Animal Message of the Day: Felix

From Felix: “Once upon a time, my friend Leo and I were among the first donkeys to live here on this farm. We had the honor to be with the very first donkey on the farm, Amber Donkey. Amber was a very old wise woman. The humans say she lived to be 50 years old. We called her the grandmother donkey and she called us the two wise guys. But she liked us really. She taught us how to bray loudly and we carry on that tradition to this day. She inspired our songs. Now the farm has many donkeys. While we haven’t actually met the others as we are on a separate part of the farm from them, we all call out to one another. We now have a donkey choir! Amber would be so proud. I am grateful to carry on her legacy. Legacies are important. When our friends are no longer physically here on the farm, we can keep their messages and love alive within our own hearts. Leo and I are Amber’s legacy. I am grateful and honored to be able to say that we were her wise guys. Let’s all hold those we love and who are no longer with us in our hearts and let them know their legacies are alive.”

Each day through December 31, as has been our annual tradition now for many years, we will share with you a message from one of the animals of Spring Farm CARES. We hope this will provide you with a bit of inspiration for your day.

Animal Message of the Day: Yeti

From Yeti: “I love my physical body. I love to feel the strength of my legs when I run in a big circle. I love to leap. I love to play. Nothing feels better than to feel appreciated. I think it is a good thing to let the ones you appreciate know how much you appreciate them. Start right now. Hop, hop, hop into this. No sense waiting. Go for it. People waste too much energy worrying what not to say then to just say what is aching to be said. I see it all the time. You think you are superior with language but you don’t even know how to use it. It’s like have a super-fast body and only walking at a slow pace. Get out there and use what you have been given and spread joy and appreciation. That’s what I do. I just can’t reach as far as you can. But that doesn’t stop me from reaching!”

Each day through December 31, as has been our annual tradition now for many years, we will share with you a message from one of the animals of Spring Farm CARES. We hope this will provide you with a bit of inspiration for your day.

Animal Message of the Day: Charlie

From Charlie: “Yep, Charlie here. I do this every year and I begged to be included again. Never let an opportunity pass you by. Sometimes you hold back because you are afraid you might fail. But you fail yourself when you don’t step through the doors that open for you. I know this is true. I am very grateful to be a cute but sometimes naughty pony in a world that needs to be brightened by each and every one of us. Let’s make each other smile. Come on! You can do it! If you could watch me gallop around my pasture on a sunny day, you’d know what pure joy looks like and feels like. Let me see your joy. What makes you happy and appreciative? Please…. Let’s take a moment to share. I’m waiting for your answers. Don’t leave a little pony waiting. I might get a little cantankerous.”

Each day through December 31, as has been our annual tradition now for many years, we will share with you a message from one of the animals of Spring Farm CARES. We hope this will provide you with a bit of inspiration for your day.

Animal Message of the Day: Lorinda

From Lorinda: “I was born with legs that are not normal but I am not hindered one bit in my life. People need to look past what is not normal about me or else they miss who I really am. I am very happy in my life and I am so happy to be here. I was living outside trying to fend for myself for a while in my life. No one wanted a cat with stubby front legs. But living outside wasn’t a great life for me. Someone helped me get here and I now have a life that is much easier and more fulfilling. I’m not struggling to survive but I’m thriving on being alive. I think that being grateful for what you have is a big part of surviving the hard times. Even when things seem impossible, there is something you can find to be grateful for and when you do that, you will create even more around you that will nourish you during the hardest of times. I’d like to send you strength and hope during this hard time for you. I will purr that into being and send it out to all who’d like to gather some hope from me.”

Each day through December 31, as has been our annual tradition now for many years, we will share with you a message from one of the animals of Spring Farm CARES. We hope this will provide you with a bit of inspiration for your day.

Animal Message of the Day: Carley

From Carley: “I have been told that I am the smallest of the equine family on the farm. I think that is wonderful. I also have the loudest voice and I think that is important. I love proclaiming to the world that we are here. Being a donkey is a privilege and I am so lucky to have this life to be who I am. My life didn’t start out to well, but I was very young when I came here at only a couple of years old. So I have now known more kindness and good than I’ve known of the negative things. I can now use that to help others, including my other donkey friends who came from a place of darkness but were there for way longer than I was. Many of them lost hope and have had trouble getting it back again. And that is why I need to have the loudest voice. Because I need to proclaim the trust and kindness and safety in the world to speak over the despair and lack of hope. Those of us with joy must talk loudly so that those who aren’t as fortunate can hear us through their own fears and doubts.  That is what I do. That is who I am. Now, I’d like to know about you. Who are you? I can’t wait to meet you!”

