April 26, 2019
Our Marvelous Minis, Luna Rae and Hawk, now experienced therapy horses, confidently visited Mother Theresa Retirement Center in Lemont. More than twenty seniors waited for the arrival of the minis and their handlers. The minis walked around the center of the room stopping to visit each senior eagerly waiting for the opportunity to pet, hug, or kiss the gentle miniature horses.
Many of the retirement center staff members were also on hand for picture taking as the young minis stood proudly beside all who cared for a little unconditional love from a miniature horse who understands and enjoys his work of adding joy into the lives of others.
Merciful Minis teams of handlers are grateful for the support of the communities we visit. We invite you to follow our journey and support our program as you are able. You are welcome to visit the minis for a “hands on” opportunity to groom and walk beside a mini; and to learn the importance of caring for animals so eager to care for us.
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Homer Glen Library FUN!
April 3, 2019
It’s been a record breaking week for our upcoming All Stars Luna Rae and Hawk: There were several visits from the Tooth Fairy, Birthday Celebrations #3 for Rae then Hawk, and as a culminating event, A VISIT TO THE HOMER GLEN LIBRARY…greeted by a standing room only crowd for a read aloud activity followed by individual Photos with the Minis!
The weather was beautiful, the kids were great, and the minis were awesome! A special thank you to our team of handlers who give so freely of their time to ensure a positive experience for all in attendance.
Our calendar is quickly filling up so if you would like to enjoy an opportunity to cuddle, walk, kiss or read with a mini please contact us at mercifulminis.org
New this season is an opportunity to bring home sparkling minicorn jewelry for a small donation to the Mercifuls. A special thank you to Trudy Heinlein for her generous c
ontribution to help make this program possible.
Thank you! Thank you! To Family and Friends who continue to support the Merciful Minis. Amazon Smile recently deposited a check to the minis which will help cover the cost of the farriers this spring. Amazon does not include the names of our donators. Please know that we appreciate your support.
Cold Winter, Warm Hearts
Merciful Minis Feel the Warmth of New Friendships
Even during a particularly cold winter the Merciful Minis continue to warm the hearts of those they meet. When they’re not busy practicing polite social skills for upcoming visitations, the Minis have enjoyed the arrival of guests excited to meet the adorable, furry miniature horses looking more like koala bears and unicorns with their long winter coats and icicles on their whiskers.
How excited we are to receive Thank You cards from young admirers with a donation included to help keep the minis healthy, warm and properly nourished as they bravely endure the frigid winter weather.
Standing side by side with local heroes, we are also very proud of our team handlers as the Merciful Minis received recognition at the Homer Glenn Library for the minis service to the community! We look forward to our April date at the library to continue to support reading incentives and introduce our newest program, Just Say Whoa to Bullying! We have received several requests from schools, senior residences, summer camps, scout groups and local libraries to secure visitation dates, sharing our unconditional love, and learning to resist Bullying in all walks of life. We encourage all interested in meeting the minis to contact firstname.lastname@example.org at your earliest convenience. We will be booking spring and summer dates soon.
Thank you again for supporting the Merciful Minis program as we strive to strengthen the human-animal bond and enhance the physical and emotional life of all we meet.
October 13, 2018
The Merciful Minis were excited to visit the beautiful Lemont Rehab Center : a relatively new facility within minutes from our barn .We were greeted at the entryway and walked down a bright and attractive hallway decorated in seasonal autumn colors to a rehab room where a dozen of people were anxiously awaiting our visit.
Our beautiful Falabella mare, Mercy, knew exactly what to do as she walked up to each person seated in a wheelchair, stopping for a moment to enjoy the opportunity to exchange pleasantries before moving on to the next person waiting.
There were so many smiles and tender moments of seniors enjoying the contact with a miniature therapy horse. Some relived time in their youth of living on a farm, and growing up with favorite animals. One gentleman exclaimed that this was the first time in his life that he ever came face to face with a blue eyed miniature horse!
The staff members were equally excited and after several minutes of picture taking, we said our good byes, hoping to return in the spring.
Merciful Minis Were Honored Guests at P.E.O., NV
October 9, 2018
We have met some amazing people doing extraordinary things as we take our little minis from town to town sharing their unconditional love with those who may be struggling in their lives.
Last year several team handlers left the little minis to rest in their stable while the handlers attended a Ladies Night Out in the beautiful New Lenox Community Center grounds. There we met a team of women representing the Philanthropic Education Organization, NV as they participated in a fund raiser to help young women reach their goal of attaining a higher level of education.
Linked together with a common bond of helping others, the PEO NV chapter invited Merciful Minis to attend one of their meetings in the home of their Local President. Although raining the entire week, the clouds parted and the sun came out just long enough for the minis to meet P.E.O family members in the host’s beautiful garden. Grandchildren accompanied parents & grandparents; all were excited to meet minis Hawk and Luna Rae.
When it was time to return home, near sunset, the minis and children said their good-byes in hopes of the opportunity of meeting again soon and continuing in their mission of adding joy into the lives of all they meet.
Merciful Minis Evaluated by Pet Partners
October 6, 2018
“Try not to be nervous. Use this experience as an opportunity for improvement. Most two year old miniature horses need a time or two before they can successfully complete their evaluations”.
Although assessments, particularly for retired educators, can be unnerving the dedicated Pet Partner Team of evaluators made the two hour drive to test our Merciful Minis Team on the minis preparedness for therapy visitations. The test was conducted at a site unfamiliar to the miniature horses (a requirement to determine how comfortable the minis are in surroundings outside of their home.)
Throughout the year, volunteers worked diligently in all types of weather introducing the minis to sounds, sites, and circumstances outside the norm. We practiced exposure to wheel chairs, balloons, people shouting, music blaring, folding chairs, young toddlers, bearded elders, wagons, dogs, bicycles, parades, and music of a variety of kinds and volume. We felt we had prepared our minis as best we could and it was now up to them to give it their all.
How unbelievably proud we were as each Handler Team passed the Pet Partners Test in their first attempt!
I am convinced that our success is a result of the overwhelming support we continue to receive from enormously kind people committed to helping the Merciful Minis therapy horses in their quest to improve the lives of others.
Thank You doesn’t come close to our level of appreciation. We are honored and totally humbled to have you share our journey with us.