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Happy Tail: A lot of people help Sugarfoot do its work

A lot of people have given support to Sugarfoot Farm Rescue, from local stores, the Cross County team at Lindsey Wilson, a network of friends like Brenda McQueary, Sandy Pyles, and Joan Dulworth; the rescue network friends, and relatives, and more. What follows in this article, and exception for Peg from our regular editorial guidelines, is just the tip of the iceberg. (Of course her high praise of CM has nothing to do with that.) - CM

By Peg Schaeffer

Last week Sheila Stephens came to the farm with a cardboard box full of toys to donate. She said she had cleaned out her dog's toy box and wanted the rescue dogs to have them. The dogs had a ball. I gave them half of the toys, most of them were stuffed squeaky toys, and within a short time it looked like it had snowed on our lawn.There was stuffing everywhere! But they had so much fun. I put the box on a shelf that I thought was out of their reach. I came out to find Elmo with his head buried in the box. He was pulling toys out one at a time so they would all have a toy to play with.

Brenda McQueary, Sandy Pyles, and Joan Dulworth regularly help out

I got to thinking how lucky we are to have the support of so many people. Brenda McQueary, Sandy Pyles, Joan Dulworth, and others donate regularly to the rescue. I often receive checks in the mail from kind people with a note thanking us for what we do. We wouldn't be able to do this on our own. It's only because of the kindness of so many people that we can continue to support these lost and abandoned dogs.

Day & Day Feed & Pet store often donates food

Day & Day Feed and Tractor Supply often donates stale dated dog food to us. And it's always the expensive food that we wouldn't normally be able to buy. When we get the high quality food we either feed it to our special needs dogs, i.e. seniors, puppies, dogs with skin problems, or dogs that need to put on weight. Often we mix the food with our normal food to give everyone a treat. It's a big help and enables us to stretch our food supply. We feed over 100 pounds of dog food a day so every bag of feed is a big help.

LWC Cross County teams volunteers time, money

Lindsey Wilson College has given us great support. This year the cross country team came to the farm and volunteered their time cleaning and painting. In addition to that they gave us a generous donation. One of the students, Chelsey Solomon, comes every chance she gets to help care for the dogs and horses and is working on a web site for us.

Niece, Karen Lanphear, in Connecticut always remembers Sugarfoot

My niece, Karen Lanphear, lives in Connecticut and works as a vet tech. She sends us care packages loaded with flea treatments, collars & leashes, different wormers and medications, and all kinds of different surprises. She saves us a lot of money.

Couldn't do all this without help of boyfriend, Keith Malbaurn

I couldn't do this without the help of my boyfriend, Keith Malbaurn. Although Keith works full time, every morning before work he feeds the horses, cleans up the landmines on the lawn and deck, makes sure everyone has fresh water and cares for the dogs in the kennel area. He has a group of dogs that follow him like the Pied Piper.

I never have to wonder where he is. I just look for the dogs congregating by the gate or the door and know Keith's not far. Whenever he works on the tractor there is a line of dogs trailing behind him with Jake, the Dachshund; and Lion Heart, the Choodle (Chihuahua/Poodle) riding shotgun.

Biggest help raising awareness has been

The biggest help in raising awareness has been Writing this Happy Tail every week is something I enjoy immensely. Anyone who has met me knows I'm a talker and this gives me another way to chat. Plus it's a great venue to find lost dogs or locate the owners of found dogs. It's also been a big help finding homes for the many homeless dogs who live here.

Blackstone family came out with food

Another day the Blackstone family came and donated some dog food. I went to Tractor Supply another day and someone had bought us a bag of food. Ebony Katt and her friend, Charles, came to the house and donated three bags of dog food and an automatic waterer.

Veterinary practice has gave us reduced rates

Dr. King of the Red Barn Vet gives us a reduced rate for our medications and spay/neuter surgery. Emily, his vet tech, is great with the dogs and gives them all the TLC they need. The dogs love it when we go to visit them. Mill Creek Veterinary Clinic is also very good to us. They also give us reduced rates for rescue and excellent care. We have a puppy that has been undergoing wound therapy at the clinic since August 11. Shiloh's bandages are changed every day and she is taken outside to play. Whenever I go there they show me photos of her enjoying her day with everyone.

Thanks to the 92.7 FM radio

I also have the WHVE Radio Station to thank. I often call the station when I lose or find a dog, have a special event coming up, or sometimes just to make a comment. They support adopting pets from shelters or rescues and will not allow anyone to sell dogs on the Swap Shop.

Just touched the tip of the iceberg

I haven't even touched the tip of the iceberg of the people I want to thank for all your support. I was at Tractor Supply one day and someone walked up to me and gave me $5 for the rescue. You might be thinking "that's not much" - but it is. Every little bit helps. Kind words of encouragement keep me going. And I love it when someone adopts a dog. We have so many that deserve a "furever" home and are waiting for that special person to come along. So "thanks" to everyone for everything you've done for us. Keep those cards and letters coming. Come and visit us anytime. The welcome mat is always out.

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2014-10-12 - Sugarfoot Farm Rescue, 860 Sparksville Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Peg Schaeffer.
I took the dogs hiking the other day
and this is the view from the top of our world. - Peg Schaeffer

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2014-10-12 - Sugarfoot Farm Rescue, 860 Sparksville Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Mary Ann Young. Allie Young of Magnolia, KY, above with J.C. who was adopted from us on Saturday. Looks like the two have become buddies already. - Peg Schaeffer
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