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Happy Tail: The Name Game

If a dog is a surrender, it gets to keep its name. But there are stories behind every name every dog at Sugarfoot Farm Rescue has every had. "Superman," went to a dog who tried to fly. Many, like "Weezie,: Come from favorite Tv shows. Some, like "Remington" are part of the guns names series. But with all the thought, Peg Schaeffer is philosophical about the importance, quoting Shakespeare on the subject. Give yourself 100 if you you guess what that Englishman had to say on the subject.
Click on headline for complete story, a side story photo, and Happy Jack Terrier Mix available, now, for adoption Next earlier Happy Tail: Ruger, the Three Legged Dog Posted April 6, 2014.

By Peg Schaeffer
Sugarfoot Farm Rescue

When people come to visit the farm and see all of the dogs their first question usually is: Do they all have names? Answer: Yes, they do. Then their next question is: Do you know all of their names? Answer: Yes, we do. And they ALL know their names. We can be talking and say a name and if that dog is within earshot their ears will go up and they will either look our way or come over to us.

Surrender dogs keep their names

If a dog is an owner surrender we keep their name. After all they are going through enough leaving their homes; they need to keep their name and identity. We have had 3 "Buddy's" which is ironic since who leaves a "buddy"? None of our dogs have names like "Blackie" or "Whitey" or "Brownie". Since each dog is unique we try to keep their names different too.

Some have rhyming names

Some have rhyming names. We have Beezie & Weezie, Dixie & Pixie, Addie & Maddie, Tillie & Gillie, and Cooper & Trooper. We've also had Itsy & Bitsy. Some are named after flowers. We have had Daisy, Sweet Pea, Buttercup, Rosie, Petunia and Astra. We've had some named after guns - Remington, Winchester, and Ruger.

Some complete a set: Hope was joined by Faith and Charity

Someone brought us a stray they had found. She was a black Lab that was just a skeleton. She had mange and was in very poor shape. She had the kindest brown eyes I've ever seen. So we named her Hope. Since then we've also had Faith and Charity.

The story of the Starvin' Marvins

When we first started we rescued two litters of puppies from the same owner. They were all skin and bones and when we fed them they gobbled it up and ate bowl after bowl of food they were so hungry. So they became the "Starvin' Marvins". We named them all with "S's". They looked like rats with their rope like tails so two were named after the Rat Pack - Sinatra and Sammy. (I couldn't come up with an S name for Dean Martin.) The rest were Scruffy, Scrappy, Sienna, Smiley, Spider Woman, and Superman.

Superman got his name when he tried to fly

Superman got his name when he tried to fly. I was in the backyard and he was on the upstairs deck. He saw me and wanted to join me. Before I could stop him he climbed on the railing and jumped off the deck. He landed with a thud. I was sure he'd broken every bone in his body but he just got up, shook the dirt off, and came over to me. All he needed was a cape.

Beagle named Meadow followed by Brook; Rain is yet to come

We had a Beagle named Meadow so our next Beagle was Brook. We also have had a Timber. We haven't had a "Rain" yet. I guess I'll have to remember that one. We've had Trout. We had three strays brought to us the we named Cheyenne, Dallas, and Houston.

Criminal Minds has furnished lots of names

I'm a big fan of Criminal Minds. We've had Hotch, Morgan, Spencer, Emily, Penelope, Garcia, and Rossi. Right now we have a puppy named A.J. (J.J. is played by A.J. Cook)

Favorite show has produced Rachel and Monica, two Phoebes

My other favorite show is Friends. We've had Rachel and Monica, and currently have two Phoebe's. We have a dog that came to us with the name Tebow. I had no idea who that was. At the time Tim Tebow was playing for the Florida Gators. So I became a Tim Tebow fan and watched all his games. We have since had Peyton, Brady, and Dalton.

There's Sid and Sidney, two Bears

We have a Sid and a Sydney. We've had two Bears. One "Bear" was a big, fluffy dog so the name fit him. The other "Bear" is a three pound Chihuahua who thinks he is a Bear.

Lion Heart and Braveheart

I rescued a dog from a shelter that looked like the Cowardly Lion so we named him "Lion Heart". We had another dog that was so frightened I called him "Yeller" but he's since been renamed "Braveheart". Maybe the dogs don't know the meaning of their names but we want to give them a name they can live up to.

To quote Shakespeare - What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.

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

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Sugarfoot Farm Rescue at the Farm/Garden Expo

2014-04-13 - ACES, 870 Indian DR, Columbia, Ky - Photo by Peg Schaeffer.
Sugarfoot Farm Rescue
had a booth at the Farm Expo yesterday. Ariana Wooten is here keeping an eye on things. It was so nice of everyone who stopped to say "Hi" for their kind words. I was happy to hear from everyone who reads "Happy Tails" on, too. - Peg Schaeffer, Sugarfoot Farm Rescue

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Happy Tail: Cracker, Jack Russell, available for adoption

2014-04-13 - Sugarfoot Farm Rescue, 860 Sparksville Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Peg Schaeffer.
This is Cracker - He's a Jack Russell Terrier mix. He's very affectionate and loves to be held. He has the cutest underbite. He is neutered and up to date with his shots. If interested contact Peg Schaeffer, Sugarfoot Farm Rescue 270-378-4521, Today!

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