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Happy Tail: A Week at Sugarfoot Farm Rescue

A chronicle of a busy, and rewarding week at Sugarfoot Rescue. 'As each day ends and I reflect on the day I'm usually exhausted. I sit at the table drinking a Diet Coke. The dogs are quiet, sleeping in their crates or sprawled out on the floor. Thumbelina lays on my lap and my other special dogs are surrounding my chair. I work harder now than I did when I had a real job. But this is so much more rewarding. Where else can you be surrounded by so much love? - PEG SCHAEFFER. Click on headline for complete column with photo.
The next earlier Happy Tail: Happy Tail: Thanks to Lindsey Wilson College! Posted November 3, 2013

By Peg Schaeffer

This week has been very eventful. Actually every week is but this week has been even more than normal. On Saturday after the girls from Lindsey Wilson College left Keith went out to water the horses. He came back with the cutest white puppy under his arm.

He found him by the water trough. This puppy was the most outgoing and playful puppy I'd ever met. We named him Casper. It was impossible not to fall in love with him.

Sunday, Princess and Cracker, two life long friends, were adopted

Sunday morning my neighbor called and said she had a stray puppy in her yard. So I went up and brought the pup home. In the meantime a family came to look at a dog to adopt. They were coming to meet "Cracker" a Jack Russell Terrier mix. When they came I went out to meet them and Princess, a Chihuahua that had been surrendered by her owners on Friday, followed me. I asked the husband if he could hold her while I went to look for Cracker. (Good plan don't you think?)

I found Cracker and brought him back but they had made their decision. They had fallen in love with Princess. But there was one small problem. Princess had come with another Chihuahua. He was a black male named Angus and they had been together all of their lives. I told them that I would hate to break them up. They had no problem with that so Princess and Angus were adopted together. I called Swap Shop on the WAVE on Monday morning to announce that we had two puppies that had shown up at the farm and their owners could claim them. No calls. Of course no one called. It's pretty safe to assume they had been abandoned. Despite that I always hold the dogs for at least a week in case their owners are looking for them.

Casper rode with truckful of dogs and people to get Beagle/Basset

On Thursday I had made arrangements to meet a woman who had a Beagle/Basset mix she needed to place. The woman lived in Crossville, TN and we made plans to meet at the Kentucky/Tennessee border. Of course I never leave the house without a slew of dogs with me and on Thursday, Ariana volunteers, so I had a truck full. As we were loading dogs in the truck the little white puppy came out and sat, waiting to join us. So Casper came for the ride too.

I called her when I hit the state line. She was at a car dealership on Rt. 111 so I told her to wait and I would meet her. I drove and drove and DROVE. There was a policeman on the side of the road so I stopped and Ariana asked where the car dealership was. Keep driving he said. So I did. And I drove and drove and drove. I finally stopped and called the woman again. I saw signs that said Crossville - 22 miles. She told me she was north of Crossville. I wasn't driving any farther. So I told her where I was and waited for her to meet me. She arrived shortly thereafter. So Rosa Lee came back to Sugarfoot Farm.

The Tennessee dog was adopted 30 minutes after return to Sugarfoot with her

When I got back home I called a number I had saved from a couple looking for a Basset Hound. I told them about Rosa Lee and they were at the house half an hour later to meet her. It was love at first sight so Rosa Lee went to her new home. She was at the rescue for 1 hour. I have an addiction.

I HAVE to have Diet Coke daily. It has to be fountain Diet Coke so every day there is a short trip for a soda. On Friday I had errands to run so my first stop was Five Star for a 44 ounce Diet Coke. I took a few sips and put the soda in the cup holder. Again I had my usual crew of dogs with me. I had to stop at the Post Office and left the soda in the truck. Big mistake. I came out and one of the dogs had punctured the cup and I had 44 ounces of Diet Coke all over - on my cell phone, on the floor, and in the cup holder.

I made a stop at the grain store and then went to McDonald's for a replacement Diet Coke. It wasn't 44 ounces but it was a large. At my next stop I knew better than to leave my soda in the truck so I picked the cup up and jumped out of the truck. Guess what - the cup slipped out of my hand and splattered all over the pavement. Soda number two - gone.

Told the guys at the auto parts store my sad story. They thought it was pretty funny. So when I left I made another stop at the convenience store for ANOTHER Diet Coke. This time I got a 32 ounce. And this time I got to drink the whole thing.

A call from Casper's owner

Saturday morning I received a call from a woman that started out "you have my puppy". It was Casper's owner. She said her neighbor had brought him here. He belongs to her 5 year old grandson. His name is Gordy. He had wandered off with one of his dog buddies and the neighbor found him. Casper had made quite an impact in the week he was here. He played with all of the dogs, slept in the bed, helped feed horses and went on the road trip to Tennessee. When I went to the grain store he came with me and I told them I hoped he found a home soon because I was getting way too attached to him. I'm glad that Casper was reunited with his owners. When she came to pick him up he wrapped his paws around her neck and gave her kisses and more kisses. There was no doubt that this wonderful puppy was glad to be going home. As I was writing this I received a call from a woman who had adopted a dog we called "Cheeto". He was at the Russell Springs shelter with three other dogs, covered in filth. We brought them home, cleaned them and cared for them until they were ready for adoption. She thanked me for him and said what a great dog he has been. I appreciate calls from adopters. It makes me happy to know that a placement has been successful for both the dog and the owner.

As each day ends and I reflect on the day I'm usually exhausted. I sit at the table drinking a Diet Coke. The dogs are quiet, sleeping in their crates or sprawled out on the floor. Thumbelina lays on my lap and my other special dogs are surrounding my chair. I work harder now than I did when I had a real job.

But this is so much more rewarding. Where else can you be surrounded by so much love?- 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

This story was posted on 2013-11-10 01:54:33
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Happy Tales: Casper aka Gordy

2013-11-10 - Sugarfoot Farm Rescue, 860 Sparksville Road, Columbia, KY - Photo By Peg Schaeffer.
Casper, aka Gordy. He was found by our water trough last Saturday and reunited with his owner this Saturday. He was the cutest puppy ever. - Peg Schaeffer

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