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Happy Tail - Doggy Road Trip

By Peg Schaeffer

On Friday I drove to Nashville, TN to take two dogs to meet a transport which was taking them up North. Brutus, a German Shepherd, was going to CT to his new home and Remington, an English Setter, was going to NY to meet his new owners.

Remington has been with us for over a year. His owner had moved to Columbia and due to personal problems and long working hours felt he had no choice but to euthanize his dog that he had raised from a pup. Lucky for him he took Remington to Dr. King and Emily, the receptionist, gave him our rescue number. So instead he brought Remi to us.

Remi was nine years old when he came to us. He was a sweet dog. He had one bad habit. We have a wading pool on our carport and we put dog food in it. Remi would spread out in the pool and sleep in it so the dogs couldn't eat the food. We sprinkle the dog food with diatameceous earth to prevent fleas, therefore Remi always looked dirty, and he was, from the diatameceous earth in his coat.

I got a phone call from Janet Novak from Buffalo, NY. She had two senior English Setters and one of them had died of cancer. Their other Setter was lonely. She and her husband had agreed their next Setter would be another senior that they would rescue. She called me about Remi and I sent her pictures. It was love at first sight but how would they get him to NY? Janet did some research and found a transport that would deliver Remi just 20 minutes from their home.

Brutus is a handsome black and grey German Shepherd that was brought to us by a couple who had taken him in. Their neighbor saw a car pull over to the side of the road and drop the dog off. They had to push and shove to get the dog out of the car. Then they drove away, leaving him behind. Unfortunately the witness was unable to get the license plate number.

The couple had taken in the dog but had other dogs and couldn't keep him. They asked me if I could. They told me that he had been no problem and was very well behaved. When they brought him to the farm he was afraid at first to come into the chaos but with a little coaxing he came in. At first he was shy around the other dogs but after a few days I could look out the window and see him playing with the other dogs.

I wrote a Happy Tail about my son, Chip's German Shepherd, Mojo. He had Mojo for 16 years and had to euthanize him a year ago in July. He hasn't gotten another dog since. So when I got this handsome German Shepherd I texted Chip a picture. "Look what I just got". He responded back and not with the usual "NO". Instead he asked "male or female? How old?" I answered back and added "He doesn't have a name". Chip's reply "My next dog is going to be named 'Brutus'". So Brutus it was.

Chip's birthday is in September and I always go to visit him then. He takes the week off. So it was decided that Brutus would be sent to him so he could spend his first week in CT with Chip every day for a week. Plus I would be there too.

I contacted Got Orphans Transport about Remi and Brutus. Luck was with us.

They had two vans going on September 12 from Nashville, TN. One was going through New York and the other through Connecticut. So arrangements were made and I met them in Nashville with both dogs. As Remi got onto his ride I could feel tears welling up. I had him for a year and had become attached to this kind senior. He slowly wagged his tail goodbye and walked onto the van.

Brutus was going on the other van. I got him out of the truck and walked him over. There was another dog waiting to get on and Brutus walked up to her, touched noses and wagged his tail. He got on the van and I told him I'd see him soon. Both vans left and as I watched them go I wondered how both dogs would make out. Remi was going to a home with people I had only talked to on the phone. They were nice people and I was comfortable sending him there but still worried how he'd do in his new surroundings.

I knew that Brutus would have a good home with Chip and he had been very well behaved while with us but I still wondered how he would fare. I could see for myself soon. Remi would be arriving in NY at 3:30 pm but Brutus wouldn't make it to CT until 10:30 pm.

I got an email from Remi's new owners - "Remi made it here safe and sound......what a very sweet boy he is! There were several families picking up dogs and ALL of us were in tears.......but I think my husband was the first! What an emotional afternoon we had. There was no fear or aggression between Remi and our other dog Cedwick, in fact, everyone was very calm indeed and I couldn't be happier about that. We're all pooped right now and Remi and my husband are sound asleep.....I think I'll join them. I've taken a few pictures and will be taking lots more to send you real soon. Thanks for trusting us to care for him......and care for him we will!"

Brutus made it to Connecticut late at night and he and Chip hit it off. I'm so glad that both dogs made the trip safe and sound and have met their new owners. Life is good.

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Happy Tail: Remi before Doggy Road Trip

2014-09-15 - Sugarfoot Farm Rescue, 860 Sparksville Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Peg Schaeffer. Remi, at Sugarfoot Farm Rescue before leaving for new home in Buffalo, New York.
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