‘Caravan of Joy’ brings smiles to seniors isolated in suburban nursing homes

A slow-moving caravan of short, fluffy and extra-long tails paraded around a suburban nursing home Wednesday with no motive other than bringing smiles to those on the other side of the glass.

“As soon as the animals get out of the car or our minivan and we start to put shoes on our miniature horses… of course that’s the time everybody has to ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’ and ‘oh my gosh,’” said Jodi Diegel, the founder of Soul Harbour Ranch Therapy Animals.

Diegel says her small “Joy Caravan” of horses and dogs helps melt the pain of isolation away, if only for a moment.