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Why Can't People Do
Sometimes there's a story in the news that makes you feel
sad and happy at the same time. Our free resource this month is just such a story. Deer
Haven Ranch in Montana is a retirement home for creatures
ranging from henpecked roosters to abused alpacas. " I
only take animals that others consider throwaways," says
Sissy, a 14-year-old
horse, is blind. And she was in danger of being put down
when the animal shelter in which she lived was going to close
down. Deer Haven took her in, but they didn't just take
her in, they also welcomed Sissy's caregivers--a team of five
goats and five sheep who guide her everywhere. The animals
help her to shelter, they show her where her food and water
is and they never leave her.
Michelle Feldstein, the co-owner of Deer Haven, says 'she
marvels at the blind mare and her[sheep and goat friends].
"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?"'
Students of all levels will enjoy this Pre-Intermediate
lesson, "Seeing-Eye Sheep and Goats". We
have photos of Sissy and there are also some great reading
and language exercises. Subscribers can follow it up with
our latest Instant Workbook, "Seeing-eye
Sheep and Goats" with students practicing reading comprehension, work
on adjectives and playing hangman.
We hope your students enjoy this lesson as much as we enjoyed
making it. Sometimes, why can't people be more like animals?
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This Month's Point of
Interest comes from our free resource, the
Intermediate Instant Lesson, "Seeing-Eye Sheep and Goats
Pre-Intermediate Instant Lesson:" :
goats guide blind horse
SALMON, Idaho, Mon,
May 23, (Reuters) - "Michelle Feldstein was ready to
provide special accommodation for the blind horse she
recently added to the flightless ducks, clawless cats
and homeless llamas [living in] her animal shelter in
Montana. But nothing could make her ready for the
40-legged, seeing-eye [group] that came with a blind
15-year-old horse called Sissy.
"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 Park.
The seeing-eye sheep and
guard goats are never far from the white mare, and they
never lead her astray. They [take] 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
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