Entering the barn, we immediately saw Baine scooting around in his wheelchair. (That face! That hair!) He was born with his back legs paralyzed, and a University of Wisconsin Engineering team designed and built this contraption just for him. Update: sadly, Baine passed away in June 2017 due to complications – this sweet little soul will be missed!
My daughter felt an instant connection to Amy, the elderly sheep with arthritis who has free range to roam the barn. Amy’s a big fan of bananas, and my daughter loved feeding her!
Spending some quality time with Opal… while seriously contemplating life as an official goat-petter 😉
Lola emerged from her cozy pile of blankets to snack on some yummy apples.
Majestic Nilly soaked in the beautiful November sunshine!
Those eyes! Maxine had me in the palm of her hand (er, hoof?) after showing off some of the softest, sweetest looking eyes I’ve ever seen.
Don’t let the soft, fluffy exterior fool you – Frances is a firecracker!
Fonsi and his brother Chachi were happily grazing near the barn during their lunch hour when we strolled over to say hi.
Bertram came over to check us out and give a quick hello. Hi Bert!
My daughter and I couldn’t help but keep snuggling Michael. Such a sweetie!!
Gracie the goose and Amy the sheep are adorable together! Apparently they’re best buds and like to stick close to each other 🙂
The connection between people and animals is a powerful, beautiful thing. Heartland puts heavy emphasis on creating this bond through programs designed to provide meaningful therapeutic activities for vulnerable youth and others. (Visit their site to learn more about the incredible connections they’re making.) It certainly left a lasting impression on us – my daughter continues to talk about the farm and animals everyday, and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about their sweet faces and stories since we left!
If you’re willing and financially able, please consider donating to this incredible farm. Even just $5 or $10 a month is a huge help! (See their site for donation info.)