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Farm Animals in the City

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Many grandpas and grandmas remember the days of using horses to plow the fields and to get to school.
Today residents in the Touchmark Retirement Community in Bismarck, remember some of those fond memories.
Reporter Sarah Gustin has the story.

Did you ride horse to school? nod....
Since 2005 Joan Morton has been visiting facilities like Touchmark--and she never comes alone.
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Kelly Hoffman is not only Joan's neighbor but has the same passion of sharing what these furry and feathered friends have to offer.
(Kelly Hoffman / Volunteer) "I enjoy just the interaction with everybody. I enjoy bringing the animals out watching their faces light up when they see the animals and recognize them." 
(Sarah Gustin / sgustin@kxnet.com) "This isn't Toughie's only job. He also volunteers every Monday with a young man with Cerebral Palsy."
(Joan Morton / Volunteer) "There is so much reward in it. I love the animals myself and it's a gift that I have been given and my job is to share it." 
And it's that gift that makes smiles and brings back memories.
(Kelly Hoffman / Volunteer)"They come from farms and they recognize the animals and they just enjoy seeing them because they don't get to see them much anymore. They tell us great stories about how they grew up on a farm and their animals." 
(Anton Landeis / Touchmark Resident)"On my dad's farm we had goats, chickens, pigs, ducks. When I started arming. We had cattle and hogs and milk cows." 
Landeis has a firm memory of the days of using horses like Toughie for more than just riding.
(Anton Landeis / Touchmark Resident) "Seeded with them, four horses on the drill and five on the plow. In a good day, you could plow about between five and six hours with a two bottom plow and five horses." 
A gentle touch is all it takes to remember the good old days.

Morton also has dogs that she takes with when making visits in Bismarck-Mandan.

 

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