Minis and Friends
April 23, 2011
Minis and Friends was a dream for a way to give our time and love to people who needed us. The reason that we chose to have miniature horses to help us was because we actually witnessed many who responded to our precious horses in a positive way. Perhaps in a way that nothing else could ever do. As owners of the horses and one of three volunteers, we were blessed watching changes in those very ones that we visited. The horses struted their stuff! I personally saw a lady, in the latter stages of Alzheimer's disease, who opened her eyes and her clinched fists to touch the mane of a horse. I saw a hundred children who were on the brink of making life changing mistakes, respond to my mini by touching, talking to, and of all things, braiding the mane and the tale of a loving animal. We ran out of mane, before everyone got to braid! We saw miracles in the short time that we were with people who needed time with an animal. That is what has kept me loving the work that we have been priviledged to do for others. I am a co-founder. With my heart and soul, I believe that there is no better gift than what Minis and Friends can give to others. And in these times of trying to profit as a person or business, our non-profit organization profits from the smiles and happiness that only our minis can give.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
I have watched the animals touch people's lives. Each person's need may be different from another person's. So I've seen a touch, the sound of a tiny hoof walking down the hall of a Nursing Home, or a nuzzle from our animals change a face from serious or hurt to one of love and joy. I wouldn't have given five years of my life if I didn't see the mission of Minis and Friends. Our mission works. Always Everytime.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Any changes would be in the form of a hope, perhaps. A hope that Minis and Friends' would be supported by gifts of time and donations with an open hand and a generous heart as they join with us and Minis and Friends.
Board Member & I co-founded Minis and Friends and have gone on visits to people, parades. I have helped with our Mini Training Classes. I have helped with teaching people how to handle our horses when we go on visits. While on the Board of Minis and Friends, I helped.