When Kim Midboe clicks the gate securely behind her, a pig and several goats come running. During Kim's visits to the CAPE Animal Sanctuary, she brings them something so unique yet so desirable that even Bogie the turkey sidles nearby.
Rootie the pig does not even let Kim pass. He flops his large body onto the ground, presenting Kim with his extended, pink tummy. She gets down to business, professionally kneading and pushing Rootie's muscles and tendons. He lets his eyes droop, and he wuffs with contentment. In a few minutes, Rootie is sound asleep.
Later, Kim is surrounded by a group of goats. Tabby is the lucky client, with Kim rubbing her reddish, gold coat while the other goats wait their turn. Even Bogie is standing nearby in case he decides to give this experience a try.
Kim is studying to be a professional animal masseuse. Her practice sessions at CAPE have given her hours of concrete experience, and the animals a profound new pleasure.
As Tabby is finishing up with her session, you would think another goat would take her place. But no, Rootie has pushed his way to the front of the line, and settles in for the soothing, magical touch of Kim's hard-working hands.
“Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace."
~Dr. Albert Schweitzer