Triple C Farm, Fox Den Yoga team for goat yoga

Community Jun 14, 2018 Ancaster News

A somewhat unusual partnership between a yoga studio and an Ancaster petting farm is ensuring rescued animals enjoy long and happy lives.

Operated by Trish Simons and her family, Triple C Farm started raising pygmy goats last year to keep the farm financially sustainable; not long afterward, Melina Morsch of Fox Den Yoga arrived on the doorstep looking to purchase a couple of miniature domestic goats.

The two women got to chatting.

“I was really moved by the level of compassion and empathy Trish had,” said Fox Den’s Morsch. “Goat yoga and the summer retreat mornings are a great opportunity to see where these animals are living and shine a light on this little gem.”

Said Simons: “We were talking about how many goats Melina needed and what she was doing, and then I said, ‘Well, this is kind of silly. Why don’t I rent you the goats?’ It will make them more social and easier to sell as pets. Renting the goats will also bring in a little extra cash.’”

And so, the unlikely bond has resulted in two businesses and countless rescued animals all thriving.

Triple C already offers a travelling petting zoo for birthday parties and other occasions, so transporting the goats for Fox Den Yoga functions was easy. The pygmy goats, said Morsch, have already thrilled program participants at a stable and winery in Niagara on the Lake, parks in Burlington, Mississauga and Black Creek Pioneer Village in Toronto.

Morsch began offering goat yoga in February 2017, after watching the animal-assisted therapy gain popularity in the United States. Almost as a lark, she announced the program through social media, and simply couldn’t keep up with the interest and demand.

“I sort of did it as a joke. Five minutes after it was posted on social media, it sold out, so the joke has just kept on going,” said Morsch.

She explained pygmy goats are very interactive, sensitive and intuitive creatures. They play among the yoga mats, curl up on laps and are often most attracted to people with slower energies.

Simons is also a fan of the pint-size pygmies, saying the animals are smart, social and profoundly cuddly.

“The goat yoga is good for (the goats) because they love to be cuddled and they love the attention,” she said.

Triple C Farm on Carluke Road in Ancaster has operated an animal rescue since 2013. Simons’ first rescue was a registered, 11-year-old Clydesdale mare that was heading for auction because she had not produced a foal. The animal was about 700 pounds underweight, but since finding her forever home, Athena has gained weight, flourished under Simons’ tender, loving care, and gives rides to fearful or special needs children and adults.

Along with Athena, Triple C Farm is home to 159 rescued animals, ranging from cats, dogs and a deaf alpaca, to pygmy goats, horses and a pig with a cleft palate.

“We rescue as we can,” said Simons. “We don’t have an unlimited amount of money, but what I see, I rescue.”

To raise even more money for the livestock sanctuary, Simons and Morsch have planned Goat Yoga Retreat Mornings at Triple C Farm on June 30, July 14 and 28 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The program is suitable for those eight years of age and older.

For more information on Triple C Farm, search Little Piece of Heaven on Facebook. To learn about Fox Den Yoga, visit  www.foxdenyoga.com.

Triple C Farm, Fox Den Yoga team for goat yoga

Triple C Farm, Fox Den Yoga summer retreat mornings aid livestock sanctuary

Community Jun 14, 2018 Ancaster News

A somewhat unusual partnership between a yoga studio and an Ancaster petting farm is ensuring rescued animals enjoy long and happy lives.

Operated by Trish Simons and her family, Triple C Farm started raising pygmy goats last year to keep the farm financially sustainable; not long afterward, Melina Morsch of Fox Den Yoga arrived on the doorstep looking to purchase a couple of miniature domestic goats.

The two women got to chatting.

“I was really moved by the level of compassion and empathy Trish had,” said Fox Den’s Morsch. “Goat yoga and the summer retreat mornings are a great opportunity to see where these animals are living and shine a light on this little gem.”

“The goat yoga is good for (the goats) because they love to be cuddled and they love the attention.”
Trish Simons

Said Simons: “We were talking about how many goats Melina needed and what she was doing, and then I said, ‘Well, this is kind of silly. Why don’t I rent you the goats?’ It will make them more social and easier to sell as pets. Renting the goats will also bring in a little extra cash.’”

And so, the unlikely bond has resulted in two businesses and countless rescued animals all thriving.

Triple C already offers a travelling petting zoo for birthday parties and other occasions, so transporting the goats for Fox Den Yoga functions was easy. The pygmy goats, said Morsch, have already thrilled program participants at a stable and winery in Niagara on the Lake, parks in Burlington, Mississauga and Black Creek Pioneer Village in Toronto.

Morsch began offering goat yoga in February 2017, after watching the animal-assisted therapy gain popularity in the United States. Almost as a lark, she announced the program through social media, and simply couldn’t keep up with the interest and demand.

