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Happy Tail: Redecorating with enthusiastic canine assistance

There's never a dull moment at Sugarfoot Farm Rescue. On normal days. And when it came time to redecorate the house, well meaning help from the dogs turned into a series of fiascos. For once, the unvanquished heroine of Sugarfoot Farm Rescue admits she's licked. (Click on headline for story with photo(s) from latest adventure at Sugarfoot Farm.) See the latest of our Adorable Dogs for Adoption in : CM ANIMALS
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By Peg Schaeffer

As you can tell by my Happy Tails there is never a dull moment at Sugarfoot Farm Rescue. Pure, utter chaos is a common occurrence. So when I decided to paint the house I wasn't surprised by the fiasco.

Last year we started painting the house but never finished. We only got the front of the house done. So I decided that this year I'd get an early start. The hardware store had the paint I needed on sale so I bought two gallons. The Monday before Memorial Day I started the preparations. There were two gallons left over from the previous year on the car port.

On Memorial Day, discovered store paint had "Do Not Freeze" Warning

The first can I opened had been partially used the year before. The paint had separated and when I tried to stir it the paint stick broke in half. Undaunted I figured I'd use the paint from the can that hadn't been opened. Same result. Then I read the back of the can "Do Not Freeze". Both cans had sat in the car port all winter. I called the hardware store and they told me not to use the paint. I checked on the internet. It said the same thing - do not use paint that has frozen. So much for the two gallons of paint from last year.

No problem. I had purchased two more gallons. Monday is Keith's day off so he had taken the truck and gone to Russell Springs. Unfortunately, the paint I had bought on Saturday was in the back of the truck. Needless to say by the time he got back I was in no mood to paint.

New batch of paint was two different colors, and interior to boot

So Tuesday I got the two gallons of paint out of the truck. The outside of the cans was a different color than the ones I couldn't use. I had gotten interior paint instead of exterior. This meant another trip to the hardware store for two more gallons of paint. It was Memorial Day weekend before I was in the mood to paint. On that Monday there was a Criminal Minds marathon. So I figured I'd kill two birds with one stone. I'd paint the back of the house and I could listen to Criminal Minds at the same time. So I got everything together on the deck - paint, paint tray and roller, drop cloth, and paint brush.

Can't do anything without gratuitous help from the dogs

I can't do anything without help from the dogs. We have two dogs who are sisters: McKenzie and KayLee. This pair beats a full house anytime. They are great at getting the rats. One will stand by their hole while the other one flushes it out. They always bring their catch to show me and I make a big deal of praising them. They're always so proud of their hunting prowess.

So while I was preparing the deck to paint I wasn't paying attention to the girls. A bird had built a nest in the siding and McKenzie had discovered it. She was tearing apart the siding to get to the birds. Suddenly I heard a bird screaming and McKenzie raced by with the mother bird in her mouth. I dropped everything and ran after her. I was able to save the bird before it was too late. As I was chasing McKenzie, KayLee decided she would get the baby birds. She was tearing away at the siding, pulling the nest out the best she could. I let the mother bird free and then chased KayLee away. I had to build a barricade to prevent them from getting back to the poor bird family.

No tears over split paint - it would be used to paint trim

In the meantime the other dogs had scattered all over the deck. As I painted I had to step over sleeping dogs and around the dogs lying along the side of the house. Some of them managed to get paint on them as they rubbed against the fresh paint. I had the paint tray on a small table and would move it as I went along. Things were going good - until I hit the table and the paint tray fell on the deck.

I decided I'd use a paint brush and use the spilled paint to do the edges along the windows and the tops. Keith had been mowing and he came around the corner and saw me. He didn't think what I was doing was such a good idea and told me to get the hose and rinse the paint off the deck before it dried. Big mistake. When I move the dogs all jump up because they might be missing something. As I headed towards the hose they all raced to go with me - right through the spilled paint. I had green paw prints all over the deck and into the house on the laminate floor. Keith moved the table to rinse under it but I had put the paint can there. The dogs hit the paint can and the contents spilled onto the deck. So now we had spilled paint, frolicking dogs, and disaster.

One last disaster which wasn't foreseen

We managed to wash the paint off the deck and most of it wiped up off the floor before it dried. But we hadn't planned ahead. We have a cement pad under the deck and the water mixed with paint had all landed on the slab and the downstairs dogs had run through it and then into the basement.

Green paw prints on deck. Several green dogs. Author admits she's licked

So the cellar floor now has green paw prints for the decor. We have several green dogs and I haven't touched a paint can since. I called a painter for an estimate to finish painting the house. I know when I'm licked. - Peg Schaeffer

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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Happy Tail: Spring house painting with unintended consequences

2014-06-01 - Sugarfoot Farm Rescue, 860 Sparksville Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Peg Schaeffer. It was spring painting time at Sugarfoot Farm Rescue, with the insistent and enthusiastic aid of the dogs, with some unintended consequences. This is McKenzie modeling her Green Hair. (See the latest of our Adorable Dogs for Adoption in : CM ANIMALS) - PEG SCHAEFFER. - Peg Schaeffer
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Happy Tail: The dog with Green Eyebrows

2014-06-01 - Sugarfoot Farm Rescue, 860 Sparksville Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Peg Schaeffer. A.J. showing how pretty she looks with green eyebrows, from the painting adventure at Sugarfoot Farm Rescue, after which I'm unable to even look at a paint can. (See the latest of our Adorable Dogs for Adoption in : CM ANIMALS) - PEG SCHAEFFER.
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