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Why Can't People Do That?

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 the owner.  

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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The English-to-go team

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Seeing-Eye Sheep and Goats - Pre-Intermediate Instant Lesson
Michelle Feldstein was ready to provide special accommodation for the blind horse she recently added to the flightless ducks, clawless cats and homeless llamas at 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. Animals and friendship, amazing stories, animal shelters, fact and opinion adjectives.

This month's Point of Interest

This Month's Point of Interest comes from our free resource, the Intermediate Instant Lesson, "Seeing-Eye Sheep and Goats - Pre-Intermediate Instant Lesson:" :

Seeing-eye sheep, 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 fence is there."...
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