“I sort of did it as a joke. Five minutes after it was posted on social media, it sold out, so the joke has just kept on going,” said Morsch.

She explained pygmy goats are very interactive, sensitive and intuitive creatures. They play among the yoga mats, curl up on laps and are often most attracted to people with slower energies.

Simons is also a fan of the pint-size pygmies, saying the animals are smart, social and profoundly cuddly.

“The goat yoga is good for (the goats) because they love to be cuddled and they love the attention,” she said.

Triple C Farm on Carluke Road in Ancaster has operated an animal rescue since 2013. Simons’ first rescue was a registered, 11-year-old Clydesdale mare that was heading for auction because she had not produced a foal. The animal was about 700 pounds underweight, but since finding her forever home, Athena has gained weight, flourished under Simons’ tender, loving care, and gives rides to fearful or special needs children and adults.

Along with Athena, Triple C Farm is home to 159 rescued animals, ranging from cats, dogs and a deaf alpaca, to pygmy goats, horses and a pig with a cleft palate.

“We rescue as we can,” said Simons. “We don’t have an unlimited amount of money, but what I see, I rescue.”

To raise even more money for the livestock sanctuary, Simons and Morsch have planned Goat Yoga Retreat Mornings at Triple C Farm on June 30, July 14 and 28 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The program is suitable for those eight years of age and older.

For more information on Triple C Farm, search Little Piece of Heaven on Facebook. To learn about Fox Den Yoga, visit  www.foxdenyoga.com.

Triple C Farm, Fox Den Yoga team for goat yoga

Triple C Farm, Fox Den Yoga summer retreat mornings aid livestock sanctuary

Community Jun 14, 2018 Ancaster News

A somewhat unusual partnership between a yoga studio and an Ancaster petting farm is ensuring rescued animals enjoy long and happy lives.

Operated by Trish Simons and her family, Triple C Farm started raising pygmy goats last year to keep the farm financially sustainable; not long afterward, Melina Morsch of Fox Den Yoga arrived on the doorstep looking to purchase a couple of miniature domestic goats.

The two women got to chatting.

“I was really moved by the level of compassion and empathy Trish had,” said Fox Den’s Morsch. “Goat yoga and the summer retreat mornings are a great opportunity to see where these animals are living and shine a light on this little gem.”

“The goat yoga is good for (the goats) because they love to be cuddled and they love the attention.”
Trish Simons

Said Simons: “We were talking about how many goats Melina needed and what she was doing, and then I said, ‘Well, this is kind of silly. Why don’t I rent you the goats?’ It will make them more social and easier to sell as pets. Renting the goats will also bring in a little extra cash.’”

And so, the unlikely bond has resulted in two businesses and countless rescued animals all thriving.

Triple C already offers a travelling petting zoo for birthday parties and other occasions, so transporting the goats for Fox Den Yoga functions was easy. The pygmy goats, said Morsch, have already thrilled program participants at a stable and winery in Niagara on the Lake, parks in Burlington, Mississauga and Black Creek Pioneer Village in Toronto.

Morsch began offering goat yoga in February 2017, after watching the animal-assisted therapy gain popularity in the United States. Almost as a lark, she announced the program through social media, and simply couldn’t keep up with the interest and demand.

“I sort of did it as a joke. Five minutes after it was posted on social media, it sold out, so the joke has just kept on going,” said Morsch.

She explained pygmy goats are very interactive, sensitive and intuitive creatures. They play among the yoga mats, curl up on laps and are often most attracted to people with slower energies.

Simons is also a fan of the pint-size pygmies, saying the animals are smart, social and profoundly cuddly.

“The goat yoga is good for (the goats) because they love to be cuddled and they love the attention,” she said.

Triple C Farm on Carluke Road in Ancaster has operated an animal rescue since 2013. Simons’ first rescue was a registered, 11-year-old Clydesdale mare that was heading for auction because she had not produced a foal. The animal was about 700 pounds underweight, but since finding her forever home, Athena has gained weight, flourished under Simons’ tender, loving care, and gives rides to fearful or special needs children and adults.

Along with Athena, Triple C Farm is home to 159 rescued animals, ranging from cats, dogs and a deaf alpaca, to pygmy goats, horses and a pig with a cleft palate.

“We rescue as we can,” said Simons. “We don’t have an unlimited amount of money, but what I see, I rescue.”

To raise even more money for the livestock sanctuary, Simons and Morsch have planned Goat Yoga Retreat Mornings at Triple C Farm on June 30, July 14 and 28 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The program is suitable for those eight years of age and older.

For more information on Triple C Farm, search Little Piece of Heaven on Facebook. To learn about Fox Den Yoga, visit  www.foxdenyoga.com.