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Happy Tail: The Kindness of Strangers

This past week was an amazing one for Sugarfoot Farm Rescue for donations. Donations helped pay off a vet bill of $700, and gifts from Sandy Pyles, Cindi Waggener, Jolene Wuertenberg. and Miss Donna Rieder brought a lot of happiness to the dogs at Sugar Foot Rescue.
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By Peg Schaeffer
News from Sugarfoot Farm Rescue, 270-378-4521 or 270-634-4675

In April I received a call about a dog who had shown up at someone's back door. He told me the dog had a cable embedded into its leg. He said he cut the cable off but the wound was very deep and he was unable to care for the dog. I went to his home and found the sweetest, elderly yellow dog. She had the kindest eyes and you could tell she was in pain.

I thanked him for caring for her and immediately took her to Dr. King from the Red Barn Vet. The wound went all the way to the bone and I was worried that she would lose her leg. When I got to Dr. King's the receptionist, Anita, took her to a kennel in the back, talking to her. "Come on pumpkin," she said "let's make you comfortable." So the name "Pumpkin" stuck.

Dr. King cared for her leg, trimming the hair away from it, cleaning and treating the wound. I would call every day for an update. They watched her leg very carefully and with the constant care she received the leg did not need to be amputated. The healing process was gradual. The leg was cleaned every day. She received medication to battle infection and after almost six weeks she started putting weight on her leg. She received hugs every day from either Emily, Dana, or Anita which helped the healing process too. On June 10 Pumpkin was released. I had contacted Cindy Thrasher who is a member of Golden Huggs, an organization that places Golden Retrievers in homes. hey renamed Pumpkin "Posey" and she has already been placed in a furever home.

Dr. King's bill for Pumpkin/Posey was a reasonable $700. Most vets would have charged that much for just the board, never mind the dedicated care and love she was given. My friend, Jeanie Petrik, from Lifebridge suggested I contact a group called Pennies-4-Paws that raises money for non profit organizations who need help in situations like Pumpkin's vet bill. With a glowing recommendation to the group from Jeanie they raised $750 in one day to pay for Pumpkin's vet bill and the remainder to go to my account with Dr. King. My thanks to Sally Geiger from Pennies-4-Paws, and to everyone who donated to help raise the funds!

An amazing week for Sugarfoot Farm rescue for donations

This has been an amazing week for Sugarfoot Farm Rescue for donations. Jolene Wuertenberg, from Taylor Made Rescue, a long time contributor to us, donated 3 Kuranda beds for the dogs and cases of canned dog food. The beds never made it into the house. We put them on the deck to rearrange the crates in the living room and when we went back outside the dogs had already claimed their beds. So the beds are on the deck for them to lay on while enjoying the sun. We use canned dog food to mix in with the dry food for our senior dogs and dogs who require medication. My thanks to her.

The dogs love Donna Rieder igloo dog house
Donna Rieder called to tell me she had an extra large igloo dog house she had bought for her goats that she no longer needed. Could I use it? Although most of the dogs come into the house there are some who prefer to stay outside. They love the dog houses. We have one dog, Morgan, who uses the dog house on the front porch as his "fort". He comes into the house and steals the blankets in the crates and puts them in his fort. You will find shoes, rugs, dog bowls, any treasures he can carry. Once I even found a light bulb. Guess he wanted to see better. We have a big dog, Trout, who loves Kongs. Trout will carry a Kong around all day. He has a system where he hangs it on one of his fangs and trots around the yard with it. Morgan knows how much Trout loves his Kong and he will wait patiently until Trout puts it on the ground and looks away. Then Morgan swoops in and steals the Kong. He takes it into his fort and hides it. Once Trout realizes his Kong is missing he knows that Morgan is the culprit. He'll stand outside Morgan's fort, while Morgan stands in the doorway guarding the entrance. After a while Morgan gets bored and leaves and Trout reclaims his Kong. Sure - we can use the dog house. My thanks to Donna.

Sandy Pyles and Cindi Waggener donate from their yard sale

I got a phone call from Sandy Pyles who had a kiddie pool to donate to the dogs. She and her friend, Cindi Waggener were having a yard sale so when I went to pick up the pool I picked out several items to buy - bath mats, blankets, a storage cube, and a ceiling fan. They refused my money insisting the items I selected were for the dogs. In addition Sandy gave me a very generous donation. My thanks to Sandy and Cindi!

Everything is appreciated, including encouraging words

I can't thank the people in the area enough for your generosity and support. There are days when I feel like I just can't do this anymore but the feeling never lasts. Someone will call and give me an "Atta Boy", I will receive a donation of food, blankets, collars, a dog house, a swimming pool, and money. Don't ever feel that what you gave isn't enough. It is so appreciated.

Once again - Thanks to everyone. I couldn't do it without you.

- 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

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KayLee enjoys new Kuranda bed at Sugarfoot

2013-07-15 - Sugarfoot Farm Rescue, 860 Sparksville Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Peg Schaeffer. KayLee enjoying her new Kuranda bed on the deck, a gift from Jolene Wuertenberg.
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Thanks to kindness of strangers, Pumpkins $700 vet bill is paid

2013-07-15 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Peg Schaeffer. Pumpkin's veterinary bill was $700, but thanks to an amazing week of donations at Sugarfoot Farm Rescue, donations for to pay the bill came in in one day! Pumpkin has since been adopted and is a Furever Home. - Peg Schaeffer
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Sugarfoot Farm Rescue swimming pool

2013-07-15 - Sugarfoot Farm Rescue, 860 Sparksville Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Peg Schaeffer. The dogs enjoying their new pool, thanks to a generous gift from Sandy Pyles. This week has been an amazing one for gifts to Sugarfoot Farm Rescue. - Peg Schaeffer
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