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Happy Tail: Tia, rescued in Knifley, KY, has new home with (KY) New Zealanders

Tia was rescued in Knifley, KY two weeks ago and came to Sugarfoot for a short stay. The pretty little dog has a new home iin Bowling Green, KY, living with New Zealanders who recently relocated there.
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By Peg Schaeffer
Sugarfoot Farm Rescue

Easter is the anniversary of our 1,000 mile trek from Canterbury, CT to Columbia, KY. It's a move I've never regretted. I have met so many great people and made so many friends. I love our little piece of Heaven in Sparksville.

Still learning the local language

I'm still learning the language. I was at Walmart the other day and I asked the checkout woman to put the grinder in the cloth bag. She looked at me with a blank stare. What? Please put the grinder in the cloth bag. Then it dawned on me. In New England they are "grinders", here in Kentucky they are "subs". Once we talked the same language she laughed. She was looking for a tool and didn't see one. Someday I'll learn to talk the talk.

I worked in the garden today. It was such a beautiful day and you couldn't ask for better weather. The garden is "my space". No dogs are allowed. Well - Thumbelina came with me but she's not a dog - she's Mommy's girl. After I finished in the garden I sat on the front porch with my Diet Coke and watched Dog TV. The dogs were enjoying the weather too. Some were relaxing in the shade, others were playing, and my closest companions were lying on the porch next to me.

The senior dogs were enjoying the warmth. Hazel, our senior Coonhound, was rolling in the dirt, scratching her back. She got up and shook herself and trotted off. Buck, our senior black Lab, trotted up the driveway, his tail swaying happily. Phoebe, our senior Cattle Dog, had an itch she couldn't reach so she was sitting on her butt and going round and round to scratch it.

One dog especially enjoying this Easter 2014 weekend

There's one dog that's especially enjoying this Easter weekend. I got a call about two weeks ago about a stray dog someone wanted to bring to us. She didn't live in the area and was visiting her brother who lived in Knifely. She said there was a small white dog, very skinny, that was in the area. Could she bring it to us? I told her she could but on the day she called me she was unable to catch her. The next day she managed to entice the little dog and she brought her to us.

The pretty little white dog was skinny and loaded with ticks. I don't know exactly what breed she is. She has a long face like a Sheltie and is white with black and tan markings. One thing I can say about her for sure - she's the sweetest dog you'll ever meet. She tries to talk to me in the softest voice. I've named her "Tia".

Bowling Green couple - recently relocated to Bowling Green from New Zealand - wanted a dog

Last Sunday a woman called me about one of our dogs. Her family had relocated to Bowling Green from New Zealand. They were looking for their first dog. She and her husband had three young sons and they wanted the perfect family pet. They had picked out Dylan, a good dog with the bluest eyes you've ever seen.

When they arrived they came into the kennel area to meet with the dogs. I brought Dylan in and some of the other dogs came with him. The boys were all excited about getting their first dog. One of them found a small stick and excitedly asked "if I throw the stick will he chase it? Will he catch a Frisbee?" These boys were ready for a friend.

Dylan was a little bigger than they expected and asked if we had a smaller dog that was quiet. I immediately thought of Tia. She was sitting on the car port and I called to her. She came to the gate and met with the family. They liked that she wasn't a jumper and was so well behaved but couldn't decide between Tia or Dylan. They said they would talk it over and get back to me.

The wise decision was made: To adopt Tia

That night Angie called to tell me they had decided to adopt Tia. She hadn't been spayed yet so I told her they could pick her up after she was spayed. She was operated on and Angie and her husband came to pick Tia up on Friday.

Tia seemed to know she was leaving and slowly wagged her tail. They had all kinds of new presents for her. There was a bag of dog food, treats, a new collar and leash, and a crate with a soft blanket in it. The boys were in school and would be at home anxiously awaiting the arrival of their new best friend. So for Tia it was indeed a "Good Friday".

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 2014-04-20 06:32:05
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Happy Tail: Tia, a Sheltie mix, has home in Bowling Green, KY

2014-04-20 - Sugarfoot Farm Rescue, 860 Sparksville Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Peg Schaeffer. This photo is Tia, a Sheltie mix, who was found in Knifley and has been adopted by the Davidson family who moved to Bowling Green from New Zealand. Tia and her new family of three young boys will be having a Happy Easter for sure.
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