Each day through December 31, as has been our annual tradition now for many years, we will share with you a message from one of the animals of Spring Farm CARES. We hope this will provide you with a bit of inspiration for your day.

Animal Message of the Day: Snowball

From Snowball: “I absolutely love feeling the sun on my body. I love walking on grass and smelling all of the various kinds of grasses and vegetation. I love savoring them as well. Every day there is something to be grateful for and something that makes you happy to be alive. On difficult days, I just have to look a little harder or not set my sights too big. But there is always beauty around in every moment.”

Each day through December 31, as has been our annual tradition now for many years, we will share with you a message from one of the animals of Spring Farm CARES. We hope this will provide you with a bit of inspiration for your day.

Mini-Donkey Mini-Parade

Just a short video of one of our daily turnouts for some of our mini-donkeys. They look like they have a little parade.

Animal Message of the Day: Shawnee

From Shawnee: “I have been touched by the wisdom of many elders before me. I have been so fortunate to learn so much. I think it’s important to store the wisdom of those who have lived before us and to then add our own findings in life to theirs. We can’t start out to do things our way without looking and building on foundations that are there for us to build on. It’s important to look at life through the eyes of others to improve your own vision of where you are in life. Besides that, I love and appreciate carrots and apples and grazing out on grass on a nice sunny day. Life has so much to offer. Don’t overlook it.”

Each day through December 31, as has been our annual tradition now for many years, we will share with you a message from one of the animals of Spring Farm CARES. We hope this will provide you with a bit of inspiration for your day.

Animal Message of the Day: Misty Mew

From Misty Mew: “Life is simply wonderful. I know you humans are all struggling right now. But don’t give up. Stick with this. Any mess I’ve ever been in ends at some point. It is hard to see that at the time, but life will move you through and out the other side. We have not had any visitors since spring and I am the head greeter cat. So I have been unemployed and out of work most of the year. Now, it should be said that I have a lot of work to do just keeping track of the humans that are here taking care of us. They have a big job and I like to be able to say that I am extremely helpful to them. But sometimes it is my job to call them aside and have a little chat when they start taking things way too seriously. And these days, I’m doing a lot of chatting if you know what I mean. Listen, it’s not as bad as it seems. It really isn’t. Look outside. The sun is still coming up each day. Birds are flying. Seasons are changing. Every snowflake is still quite unique to itself. Rain is still rain. Seeds are being shed and planted and life is preparing to start all over again the next season. And I am still here. Please don’t give up. That would be the worst thing you could do. The world needs what you came here to give. So pick yourselves up and keep on moving so that you can give us all what your brought to the table. We need you!”

 

Each day through December 31, as has been our annual tradition now for many years, we will share with you a message from one of the animals of Spring Farm CARES. We hope this will provide you with a bit of inspiration for your day.

Animal Message of the Day: Ginny

From Ginny: “I am inspired by trees. Big trees come from the same size seeds and flowers. Yet they come to be bigger and stronger. They grow into their unique identity. We all start as seeds but we grow to be the unique beings that each one of us is. And we all offer something unique and special in this world. I see people trying to blend in and act and be like one another. Why do you do that? No two of you are alike. I think you should aspire to be yourself rather than to be like anyone else. You are like no one else. So stop worrying and just be you. A rose is a beautiful thing. But if the rose sees a maple tree and only wishes she could be a maple tree, she will never understand the beauty of what her seed turned out to be. Just be you. And that will inspire me to just be me. Like the trees.”

Each day through December 31, as has been our annual tradition now for many years, we will share with you a message from one of the animals of Spring Farm CARES. We hope this will provide you with a bit of inspiration for your day.

Animal Message of the Day: Cumin

From Cumin: “Hey there! Take it from someone little, who doesn’t get around much, but understands more about the world then you know, there is so much to be grateful for in this world! What would a guinea pig know, you ask? Well don’t let my little body fool you. I see more in this world than you realize. I read a lot. No, not books. Of course guinea pigs cannot read books. But, we certainly can read a lot about humans, directly from the source. You humans throw a lot of energy around willy nilly at times. You have wonderful hearts, but you walk around a little scattered. You need to root yourself better to the earth. You probably need to eat more vegetables than you do. And when is the last time you truly savored a good piece of apple? When you live in a very tiny body like mine, everything looks large around you. But you need to see the true essence of things so that you can understand them better and not fear them. Use your hearts more. You have such beautiful hearts. I appreciate you, even if I haven’t met you personally. I appreciate everyone. Try to find something you can appreciate about each person you meet. It will change your life. And that is a guinea pig promise.”

