Monday, April 28, 2008

Many thanks!

We have many "thanks you's" in order.

Two weeks ago, Marcia and Kimber stopped by to help for a while. Kimber chose Traveller's Rest to fulfill her service requirement for her confirmation. Both worked hard at helping Emma shed her winter coat. (I think that will take several more sessions!)

Last weekend, Janet Dobbs (Animal Paradise Communication and Healing) held a Reiki workshop here, donating a very generous portion of the student fees to TREES. It was a miserable day, weather-wise, on Sunday, but the workshop was very enlightening in spite of the rain. Thank you, too, to the students who made the workshop a success.

This past Saturday, we were visited by Michele and Kelsey, who worked steadily for four hours, doing a lot of scrubbing and "poop-scooping," and grooming Betty, who thoroughly enjoyed the attention. Kelsey chose Traveller's Rest to fulfill her community service hours for school and will be back to complete another four hours (soon, we hope!)

Sunday, Gene and Carol, two of our most dedicated volunteers, finished the paddock clean-up, helped hang fans in the largest shed, scrubbed water tanks, cleaned up Sonny's feed-smeared walls, raked a couple of paddocks and scrubbed feed dishes. I probably missed a few things. It seemed like both were in constant motion.

Sunday afternoon, Girl Scout troop 3502 arrived to help the horses shed their winter coats. It seems that many elders grow heavier coats than they did in their younger days and spring is always difficult in terms of keeping up with the shedding. The girls worked hard and groomed Emma, Sonny, Rienzi, Belle, Betty and Freddy. We're not done with the hair yet, though. We can count on several more weeks of watching the fur fly.

So, we offer one tremendous THANK YOU to those who come out in sun or clouds, or sometimes in cold rain, to help the elders enjoy their golden years in a safe, clean enviroment. You are all awesome. (Please bring friends during future visits. We'll put them to work too!)

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