You know how I have made one or two disparaging remarks regarding Rosie who is Julie’s St. Bernard – not because I don’t like other dogs, especially girl dogs, but because she is so big. When she puts her paws on me to play she just about knocks me over. I have, therefore, more or less kept my distance from her when she is feeling playful.
However, the other day there were two other visitors at Inchmarlo which made Rosie look small! These were two Shetland ponies, who make a point of traveling around to visit care homes, hospitals and other places for the elderly. I saw the ponies at Inchmarlo and my goodness they were beautiful looking animals. – I must say, however, they were very, very good with the residents and the staff. They were taken inside through the Picture Gallery and into the Red Drawing Room where several residents were absolutely captivated by them. One lady spent a considerable period stroking one of the pony’s ears and speaking to it. I didn’t want to steal their moment in the spotlight, so I remained outside and let the ponies do the entertaining…
After a little while, a helper took one of the ponies into the lift to visit one of our residents who was keen on meeting them but did not want to come downstairs.
I have to say it was extremely well organized and the ponies were remarkably well behaved. Now when I was very young I used to be unable to control my urges and therefore would occasionally do a poo in the kitchen. – those days are long passed of course! But what happens with a Shetland pony? I asked myself. Well they had a bag connected to their bottom and in fact, one did do a poo while in the house, but I’m told that the bag worked very well.
Strangely enough, I have been to the vet twice in the last week because of a problem with my own bottom – one of my most sensitive parts. It turns out that I had a cyst which meant that at times I would simply rush around the house at full speed because of this sensation down below and I didn’t know what to do to get away from it! I personally could not possibly live with something connected to my bottom and must say I admire the Shetland ponies for equanimity in dealing with this irritation. Well done ponies, you gave a lot of pleasure to my friends, the residents and you are welcome to come back again.