Animal Message of the Day – Toby

From Toby: “I am grateful for shelter and warmth and dry bedding and food. Others may take this for granted but I never will. I have gone without all of these things and sometimes it didn’t feel so good. But the one thing I always had was friends. We went through tough times together. When things get difficult, we need to all help one another. Sometimes bad things happen that are out of our control. That is the time when we most need someone to stop and notice that we are in trouble. A kind deed, a soft word, and something that warms the soul with a glimmer of hope can be a miracle. I am grateful someone was there for me and my friends. Now I hope to do the same for others. I hope you will too.”

 

Animal Message of the Day: Flannigan

From Flannigan: “There is so much to love about life! What isn’t there to love? I’m busy taking it all in. Sometimes I move too fast I guess. But I just can’t get enough of everything. I’ve been kind of thinking that the older cats in here need to lighten up a bit. But I’m starting to see that maybe they also have some wisdom to offer me. Maybe I need to slow down just a little bit and listen a little more. But there is so much to do! Ok, so I am grateful for windows. I love to look out the windows. My favorite things to watch are birds and snowflakes. But I like to watch from the inside where I am warm. Life is just too good to waste time not paying attention to things.”

Animal Message of the Day – Bayberry

From Bayberry: “For the first time in my life I am finding great joy. For many years, I was passed around from place to place to place, never finding anyplace that even made sense to me. My body broke down at times. People tried to make me do things that made me feel crazy inside. I felt like I was always running down a steep hill at a full gallop and unable to stop. That was not a good feeling. Now, I’ve had to learn to slow down. No one is asking me to be someone that I am not. And that started a weird process for me, because I didn’t actually know who I was. I am grateful for this new beginning. This is a new me. And for the first time, things are starting to feel like they are making sense. And I found the place now that I never want to leave. They tell me I can stay here forever. I am most incredibly grateful for that!”

Animal Message of the Day – Fozzy

From Fozzie: “I am grateful to feel so safe that I can sleep and dream.  I love to dream. I love many things. I love to be with my friends all snuggled in the straw while we all share our warmth and snore and dream. It is a gift to feel cozy. It matters to me to be dry and clean. In my dreams I run around in the sun and dig for tasty morsels in the ground. And the perfect day also includes a nice wallow in the creek for good measure. On days when it is cold and snowy, I can still dream of all my favorite things. I think memories are there for us so that in times that we don’t have our favorite things that we can always feel what it is like to have them. I am grateful to humans who have given me good memories to savor now. The sun can disappear behind the clouds but my memories of what that sun feels like are always there no matter what.”

Animal Message of the Day – Leo

From Leo: “I have always been fascinated with butterflies. I love to watch them fly around our pasture when I’m outside. I love how they drift up and down with the flow of air. But mostly, I think about how much butterflies undergo change. I have had a lot of change. I came from a lot of darkness and despair and now live my life with all I need and beauty all around me and hope. My hope is that all of you can find the butterfly inside of yourselves and understand that change does not have to be so hard. Change can be as light as a butterfly surfing through the breezes of a summer day. Other than that, I am grateful for food and grass and sun and a good roll in nice dirt.”

Animal Message of the Day – Tom

From Tom: “I am very grateful to know love even when I’ve known great loss. I lost my human companion and that was very sad. He loved me very much. I am old now too. And then I found myself alone. I didn’t know what would happen but then I was brought here. It is much different for me than where I lived before. But I cherish this place and their willingness to help an old man find comfort when I needed it most. I am grateful to have known such great love and to know that one day I will see my human friend again and he will have known that I was safe here. I know this makes him happy and it makes me happy too.”

