The December 2010 days were cold, and January has proven even colder, but Zimmy the zebra never seems to mind. WE mind. As it got colder, we began to worry. Is Zimmy feeling cold? Does he need someone to cuddle with? We try to keep every animal with a farm buddy…but what could we do for our zebra, Zimmy? So…we decided to build him his own house in the barn. It is rough sawed lumber, and filled with comfy sawdust…and he just loves it!
Just today, Zimmy the zebra met Rob at the gate and offered his head for the halter. He has officially accepted us as his family. He loves and trusts the kids with a wisdom of the young and innocent. I visit him often, but not as often as his chosen human, Rob. I enjoy putting my arms around his neck and nestling my nose in the mound of fur where his neck meets his back. It is so soft. Sometimes, I feel down his legs until he reminds me with a little kick that he isn’t ready for that yet. It also reminds me that I need to do that more, every day even. He needs to know that we are allowed to do that…that we are friends, and not foe. Each day his trust in us grows … as does our love for him.