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Happy Tail: Kelsey, prettiest dog in Adair County, KY

Kelsey is the prettiest dog in Adair County and she has the blue ribbon from the Adair County Fair to prove it. And she is the only conceited dog I've ever known. Click on headline for complete story with photos
The next earlier Peg Schaeffer: Happy Tail - Sydney, the best dog. Posted August 3, 2014.

By Peg Schaeffer

All of the dogs at the farm are rescue dogs. They are either owner surrenders, strays, or pulled from a shelter. All of the dogs but one, that is. Kelsey is the only dog I picked out. Actually Kelsey became mine the minute she was conceived. We were transporting ponies from CT to the Dogwood Hunt Club in Harriman, TN.

Janicia West had a Jack Russell Terrier/Beagle mix named Annie. One of the times we were delivering ponies Janicia told us that Annie was pregnant. The father was Baxter Brown, a miniature Australian Shepherd. I called first dib's on a female.

We delivered some ponies in August and Annie had had her puppies that morning. They were on the front porch. There were some black ones and two blue merle puppies. One was a male, the other a female. So I picked out the little blue merle female.

About five weeks later we delivered some more ponies and I got to meet with my little girl. She was the prettiest puppy ever. She was still too young to take home so I took some photos and tried to think of a name on the trip home. I was at a horse show a week later and one of the rider's names was Kelsey. I decided that would be the name for my puppy.

Next trip to hunt club, I brought Kelsey home

The next trip to Dogwood Hunt Club I brought Kelsey home. This was the first of many road trips for Kelsey. She became the veteran of horse transports, horse shows, sleeping in the back seat of the truck, in the goose neck of the trailer, or the luxury of a hotel. As long as she was with me she was happy.

She's only conceited dog I've yet known

Kelsey is the only conceited dog I've ever known. From the time she was a puppy you couldn't pick her up just because you wanted to. You could only pick her up if she asked.

And if she asked you to pick her up - you'd better. She'd sit in your arms for a few minutes, allowing you to pet her, she has never given kisses, and when she's done she's back on the ground.

If I've been asked once, I've been asked a thousand times - what kind of dog is that? She has the prettiest coloring and a gait that just says "look how pretty I am." When we go to horse shows she trots around the barns and finds a dog or two to make friends with. She always brings her friends back to our stall for me to meet. Then they're off playing.

Has amazing talent

She has an amazing talent. No matter what hotel we stay at she finds something that someone has left behind. She'll find a pair of socks, a glove, something the maid has missed. One time she went outside and came back with a fully cooked turkey leg.

It was almost as big as her. Without fail, whenever we stay at a hotel she will wake me up in the middle of the night to go outside. She will stand by the door and give the tiniest little whine. It's very persistent and she doesn't stop until I take her out.

Funny thing is she usually doesn't really have to pee she just wants to see what's going on. She sniffs the bushes, the grass, the garbage cans, and then lifts her leg and maybe a thimble full of pee comes out. I know it's just a ruse to get me out but maybe one time she really will have to go and I'll be sorry.

She's certified by the Adair County fair as prettiest

Now, besides my personal opinion, how do I know Kelsey is the prettiest dog in Adair County? Well she has the trophy to prove it. Our first year in Columbia our niece, Sierra, took Kelsey to the Adair County Fair Pet Show.

If you've been to the Pet Show you know they have a runway with lights on it. Each dog in the Prettiest Dog contest was lead down the runway and then stopped in front of the judges' booth. Kelsey stopped and actually looked at the judges as if to say "you know I'm the prettiest". And she was. She got the blue ribbon and trophy. She also won the Best Mixed Breed class. Please don't tell her she's a "mixed breed". She thinks she's royalty.

It's very rare that I go anywhere without Kelsey. When she goes to the feed store with me she struts into the store and greets customers as if to say "welcome to my store". When I go to adoption fairs she always welcomes visitors to our booth. I could have adopted her out more than once but I always tell people "there isn't enough money in the world for this one". And it's true. There isn't.

She doesn't eat her treat at the bank, but dares another dog to touch it

Normally whenever I go somewhere with the dogs there's at least five or six that go with me. When I go to the bank they always ask "how many?" I put up the number of fingers for the amount of dog treats we need. Kelsey will take her cookie, lay it on the seat next to her, and challenge the other dogs to touch it. She doesn't eat it. She just wants everyone to know it's hers, not theirs.

If you don't believe me, ask Kelsey, who's the prettiest dog in Adair County

Every once in a while I'll take just Kelsey with me. She likes to be the only dog. It makes her feel special and she's so proud. I often tell her that to me she's not just the prettiest dog in Adair County, she's the prettiest dog in the whole world. And if you don't believe me - just ask Kelsey - she'll tell you.
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 Tails -- Kelsey, the prettiest dog

2014-08-10 - Sugarfoot Farm Rescue, 860 Sparksville Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Peg Shaeffer.
Kelsey, the prettiest dog in Adair County, says Peg Schaeffer, is held here at five weeks of age. by Sierra, by an adoring fan. In the background is Kelsey's puppy brother, Buster.

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Kelsey always acts as if she owns the place

2014-08-10 - Photo by Peg Shaeffer.
Kelsey always has the air of ownership, no matter where we travel. Here she gazes about one of the beautiful horse farms in Lexington.

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