THE WEIRS TIMES & THE COCHECO TIMES, Thursday, June 5, 2014
News From Live and Let Live Farm by Scott Philbrick Live and Let Live Farm
The spring mud and wildly variant temperatures at Live and Let Live Farm have been traded in for black flies and summer coats. As I write this column, the farmâ€™s annual adoption event is in full swing, with puppies playfully jumping and howling for attention, and an array of momma dogs, goats, cats, guinea pigs, birds, ponies, and of course horses interacting with visitors. Prospective adopters explore the network of dirt roads, play with and pet the animals, and contemplate the adoption process. Last year the farm reaped over 50 adoptions as a result of the event, and high hopes are held for this year, too.
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Cody, when he first arrived at Live and Let Live Farm. Notice the half twist in the halter buckle; it looked uncomfortable, so I unbuckled it and straightened it for him. He seemed to appreciate the gesture, and that was the start of our friendship. Atop a hill in the middle of the farm, next to a large, gnarled White Oak, stands
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I had the privilege of being among the first to work with Cody, first healing his spirit, and then his body; restoring the depleted tissue and atrophied musculature. Restoring his heart. Twice a week I walked him on trails for a half hour or so. Then an hour. Then up and down hills. Then running up and down those same hills. I spent hours at a time socializing with him, whispering to him; becoming his friend. Many others worked with him too, and thatâ€™s one of the most amazing things about how LLLF is designed and operated. Volunteers with a wide range of gifts and abilities, pull together, coordinate, and achieve. Thereâ€™s no ego involved, no competition; no petty vanities. Itâ€™s a remarkable system Teresa Paradis has achieved, and it works.
Cody, a majestic Appaloosa-- silently grazing, occasionally lifting his head to look out over the southern half of the farm. His spirit, demeanor, and body are unrecognizable from what they were three years ago. The first time I saw Cody he had just arrived at LLLF. He stood in a round pen, uncertain of his new environs, so weak he could not take a step without dragging the top of his hoof across the dirt. Bones pro-
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Scott Philbrick of Live and Let Live Farm working with Cody; Summer, 2012.
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truded at awkward angles all over his body, and death hovered in his eyes. The emptiness in his eye is unforgettable, blankly staring back at me; his wracked visage tormented in a way no creature should ever be.
Today Cody is a vibrant, magnificent horseâ€”a favorite among children, riding students, and the many volunteers who spend time with the horses. While he still bears the scars of his earlier life, atop that hill he See philbrick on 14