Luna was a bottle baby rejected by her mother. As a baby she used to live in the kitchen. Luna was bottle fed by humans, so she is quite social. When she was finally transitioned to live with other sheep, it was a little bit heartbreaking for our staff and the clients. But Luna needed to go, she was getting big for the kitchen.
Luna is now a year and a half old, and she has become more of a typical sheep, although she remains still super social. She loves to be with people and she loves to be petted.
Sheep are not generally bred to be very social but they have an interesting social dynamic and are therefore good for people who are experiencing a lot of social issues within a family or a social group. One can see a lot of different personalities among sheep. There are two or three sheep that are super friendly and love being with people while there are other sheep that tolerate being with people. And, then there are those sheep that are completely uncomfortable with people. This variation in social dynamics replicates the same differences we have as people.
Our clients can make observations about the sheep dynamics and reflect on their observations as it relates to their own lives. Sheep give people an opportunity to open the discussion about social dynamics with their therapist by externalizing it through the sheep. This is extremely helpful to our clients who have often times had difficulty making progress through their human to human relationships.