Rita Dee Farms has been very fortunate to have three young ladies working at the farm–Kayla Chambers, Addyson Messick and Claire Aft. These girl scouts have worked hard grooming our animals for pet therapy. This includes halter training, lots of tactile stimulation and just acclimating the animals to other people. The first day they all three arrived was a real eye opener with trust levels high, Carte decided to cush down in the middle of the girls just to make sure she got all the attention.
Going for the Girl Scout Silver Award—the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn—gives girls a chance to show that they are leaders who are organized, determined, and dedicated to improving their community. After all is said and done, the girls will each spend (50) hours with our animals. But all is not fun and games. They have hauled mulch and dirt to build a nice observation mound for our guardian llama, scooped poop and slung some hay. One of the highlights was their participation in shearing day along with their family and friends. Our grand finale work for earning the Silver Award will end with a visit to a local nursing home where the girls will be the primary handlers for a pet therapy session with the residents at Silas Creek Manor. These residents are already looking forward to the therapy and to seeing these amazing girls who are preparing to visit them. Tentative schedule for this will be June 28, 2014. Gentle Spirit, a miniature llama from Borderline Farms will be the guest of honor, and what an honor it is for to have such enthusiasm from both the community and three loyal girl scouts!