Each day through December 31, as has been our annual tradition now for many years, we will share with you a message from one of the animals of Spring Farm CARES. We hope this will provide you with a bit of inspiration for your day.

Animal Message of the Day: Mabel

From Mabel: “I am grateful for being old. Yes, you heard that right. I am blessed to be elderly. The alternative would be that I wouldn’t be in this body right now. Bodies are not meant to stay young. Youth is not to be envied or looked back upon with desires to go backward. I know if you are young you are thinking that I am wrong. But I can tell you that with the weathering of time there comes a wisdom and quiet calm that finds you. No matter how old I am, I take inspiration from the trees and the stones who are much older than I am and still have their gift of wisdom intact. No, I wouldn’t want to be young again. For I have learned so much more now than I could have ever dreamed about. I am not looking towards an ending. I’m looking toward a journey that will continue long after this body is alive. I am not this body. And it took me many years of life to understand this and breathe from a place of quiet wisdom. I am appreciative for every day of my life. Not all were easy. Not all were filled with joy. But all of them are mine and nothing will ever take that away. And that my friends, fills me with joy. I shall keep on with this journey with deep gratitude. I hope you will do so too.”

Each day through December 31, as has been our annual tradition now for many years, we will share with you a message from one of the animals of Spring Farm CARES. We hope this will provide you with a bit of inspiration for your day.

Animal Message of the Day: Evelyn

From Evelyn: “I am grateful to know the heart of a family. My mom tells us all the time how lucky we are to be here now. She knows all sorts of sad stories of other pigs she knew that didn’t make it to safety.  She lived through some dark times of having no food and no shelter and suffering. We know there are lots of animals and humans out there now that are not in a safe place. So our mom asked us to be aware of how lucky we are to live our lives in this sanctuary where she gave birth to us. I think sometimes we drive her nuts but she still seems to tolerate us being here. But please don’t feel sorry for her either. Because she still is the boss and we all know that too. I am grateful when we all snuggle up together in a big line. We help each other and love to be close to one another. And we love when our human friends come in to snuggle with us too. Life is really good. And we will take all of that and send it out to those who are not feeling so good today. We hope that 7 little pigs can somehow brighten your day with our desire to fill you with happiness and warmth. Hope you get it.”

Each day through December 31, as has been our annual tradition now for many years, we will share with you a message from one of the animals of Spring Farm CARES. We hope this will provide you with a bit of inspiration for your day.

 

Animal Message of the Day: Kernel

From Kernel: “Every gesture of kindness is like a drop of rain. For those who are like a desert and are starving for kindness, it will take many drops before their thirst is quenched. It will take them even longer to trust that the drops will continue to be there when they need them. Kindness grows a lushness of growth in the heart and soul. It lights up the darkness in a simple and clear way.  Kindness doesn’t take much to give. It is the one gift we all have available to share. Yet it is the one thing that without its presence, we will wither and die, just like the earth with no rain. Why would you not share your kindness? It is so easy. I came from a place void of kindness and it was like I couldn’t even breathe. And it was kindness that healed that pain and started me to heal once again. Spread your kindness far and wide. It will take so little of your time. But it can be the chance of a lifetime for someone in need.”

Each day through December 31, as has been our annual tradition now for many years, we will share with you a message from one of the animals of Spring Farm CARES. We hope this will provide you with a bit of inspiration for your day.

Animal Message of the Day: Mary

From Mary: “Someone told me once that if you can’t quite reach something you are trying to get, then it is best to move to another position and find something else. Like when there is a great patch of clover but it is just over the fence out of reach. It does no good to stand there stretching and reaching for something impossible to get to. But if you just move ahead and keep on looking, there will be another patch of clover out there just for you. I know that sounds simple. But most of my life things were just out of reach until I moved along to another place and found plenty of what I am looking for. My flock may not look like sheep, because they are not sheep. But if I cast them away because they were not just like me, I wouldn’t have the wonderful goat friends that I do. Happiness came in a different form. Companionship looked different than I thought. Thank goodness I stopped long enough to see the truth. Life gives you great gifts. Sometimes it just doesn’t look how you thought it would. Don’t give up. Just keep moving.”

Each day through December 31, as has been our annual tradition now for many years, we will share with you a message from one of the animals of Spring Farm CARES. We hope this will provide you with a bit of inspiration for your day.

