaway Ray on his way home.”

Runaway Ray’s tale is one of love and perseverance. He was rescued by Fowler and her family with help from dozens on the Key Peninsula who were taken by the pony’s sad story.

His story began earlier this year (April 11) when Fowler said she found Ray running on Whitman Road, between the Key Peninsula Highway and Joemma Beach State Park. A motorist stopped and asked her for help with the pony. She got a rope and brought Ray to her farm.

“He looked really ragged,” Fowler told The News Tribune of Tacoma. “He was losing his hair. Covered in lice, looked like. He had a big sore on his back. His eye was almost swollen closed.”

She posted all over social media to find his owners. She called friends, who were horse people, for advice.

She called Pierce County animal control to make sure the pony was all right. Instead they took him away.

What followed were days of bureaucratic wrangling that landed Ray at the Sales Pavilion in Enuclaw.

Runaway Ray’s contingent of fans carpooled to the plateau with the Fowlers to lend moral and monetary support. The jubilant group’s winning bid of $625 brought Ray back to Whiteman Road.

Runaway Ray is survived by the Fowlers — Marykate, her husband and Pierson, their 7-year-old son — two horses, two goats and a sheep.

“This breaks my heart,” said Sylvia Nold Wilson. “My daughter and I just met him.”

Marykate Fowler, left, poses in front of the Shetland pony nicknamed Runaway Ray, who she bought at auction Saturday in Enumclaw. Fowler found Ray roaming the streets near her home in the Key Peninsula last month, but was unable to keep him due to state rules governing loose livestock. State Rep. Michelle Caldier, right, has said she wants to change that law to make it easier “to allow loving families to purchase ponies like Ray.” — Courtesy photo
Marykate Fowler, left, poses in front of the Shetland pony nicknamed Runaway Ray, who she bought at auction Saturday in Enumclaw. Fowler found Ray roaming the streets near her home in the Key Peninsula last month, but was unable to keep him due to state rules governing loose livestock. State Rep. Michelle Caldier, right, has said she wants to change that law to make it easier “to allow loving families to purchase ponies like Ray.” — Courtesy photo

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