Kimberly Meyer and family of Preston enjoy sharing their unique collection of animals with others, booking for birthday parties and other events. They shared their favorites with old and new friends Saturday at the Skyline Thunderbird Car Show.
Kimberly Meyer has always loved animals. But as a child growing up in town she never got a chance to own and play with them. Now married to Sheldon Meyer and raising a family, and lots of critters on a farm at Preston, she is living a dream come true. And she wants to share that joy of cuddling critters and scratching soft bellies with others. Saturday, assisted by her family, she shared her traveling farm friends with others at the Thunderbird Car Show at Skyline School.
"This is the second time we've done this, gotten the animals ready and brought them out to meet people, and I just love it," Meyer said. "It's something we can do as a family together. The kids have their favorites."
While Meyer admits her favorite petting zoo animal just might be Magnolia, the pot-bellied pig, her daughter Dakota, 10, claims her new puppy, Trigger, a visula-heeler mix as her favorite. Younger sister, Taidyn, 8, is the rabbit expert with her black and brown bunny, George, and Addisyn, 6, likes the pet mice.
"Our oldest, Landon (12), would probably claim the snake," Meyer said.
Other animals available for petting zoo fun include ducks, chickens and twin goats, Lily and Ammo, who are inseparable from each other, but enjoy human interaction.
"We have a lot more animals at home, horses, dairy goats, sheep, and, of course, the usual farm cats," Meyer said. "We all chip in to do the chores so it's not that hard to take care of everything."
Sheldon Meyer said he has plans to make the petting zoo a permanent destination at the Meyer Farm in Preston in the future, complete with a "Three Little Pigs" setting, a goat high-rise tower with elevated board walks, and additional animals like Scottish highland (long-haired) cattle and maybe an ostrich.
Kimberly said she thought it would be cool to ad some rats, guinea pigs and lizards to the menagerie.
"We like to have something that appeals to all people," she said. "We are booking out our petting zoo to do birthday parties and other events, and it just helps to have a wide variety to animals to play with."
To schedule a visit with the current animals of Meyer Farm, call Kimberly at 620-388-4059, email firstname.lastname@example.org or find Meyer Farm on Facebook. And look for them at community events throughout the year as there is nothing the family, especially Kimberly, likes better than sharing the fun and experience of learning about animals with old and new friends.