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Equine Therapy is Like Relaxing on a Couch

13 Jun

Equine Therapy is Like Relaxing on a Couch

Katie relaxes on Quest after a hard equine therapy session!

Frosty and His Kids

26 Mar


Frosty has one love, kids.  Frosty is a Great Pyrenees, full of fluff and love.  He can also be a fierce protector if he feels that anything is being threatened here at the farm.

One activity that he loves more than anything else is to sit on the laps of kids and on occasion, lying on them.  He weighs 130 pounds, but the kids still encourage him to lie on them.  On this particular day, Chris, bored with watching his brother Michael ride, decided to see if Frosty would sit on him too.  Chris sat on the ground and patted his stomach welcoming the pup to sit.  Frosty wagged his tail in anticipation of having a new friend and sat.

Chris laughed and assured me that he could still breath.  His parents laughed and Chris was grinning from ear to ear.  He had found love too.  His brother had found love in riding Pumpkin and Chris found love in a big furry dog, named Frosty.  They both found what they were looking for in furry creatures at a farm that raises dreams.

Do you have an animal that loves to do strange things?  Please share!

Great Pyrenees, Great Love

27 Dec

We had just lost our wolf-hybrid, Vision.  He was quite the character, always full of fun and adventure.  He was the consummate watch dog.  There were times that he would shoo off  questionable characters that sometimes frequent the rural area of New Jersey.  He was white with yellow eyes and most people were fearful of his looks.  He was gentle as a lamb with children and those that he trusted, and now we had the unpleasant task of trying to find a dog that could replace Vision.  We have two labs, though they would spring into action if needed, but they did not watch the farm like Vision did. 

One day while watching Animal Planet we came across a dog that seemed to fit what we were looking for, a guard dog that would be gentle enough to handle all of the children that come here.  We found it in the Great Pyrenees breed.  We bought two male puppies off of  the internet.  I have never bought a dog in my life, much less one on the internet.  I was always the one that was always saving  dogs from the pound.july2012 013 The two puppies came to us as little fluff balls.  If anyone knows Great Pyrenees puppies, they will agree, there is nothing as cute as them.

Now they are four years old.  They are the guardian watchers of the farm.  They are the first to greet all that come to the farm.  They are eye level with most car windows and they are not below licking the windows in anticipation of the visitor’s pat.  My farm is the equine therapy center for the Salem Center for Autism, and many of the children come very excited.  They do not leave that way.  They ride and then usually sit on the ground for the dogs to then sit on them.  It is quite a sight.  I did not teach them to do that, they just sense the need for the student to have their sensory needs to be met.  They are too happy to oblige.

Do you have a dog or dogs that have special traits?  Please share!

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