 

Animal Message of the Day: Jose´

From Jose´: “There is nothing in this world more beautiful than love and friendship. You can have all the food in the world and still be starving if you don’t find a way to nourish your heart and soul. I have known lean times, both of food and of love, and I have nearly withered away. All it takes is for one heart to reach out to another in a moment of need. Just one. And that moment can change a life forever. And that life can change a world forever. We have great gifts to offer one another. We need only share them. Have you reached out to someone today? It can be a simple smile or a shared laugh or a hug or gentle touch. It is the moment that touches the soul and it can make all the difference to a world aching to be loved. I love being nourished and I am grateful for the opportunity to nourish others.

Each day through December 31, as has been our annual tradition now for many years, we will share with you a message from one of the animals of Spring Farm CARES. We hope this will provide you with a bit of inspiration for your day.

Animal Message of the Day: Mr. Kitty

From Mr. Kitty: “One should never underestimate the power of the purr. Purring is pure love and gratitude. It is a sound cats make that is meant to be shared and not stored inside. Each cat has their own unique purr. It is our signature and special gift for those we choose to share it with. When we purr, it allows you to synch up your energy with us. If you did that, you’d find it to be very soothing and healing. As humans, you may not have purrs to share, but you still have magnificent energy to share with others. If you could learn to settle down a bit more, you’d find it. We cats are trying to help you. Come sit with us. Or if you are very fortunate to have your own cat available or someone you know can lend you some time with their cat, then you’d truly be rich. Because time spent with a good purr can take a load of stress off of your body.  I am blessed to be a cat.”

Each day through December 31, as has been our annual tradition now for many years, we will share with you a message from one of the animals of Spring Farm CARES. We hope this will provide you with a bit of inspiration for your day.

Animal Message of the Day: Finnegan

From Finnegan: “There is nothing more joyful than understanding when you have found your home in life. Home is not just a place to live but it is the place where you know the deepest part of yourself is safe to rest. It can be that home is found in the hearts of others who hold you safely. It can be as simple as a good sturdy fence or boundary. It can be an embrace. But in any case, it is that feeling when you know your very soul can breathe and let down it’s guard and rest. I have been lucky to find home. I am learning to let go of old hurts. And I am replacing doubt and fear with trust and reassurance. I suspect it will be a long process. But I have the space to do it in that is my home. If you find yourself weary and not finding your home, trust me on this, don’t give up. Just allow yourself the freedom to move where your heart desires. You will find it. It is true. But you need to believe. Believe it and you will see it.”

Each day through December 31, as has been our annual tradition now for many years, we will share with you a message from one of the animals of Spring Farm CARES. We hope this will provide you with a bit of inspiration for your day.

Animal Message of the Day: Marty

From Marty: “Life is like a song and each of us carries our own piece of the music. I love to feel my own song inside myself and then push it out there for others to hear it too. I’ve noticed that humans don’t take the time to stop and appreciate each other’s songs. I don’t know that you even stop to listen to the beauty in those around you. I’ve seen this many times. As soon as you perceive someone as different or their song doesn’t match your own, you stop listening. Think about what you are missing. It would be like only listening to one song every day for your whole life. How awfully boring and dismissive of all the other talent is that! No two beings have the same inner song. Each of us is unique. Just because someone’s song doesn’t sound like yours, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take time to appreciate it. I may be just a bird to most of you. But my song is mighty and my love for everyone’s music is great.”

Each day through December 31, as has been our annual tradition now for many years, we will share with you a message from one of the animals of Spring Farm CARES. We hope this will provide you with a bit of inspiration for your day.

Animal Message of the Day: Leo

From Leo: “I have a love for the mystical things in nature. Have you ever watched a dragonfly? I mean really watched them? They glow with colors that illuminate them like a little beam of light. I love watching them hover near me in the pasture. They are so delicate yet so strong. They are sure of flight and don’t have any need for a specific flight plan. They just fly where life takes them. One minute they are here and the next they are gone. I don’t know how they do that, but I think it may be a bit of magic. I find the same joy in butterflies. My donkey body can be a bit clunky and heavy, but they just fly as if they are filled only with light, and I think that they are. Magic and wonder is all around us. And the more you embrace that, the more magic you will see. I think that is the secret to life. Don’t overlook the small things. Sometimes it is the small things that hold the greatest answers to your deepest questions in life. At least that is how it is for me. I’m just one little donkey (but don’t let my size fool you!), but I can live a big life by observing all the little things and taking it all in. So can you.”

 

Each day through December 31, as has been our annual tradition now for many years, we will share with you a message from one of the animals of Spring Farm CARES. We hope this will provide you with a bit of inspiration for your day.

