A bushel and a peck and a hug around a neck with one of our four legged friends in April :)

Traveling the Miles to bring Smiles in a Big Way :)
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Wed. –April 2                                                                                                                     TMC pediatrics, children’s clinic, hospice and Diamond Children’s              10:00 a.m. -  ?
Sunday- April 6
Feria de Sur Tucson                          pony rides                                            12:00 to 2:00
Birthday party                                     pony rides                                              4:00 to 5:00
Friday- April 11
Sweet 16 party                                 YahYa and the cart                               4:00 to 7:00
Saturday- April 12
Oasis at Wild Horse Ranch        Bride will ride in on JJ, our Clydesdale     5:30 to 6:30
Sunday- April 13
Birthday party                                    pony rides                                            1:00 to 2:00
Tuesday- April 15
Kindredcare/Desert Life                                                                               1:00 to 2:00
Wed. – April 16
TMC pediatrics, Children’s clinic, Hospice and Diamond Children’s     10:00 a.m. until ?
Tuesday- April 22
Canyon View School -special needs classes        pony painting             9:30 to 10:30
Rise Center                                                             pony painting           12:30 to  1:30
Saturday- April 26
Atria Campana  Del Rio                                                                           10:30 to 11:30
Birthday party                                                        pony rides                    1:15 to 2:15
Birthday party                                                        pony rides                    3:30 to 4:30
Sunday- April 27
Caring for the caregiver semi-annual retreat/luncheon at the Roahrig Ranch.
Bring food to share. Donations accepted.                                               10:30 to 2
Photographer booked the Roahrig Ranch for photo shoot                       2:30 to 6:30
Thursday -April 24
TMC pediatrics inside with Sir Snickers and Buddy                                  11:00 to
Monday  – April 28
Creative Care Adult Day Care                                                                      10:00 to 10:30 
Diamond Children’s Hospital inside with our  Buddy and  Sir Snickers       11:00 to
Carl’s special home visit                                                                                1:00 to 2:00

Today was a blessid day for a walk, a pet and a Smile:)

Our visits today began with TMC pediatrics..Buddy was lead down the sidewalk by a little boy while our Dillon pony was rode by one VERY happy little girl.  Sunshine and a smile!





Our next stop brought us to the Childrens Clinic..Walking Buddy along side of her chair was just as much fun as riding Mosey the pony a few years ago.






Buddy brought “blessing” and smiles for everyone at Peppis House

She may have wanted to ride Dillon pony and walk Buddy but today she was just glad to be able to pet and take in the love these two little guys had to offer. Diamond Childrens



Sunday volunteer crew of two

We fixed fences, cleaned out the barn and groomed horses.  A special thank you to Susie and Athena for their help out at the ranch.   Stepping Up for Step Up into T.L.C. (therapeutic loving caballos)                                                                                                          

Pirate Ponies out on their adventures

Our adventurous Pirate ponies, Captain Dill and his mate, Slick Snick traveled the high heat to four different far away places in search of treasures.

Visits included:
Tucson Medical Center’s Pediatrics
Square and Compass Children’s Clinic
Peppis House Hospice
Diamond Children’s Medical Center


And treasures they did find. Colorful gems, I love yous and SMILES…arr matey!

A note from Eva’s Mom

Dear Nancie, Karen, George and volunteers of Step Up Into T.L.C.,

Eva’s first pony ride!

In April my 3 year old daughter Eva and I stayed at Peppi’s house, anticipating an overnight stay she would be having the following week. While we were at Peppi’s house, you allowed Eva to ride one of your pony’s, something I never thought imaginable! That was a wonderful and emotional day for me, for a moment my child was normal and healthy on that horse! On June 15 at 6 am, our Eva left us to take her place in heaven, it has been a difficult and lonely road for me and for our family, but as I work through my emotions and particularly as I look to find comfort, I remember that Eva enjoyed the short life she had. Eva knew love, Eva knew joy and your program and your horses were part of that!! Please relay this message to the volunteers, I am eternally grateful for the experience Eva had that Wednesday in April at Peppi’s house!

Sincerely, Gabriela Diaz Pena



Traveling the Miles to Bring Smiles- where, when and what time?

Our ongoing monthly visits are:
The 3rd Tuesday of each month from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00p.m.

Kindred Transitional Care & Rehab-Northwest
(520) 297-8311desertlifercc.com
1919 W Medical St, Tucson, AZ 85704

 unless something else comes up.

The 3rd Saturday of each month from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Atria Campana Del Rio
1550 East River Road  Tucson, AZ 85718 (520) 299-1941
unless something else comes up.

Wednesday (twice a month)

TMC Pediatrics at 10a.m.
Children’s Clinic
Peppis House at 11:30 to 12:30
Diamond Children’s Hospital at 1p.m. until

Monday (once a month)
Diamond Children’s Hospital at 11a.m.
Inside with the miniature horses—



A presentation, photos and pets at the Bear Canyon Library on Tuesday 7/10/12

We were greeted by an eager crowd. Ready to learn about JJ, Dillon and Sir Snickers. After the presentation everyone was asked to line up  so they could come up and pet each of our quiet horses and have photos taken.

I gave the presentation while volunteer Don Hendrix held JJ.
JJ is 8 years old, stands 17.2 hands tall and weighs approx. 1800 lbs
He eats about 50 lbs of food a day (and the children corrected me when I asked if he ate hamburgers?) and drinks about 30 gallons of ….yes- Water a day!

A blessing is: a volunteer who loves sharing smiles!
Diane Rockhill shares Dillon with the children and their families.

Volunteer Sherry Harris Hardy helps with making special moments.
Sharing her love for horses and SIr Snickers!

Just as we were getting ready to load JJ into his trailer a very upset woman asked if her elderly father could meet and pet our “Gentle Giant”. They had missed the presentation at the library and were very disappointed. Volunteer Diane stepped up to the job..parking lot pets and Smiles!

“Hey Snicks, we sure did have a nice time in the city today but there’s no place like home. Race ya back to the barn”