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Happy Tail: It's a small world

A record for Sugarfoot Farm Rescue: Two day adoption. We are all closer to everyone than we think. Peg Schaeffer achieves a no-cost, right at home Adair County adoption, through a phenomenon she relates to Seven Degrees of Separation. Not a single ad was written. It happened through a series of seemingly unrelated occurences. It's very much related to a current popular theory 'We are all cousins.' Click on headline for complete story with photo(s)

Next earlier column: Happy Tail: Lindsey Wilson College - Good for the Community Posted August 17, 2014.

By Peg Schaeffer

Tuesday morning as I was headed out the door to take a dog to the veterinarian to be spayed the phone rang. I hesitated as to whether to answer or not and quickly grabbed the phone. A man on the other end said he had a dog he needed to get rid of. It was an Australian Shepherd that he was going to breed but decided against it. I told him I was on my way to the vet's and could he meet me there with the dog.

I was getting was a pretty little dog, dark chocolate with tan markings

When I got to Dr. King's, Emily, the receptionist, pointed to a chair with a large plastic bag on it and handed me a zip lock bag. In the large bag was dog food and in the zip lock bag were the dog's AKC registration application and her health records. She was already in a kennel and the owner had left. She was a pretty little dog, dark chocolate with tan markings. I petted her through the gate and asked the vet if she could stay until he had a chance to spay her. He agreed he'd spay her when he could fit her in. I left my dog there and left.

We needed dog food so I stopped at the feed store. While at the checkout I told Betsy about the Aussie, knowing she had a fondness for Australian Shepherds. "Oh no, I have too many already." I told her if she changed her mind the dog was at Dr. King's, just down the road.

When I got home, the phone was ringing

I no sooner got home when I got a phone call from Emily at Dr. King's. She said someone had come to see "Tori", the Aussie, and had fallen in love with her. She was a friend of Dr. King's wife, Dana, so Emily let her take the dog with the promise she would contact me. I trust Emily's judgment and knew that if the adopter passed Emily's approval it would be going to a good home. That has to be the fastest adoption yet. I had only known the dog less than five minutes.

The plot thickens

The plot thickens. It turns out the lady who adopted "Tori" was friends with Betsy, at the feed store. She had gone to the store shortly after I had left and Betsy told her about the dog. She went to Dr. King's, spent some time with the pretty little dog and fell in love with her. She had a friend with her and they went back to the feed store to show Betsy her new furever friend. While in the feed store someone overheard the conversation and asked about her new pet. Turns out he was the owner who had just left her at Dr. King's. So Tori's new owner got to meet her former owner (who I never met) and learn all about her.

I hadn't met any of these people, and hardly knew the dog

In the meantime I haven't met any of these people. I hardly knew the dog. Later in the day Tori's new owner, Gina, called me to make arrangements to complete adoption papers. "You know me", she said, "I'm the one with the rotor tiller". Turns out about six weeks earlier I was at a yard sale on Melson Ridge and a woman had just bought a rotor tiller. She was trying to figure out a way to get it home in the trunk of her car. I had my truck and I offered to take it back for her. Small world - she had moved to KY from Vermont (I moved here from CT, another New England state) and lived in Gradyville, just the other side of Sparksville. So taking the rotor tiller back for her was not out of my way at all. She told me that she and Betsy were neighbors and Betsy had told her about the dog when she went to the feed store. She had gone there with another neighbor, Gracie. I know Gracie and her husband, Danny. Even more - I had bought a truck from the husband of the woman who was Tori's breeder.

On Thursday, 2 days after dog's arrival, adoption completed!

I went on Thursday to have Gina complete the adoption paperwork and see Tori in her new home. She was a happy girl, already settled in to her new environment. Gina told me how she had gotten attached to her son. When he left for work that morning Tori lay against the door waiting for him to return home. Gina had just baked zucchini/blueberry bread so I had some fresh from the oven, while we talked. Another perk to dog adoption.

This proves the theory of six degrees of separation. Six degrees of separation is the theory that everyone and everything is six or fewer steps away, by way of introduction, from any other person in the world, so that a chain of "a friend of a friend" statements can be made to connect any two people in a maximum of six steps.

It is a small world after all.
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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Tori: Swiftly adopted in record time for Sugarfoot Farm Rescue

2014-08-24 - Sugarfoot Farm Rescue, 860 Sparksville Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Peg Schaeffer. This is "Tori" an Australian Shepherd who has been adopted by the Gould family on Old Gradyville Road. She has set the record for the fastest adoption from Sugarfoot Farm Rescue. - Peg Schaeffer
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