Animal Message of the Day: Clark

From Clark: “Look at this fine goat body I am in! What is there NOT to appreciate?  I love making people laugh. When people laugh, they breathe and open up to the real light within them. Why are you all so stingy with opening up your light? Come on! Lighten up! Bounce around. Jump and skip. Even if you can’t physically do that, you can do it in your thoughts. Feel your energy bounding in your body. Feel how wonderful life is and let that fill you up. Don’t just focus on thoughts that make you feel afraid. You see, if I worried all the time about what could have happened if I hadn’t come here to this farm, I’d be a nervous wreck all the time. Instead, I’m focused on being here in every second. It is glorious! Even if it is raining, you can know that the sun is still shining. And the rain will end. And the sun will fill you up again. If you can’t bring yourself to do it, then I suggest you get yourself a goat. We’ll show you how it’s done. Yes, we surely will!”

 

In an effort to help us all through the stress, fear, and challenges lately, we are posting an animal message a day through the end of March. (All messages through animal communicator/co-founder Dawn Hayman) The animals were each asked: What do you feel appreciation for in your life?

Animal Message of the Day: Clyde

From Clyde: “Life is a beautiful thing. I think people try to make life too complicated. I know that humans are complex thinkers but truly they make things more complex than they need to. Animals think too. But human thoughts are more tangled up within themselves, kind of like a ball of string. The problem is that frequently you take one string and give it a tug and if it shows any resistance you give up and think it’s hopeless. Or, you give it a tug and it starts to pull free and you think the whole thing is going to fall apart on you. Life isn’t really like that. You just think it is. I love people. I quietly stand back and watch and feel all of you. I appreciate your fear of things, as I too have fears of my own. I appreciate your feelings and sensitivities. You see, I think that the problem is that you don’t know how to appreciate yourselves. If you start with that, you will change the world very quickly, because you will appreciate everyone else as well. Be patient with yourself. It takes some time. But you can do it.”

In an effort to help us all through the stress, fear, and challenges lately, we are posting an animal message a day through the end of March. (All messages through animal communicator/co-founder Dawn Hayman) The animals were each asked: What do you feel appreciation for in your life?

 

Animal Message of the Day: Hazel

From Hazel: “There is so much to love and appreciate in life. I’d say that my biggest thing is that I appreciate comfort. Comfort is an interesting thing. Sometimes it is simply lying in the warm sun. Sometimes it is snuggling in a nice soft bed. It can be the comfort of hearing my friends purring. Other times, comfort is more complicated. Sometimes, the sun doesn’t shine for days or another cat is sleeping in my favorite bed. In those times, I have to make do with other things to find comfort. And then there is this truth. Sometimes the greatest comfort is when you can comfort another. Often, I have had a human who needed a head bump or gentle purr. By offering another comfort when they need it most, it also fills my heart with comfort too.”

 

In an effort to help us all through the stress, fear, and challenges lately, we are posting an animal message a day through the end of March. (All messages through animal communicator/co-founder Dawn Hayman) The animals were each asked: What do you feel appreciation for in your life?

The Cats’ Meow

You must have your volume up for this one!

Several of the Spring Farm CARES cats raise their voices to say hello to you!

Animal Message of the Day: Mary

From Mary: “I just came here and no one has actually ever asked me this before. I am still trying to understand what this life is all about. I love being recognized for who I am. I understand that there is a lot of fear around because I can feel its energy. When sheep get scared, we flock together. There is comfort in numbers. There is safety in knowing that you are not alone. When the flock stands together, we are stronger. Each of us can watch out for each other, but also the responsibility is not just placed on one individual. We can instantly come together and feel stronger and the fear goes away so that we can think rationally. We then move as one unit. I don’t see this too much with people. You all seem to scatter willy nilly when you get scared. I don’t see the strength in that. Find your flock and gather together. You will be stronger than you ever realized you could be.”

