For the last 5 or so years I have spent a Wednesday in May at the Iowa Vets Home in Marshalltown doing their Jerry’s Farmyard, a petting farm for the residents and local school children. Today was that Wednesday.
Of course, today we were under the threat of severe storms and so because of the forecast they set up inside. This was new, but the petting farm must go on.
We have gotten to know a few of the regulars. There is a few of us that come back every year. Captain and Pearl and their owners have been there every year for as long as we have been coming. They even go in the elevators and visit floors that the residents can’t get out and visit the petting farm. They are the best ponies I have ever been around!
The residents love this day and we hear a lot that it is one of their favorite days also. Their smiles and shared stories of when they were kids or when their kids were young and the animals that they raised. Many of them grew up on farms and raised many different types of animals themselves. This is what I love about the day!
Everyone, including the animals were very tired at the end of the day. Piper was so good all day, but she kind of struggled to find a comfortable place to lay down and take a nap.
Not sure Madelyn thought it was perfect as Piper did, but when your 40 pound puppy is tired and wants to lay somewhere, what can you do?
It was a wonderful day, and thankfully we didn’t get much for rain and no severe weather here. I love going to the Vets Home. It is special place full of special people. Visit or volunteer sometime if you can.