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Happy Tails - A second chance at love

Apparently someone thought that Sugarfoot Farm is an animal dumping site and that Keith and I are the Rockefellers, Peg Schaeffer says, after a big census increase at Sugarfoot Farm Rescue during Labor Day. In this column, several dog and cat stories of animals who need a "Second Chance at love. And there's an important note on why cats should not be dumped at a dog rescue. Click on headline for story with photo(s)
Next previous Happy Tail: Dog's best friend, Ariana Posted September 8, 2013.

By Peg Schaeffer

At three o'clock Wednesday morning I got a call from our neighbor that two of our dogs were in the road. He works nights and said he almost hit them as he was driving home. I got out of bed and went to check. There in the road were two dogs, but they didn't belong to us. There was a bigger dog with a small dog. The big dog's eyes shined in the dark and he growled at me. The little dog wanted to come to me and would approach me but as he got close he would return to the safety of the big dog's side. As I talked to them trying to earn their confidence out of the grass came a half grown cat. The cat came up to me and rubbed on my legs so I picked him up and petted him. He rubbed his face on mine and purred.

After a while I earned the dogs' trust and they let me pet them. The bigger dog had a collar on so I led him to the gate and into the buffer zone, which is an area where the other dogs can't get in. His little friend followed and I put him into a crate. I left the cat in the grass because I was afraid the dogs would hurt him. Once they were settled in I went back to bed.

Took dogs to the doctor

In the morning I had an appointment with Dr. King to take two Beagles to be spayed and to pick up the 5 Pit Bull/Australian Cattle Dogs I had rescued Labor Day weekend. They all were spayed/neutered and given their rabies vaccination. Keith went to the buffer zone to get the truck and the crate the little dog was in. I had told him about the cat and he said he would look for it. He took longer than usual to get the truck and when he did he showed me the reason for the delay. In each hand he held a tiny kitten. In the crate there was another dog - a butterball of a Chihuahua. He said when he went to look for the cat the Chihuahua was there along with another cat and three kittens. So we put the two kittens into a cat crate and I took the Beagles to the vet.

I picked up Ariana and we took the Beagles to Dr. King and picked up the other 5 puppies. The little dog and his Chihuahua friend came along for the ride. When we got home and got the puppies and the two dogs situated Ariana took a crate and went to catch the remaining kitten and the two cats. She came back with the three cats and a bleeding thumb. She said when she went to get the cats one of the dogs followed her and grabbed the kitten and ran off with it. She caught the dog but not before it had injured the tiny thing and the kitten was terrified. It clamped down on Ariana's finger as she attempted to put it in the crate.

Mill Creek Veterinary Hospital has avid pet rescuer

The two cats looked to be about 6 months old but the three kittens were only about five weeks old. A close examination of the injured kitten looked to be a broken leg. There is a new veterinary clinic, Mill Creek Veterinary Hospital, that opened recently in Greensburg and Jeanie Petrik, an avid cat rescuer, told me that Dr. Olt was wonderful with cats. So I called and they told me to bring her in immediately. She examined the kitten, Ariana named her "Navi", and she felt the broken bone. But the dog had injured a nerve also and she said although the bone could heal the kitten wouldn't be able to use her leg because of the nerve damage so her suggestion was to amputate the leg.

A while back I wrote " Less than perfect" about our handicapped dogs so I wasn't worried how the cat would maneuver with three legs. Plus, being so young the kitten would adapt quickly. So I left her there for Dr. Olt to perform the amputation.

In less than 12 hours: 8 new rescues and a vet bill

So in less than 12 hours I inherited 3 dogs and 5 cats and a vet bill. Apparently someone thought that Sugarfoot Farm is an animal dumping site and that Keith and I are the Rockefellers. Of course I could reason that these 8 pets were strays, but unless this was another "Incredible Journey" I seriously doubt it.

Confident someone loved these guys

I'm confident someone loved these guys. The big dog, who we've named "Mickey", is a senior dog. He's old and gray and his teeth are bad. He has cataracts which explain why his eyes glowed in the dark. Despite his afflictions he is not underweight and he has been neutered.

The little dog, who we've named "Cracker Jack", is brown and white and appears to be a Jack Russell/Red Heeler mix. He's not neutered; he's very friendly and in good shape.

The Chihuahua, who is the cutest butterball, has been named "Cookie". She loves to be held and sit on your lap. She also enjoys rides in the truck. She'll sit next to you with her head in your lap. Both little dogs are also used to sleeping on a bed. The first night they waited to be boosted onto the bed and spent the night sleeping soundly. It's quite obvious that they have been loved and spoiled.

The two cats and the three kittens were easily caught and enjoy to be rubbed and patted on. They didn't react at all like feral cats.

Whatever caused their owner to drop them off in the middle of the night hoping they'd find shelter is beyond me.

The two dogs that I found that night were in the middle of the road. They could have easily been hit by a car. I'm sure this wasn't what their owner would have wanted.

Leaving cats at a dog rescue was foolish

Leaving the cats at a dog rescue was foolish. Dogs get a pack mentality and if they had found the cats before Keith did they would have easily killed them. If our dogs didn't kill them the coyotes surely would have.

Friday morning when I went out to feed the horses I heard a cat crying. Out from the bushes came a long haired gray cat. Obviously she is the kittens' mother. She started to come to me but the dogs saw her and chased her up a tree. I still haven't caught her but that brings the cat total to six.

Cookie is happy as assistant typist

Cookie is sitting on my lap as I'm typing this, happy as a lark and enjoying the attention. Cracker is sleeping by my side in the recycling box and Mickey is outside with the other senior dogs sleeping. The two cats and the two kittens are in our cat room, to the dismay of our personal cats, with full bellies. We picked up the third kitten from Mill Creek Veterinary Hospital on Friday. They brought her out with a lion puppet that she'd been sleeping with. I want to thank Dr. Olt and her staff for the excellent care they gave this tiny kitten. She went home with Ariana who is going to adopt "Navi"

The animals will be available for adoption

The 3 dogs, 2 kittens and 2 cats will be available for adoption. They need to be spayed and neutered which will be another expense for us. They are confused as to why they've been abandoned but have adapted to the new surroundings rather well. They are all very sweet and loving. Cracker has an under bite which makes him so cute. Cookie is just a sweetheart. The two 6 month old kittens are very quiet and well behaved. The two tiny kittens are adorable. One is a yellow tiger and the other is a tabby tiger. All of the cats are litter box trained. Please contact me if you have room in your heart and can offer them a good home. They deserve another chance at love. - 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 2013-09-15 06:22:40
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Navi wakes up from surgery with her Lion puppet guarding her

2013-09-15 - Sugarfoot Farm Rescue, 860 Sparksville Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Peg Schaeffer. Navi, the cat on the left had to have her leg amputated. Above she woke up from her surger at the vet's with her Lion Puppet friend. Navi has been adopted but she has two brothers, Sprite and Kingsley, who are available for adoption. At this posting on CM, September 14, 2013, they are five weeks old. Peg SchaefferSugarfoot Farm Rescue, 860 Sparksville Road, Columbia, KY 42728. Home telephone: 270-378-4521. Cell phone: 270-634-4675
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