 

In an effort to help us all through the stress, fear, and challenges lately, we are posting an animal message a day through the end of March. (All messages through animal communicator/co-founder Dawn Hayman) The animals were each asked: What do you feel appreciation for in your life?

Animal Message of the Day: Toby

From Toby: “Oh, let me tell you what I appreciate. I love this question! But there are so many things! It’s spring and my friends and I have been moved out of our hibernation area in the barn. Don’t get me wrong, because in the winter we were very grateful to be inside with all of our friends all nice and snug and warm. But now that the weather is nicer, it is great to be outside with my friends in the sun and soon there will even be grass. Being outside again gives me the greatest ability to appreciate the first rays of sun that come up in the morning. I love to stand outside as the world becomes light. There is something special about that first light. It is also wonderful for my friends and I to join in for a nice group bray each morning as the farm awakens. It is great to be the first voice that everyone hears! I also appreciate standing under the stars at night. I like it all. Life is a wonderful thing!”

 

In an effort to help us all through the stress, fear, and challenges lately, we are posting an animal message a day through the end of March. (All messages through animal communicator/co-founder Dawn Hayman) The animals were each asked: What do you feel appreciation for in your life?

Animal Message of the Day: Alice

From Alice: “Life has blessed me with the opportunity of being different. I was born with legs that are not normal. But I get around just fine, although it is different than other cats. For a time, I was living life out on the streets and not doing so well at that. It was hard for me to navigate and fend for myself. But then, I ended up here, where I am safe and free to be exactly who I am. I am not defined by my body. Neither are you. We are who we are inside and that is what matters most. I appreciate it when people take the time to find out who I am and not judge me by what I look like or how I walk. And I appreciate each and every one of you for just being you.”

 

In an effort to help us all through the stress, fear, and challenges lately, we are posting an animal message a day through the end of March. (All messages through animal communicator/co-founder Dawn Hayman) The animals were each asked: What do you feel appreciation for in your life?

Animal Message of the Day: Eloise

From Eloise: “I have to tell you that being a pig is a privilege. Everything I smell, smells exquisite. Everything I taste is beyond wonderful. To slosh around in mud or a pool of water on a warm day is so good that joy just fills me up. Everything is great, even on rainy days. The trick is that you have to believe that life is good and accept that life can be good in order for you to experience the magnitude of all the opportunities for joy. I am a pig. I feel. I laugh. I joke around with my friends. I dream. I think. I know. And not a day goes by where I don’t appreciate each one of those. You should too.”

 

In an effort to help us all through the stress, fear, and challenges lately, we are posting an animal message a day through the end of March. (All messages through animal communicator/co-founder Dawn Hayman) The animals were each asked: What do you feel appreciation for in your life?

A Story of Healing / A Message of Hope

This is an old photo with two animals who are now in spirit. Cassie, border collie mix, and cat Buster taught us so much. At the time of the photo, Cassie had just arrived here with us. She was heavily traumatized and timid of everything in life. She had huddled on a dog bed near our desks when Buster walked in and approached her. He sensed her fear and anxiety about literally everything in life. What he did next will be engraved in my heart forever and I captured it in this photo. It is timely for what we are all going through now in this world. I want to share this with all of you.

Life sometimes gets overwhelming. It is easy to feel so insecure or unsure that we just want to hunker down and make the world go away. But it doesn’t. Times like those, and like many of us are experiencing now, are made easier by the kindness and compassion of another. This moment between Cassie and Buster became a pivotal turn-around moment for both of them and for us humans who got to witness this. As Buster lay down beside her, it brought Cassie great comfort. He told her, “Just rest. I’m here with you. You’ve got this. You’re safe. It’s all ok.” And as he snuggled up next to her, she gently rested her head across his back, took a huge breath, and relaxed. He reached out to her in the exact way that she needed. A kindred spirit who understood the fear she was going through because he had come through that himself earlier in his life. His act of kindness helped to change the course of her life. And Cassie then became the caretaker and compassionate heart to many more animals who came after her. She left that legacy behind when she left her body years later.

