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Working Mini Miracles, Part III

Published: 9/25/2011
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By Marsha Craig

Oh, Lily was potty trained using clicker.
Yep you read that right, potty trained.
Usually you ask for an action and when you get it you click.  Potty training was the opposite. I'd see Lily doing her business, I'd run (make that waddle) out to the pasture (a good
distance from the house) tell her, "good fiz fiz" or "good plop plop," click, then treat.

It didn't take but a week when she knew exactly what was what.  And I knew she knew
when I heard a real loud whinny, step out on porch to investigate only to watch her
spread those tiny little legs and fiz.  She knows the difference between fiz and plop.

What a gal will do for a peppermint!

In the two years we've done therapy visits, twice Lily has singled out Hospice patients.
In both instances our supervisor asked we not enter the room as the family was on
death watch, as they called it. 
But Lily stopped at the doorways and would not budge.
When the family acknowledged us, I asked if we could enter.  The family seemed to
get as much benefit from the visit as did the patient. 
Lily approached the beds and laid her head on their tummy and just looked into their eyes.  Both patients passed that same evening.  This happened in two different facilities and now Lily is allowed to visit every Hospice patient in all the facilities we visit.
I believe things happen for a reason.  It was in the plan for me to find Laneway Farm,
to meet this little horse, for Lily to be there when my mother needed her. 
I'm grateful the plan allowed me to recognize Lily has a gift and led Lily and I to Delta Society.

Readers should know that, yeah, it's different - a horse being a therapy animal. But it
isn't about the horse.  It's the fact that someone takes time to bring their pet for
the visit. A pet visit can do magic!
Not all facilites require the pet be registered  - hint, hint!  And pet visits are so special don't be afraid to ask for Saturday or Sunday visits.  Try it, you'll love it.

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10/6/2011 Rhonda Almeida
Marsha,you Jack and Lily do wonderful work and bring such joy to the people you visit!
10/19/2011 Alexia
Marsha: It has been so wonderful to read about Lily and the work you do. I would love to get in touch with you re: a visit. Thank you!

"Speak kindly to your little horse, and soothe him when he wheezes, or he may turn his back on you, and kick you where he pleases" - Anonymous