Apifera Farm is home to artist Katherine Dunn and landscaper Martyn Dunn. Located in mid coast Maine, Apifera takes in needy animals but also shares them with elder people. They are a 501[c]. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
It was a devastating blow. After valiantly trying for two months through physical therapy and accupressure treatments, massage, music therapy, and hope, Birdie died one night with her Goose at her side. We were truly devastated. I think she tried so hard, for me as well as herself, but her last two days I could tell she was less comfortable. She had carried on with her smile and good attitude right until the end. The night I saw her last, I sat with her like I always did and massaged her beautiful face, her eyes closing. I could tell though she had discomfort, and gave her a pain shot for the night. She was gone in the morning. But we have a new motto for the year: Birdie On!
As the days after her death came and went, it allowed windows in my mind to open. I can't tell you the outpouring of love and support we received from all over the country. The elders we visit were also pulling for her, they always talk about her. It was like after death, her love expanded. I knew that the room she had resided in her final days was now full of her spirit, and I call it the Birdie Memorial Llama Love Room. I can feel her there. And the feelings I got over and over as the shock wore off, was her mission is not over. She inspires me to this day to have more llamas to share with the elders.
And we have found llamas to bring here that will be Llama Love ambassadors. Two are older, and one is young. And one is pregnant. We can not wait to have them here. We will never forget Birdie, nor can she be replaces.
I miss her terribly but she is okay, she is out of discomfort.
The young chap in the front is one of the llamas coming to be part of our therapy program.I can't wait to start working with him. We will also be taking on two older llamas and one is pregnant. We will have lots of llama love.
We have also started reaching out to create a network of local volunteers who will pick up elder residents and bring them to Apifera for animal therapy visits. We also continue to make visits to the actual elder residences.