I am writing this now, as we in New York State are in quarantine. Many of you out there face the same thing or may be facing it soon. It leaves many questions and uncertainties. How will we get through this? How long will this go on? Will we be ok? Will we recover?

We have followers on our Facebook page and website from all over the world. ALL of us are facing the same thing. We are all in this together.

We have an opportunity now to face this together, with strength and compassion and concern and respect for one another. If a once cast out, abused and abandoned cat can reach out with love and compassion for a dog who had given up on life – we humans can put our differences aside and be there for one another too.

We will get through this. We will come out the other side. We will heal. We will be better than we ever were before. Because we will discover that indeed the only way we can do this – is together. Together, we can change the world.

Let’s follow the example of how the animals live. Let’s be the people they think we are. Let’s be there for one another and let’s get through this together. Kindness. Compassion. Love.

It is how we make it through.

Dawn

Animal Message for the Day: Bayberry

From Bayberry: “Life can be amazing and it can also sometimes be pretty scary. I have had many scary times in my life. I’ve ended up in some pretty bad places. The worst one was when my friends and I had no food. What was even worse was when we were suddenly left alone and abandoned. It was when all looked hopeless that something amazing happened. Help arrived. So many times it can seem like there are troubles that are insurmountable. But what got me through was knowing my friends were there too. I am understanding that humans are really scared right now. Here is what I can tell you. You are not alone. We are here with you. And, you have each other. When all hearts focus on a common goal, miracles are born in an instant. Trust me, I know this for fact. Some people have thought I’m a crazy horse. But in truth, I’m a horse who has known miracles and I am a joyful horse. I came through a great darkness. You can too. I just know it!”

 

In an effort to help us all through the stress, fear, and challenges lately, we are posting an animal message a day through the end of March. (All messages through animal communicator/co-founder Dawn Hayman) The animals were each asked: What do you feel appreciation for in your life?

Animal Message of the Day: Rex

From Rex: “I live every moment trying to make people understand how wonderful they are in this world and how happy I am to spend a moment or two with them. I love people. I love learning everything about them. And if they are having a down moment or feeling less than wonderful about themselves, then I’m on that too. No one escapes my plan to make them see me. It’s a full-time job. I appreciate every second and every opportunity I am given to make someone feel just a little better. I call it the “Rex principle”. You are welcome to try it. It feels really good.”

 

In an effort to help us all through the stress, fear, and challenges lately, we are posting an animal message a day through the end of March. (All messages through animal communicator/co-founder Dawn Hayman) The animals were each asked: What do you feel appreciation for in your life?

Animal Message of the Day: Noah

From Noah: “Wisdom. I appreciate the process of building wisdom. Kindness. I appreciate the path of growing deeper into kindness. Love. I appreciate the learning about giving love and the power of understanding that the more you give, the more you have. Life. I appreciate the gift of being alive. Sharing. I appreciate the opportunity to share everything I am learning and everything I have to give with others who value what I give them and love me for who I am. With that, I am the most blessed donkey on the planet.”

 

In an effort to help us all through the stress, fear, and challenges lately, we are posting an animal message a day through the end of March. (All messages through animal communicator/co-founder Dawn Hayman) The animals were each asked: What do you feel appreciation for in your life?

Nice Day for Turnout

It was a perfect day today for our barn animals to enjoy some turnout time.

Animal Message of the Day: Snowball

From Snowball: “There is so much to appreciate in my life! I am here! I am cute! And I have a body that I just love running around with. I have my pal Clark and he is very smart and helpful to me. We live in a really interesting place. There is so much to explore here. And so much to give. Life is rich with beauty and wonder. I appreciate all of it. Most of all, I appreciate the opportunity to be alive.”

 

 

In an effort to help us all through the stress, fear, and challenges lately, we are posting an animal message a day through the end of March. (All messages through animal communicator/co-founder Dawn Hayman) The animals were each asked: What do you feel appreciation for in your life?

