Cuddling with animals is one of the best ways to relieve stress, cheer up, forget about all the problems and even get rid of the pain.
That’s why the Blackwater Alpacas and Pygmy Goats farmworkers regularly bring their cutest therapists, little goats, to hospitals, children’s centers and nursing homes.
A week ago, the goats visited The New Deanery nursing home in Essex (UK) and stole the hearts of all its residents.
Tiny, hoofed therapists sat on their laps, playing and sleeping in the arms of older men and women, many of whom lack love and warmth.
“Goats are just wonderful: so warm and cute. I wanted them to stay with us forever.” — said 95-year-old Joan Green.
Unfortunately, the shaggy therapists could not stay with the residents of The New Deanery forever, even if they really wanted to: after all, before Christmas they need to visit several more nursing homes, hospitals and hospices, where they are eagerly awaited.
But someday the goats will definitely return to The New Deanery to again bring with them a lot of joy, warmth and kindness that make even the most lonely, sad and tired people smile broadly.
“Our residents and staff really enjoyed the opportunity to pet the goats. They were so gentle and friendly. And it really got us all into a real Christmas mood.” Julia Clinton, chief executive of The New Deanery Nursing Home, said.