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MOBILE ANT MOMENTS

Every 2nd and 4th Thursday, you can find our Mobile ANT team at Silverado Memory Care here in Bellingham. For an hour each morning, we wander through the building, stopping at rooms and common spaces to sit and chat with the residents. People are charmed by our rabbits sitting snugly in their baskets, and faces break with laughter when our chicken, Tinkerbell, pops her head out to say hello. Because these elders are living with memory loss, each visit is a

HOLIDAY BENEFIT CONCERT

Please join Animals as Natural Therapy for this intimate house concert featuring the NOEL Ensemble. Enjoy classical favorites, poetry, and carols from around the globe in honor of the winter season. The Hearthsong Inn will provide wine & festive fare to accompany the music, and all ticket sales support ANT’s youth, veterans and animals. Tickets are $50 and are available by calling our office at 360-671-3509, or online at Brown Paper Tickets  

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RESILIENCE MITIGATES EFFECTS OF TRAUMA – NPR

Childhood Trauma And Its Lifelong Health Effects More Prevalent Among Minorities September 17, 2018 BY TARA HAELLE “Resilience reflects using skills, and the beauty of that is that skills can be learned, taught, modeled, practiced and reinforced, and kids learn better when they’re in relationships.” When researchers first discovered a link in the late 1990’s between childhood adversity and chronic health problems later in life, the real revelation was how common those experiences were across all socioeconomic groups. But the first major study to

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SUMMER 2018 NEWSLETTER

TALES FROM WINDY ACRES / VOLUME XXI In this issue: Letter from the Director / Mobile ANT Update / Farewells / Volunteer Highlights / Horsin’ Around Campaign / Summer News / Testimonials / Upcoming Events / Odds & Ends Facing Our Fears By Sonja Wingard, Director I always wondered if I ever got cancer, would I fight it or roll over and give up? On May 14th I attended a large community gathering at Whatcom Community College discussing with

13TH ANNUAL BLUEGRASS BASH

13th Annual Bluegrass Bash Face Painting in the barnyard Rousing games of tug-o-war on display in the round pen Esquel This year’s Bash was the biggest ever – over 400 people enjoyed the event, nearly tripling attendance numbers from previous years!    Fun at the Farm Guests enjoyed top-tapping music from Queen’s Bluegrass, a delicious Hempler’s hot dog dinner with handmade sides, frosty Mallard Ice Cream, all-ages games & activities, and a beautifully curated silent

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ANT FEATURED AT MICROSOFT EVENT

This July, ANT bunnies and Gabby (the golden retriever) were featured guests at the Microsoft One Week Expo in Redmond, WA!  Jessie Pemble (Mobile ANT Coordinator) and Kelsy Hartmann (Barn Manager) drove the Mobile ANT Van down south for the 2-day event, and hosted a “Cuddle Corner” for guests (all Microsoft employees) to enjoy. This is the second time ANT has been asked to provide therapy animals for a corporate event in order to relieve stress (read about our visit to

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MOBILE ANT DELIVERS CUDDLE TIME TO MICROSOFT CONFERENCE

We are so pleased to have been a part of the Microsoft Build Conference in Seattle this May; we brought Mobile ANT to nearly 6,000 people at the Washington State Convention Center!  The event was covered by the Seattle Times – Please check out the article below!  Thank you Microsoft for the opportunity to spread healing and relaxation with our therapy animals. Read full article here Software developers take cuddle break with farm animals at Microsoft Build conference Originally published May 9,

MINIS AT THE MARKET

  Minis at the Market 2018!   Come visit us at the Bellingham Farmer’s Market on Saturday, April 7th, for the kickoff of the 2018 market series! Bring the whole family and meet our critters, like mini horses, bunnies, chickens, and dogs, and find out more about ANT’s programs and events. Find us between 10am-2pm on Railroad Avenue, across from Boundary Bay Brewery. This is a fun opportunity for people of all ages to meet some therapy animals, and learn about what

OSKAR’S AMERICA AT THE PICKFORD FILM CENTER

Animals as Natural Therapy is proud to partner with the Pickford Film Center for the 2018 Bellingham Children’s Film Festival! Join ANT and the Pickford Film Center for a special screening of “Oskar’s America”, featuring special guests Toby & Persephone the miniature horses, plus other fun farm animals!   When 10-year-old Oskar’s mom leaves him with his grandpa to go to America, he sets up a nutty plan to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a rowboat with his new friend

HORSE HELPS A VISIONS TEEN: PATRIOT’S STORY

A Visions girl recently had a powerful moment with her horse Patriot that I wanted to share, to give you a small sense of the revelations that present themselves in the barnyard. ~ Jessie (Office & Program Manager, Visions Mentor)     Patriot’s Story I was standing with *Danielle (name changed) on her second day at the farm. She had chosen to work with Patriot, and we were making our way across the round pen as the pair navigated obstacles together. The challenge that