Pig-citement

We are striving to share with you posts from daily life on the farm as much as we can. We all need to realize and hold onto that there is so much good happening in the world right now too. In spite of lock downs and quarantines and fear…. spring is springing. There is still joy. There are still miracles happening. Let’s not forget the beauty and the good things. They are healing.
This one I call simply…. pig-citement.

When one of our pigs discovers the sunshine, the result is pure joy.
Best enjoyed with speakers on.

 

 

Animal Message of the Day: Sunny

From Sunny: “I appreciate making people laugh. I appreciate making others feel good. I sometimes even appreciate being a little impish with some of the older cats – most especially when they take themselves far too seriously. I like when I can brighten someone’s day. It makes me feel good inside. When I’m nice to others, they are nice to me too. It is what makes each day special. I appreciate sunshine. I appreciate friends. I appreciate my life.”

In an effort to help us all through the stress, fear, and challenges lately, we are posting an animal message a day through the end of March. (All messages through animal communicator/co-founder Dawn Hayman) The animals were each asked: What do you feel appreciation for in your life?

 

Animal Message of the Day: Jose

From Jose: “I have been around for a while. I can’t say that I’ve always managed to appreciate everything around me, because that wouldn’t be true. I’ve had some low times where I let hopelessness take over. But, I found my way out of that. Sometimes it just takes knowing that someone believes in you enough for you to believe in yourself again. I appreciate everyone who has believed in me even when I didn’t. My heart is renewed with hope again. And from that place of hope, there isn’t a thing in my life that I do not appreciate. That is the truth.”

In an effort to help us all through the stress, fear, and challenges lately, we are posting an animal message a day through the end of March. (All messages through animal communicator/co-founder Dawn Hayman) The animals were each asked:

What do you feel appreciation for in your life?

Animal Message of the Day: Beeker

From Beeker: “Let’s see, what do I appreciate? The list is long but I’ll try. Bananas, apples, carrots, lettuce….. Oh, wait, do you mean like the bigger things…. Other than food? Well, I like food a lot so that has to go first. But I like smelling the air first thing in the morning. You can tell a lot about what the day is going to be by how the air smells first thing in the morning. I appreciate the sun. I appreciate my friends. I appreciate the earth. Life is all about enjoying it. Don’t you think?”

 

In an effort to help us all through the stress, fear, and challenges lately, we are posting an animal message a day through the end of March. (All messages through animal communicator/co-founder Dawn Hayman) The animals were each asked: What do you feel appreciation for in your life?

Animal Message of the Day: Hillary

From Hillary:“I am an old woman now. My ears no longer hear the sounds that used to fill my world. My legs no longer are as agile as they once were when they carried me to great heights and leaps. My eyes may not see as clearly as they once did. But, I appreciate every breath that I am still able to take. I appreciate a nice warm blanket. I appreciate the ability to find a beam of sunlight and gloriously bask in the rays. I deeply appreciate when people stop and notice me for who I am and aren’t looking around for who I once was. I appreciate being me and being given the chance to be me. I appreciate every single second of life.”

 

In an effort to help us all through the stress, fear, and challenges lately, we are posting an animal message a day through the end of March. (All messages through animal communicator/co-founder Dawn Hayman) The animals were each asked:What do you feel appreciation for in your life?

Animal Message of the Day: Ginny

From Ginny: “I am grateful to know love and tenderness. I have had moments of pain in my life that were fairly challenging. Yet, what got me through them was the love shown to me by others who were helping me. The gift of love is a most amazing gift. And out of the love others showed to me, I found gratitude not just for them, but for every experience I ever had that brought me to them. Love is powerful. And gratitude is just as powerful too. The world needs love and gratitude. It takes so little each day to stop in wonder at the gifts around us. The sun. The moon. The stars. The grass. The flowers. My friends. This amazing planet we all share. Don’t forget to stop and give thanks. The world needs to know it is loved just as I needed to know that too – and so do all of you.”

 

Note: We will be running these messages until the end of March to help remind us all that there is much to be grateful and appreciative for in this world. There is so much fear right now and we hope these messages can help us all take a collective deep breath and remember that there is so much in this world to be thankful for…. and it’s going to be okay.

