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Happy Tails: Lady and Sami

The next earlier Peg Schaeffer column: Happy Tail: Who says money can't buy love?

By Peg Shaeffer

At the end of May I received a phone call from Kim Sallee who was concerned about a pack of wild dogs living behind the shopping center in Russell Springs. She told me how she had gone to Kroger and in the parking lot she saw a black Lab who was skin and bones. She told herself that if the dog was still in the parking lot when she came out she would feed it.

She did her shopping -- bought some lunch meat for her family and some extra for the pitiful dog. When she came out the dog was waiting for her. She fed the starved animal the lunch meat she had bought for her and then the lunchmeat she had bought for her family. She decided she should take the starving dog home except for one thing -- this dog was obviously nursing puppies.

She followed the dog to a field behind the shopping center that was under construction. There were several other stray dogs wandering there, all skinny and looking for food. The mother dog went into a pile of brush and hid from Kim. Kim went home but all she could think about was the malnourished black dog and her pups.

She was also concerned about the well-being of the other dogs that were fending for themselves in the construction site. She called the animal control officer and met with him the following day.

They were unable to catch any of the dogs and the black mother dog was still there. Kim talked to the construction workers about the dogs and they told her that the black Lab was at McDonald's every morning scrounging for food.

The next day she returned and brought her son with her. The black Lab came up to her and she managed to put a collar and leash on her. Immediately the mother lay on the ground and allowed Kim to carry her to her truck where she put her in a crate.

Kim had a bowl of feed with her and went to the brush pile to entice her pups out. A black and tan, scraggly puppy came out and starting barking at her in the most ferocious manner she could. Kim decided that it was make or break and she followed the puppy into the brush pile and captured her.

She put the pup in the crate with her mom and took them home. Kim named the mom "Lady" since when she was caught she lay on the ground in such a lady-like pose and her lone pup became "Sami."

Lady was emaciated, nothing but skin and bones. She had a bad case of mange and was missing most of her hair. The pup was very wary of any human but stayed close to her mom.

Kim cared for the pair. The mother filled out, her hair grew in, and she was enjoying her new life. The pup, Sami, was also loving life but was tiring out her mother.

I had talked to Kim a few times about the situation and told her I would take Sami in. After all Kim had done to save the Lab and her pup it was the least I could do. So Sami came to Sugarfoot Farm.

Sami is black and tan and it looks to me that her dad probably was a German Shepherd. She is a very laid back and well behaved little girl.

The first night she was here she slept in a crate and in the morning was let out to meet the rest of the gang. She mingled with the other dogs easily and became friends with another puppy, Scarlet, who is the same age.

Scarlet showed Sami all the ropes. She showed her how to steal my slippers when I'm trying to get dressed. She showed Sami how to tug on my socks when I'm putting them on. She introduced her to the dogs that are fun to play with. And she showed her where the Little Tykes playground is.

Sami caught on fast. The first night she slept on the side of my bed. When I woke up in the morning she was gone but when I looked out of the window she was sitting by the Little Tykes slide. I called her name and she perked up her ears and sauntered into the house to wish me "Good morning."

She went with me to feed the horses and immediately decided that's what life was about - following me around, feeding horses, and playing with the other dogs.

We have a couple, Cassie Burton and Wes Hardin, who come and work with the horses. They bring their puppy, Trixie, when they come. Trixie and Sami have become best friends.

While we're working with the horses they play together and if we ride they follow along behind us.

The other day we went on a trail ride and Sami followed us, trotting behind the horses and following the other dogs' lead. She splashed in the streams and frolicked in the tall grass. I called Kim the other day to tell her of Sami's progress.

As I was talking to her she told me how Sami's mom, Lady, was sprawled out at the foot of her bed sound asleep. Kim told me that it was "Meant to Be."

She said she never went to Kroger, but that day she was there and here was a starving mother dog looking for food. Now Lady is living the life of luxury and her pup is living on the farm.

Who knows how many puppies Lady had. She might have had only Sami or she might have had more that didn't survive. But fate was on their side and a kind hearted lady showed up at Kroger and saved two lost souls. Again and again I say things happen for a reason -- and here's living proof.

Sami is at Sugarfoot Farm Rescue and is available for adoption but she needs to the perfect home. This little waif grew up in the wild and survived. She has become a very loving little girl. She needs someone who will love her and let her become a family member. She is not a cute puppy to be discarded or ignored when she grows up.

She was dealt a raw deal and managed to survive, thanks to Kim Sallee, and now needs a family to give back to her. Sugarfoot Farm Rescue, Inc. 860 Sparksville Road Columbia, KY 42728 home 270-378-4521 cell 270-634-4675 email:

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