Animal Message of the Day – Daisy

From Daisy: “I am grateful for times that are quiet and peaceful. Humans create a lot of chaos around them. I’m sorry but it’s true. We will have the most amazingly beautiful, quiet, peaceful day here where my friend Minnie and I are grazing out in the sunshine and enjoying a quiet time when, all of a sudden, humans come in without even noticing that things were just fine before they got there. Then they come in talking and talking and running equipment and before you know it we get scared and run back inside.  There went our peaceful moment. You all need to learn to slow down and breathe. You think sheep are shy or, worse yet, some say we are stupid. The truth is, we are just quiet. And to you that feels very alien. My hope is that you will find the gift of quiet and peace. You’d be much better off and wouldn’t struggle so much.”

Animal Message of the Day: Charlie

From Charlie: “I am grateful for laughter. And I will do anything I have to in life to be sure I can hear someone laugh. The problem is that sometimes people don’t have the sense of humor I feel they should have. When I notice that, I move into action. First, I get their attention. It can be stealing their glove or unzipping their jacket, whatever it takes. And then, I show them how they are being far to serious. Be grateful to laugh. Life is about living. It is important to take a moment each day and find something that makes you smile inside. And when you find that moment, let that smile come from the inside to the outside and you will brighten someone else’s day. That is my philosophy. So next time you think I’m being naughty, take a moment to find the humor. Ok…. Well, sometimes I admit I can be just a little naughty too.”

Animal Message of the Day – Luna

From Luna: “When the sun comes up each day, I feel gratitude to be included in another day. I don’t like winter or being cold, but, on a cold day when I see my breath float away from my body, I am grateful to see the breath I take for granted each moment. Life is a sacred gift and opportunity. In every second and with every breath we can make a difference to someone else and even to ourselves. Moment by moment I remember this to get me through the times that are not as easy. Sometimes gratitude comes from looking at things once they are behind us. But we need to hold in our hearts the truth that in the tough times, things will move if we let them, and the sun will come up again – and we will have another chance to feel grateful.”

Animal Messenger of the Day: Misty Mew

Animal Message of the Day:

From Misty Mew:  “I am grateful to have purpose. Someone threw me out of their car and left me on the side of the road. You can’t get much more lost than that. I didn’t know what to do. But, I saw a light and headed for it. I was lucky. It brought me here. I waited at the door. It was the only thing to do. It turns out that I was very lucky. We have a lot of cats here. All of us have different stories. But I wanted something different. I realized that this place needed a cat to greet people at the door, just like someone greeted me when I was most lost. Lots of people come in our doors who truly feel lost inside. They may not say it, but I know it, because I’ve been there. Now, I’ve made myself the greeter cat. And I let everyone know they are welcome to be here. Their hearts can rest a minute or two here with us. I am grateful to have found my purpose.”

Animal Messenger of the day: Noah

Today starts the beginning of our annual tradition of a message a day from the animals of Spring Farm CARES, from Thanksgiving thru New Year’s Eve. All messages are through co-founder, animal communicator Dawn Hayman. We hope you enjoy them!
 
The animals were all asked, “What are you most grateful for or wish for the most?”
 
From Noah: “It is my fondest wish that Dawn will post my message first. I have so much to be grateful for that I couldn’t possibly list it all. But I’d like to take this chance to say something more. We have a lot of animals living here that were cast away because there was no space for them where they were, or they couldn’t be cared for any longer, or they were abandoned and forgotten. Some of us have seen great pain and suffering. Many of us are old. Some of us are still young and learning the basics. But all of us, every single one of us, is loved now that we are here. There is a feeling in the heart that only comes from being safe and learning to trust. I can tell you that when I walked in the door here, I hadn’t much understanding or faith in finding my place in life. But someone with a lot of patience taught me that life is learned one tiny step at a time. Step by step we can find our true selves and the meaning and wonder of all of life. I learned to walk beside another by being valued for who I am. No one pushed me. No one tried to “break me” into pieces to mold me the way they wanted me to be. Instead, they looked to me and asked me who I am. And they listened. All of us here on this farm want to share this gift with you. We are grateful for each of you. And we hope you can find peace and love and gratitude for being who you are. Thank you for letting me say this. You are perfect the way you are and you need to know that. Now go start your day with gratitude and love and forgiveness. Whatever it takes, just take one tiny step to start and your journey will begin.”

