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Happy Tails: Hope and Trust

Dogs have a special instinct for knowing who to trust, even after they have been failed by humans. Today's Happy Tails are stories of two wonderful dogs: Buttercup, a beagle/pug mix, who is now adopted; and Kate, the prettiest cattle dog ever at Sugarfoot Farm Rescue, who has learned to trust again
The next earlier Happy Tail: Happy Tails: Every once in a while, an UN-HappyTale

By Peg Schaeffer
News from Sugarfoot Farm Rescue

Sugarfoot Farm Rescue had an Open House and Yard Sale on Friday and Saturday. We had a good turnout and I want to thank ever one who came. We adopted out a dog and potentially two cats, sold some spay/neuter certificates, and received some donations. Plus I got to visit with animal lovers which is the best part. All in all it was a successful weekend.

The story of Buttercup

Last week I got in the cutest little dog, Buttercup. Buttercup was a Beagle/Pug mix with a short muzzle and ears that stood up half way and then bent back down. She was overwhelmed by all the dogs at first but within a few days had become part of the dog family, playing with the other dogs and following me everywhere.

On Saturday a young man came looking for a small dog. He and his wife had a young child and were expecting another. They had moved into an apartment so it would have to be a dog under 25 pounds. In addition it would have to be good with small children. He also told me that he wanted a dog that would ride in the car with him and go on hikes. As we were talking Buttercup introduced herself to him. He squatted down and she climbed into his lap and licked his face. It was quite obvious that this was the dog he would be taking home. So paperwork was completed and a happy Buttercup went off to live with her new family.

Australian Cattle Dog (Blue Heeler), Kate, is pretties of breed yet seen at Sugarfoot

We have an Australian Cattle Dog (Blue Heeler), Kate, who is one of the prettiest Cattle Dogs I've seen. She was found at Summit Manor. The food service people had enticed her into a fenced area and I cornered her into a crate and took her home. She has always been a very shy and aloof dog. She is always happy to see you and will sprint right up. Then she stops a few feet before you, wags her tail, and turns away. With coaxing I can get her to eat treats out of my hand and some days she will let me touch the tip of her nose. Occasionally when people come she will greet them, wagging her tail, but the minute they try to touch her she' gone. This has gone on for over six months.

Kate, so mistrustful of many, immediately bonded with 5-year-old Drake

Saturday Ruby Sneed came to the Yard Sale and Open House with her grandson, Drake, who is 5. Ruby had a yard sale the previous week and gave me a donation from her proceeds. Thanks Ruby! As we were talking Drake was running around like small children do. To my astonishment Kate, the Blue Heeler, went up to him and licked his face. He was petting and scratching her as if they were best friends in the world. I guess they are. She followed him everywhere and kept nudging his arm for more attention. They played together the entire time Ruby stayed.

One has to wonder what the story behind Kate's mistrust is

The dogs never cease to amaze me. Why did this dog who never lets anyone touch her allow this young boy to pet her? She would even back up to him so he could scratch the base of her tail. The dog who has to be enticed to take a treat from your hand was nudging him, encouraging him to play with her. This is one time I wish the dogs could talk. Then maybe she could tell me what her previous life was like. Maybe she once had a family and children of her own to play with. Was she abused by adult and only trusts small children? I’ll probably never find out the story behind Kate and a lot of other stray dogs who end up here. I often wonder what their lives were like before they were abandoned. Maybe it's a good thing they can't talk. But one thing I can say with confidence – Kate is capable of loving a small child. Hopefully someday her trust in humans will be restored.- Peg Schaeffer

Contact us if you would like to help.

Peg Schaeffer, Sugarfoot Farm Rescue,
860 Sparksville Road
Columbia, KY 42728
Home telephone: 270-378-4521
Cell phone: 270-634-4675

This story was posted on 2013-07-02 17:04:38
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Drake Sneed with new friend, Kate

2013-07-02 - Sugarfoot Farm Rescue, 860 Sparksville Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Peg Schaeffer.
Every dog should have a boy - Drake Sneed playing with Kate. Sugar, the Chihuahua, is supervising. - Peg Schaeffer

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Kate: The prettiest cattle dog ever at Sugarfoot

2013-07-02 - Sugarfoot Farm Rescue, 860 Sparksville Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Peg Schaeffer. This is Kate: The dog first rescued by workers at Summit Manor, who took her to Sugarfoot Farm, where she remained aloof until a 5 year old boy came into her life. Peg Schaeffer says Kate is the prettiest cattle dog who's ever come to live at Sugarfoot Farm Rescue.
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