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Happy Tale: Gabby, once abandoned, now in loving home

The little Yorkie Pug mix was left behind by early owner. At Sugarfoot Farm Rescue, it was evident that she was special. Peg Schaeffer knew the little dog deserved an extra special home. And she found one.
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By Peg Schaeffer

I was contacted by a woman who had two dogs she needed to find homes for. They had belonged to her granddaughter's roommate. The roommate moved and left the dogs behind. The granddaughter had been caring for the dogs but had also moved so the dogs were left behind. The woman went to the house every day to care for the dogs that were outside tied to their dog houses.

This was just a few weeks ago while the weather was still so hot. I told her that we were full and that if she could send me pictures I would try to find homes for them. She had no way to get photos to me. So since I was going to town later in the day I told her I would go there and take pictures.

There were two cute dogs in the backyard

I went to the vacant house and in the backyard were two cute dogs. One was a hound mix and the other, I was told, was a Yorkie/Pug mix. The dogs had shelter and food & water and were well cared for but sometimes that's just not enough. They were alone and had no one to love them. I played with them for a little while and took photos. When I got home I called her to let her know I had been there. She told me the she and her husband would be out of town for three days. They would leave the dogs extra food and water while they were gone. That's all I needed to hear. I told her I would take the dogs.

She called me back later in the day to tell me that her granddaughter's roommate heard the dogs were leaving and wanted to keep one. So only one dog came to the rescue, the cute little Yorkie/Pug mix named "Gabby".

Gabby was a little sweetheart

Gabby was a little sweetheart. She had wire hair and her tail curled up over her back. She had a constant little grin on her face and loved to be held. The first night at the house she had already won me over and I let her sleep in the bed with me. Thumbelina sleeps in the crook of my arm so Gabby had to be content to sleep on my back. In the morning when I woke up she was staring at me waiting for signs of life. I pretended to take her nose and that was all she needed. It became our morning routine. I would try to squeeze her nose and she would growl ferociously and grab my hand and shake it. Of course she didn't bite hard; it was her way of playing.

I never had a dog that could fall asleep as fast as Gabby. If you held her in your arm in a matter of seconds she would be sound asleep. When the LWC Track Team came to the farm she won their hearts. If anyone's arms were empty it wasn't for long. Gabby would win them over and they'd be holding her.

For extra special dog like Gabby, the best home possible

When I get in an extra special dog like Gabby I always worry about finding them the best home possible. I begin to think they should stay with me. But I know I can't do that. All the dogs are here to find "furever" homes. Homes where they will be special and have someone to love them and them alone.

That opportunity happened for Gabby. I received a phone call from Patty Fleur. She was looking for a Chihuahua for her sister-in-law, Elaine, who was disabled. Her dog had died and she lived alone. The dog would be her constant companion. I was getting in some Chihuahuas at the end of the week but I told her about my special little girl, Gabby. I texted her a photo and she showed it to Elaine. It was love at first sight.

Patty made an appointment for her and Elaine to come and meet Gabby the next day. All the rest of the day I worried about Gabby. She was so attached to me. Would she be okay with someone else? Would she miss me? I knew I would miss her terribly. Even though I have so many dogs, every now and then one sneaks under my skin.

When the adoption was made, Gabby was so happy she never looked back
The next day Patty and Elaine came to the house. Elaine stayed in the car and Gabby walked to the gate with me. I handed her over the fence to Patty and she took her to the car. Gabby sat on Elaine's lap and immediately began giving her kisses. Elaine's face lit up. It was apparent they were a match. Patti filled out the paperwork. The entire time Gabby was so busy giving Elaine kisses she never even looked back at me. As they pulled away I had a lump in my throat and tears welled up in my eyes. I was already missing her.

I went back to the house and got busy. Not even an hour later Patty texted me the following message: "Gabby was very happy to see her new home! Elaine had several puppy toys and Gabby checked several out putting them in a pile. She did all her cute little 'gotta love me' puppy ways and played get the toy and tug of war! Elaine is so happy! Gabby's little tail wagged so much her feet were off the floor! Thanks."

This is what it's all about. It wouldn't have been right for me to keep Gabby. She was put on this earth for a reason and she had a job to do. Although she made me happy for a short time she now will have someone to love and who will love her back. Now I have tears in my eyes for a different reason.

Best wishes to Gabby and Elaine!

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 2014-08-31 05:59:50
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Gabby, an abandoned Yorkie/Pug, now in loving home

2014-08-31 - Sugarfoot Farm Rescue, 860 Sparksville Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Peg Schaeffer.
This is Gabby, an adorable Yorkie/Pug mix,
who was left behind when her owner moved. She was being cared for but not being loved. This all changed when she was adopted by a disabled woman who needed a forever companion. Now Gabby is being loved and she's loving her new owner back with kisses and constant tail wags. - Peg Schaeffer

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