Animal Messages for the Holidays

It’s that time of the year again! Back by popular demand, we will once again be bringing you our traditional holiday offering to all of you. From Thanksgiving, 11/ 28 – 12/31/19 we will daily post a message from an animal along with their photo. Dawn Hayman, Animal Communicator and co-founder of Spring Farm CARES, will be asking the animals of SFC what they are most grateful for in life. You won’t want to miss their messages. To start things off as a preview, Dawn’s dog Jessie weighs in:

From Jessie: ““Hi Everyone! This is Jessie and I am the dog that looks after Dawn. I wanted you all to know that I am helping her prepare for the messages from the animals here coming up soon. It’s a full-time job for me to help her. It’s not always easy, especially when she worries all the time. So, we are going to be sending you all a lot of messages about gratitude and kindness and love – you know, the real important stuff that we don’t want to forget. I’ll do my best to keep her on track. I’m very sure that you won’t want to miss this, so stay tuned. And when it’s all done, you can thank me for keeping her on track.”

From Frankie

From Frankie: “I have lost my vision but I have never lost sight of who I am. Nor have I forgotten that life is beautiful. I am most grateful for my companions. And my companions come in many shapes and sizes and forms. I learn from all of them. No one should ever feel sorry for me for being blind because if you cannot see the hope and joy I have found in my life even without vision, then you are the one who is blind. Limitations are what you make of them. You can either see them for what they are, learn from them, and grow. Or you can let those limitations shut you down from living. I am very much alive. And I am grateful for every moment I have to live this life for which I have been gifted.”

 

 

From Joy

From Joy: “I have a unique view on life because I nearly died – twice. For me, when I came to that instant to decide to stay or not, the very thing that drew me back to fight to stay alive was what I was grateful for in life. I have learned a lot of things about the world. I have learned that even though humans scare me, I can be brave to step forward and open up a new perspective to have them in my world. I have learned that safety is something I can nurture by learning to trust. When I trust more, my world becomes safer. I used to think I had to find safety and then learn how to trust. But actually, it is the other way around. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn this valuable lesson. I am grateful to be alive.”

 

 

From Lindy

From Lindy: “I am grateful for being allowed to grow old. Some of you may think that is an odd thing to be grateful for. But if you were a goat, you’d understand that not all goats grow old. Many are not given that opportunity. I think humans need to look at the fact that life is a gift. Every single day you are alive, you are blessed. I watch so many curse that they are growing old. When you should be celebrating your right to do so. Every day is an opportunity for all of us to discover why it is we are alive on this very day. That is what I like to do.”

 

 

From Lorinda

From Lorinda: “I believe that we should never have to look too far to find things to be grateful for. If we can’t find anything close by, then for sure we need to move to where the scenery is better. The smallest things in my world can bring me the most gratitude. A loving hand. A gentle touch. The sun. Food. My friends. All of these things make my life enriched with joy and love. I try to share this with people when they come to visit me. Many times, people feel sorry for me because I have crippled legs. But, there is absolutely nothing to feel sorry about for me. I am grateful to be alive.”

 

 

 

From Mabel

From Mabel: “I may be old but that doesn’t mean I don’t have a life to live. I am grateful for more things than I can possibly list. I love my friends and will fiercely guard their hearts with mine. I love my barn. I love my people. I love my world. I may be old, but I have a lot of love still left to give. And I intend to make the most of it. I am grateful for every second I have and every breath I take. I hope you are too!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

From O’Malley

From O’Malley: “Oh, my goodness! I have so much to say and never enough time to say it. This is what I have learned so far in life. It is always better to know that no matter what you think you know, there is always more to learn. Sometimes we teach, but always we learn. It is important to know when you have something to say, and when you just need to be quiet and listen. A true conversation involves both speaking and listening. Now, those humans who know me well, and there are several, are reading this now and thinking… really?? But listen to O’Malley here. Because people sometimes write me off as another pretty face. But if you really listen to my silences, you will know that I know a lot of things and I also know that you know a lot of things. I’m willing to listen to what you know. All I ask is that you listen to what I know. And if you think that was confusing, then you need to read it again.”

