The Eyes {sic} Have It

Just as many animals do, we humans communicate a lot of information with our eyes.   Some among us, for one reason or another,  do not pay attention to this valuable source of interpersonal information.  By not looking at another’s eyes much of what is being ‘said’ is lost.  Whether this failure to make eye contact is due to  insufficient arousal in the brain, shyness, fear, etc. ,  the bottom line is that a chance for a more complete understanding with another person or animal can’t happen without it.  In a group setting, failure to scan eyes and accompanying facial expressions can result in a real lack of understanding about what’s going on.   Those who do not routinely read the eyes of others may feel disconnected, confused and alone.  They  can be shocked by things they could have seencoming.  Being social creatures, this is a very real problem.  It is very difficult to make and keep friends without tapping into this valuable source of communication.

Working with animals and observing their nonverbal behaviors can help develop the skills needed to notice and readeye language.

In watching animals communicate with each other, clients can witness the power of what is not being spoken.  Learning something by watching others is called Observational Learning.  Now how perfect is that!100_0166100_0165

Cole Daniel Bolo Hits a Home Run!

Cole Daniel is one of our barn cats who is beloved by many;  especially by Saryn Lauzon and her son Ethan who have decided to sponsor this lucky boy!

Cole Daniel’s life has taken a dramatic turn upward since being hit by a car and delivered to the Brattlebor Vet Clinic by the police. At the Brattleboro Clinic  he was loving cared for by Drs. Boardman and  Sorton as well as by the support staff.  Saryn is one of the clinic’s support staff.  It was Saryn who brought Cole Daniel’s situation to my attention.  Her gentle but persistent reminders about this playful young cat who had yet to find a permanent home were initially brushed off thinking that eventually, someone would decide to take him, after all, we already have 4 barn cats.  As time passed and no one had adopted him, Saryn’s persistence hit its mark.  With  broad smiles, Saryn and her son Ethan arrived with Cole Daniel in tow.  As if arranging his placement here was not enough, they have taken their devotion to this quirky, friendly and playful little guy one step further by deciding to continue their support of his future well-being by sponsoring Cole Daniel Bolo!!!.

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Lightlife Sponsoring Two FC kiddos!

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.

Moxie

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Sophia and young friend:
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Another Duckling Update

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.

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