Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Straight to the heart

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Feels like she’s been transported back to her childhood: Ruth would like to keep the donkey Ticoeur.


Katja RichardEditor society

Carefully stroke her hands over the thick, gray fur, then Ruth’s (60) eyes get wet: “I have to think about my childhood. When I was six years old, I rode a donkey just like that. But he was much wilder, not so tender.” She looks lovingly at the donkey: “I would like to keep you.”

Ruth lives in the Bru retirement and nursing home in Grandson VD, a place for seniors and people with psychosocial or physical disabilities. Shortly before Christmas, Ruth and her roommates get a visit from Ticoeur and Pipo. The two donkeys are used to being grabbed by wrinkled hands. “But you have your own will, you don’t have to do anything,” says Florence Scheidegger (56). She regularly visits retirement and nursing homes within an hour’s drive at most, so that Pipo and Ticoeur don’t have to travel too far. The two donkeys fit particularly well. “They are rather small and used to dealing with very different people,” says Scheidegger. “Above all, they are not afraid of wheelchairs and walking sticks.”

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