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Letter From Barbie About Therapy Animals - 9 Dec 2008

I have just finished wiping the tears from my eyes and all down my chin(s) (ha ha) after reading your fantastic wonderful story about Freedom the eagle. I have a huge fluffy white Samoyed dog named Dee Oh Gee and we are a pet therapy team. We go to hospitals, schools, nursing homes, and libraries where the kids read to him to improve their reading. It WORKS too!

We also are certified for hospice and that is where the strong emotions are waiting for us every time. The families get as much or more from seeing and petting him than the patients do. We also work with the county police department in grief therapy and with special needs youth. WOW I hope we can even come close to what Freedom and his friend have together.

I truly believe that God put that magnificent bird into HIS hands because HE knew the too of you would be best for each other. My husband also had the same cancer and even 4th stage and he got pneumonia too. They gave him NO chance to survive but GOD had other plans for him on earth.

We both love eagles so much and are blessed to live in an area in Florida along the Gulf coast where we get to see them often . We even live right between TWO nests! My husband's company is "EAGLE HOME REPAIR" and he collects everything eagle!

Please look up Isaiah 40:31 in your Bible and it will give you another reason to be awed!

Thanks for all you have done.

Barbie....Englewood, Florida

Reply from Frank and Mary Hoffman

Dear Barbie:

Thank you very much for your encouraging comments, and for telling us about yourself and your work.

Isaiah 40:31 is one of our favorites, too, especially when ministering to people who are depressed or grieving.

We have a worldwide ministry to people who are vegetarian (vegan) and care about animals. Unfortunately, most churches neglect this aspect of ministry. As part of you grief therapy, do you ever minister to people who have lost a companion animal, or those who grieve the suffering inflected upon animals?

In the Love of the Lord,

Frank and Mary

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