May 25th 2011 6:25 am
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Just thought this is a very sweet story. Hope it makes you smile, too. Wags from the Rainbow, Jamaica.
By Laura Zuckerman
Michelle Feldstein was prepared to provide
special accommodations for the blind horse
she recently added to the flightless ducks,
clawless cats and homeless llamas inhabiting
her animal shelter in Montana.
But nothing could prepare her for the 40-
legged, seeing-eye entourage that
accompanied "Sissy," a sightless, 15-year-old
"Sissy came with five goats and five sheep —
and they take care of her," said Feldstein, the
force behind Deer Haven Ranch, a private
rescue facility she runs with her husband, Al,
on 300 acres north of Yellowstone National
The seeing-eye sheep and guard goats are
never far from the white mare, and they
never lead her astray. They shepherd Sissy to
food and water, and angle the horse into her
stall amid blowing snows or driving rains.
"They round her up at feeding time and then
move aside to make sure she gets to the hay,"
Feldstein said. "They show her where the
water is and stand between her and the fence
to let her know the fence is there."
Before their arrival in February at Deer
Haven, a retirement home for creatures
ranging from henpecked roosters to abused
alpacas, prospects for Sissy and her guide
team of 10 were grim.
The animals might have been marked for
death had Feldstein not intervened when
another rescue facility in western Montana
folded this winter.
"I only take animals that others consider
throwaways," said Feldstein, 66, whose past
professional careers have included race car
driver and hospital administrator.
Feldstein and her husband, a retired editor of
Mad Magazine, underwrite their rescue
operation. It can cost as much as $50,000 a
year for feed, veterinarian services, and
winter-time heating of barns and water
troughs for a total of 200 animals. The
couple also run a guest house for humans
whose profits are poured into the animal
Feldstein said she marvels at the blind mare
and her barnyard attendants.
"There's a magic involved in sheep, goats and
a horse becoming best friends," she said.
"When you watch them, you have to wonder,
why can't people do that?"
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what a great story!! Love it
That is SO wonderful.
For all the worthless idiots and fools and yobs... folk like THIS just SHINE. The animalsKNOW.... they "see the magic in the souls"
Thanks for reading my diary, Petey and Flicka!