“How much longer Skye?” Teddy demanded again, for at least the fifth time that afternoon. Skye stretched, awake now from his afternoon nap much earlier than he had hoped: “Any day now Teddy, any day now.” Standing next to Teddy, their heads hung over the gate, Pickle could almost taste the delicious fresh crunchy carrots the ponies were both eying up, just steps away from them in the vegetable garden. … Teddy and Pickle didn’t want to wait, they wanted the carrots right away….”
When Teddy just can’t resist the temptation and crawls under the fence to find those yummy carrots, he gets much more than a sore tummy. Feelings of guilt keep him away for a few days, and when he risks coming home he does not dare to hope for much of a welcome. Pickle also expects Teddy to ‘get what he deserves’. When Skye celebrates Teddy’s return both Teddy and Pickle have important lessons to learn.
This story explores the concept of grace and forgiveness and helps show children and their caregivers the unconditional nature of love which applies even – especially- when we least deserve it.
Sue McIntosh is a Certified Canadian Counsellor and nationally recognised and certified trainer in Animal assisted therapy (AAT) and Equine Facilitated Wellness (EFW). Sue has operated Healing Hooves in Alberta, Canada since 2000, a counselling program with a difference. Sue is also a homeschooling mother of two and works with other parents and caregivers to support them in raising their children in developmentally informed and attachment friendly ways. Sue uses lots of stories in her work and is starting to be persuaded to share these stories with a wider audience. Sue has also written a large collection of training materials for caregivers and professionals interested in the fields of AAT and EFW, some of which are also available for purchase.
Healing Hooves Distance Education Manual 2015 Published March 15, 2015
The Bestest Pony in the World Published December 08, 2014
Holding On Published July 08, 2013
The Adventures of Cutie and Friends Published November 22, 2012
The Adventures of Cutie and Friends and other resources for parents, caregivers and professionals Published November 22, 2012