 

 

From Kernel

From Kernel: “I am grateful for my friends who have helped me figure out how to get around in this world and operate in this body. I feel lots of things around me that many others don’t seem to notice. I know when someone isn’t feeling well or when someone is hurting inside but can’t show it on the outside. And I want to make people feel safe because people have helped me be safe. I like when people come over and visit with me. I see them for who they are and I try to get them to see what I see. When people put walls around their heart to survive, I can feel those walls. I understand them as I had to do that too. But when you learn to take the walls down and know that it is ok to be yourself, that is a priceless gift. I am still learning and trying to understand myself. But if I can help just one other being find their way out of their darkness, then I have accomplished a lot.”

 

 

From Tessie

From Tessie: “I wish that everyone could feel the gentle kindness of love in their lives. When I curl up with my favorite humans or other cats, it makes me purr with joy. I often try to send that purr out into the world to find other cats who aren’t so lucky. I once was alone and lost myself. I know the feeling. And I also know the feeling of finding a home and a place to be safe and loved. Life is not simple. It sometimes is very complicated. I think the easier we can make it for one another then the better we all will be. It seems so simple really.”

 

 

From TLC

TLCFrom TLC: “I am grateful for spending a lifetime of learning to be who I am without someone trying to make me who I am not. I know I should say more, but truly that says everything. I see other horses come in here with broken spirits. It is actually painful to watch them. It’s like they have forgotten who they are and how to be in this world. It is very unfair for someone to take that away from another. We should all be here to witness and share the beauty and truth of one another. People think I am a grumpy horse. But actually, I’ve just been quiet because I’ve been watching and noticing things. I wanted to learn all I could about many things. I am older now. And I am oh so much wiser than when I came into this form. And I am grateful to be learning all I can.”

 

 

From Lucy

From Lucy: “There is not a day that goes by that I am not grateful for what is made possible to me in my life. I cherish the sun each day, even when we can’t see it through the rain. I love the air that I breathe. I love the grass and the trees and the bugs.  I honor all who I meet as being my fellow travelers and friends. What I don’t understand is why people think this is most unusual. If you find this to be strange or unusual, then maybe you need to stop and be grateful for these things too. Why would you not? I think people have forgotten to really look around themselves with wonder. They keep needing more and more shaking to get their attention. You aren’t living if you do not allow yourself to be moved by a sunset or awakened deep inside by the simplistic beauty of a flower. All of life around you is full of awe and wonder. I think you should go find it.”

 

 

From Trevor

TrevorFrom Trevor: “I live life by one basic principle. Pile everything as high as you can on my list of things to experience! I want to do it all. I want to climb to great heights. I want to explore all there is to know. I want to greet every person I can with enough enthusiasm that it makes them want more. I want to hear laughter. I want to roll in the sun. I want to hunt beneath the stars. I want to pretend I’m a mighty lion. I want to dream big. I want to do it all. And I am grateful for every second of my life to reach my goal.”

 

 

From Meloudee

From Meloudee: “You can never be too old to learn new things in life. I have been known to be a bit difficult and stubborn through my early years. Ok, through the middle ones too. And…. Yes, even somewhat in my later years. But, life always gives you the opportunity to try something else. For me, I got an illness that causes me lots of problems -especially with my feet. If I want to feel better, I need to let people help me. That was never high on my list of things I wanted to accept or do. So I was very difficult for people to catch me or do much of anything with me. So, for me to feel better, I had to learn to put my issues aside and try to work with my human friends. You could say that my illness helped me to grow – and that maybe instead of it being something bad in my life – it instead became an opportunity and a chance for me to grow. I am grateful for that.”