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Happy Tail: Sami, another It Was Meant to Be story

As I was writing this, we've had a sad and very happy day today. Sami, one of the smartest dogs we have ever had here, left for a new home. I had grown to love her. But it was a Happy Day, too, because Sami went home, in an adoption story that just has to be labeled, 'It was meant to be.' - PEG SCHAEFFER. Click on headline for complete story with photo(s)
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By Peg Schaeffer

On July 28 I wrote a story about Lady and Sami. Lady was Sami's Mom and they were living wild on a construction site in Russell Springs. They were saved by a woman named, Kim Sallee, who brought them both home. Kim kept Lady and I took Sami in to find a home for her. I promised Kim that I would be sure that Sami got the perfect home (as I try for all of my rescue dogs).

Sami was one of the smartest pups we've ever had here.

She was well behaved, not destructive, and never went to the bathroom in the house. I guess since she grew up in the wild she knew that the place to go was outside. She played with the other dogs and loved playing in the water. She would jump into the swimming pools and loved to wallow in the mud puddles. I have a video of her and Piper playing in a trench filled with muddy water. They would leap into the ditch, race the length of it, jump out, race back to the other end and do it again and again. Even when she drank water she would put her front feet into the water.

Sami learned fast

Sami learned fast. Walking on a leash was a piece of cake and it took her no time at all to learn how to sit. She loved to help feed the horses. Some of the other dogs chase the horses and bite at their hind legs.

Sami thought that was great but the first time she tried I told her firmly "NO" and she never did it again. She would get caught up in the excitement and then remember. She'd stop and turn around to look at me and I'd tell her "good girl". That's all she needed. She just wanted to please me.

She loved to race along on horseback rides

Whenever we'd go horseback riding she'd love to come along. She'd race through the woods with the other dogs and of course she'd play in the creeks. For a dog that had been born in the wild she adjusted to life on the farm in no time at all.

We have an office chair with wheels in our living room. I don't know why - we don't have a desk in there but the dogs have so much fun with the chair we leave it there. There's always someone sleeping on it. Sami would have a ball with the chair.

She learned to drive 'her' office chair all over the room

She'd lean over on it and push it all over the room with her back legs. She got to be pretty good at it. When she tired of the game she'd jump up on the chair with a big grin on her face as if she'd conquered Mount Everest.

We also have some webbed chairs on the deck that she loved to play with. She'd try to climb on the chairs but her feet would slip between the webs and she'd eventually lay on them with her front and back legs through the webbing and her belly resting on the rest. She could always entertain herself.

She was first in line for rides in the truck

She loved to go for rides in the truck. She knew if I was going somewhere and if I tried to leave without her she would manage to get out of the yard and be at the truck before me. She would jump into the back seat and you never heard a peep out of her. She was always well behaved and happy to go for a ride.

My teller read about Sami and wanted to adopt her!

A teller at the bank I go to had read the story about Lady and Sami and had asked me about her. She had another dog that she'd adopted from us so I knew Sami would be going to a good home. She saw the photo of Sami sitting proudly on the office chair and said she would show it to her husband.

The next time I was at the bank she told me they wanted to adopt our girl. They were moving so could I keep Sami until they were settled in. No problem - I loved Sami and would be glad to spend a few more weeks with her.

I told Kim that Sami was going to be adopted and she would be going to a good home. It was bittersweet - we both loved this girl but she needed a family of her own. Kim would tell me stories about Lady and it was remarkable how much Sami was like her Mom. Lady loved to go for rides and Kim had recently returned from a road trip. She said how Lady went everywhere she went.

Adoption falls through - Happy Ending has one more twist

A few weeks later when I was at the bank Tara came to me and said she was sorry but she would be unable to adopt Sami. They moved into a townhouse and she knew that wouldn't be the place for an active dog like Sami. I was sorry that the adoption fell through but glad in a way since Sami would be with us for a little longer.

Story takes one more sad turn

As I've always said things work out for a reason. Not too long after that I got a message from Kim that Sami's Mom, Lady, had to be euthanized. She had gotten an infection and her kidneys were failing. It was the right thing to do. She told me how broken hearted she was to loose Lady and asked me if I could contact Sami's new owners and tell them, if for any reason, they couldn't keep her she'd like her back. I was happy to tell Kim that Sami's adoption had fallen through and she was still at the farm.

They next day Kim came to pick up her girl. She told me how much she had loved Lady. She said she couldn't believe how you could be so attached in such a short time. She had an empty heart and Sami would help fill the void.

In the end: A sad time for me - but Sami gets a Perfect Furever Home

I was so glad to see Sami go home with Kim. Kim had brought her a pretty pink collar and Sami trotted off proud of her new necklace. Kim opened the door to her truck and Sami jumped in. She looked at me as if to say "good bye" and then settled down on the seat. It was sad to see her go and I miss seeing her but I know she's gone back where she belongs. Although she'll never replace her Mom she'll be a great companion and comfort to Kim.

Sami's puphood buddies welcome her back to the neighborhood

Kim has contacted me since Sami returned to her original home. Sami has been playing with friends she had made when living with her Mom. Kim said the dogs were happy to see her back. And I'm happy that's Sami's back to her home - it was meant to be.- Peg Schaeffer, President and Founder, Sugarfoot Farm Rescue

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Peg Schaeffer, Sugarfoot Farm Rescue,
860 Sparksville Road
Columbia, KY 42728
Home telephone: 270-378-4521
Cell phone: 270-634-4675 Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole. - ROGER CARAS

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Smart, Smart Sami just before leaving Sugarfoot for new home

2013-10-20 - Sugarfoot Farm Rescue, 860 Sparksville Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Peg Schaeffer. A happy Kim Sallee, who rescued Sami and his mother, Lady, from a construction site in Russell County, and brought him to Sugarfoot Farm Rescue, holds him as he poses on his last day at the rescue. Sami is one of the smartest pups we ever had at Sugarfoot. - Peg Schaeffer
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Sami at Sugarfoot, reigning

2013-10-20 - Sugarfoot Farm Rescue, 860 Sparksville Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Peg Schaeffer. Sami is now at her perfect Furever Home. We couldn't be happier for her. But it was a sad day when this Great Dog was adopted - we'll miss her so much. This office chair was her 'car.' as well as the throne from which she reigned - in a kind courteous way. She could 'drive' the chair to whatever vantage point she wanted. She also loved 'public transportation,' always anticipating when the Sugarfoot truck was about to leave the farm and was first in line to hitch a ride. All the dogs at Sugarfoot get lots of love. We don't mean to be partial. But this is one special girl we'll always love. - PEG
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