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Happy Tail. A Christmas Starrie

The search for a pet beagle was drawn out affair, but has a Happy Ending in store: The chosen beagle, Starrie - Christmas Starrie now, has just had a litter of pups. The client gets the pick of the litter, but in a few weeks, five more will be available for others to adopt. Peg Schaeffer says they are all so cute it would be wise to 'Place your order now.'
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By Peg Schaeffer

I often get phone calls from children who know that I have dogs for adoption. They're always full of questions and then end with "I'll have to ask my Mom". Most of the time I never hear from them again. This time it was different.

About six months ago a young voice called and asked if I had any Beagles. At the time I didn't have any. She called quite regularly and I never had a Beagle when she'd call. One time when she called I started questioning her. "You've been calling me for a long time" I told her, "Where do you live? Maybe I can find you a Beagle." It turns out her name was Renee, she was 12 years old and she lived in Indiana with her grandmother. Her mother lives in Columbia so she was calling me so that her mother could bring the dog to her on a visit.

I thought there might be some Beagles at the Green River Animal Shelter, so I suggested she call there. I didn't hear from her for a while so I figured she had finally found a Beagle. Not too long after that she called me again looking for a Beagle. She told me that she found one at the shelter to adopt but before she got it the puppy died of Parvo. So she was on the lookout again. I contacted local shelters in search for a Beagle for her and although Beagles are usually not hard to find I couldn't find one for her.

Then a woman brought me two Beagles. I had them spayed and called Renee and told her about them. I sent her a photo and she picked out "Lucy". I spoke to her grandmother and her mother came to see Lucy to make sure she wasn't too big. It was arranged that Lucy would stay with me until her mother went to visit her at Thanksgiving which was just a few weeks away. As luck would have it Lucy got out of the fence and was hit by a car. Sadly it was back to the drawing board. I remember what it was like to be 12 years old. My parents were divorced and my best friend was a Beagle named Tippy. So it became a mission to me to find Renee another Beagle.

Found the Beagle at Green River Animal Shelter

I found it at the Green River Shelter - "Beagle" named Giggles. I sent them a message and made arrangements to pick up Giggles. When I went to the shelter the next day Giggles turned out to be a Collie mixed with a Beagle. She was already bigger than a Beagle and she had long hair. I knew this wouldn't fly with the grandmother. She had told me the dog had to be a female, small and short haired. Next to Giggles' cage was a Beagle and a few cages down another one. The one next to Giggles was a male but the other one was a female. She was an owner surrender so I could take her. Since I'd already committed to Giggles I took her home too.

On the way home I called Renee's Mom and told her I had found a Beagle. I told her I had already made an appointment for her to be spayed on the upcoming Thursday and that she could pick her up on Friday. That way Renee would have her Beagle for Christmas. Just a few minutes after I talked to Renee's Mom my phone rang. It was Renee, all excited about her new dog. She asked me all kinds of questions. I told her that this Beagle didn't have a name yet. She already had a name picked out "Starrie". She even made sure to tell me that it was "ie" not "y".

Starrie had a fat tummy - Starrie was pregnant

When I picked Starrie up I noticed that although her ribs were showing she had a round belly. She also looked like she had been nursing puppies. I was told that she had puppies before the owner surrendered her at the shelter and they kept the puppies. After a few days it became quite obvious that the puppies were probably much older. I was pretty sure that Starrie was pregnant. So when I took her to the vet to be spayed I asked Dr. King to check her. My suspicions were confirmed - Starrie was indeed pregnant.

Renee was given the first choices

On the way home I tried to come up with a plan. i didn't want to disappoint Renee again. I called her mother and left a message. I suggested three plans: first - bring Starrie to Renee and let her have the puppies there - I really wasn't comfortable with this idea; second - let Starrie have the puppies here. Once they were weaned I would have her spayed and then Starrie could go to her; and third - Starrie would have the puppies and Renee could adopt one of them. It was decided that we would see what kind of puppies Starrie had and then take it from there. I promised Renee I would send her pictures of Starrie - before the puppies were born, after the puppies were born, pictures of the puppies as they grew up, and then she could decide what she wanted to do.

Starrie's belly got bigger and bigger and she got more and more uncomfortable. She started nesting and Christmas Eve day it became evident that the puppies would be born soon. Christmas Eve came and went, Christmas Day came and went and just after midnight the birth of the puppies began. Starrie ended up presenting us with six fat and healthy black and white puppies. Four of the puppies are males. They each have a unique marking at the base of their tails that looks like a lightning bolt. The two females are easy to differentiate. One of the females has a black spot the size of a dime at the back of her neck. The other has a tiny black dot on the top of her head. All six of them have the Beagle brown eye brows and brown markings on their ears. No one has a name yet. I'm giving Renee first dibs on names.

We now have six black and white beagle puppies

So we have six black and white puppies to care for for the next eight weeks. One of them will be going to Indiana to live with Renee who will finally get the Beagle puppy she's been dreaming of. The remaining five will be available for adoption. Place your order now.


Peg Schaeffer, Sugarfoot Farm Rescue, 860 Sparksville Road, Columbia, KY 42728 Telephone: home 270-378-4521 or cell 270-634-4675 email:

This story was posted on 2013-12-29 19:58:15
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Happy Tail: Starrie with her six beagle puppies

2013-12-29 - Sugarfoot Farm Rescue, 860 Sparksville Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Peg Schaeffer.
Starrie with her six puppies
First dibs are in to adopt Starrie or the pick of the litter, but after that, in six-eight weeks, the others will be up for adoption. Better get your order in now. - Peg Schaeffer

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