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Happy Tail: A priceless Jewel

After failing to fit in, to socialize properly with other dogs and lots of people - twice - in her first home, it looked as if the little tan dog's lifetime home might be at the rescue. But on a trip to the feed store, a stranger, a Veteran, asked about her. He lived alone and wanted a companion. Jewel looked like the answer. Click on headline for complete story and photo(s)
The next earlier Happy Tail: Happy Tail: What were you thinking? Posted September 22, 2013

By Peg Schaeffer

Sometimes I wish the dogs who come here could talk. But maybe it's better they don't. It's very rare that I know a dog's background. The majority of the dogs that come here are strays and unless they're born here I know very little about them. Most of the dogs could write a book about their lives, I'm sure, and it probably wouldn't be pretty.

A few years back I got in a small tan dog named that I named Jewel. Our neighbor who is a truck driver adopted her to take on the road with him. She loved the road trips but she also loved his five children and stopped the road trips to stay home and play with her family. They would take her on the 4 wheeler with them when they went to the creek and she would play with the kids in the water. One day when they left to come home Jewel was left behind. They didn't realize this until they returned home. They immediately returned to the creek but were unable to find their dog. She was given up for lost.

Almost a year later a woman I know who lives in Hodgenville called me about a dog she had. She said the dog was a Miniature Pinscher that came to her as a stray and she was trying to find a home for her. Her only drawback was that she wanted to be the only dog and could be over protective. So the little brown dog came to live with us. At the time my neighbors' daughter would come to the farm and the little brown dog we called "Leila" would follow her everywhere. One day she followed the little girl home. Shortly after I got a call from the girl's mother asking about the dog that had followed her daughter home. She was convinced the dog was their lost dog, Jewel. So after being lost for a year Jewel returned to her family.

In the meantime the family had gotten another dog. Jewel was very jealous of the new dog. Although they would play together, whenever Jewel was with a family member she didn't want the other dog near them. As a result during one of their scuffles one of the children got bit.

So Jewel came back to the farm. Since her twice former owners are neighbors Jewel would return home whenever she could. I would have to go back and bring her to the farm. I had to keep her either tied or in a crate because the first chance she got she would return to the family she loved. How do you explain to a dog that her family is no longer her family?

Last week I went to the feed store and as usual I had several dogs with me. Jewel was one of them. While I was in the store a gentleman wearing a Veterans hat approached me and asked about the dogs in the truck. He wanted to know if they were for sale. I explained to them that the dogs are available for adoption. He said he had seen one he liked and wanted to adopt her. He had chosen Jewel. He said that he lived alone and that he wanted a small dog for a companion. He said he'd like one that liked to ride in the car. So Jewel has found herself just the home she ordered.

So here's this sweet little dog. Who knows where she had been before she originally came to the farm. She was adopted and had a family. Then she was lost in Columbia. Somehow she found her way to Hodgenville. Then she ends up at a friend of mine's home. This woman brings her to me. Then she is claimed again by her former family. She is again returned to me. Now Jewel has another home. This time it's just what she wanted. She will be the only dog and a companion to someone who needs a friend. Maybe it's a good thing that she can't talk. Just think of the stories she could tell about her short life.<

- Peg Schaeffer, President and Founder, Sugarfoot Farm Rescue

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 Tail: A priceless Jewel

2013-09-29 - Sugarfoot Farm Rescue, 860 Sparksville Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Peg Schaeffer.
Jewel didn't adjust properly in a home with another dog
, but now she's the perfect companion of a LaRue county Veteran. - Peg Schaeffer

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