Special Message

Special Message:

This is a time of great turmoil for so many. But it is also a time for coming together and to remember the beauty of what life has to offer. Everywhere we turn, there are continual messages about COVID-19. And the level of fear and anxiety keeps ratcheting up higher and higher. Spring Farm CARES has a special statement about COVID-19.

We are taking some very practical steps to see to the continuing care of our animals. Key to that care is the well-being of their caretakers. For the next two weeks we are suspending tours of our facility. We will reassess the situation at that time and act accordingly. However, there is much more to say.

If we have learned anything during this time, it is that our planet is indeed very small in the grand scheme of things and we are all inter-connected in so very many ways. When we are faced with things that are unknown or conflicting, it is human nature (and animals too) to go into survival mode and, for some, great fear and panic. But this fear only makes things worse. Fear cripples us and separates us when we need to feel connected even more than ever. Fear lowers our immunity and creates disharmony with our connection to all of the positive things in our lives. When we are afraid, we forget about all of the joy and love and wonder in the world around us.

Please, join us in taking a few moments each day to breathe deeply from your heart center and think of a person, animal or place that brings you great joy and love. As you breathe, hold that feeling of love and appreciation and gratitude in your heart. Remind your heart and body what that feels like and breathe from that space. Your energy will change. It will help your physical and emotional well-being. It is so simple and so powerful.

In an effort to help us find that beauty and gratitude and appreciation, I am going to post an animal message a day as we usually do during the holiday season each year. I will do this for at least the next two weeks.

We are all connected and in this together. Let’s not forget the strength in love and gratitude and appreciation.

Dawn

Willow and the Wheel

Watch our cat Willow enjoy her exercise wheel on her porch while enjoying a sunny day.

A few years ago, some wonderful human donated us this cat wheel after their own cats wouldn’t use it. Over the years, we have moved it from cat room to cat room but never found any real interest in it either….. until Willow came along. Willow is a cat who prefers little human interaction. At first, she spent all of her time hiding after she came here. But then…. she found the wheel. The wheel sits out on the porch of her cat room where she loves to go out and take a spin multiple times a day.

Message of the Day – From Dawn Hayman

From Dawn Hayman: Today we stand on the threshold of one year ending and another beginning. We turn the page to a new chapter as we gently break in the binding of our book, remembering the last chapter, and eagerly starting the next to see where our story goes. Today is the start of a new decade, a new year, a new month, and a new day.  The past 34 days we have shared with you some of the messages received from the animals who call this sanctuary home. It never ceases to amaze me how they see life and how they approach things with gratitude and unconditional love. We learn so much from all of them.

My hope is that these messages brought something to your heart as we moved through the holiday season. I am grateful to every one of these animals. And I am grateful to all of you. Many of you have shared with us that you spent time reading these messages daily with your children and families.  Some wrote comments that the messages touched you at a time when you needed to hear that very message. We’ve heard of groups of senior citizens sharing the messages each morning at the start of their day. We heard of more than one family that used the messages at their Thanksgiving and Christmas family dinners. And I know that some of you in the depths of feeling alone, read the messages and felt understood and heard.

All of this has been very humbling. I hope as we now step into this new decade that we remember what the animals have shared and taught us. I hope we remember to look for the light even when we feel at our darkest times. That we remember that no matter how hopeless things seem, they will change, if only we give it the chance. That gratitude can be for the simplest of things and that love is always a guiding light. I hope we remember that kindness has a greater power to make change and bring peace than any other force.

We wish you all the best and hope that you will join us in creating a world filled with kindness. Because this is, after all, our story to write. As we turn the page today, you as the author of your own book, have the ability to change the world.

In the words of my old horse friend and teacher, Deeteza, “Believe in it and it shall be so. It is the natural force of the universe to do so. Just be the you that you are meant to be. No one else can do that but you.”

Happy New Year! Many Blessings!