Animal Message of the Day: Marsha

From Marsha: “People see me as being blind, but actually they are not seeing me but are only seeing the lack of function in my eyes. My world is far from dark. I see things in a different way. Maybe even in ways that those of you with sight never get to see. I see energy and I see the way things feel. I receive that with my whole body. I feel waves of energy of how each human enters my room without even having to try. You all carry a lot of information in your energy field. You carry a lot of other things too that I don’t understand why you waste your time carrying them. Even though you may be sighted, you don’t see these things that I can see. I am not a cat with special needs as you see it. But I am a cat with special gifts. No one need feel sorry for me. I see more than you can ever know. Sometimes you need to close your eyes and feel through your hearts more. You will find that you will understand a lot of things more easily – about yourselves and those around you.”

Each day through December 31, as has been our annual tradition now for many years, we will share with you a message from one of the animals of Spring Farm CARES. We hope this will provide you with a bit of inspiration for your day.

Animal Message of the Day: Lizzie

From Lizzie: “I take such comfort in the warmth of the sun. I love slow days that are soothing to the soul. I am healing. I didn’t even know that I needed to, but I did, and I am. I can see that now that things are looking brighter. I had let a sadness kind of permeate my space for a long time and I didn’t even realize that I was slowly shutting down my light. But I am finding that light again now. It is coming through like the rays of sun through the branches of a shade tree. And it is warming my heart and filling me with hope once again. If you find yourself in the shadows, don’t let those shadows overtake you. It is easy to have happen. Sometimes it is easy to feel forgotten or unseen. Those are difficult times. Feeling alone is hard. But the truth is that you are not alone. But no one can tell you that in a way you will believe it until you find that truth for yourself. And find it you can. Sunlight can start coming in through the shadows. And it will warm you in a way that reminds you that if you step out of the shade, you will find the sun once again. And you will remember that the sun had never gone away in the first place. It was still always right there. And you will begin to feel warmth again. And you will begin to heal. Once you start to heal, you will once again feel the joy of standing in the sun on a quiet day. And you will find your heart resting after a long hard fight to come out of the darkness you had found yourself in. You will prevail. I am resting in that truth now and I just wanted to extend myself to those who are still trying to get themselves out of the darkness. Don’t give up. There is greatness waiting for you. Keep on walking. That’s all you need to do. One step at a time. Hoofbeats, footsteps, pawprints … it matters not what shape or size the foot. We all walk the same path. Let’s reach out to one another to make it easier.”

Each day from November 26 – December 31, as has been our annual tradition now for many years, we will share with you a message from one of the animals of Spring Farm CARES. We hope this will provide you with a bit of inspiration for your day.

Animal Message of the Day: Flora

From Flora: “I may seem like a plain white goat. I used to think that too. Just a goat with nothing to offer. I had no purpose. I had run out of hope. I just kind of survived each day with my other goat friends. But as I grew old, I outlived all of my other goat friends. It was in the space and the silence that was left behind that I found something different. I discovered I was more than just a simple plain goat. I found out I have lots of different colors in me as well. As I found new friends, I found faith again. And I found out that I had a lot to offer and a lot to learn in this life. I am now the matriarch of two adorable and oftentimes whimsical little goats as well as my new sheep companion. It has offered me a chance to look at my life differently. I now have purpose. I have something to teach them and share with them. They look to me for guidance. And I look to them to lead me to a whole other way to live this life with purpose. I am forever grateful. Out of a lot of loss came a treasure I’d never expected to find.”

 

Each day from November 26 – December 31, as has been our annual tradition now for many years, we will share with you a message from one of the animals of Spring Farm CARES. We hope this will provide you with a bit of inspiration for your day.

Animal Message of the Day: Noah

From Noah: “There is so much in life to be grateful for but sometimes difficult times can cloud our minds from knowing the truth that is in our hearts. Our hearts know the truth of love and gratitude and kindness. Anger, bitterness, hatred, and judgement are not natural to the heart at all but are often layered over the heart so that the heart cannot see what it knows to be true. During those times, we need to tend to our hearts and to the hearts of those around us to heal those wounds so that the heart can be free once again. This is what my friends and I do here. People and other animals come in with very burdened hearts sometimes. But we know that kindness and love is a source of healing unlike any other. Your hearts yearn to be bathed in love. That is what the heart knows. Given the gifts of gratitude, love, acceptance, and peace, the heart can heal even the darkest of clouds. I have seen this over and over again myself. Be kind to your heart. And then let your heart lead in being kind to others. You will change your world ….. in a heartbeat.”

 

Each day from November 26 – December 31, as has been our annual tradition now for many years, we will share with you a message from one of the animals of Spring Farm CARES. We hope this will provide you with a bit of inspiration for your day.