Sophia, our lovely donkey and Moxie, our lop eared rabbit have been chosen for sponsorship by Lightlife Foods ! We are thrilled as Lightlife enjoys a reputation for support of environmental stewardship and overall responsible practices. Their commitment to the humane treatment of animals makes this sponsorship a very special one for Farming Connections. Please take the time to check out the Lightlife Foods website at: http://www.lightlife.com.
Pictures of these two lucky farm residents have been sent to Rachael Collins at Lightlife who plans to put pictures up so everyone there can keep tabs on their special new friends. Updates will be sent periodically so a real feeling of connectedness can develop. Here’s hoping that some of the Lightlife staff will come out to meet Duncan and Sophia in person.
Thank you so much Lightlife for helping to take care of these two precious farm animals. We are honored.
Sophia and young friend:
With help from volunteers Cam, Paula, Elizabeth, Maya and Steven, the entire duck family was moved to their new quarters. Much is still to be done but getting the entire flock back together was our number one priority and that was accomplished. We celebrate this step towards our goal of a welcoming, duck friendly area that will keep ducks safe and healthy while allowing visitors to watch their duckishly [sic} hilarious antics.
Steven Streeter donated his strength and know how to make the most difficult aspects of this move possible. Thanks Steven! and a big thank you to everyone else who pitched in to improve the lives of a small flock of ducks. Awesome.
Buster is a percheron who was abandoned here almost a decade ago. He was brought here with his long time friend and harness mate, Anna. Prior to the untimely vanishing of his then owner, Anna was sold. Buster was distraught; he ate very little, stood with his head hanging, lost weight and became sluggish. There wasn’t a medical explanation for this radical change in his presentation: he was grieving the loss of his beloved Anna. In my desperation to help Buster, I decided that he needed a job.
With his big back, his gentle nature and overall responsiveness it seemed reasonable to see if he would like to work with children. This was the beginning of a new chapter in Buster’s life. Since his maiden voyage as a lesson horse, Buster has taught people of all ages how to communicate with horses. In so doing, he has helped to build the self-confidence of many, raised the joy quotient in the lives of many and has delighted, amazed and endeared himself to all who have had the opportunity to spend time with this lovable, kind and steady horse.
One of Buster’s most endearing traits is his uncanny knack for telling when a rider needs special consideration and care. He is especially patient and forgiving with those who lack the experience or motor control to execute required moves correctly. His insight and desire to keep his riders safe and successful is something that must be witnessed to fully appreciate.
When Buster is very happy, his lips quiver. One day after a ride a young girl who adores Buster pressed herself into Buster’s side and did her best to hug his huge body with her small arms. She had the side of her face pressed into his side. At that moment I noticed Buster’s lips quivering with joy. This was one of the most moving moments I’ve ever witnessed between horse and rider.
Thank you Buster for all you have taught us. Those who know this gentle giant hope he will continue his work for a long, long time.
Oh how very fast they grow! Both Opp and Boaz have been growing like little bamboo shoots and will soon need much more spacious quarters. This week is camp week so maybe, just maybe the campers will help get the relocation rolling. I’ll keep you posted! Opp is the darker duckling. Boaz stands alone in the picture on your right. Can you say CUTE!!