Mini horse brings big smiles to seniors in Bartlett

  • Evelyn Mikulec, a resident of Clare Oaks senior community in Bartlett, meets Sunny, a 14-year-old miniature therapy horse who stopped by for a visit Thursday.

      Evelyn Mikulec, a resident of Clare Oaks senior community in Bartlett, meets Sunny, a 14-year-old miniature therapy horse who stopped by for a visit Thursday. Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Diane Wlezien, center, and her husband, Michael Cussen, of Woodstock guide Sunny, their 14-year-old miniature therapy horse, around to visit residents of Clare Oaks Senior Living Community in Bartlett Thursday.

      Diane Wlezien, center, and her husband, Michael Cussen, of Woodstock guide Sunny, their 14-year-old miniature therapy horse, around to visit residents of Clare Oaks Senior Living Community in Bartlett Thursday. Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Diane Wlezien, center, and her husband, Michael Cussen, of Woodstock guide Sunny, their 14-year-old miniature therapy horse, around to visit residents of Clare Oaks Senior Living Community in Bartlett Thursday.

      Diane Wlezien, center, and her husband, Michael Cussen, of Woodstock guide Sunny, their 14-year-old miniature therapy horse, around to visit residents of Clare Oaks Senior Living Community in Bartlett Thursday. Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Janet Knoll, a resident of Clare Oaks Senior Living Community, pets Sunny, a 14-year-old miniature therapy horse visiting residents Thursday in Bartlett.

      Janet Knoll, a resident of Clare Oaks Senior Living Community, pets Sunny, a 14-year-old miniature therapy horse visiting residents Thursday in Bartlett. Rick West | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report
Updated 6/6/2019 6:24 PM

Residents of Clare Oaks senior living community in Bartlett had a special teenage visitor Thursday, but she wasn't anyone's granddaughter or a student volunteer.

Sunny, a 14-year-old miniature therapy horse, dropped by the community, led by owners Diane Wlezien and her husband, Michael Cussen, of Woodstock. They walked around and met about two dozen residents in her half-hour visit, which was co-sponsored by Clare Oaks and JourneyCare.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Sunny has been doing therapeutic work for about four years, visiting nursing homes, hospitals and homes, Wlezien said. They live on a farm in Woodstock.

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