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'I've decided to write New Year's resolutions for the dogs, Trout, Barkley, Cooper, Colt, Trooper, Tyson, Ruger, Lil' Bit, McKenzie, Bevis, Daisy, Loretta, Princess, Morgan, Thumbelina, Sugar all of whom are a teeny bit shy of perfection. I hope they can live up to them.' - PEG SCHAEFFER
Next earlier Happy Tail: A Christmas Starrie Posted December 29 2013

By Peg Schaeffer

I used to bartend part time to earn extra money. It was a great job. I got paid to party and the tips were usually good. The last bartending job I had was at a banquet hall, Royal Ballroom. It was run by three Jewish brothers and their mother. The Ballroom had the largest dance floor in the area. They held weddings, retirement parties, Christmas parties and since it was located so close to the Submarine base they often held the commission parties for submarines when they were christened.

One year I was bartending a commission party for the submarine "Alabama" I made a drink for a man that had several followers. I asked the other bartender who he was. He told me that he was the drummer for the band. I thought that was pretty cool that the submarine had their own band. Duh! He was the drummer for the BAND Alabama. As you can guess - I'm not a big follower of country music.

I have probably bartended at over 200 weddings. Each one was different. Large and small, fancy and simple - there were no two ever the same. My favorite time to bartend though was New Year's Eve. They always threw quite the party. It started off with appetizers - the potato knishes were my favorites. Then they would have a buffet fit for a king followed by desserts to die for. There would be a DJ who played songs for everyone. People would dance and have a fine time. At midnight there was a champagne toast with hats and noise makers. After that they would come out with a breakfast buffet. It was always a fun night and I made great tips.

Since we've moved to Adair County New Year's Eve just isn't the same. Keith and I watch TV. The dogs are scattered on the floor sleeping. We watch the ball drop in New York - which is 11 o'clock here and then go to bed. Pretty quiet. Do I miss the New Year's Eves at Royal Ballroom? Yes, but I have no desire to go back. It's relaxing and we're in great company.

I've decided to write New Year's resolutions for the dogs. I hope they can live up to them.

Trout - I will not keep stealing the dog dishes and trying to bury them in the lawn or in mud puddles.

Barkley - I'll try not to bite Keith when he leaves for work. After all he's earning money to pay for my food.

Cooper - I'll stop barking for no reason at all except to hear the sound of my own voice.

Colt - I'll stop chasing the horses, especially Summer the mini. Just because we're the same size doesn't mean she wants to play with me.

Trooper - I'll do my best to stop stealing the towels out of the bathroom and playing tug of war with them with the other dogs.

Tyson - I'll try to stop scaring people. They don't know when the BIG black dog jumps over the fence I'm only there to greet them, not to eat them. Plus I'll try to resist the temptation to take Peg's Diet Coke and Keith's water bottles and puncture them.

Ruger - I'll stop being such a whiny, cry baby. Just because Peg is on the computer downstairs and Tebow blocks the steps so I can't go down cellar I don't need to whine and cry until Peg goes crazy.

Lil' Bit - I'll make an extreme effort not to get in trouble all the time. I won't steal the empty dog food cans. I won't grab the empty dog dishes. I won't take off with the toilet paper, or the Kleenex, or the recycling, or anything I can get my paws on. And I promise not to tear up another bag of flour and get it all over the Tahoe. (It was fun though.)

McKenzie - I'll do my best to resist the temptation to take things off the counter, especially when you're making a sandwich or cooking supper.

BevisI'll try to stop eating anything that doesn't eat me first. I guess I really need to go on a diet. After all I don't think Beagles are supposed to weigh 60 pounds.

Daisy - I'll try to use my inside voice instead of my loud, shrill bark when the other dogs are being bad and I'm tattling on them.

Loretta I'll try to stop surprising Peg when I sleep in the clothes basket. But it's so warm to burrow to the bottom and snuggle in the towels.

PrincessI'll try to stop barking at Lola while Peg is trying to concentrate while she works on the computer.

Morgan I'm not making any promises but I'll try to stop taking the blankets out of the inside dogs crates' and bringing them outside. I just like to have lots of blankets in my igloo.

SugarI'll try to leave some room on the pillow so Peg can put her head on it. It's just that I like to spread out when I sleep. But after all, I'm the favorite Summit Manor dog so I deserve special treatment.

Thumbelina - I'll try to stop being so darn cute. That's the only thing I can promise since I don't do anything wrong.

The following statistics reveal how many resolutions are maintained as time goes on:
- Past the first week: 75%

- Past 2 weeks: 71%

- After one month: 64%

- After 6 months: 46%
We'll see how well the dogs do at keeping their New Year's resolutions. Even one day would be good.

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 2014-01-05 08:33:28
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Happy Tail: Loretta - she likes to hide in laundry baskets

2014-01-05 - Sugarfoot Farm Rescue, 860 Sparksville Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Peg Schaeffer. Loretta's New Year's resolution 'I'll try to stop surprising Peg when I sleep in the clothes basket. But it's so warm to burrow to the bottom and snuggle in the towels.' - as written by Peg Schaeffer
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