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By Peg Schaeffer
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By Peggy Schaeffer

I judged the Adair County Fair Fun Pet Show on Thursday, July 11 with my friend, Susan Rarey. It was very entertaining. We judged dogs of all shapes and sizes and colors. And I mean colors - a Poodle named Dixie was clipped and painted almost like a tie dyed shirt. There were also two cats, who were very charming, and two potbellied pigs, Babe and Charlotte. It was very hard to make a decision in every class, unless there was only one entry. In the best mixed breed class there were four dogs - two large and two small. So we were able to give two first places and two second places. The costume class was ingenious. Each costume showed great ideas. Best of show was the hardest class since every entry in the class had won a first place. I wish there had been a Cutest Dog class because in my opinion it would have been won, hands down, by Heather Evans' Beagle/Jack Russell Terrier mix "Sadie".

Sadie indifferent to the gala

Sadie is just a pup and she was indifferent to the gala. She sniffed the floor, sniffed other dogs, and at one time just sat on the stage with her back legs stretched out in front of her and her front legs neatly in between. Add to this picture in your mind - she was wearing a pink tutu.

My Jack Russell mix, Kelsey, is great favorite at Summit Manor

I have a Beagle/Jack Russell Terrier/Miniature Australian Shepherd, Kelsey, who goes everywhere with me. Earlier in the day I attended the fair with Summit Manor and I brought Kelsey with me. The resident I was with loved her. She told me about her dog that she had to find a home for when she went to Summit Manor and how much she missed her. She kept one hand on Kelsey as I pushed her wheelchair along the fairgrounds. When we came to the Ferris wheel I asked her if she would ride it. Her answer "only if you and Kelsey come." So Kelsey rode on the Ferris wheel. She was very calm and sat between Anna and me.

Kelsey won Prettiest Dog, Best Mixed Breed, in 2006

Kelsey was also at the Pet Show with me. In 2006 she won the Prettiest Dog and Best Mixed Breed contests. My niece, Sierra, showed her and at one point Kelsey stopped and looked at the judges as if to say "yes, I am the prettiest dog".

I know everyone reading this has a "special" dog or cat. And I'm sure your pet is the biggest, cutest, prettiest, most handsome, smartest, and the best pet in the world. Just imagine how empty your life would be without your best friend. So imagine how a dog or cat feels when the person they devote their life to leaves them at a shelter or on the side of the road. In my opinion there cannot be any reason to justify abandoning your pet.

Green River Animal Report had good news, but still sad statistics

I read the Green River Animal Shelter Report for 2012/2013. The dog warden brought in 626 animals; walk ins 570 animals; Casey County 129 animals; Green County 69 animals for a total of 1,394 animals. As a result 698 (50.1%) animals were euthanized (killed), 518 (37.2%) went to rescues, and only 105 (7.5%) were adopted. 73 (5.2%) are still at the shelter. This is an improvement over recent years, yet these are very sad statistics.

Think twice before taking your pet to a shelter or abandoning them

So please, if you are considering taking your pet to a shelter or abandoning them - think twice. There cannot be a reason in the world to justify sending your pet to an unknown future. Don't gamble with their life. And if you're thinking about getting a best friend in the whole world please go to a shelter or a rescue and give a pet a second chance on life. Who knows, the next best pet in the whole world could be there waiting for you.

Remember - Love can't be bought but it can be adopted.- 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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Happy Tails: Sadie at the fair

2013-07-21 - 413 Fairground Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Marc Evans. Sadie, owned by Heather Evans, was proudly sporting her lovely pink tutu in the costume class at the Adair County Fair Fun Pet Show.
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Happy Tails: Kelsey on the Ferris Wheel, 2013 AC Fair

2013-07-21 - 413 Fairground Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Peg Schaeffer. Kelsey on the Ferris wheel at the 2013 Adair County Fair. - Peg Schaeffer
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2013 AC Fair Fun Pet Show: Dixie

2013-07-21 - 413 Fairground Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Greg Thomas, Chairman, Adair Co. Fair Board. Dixie (I donít have her owners name) tie dyed and in feathers in the costume class. - Peg Schaeffer
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