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Happy Tale for 2 Nov 2014 - It was one of those days

It was a beautiful fall day, one when there are views from her vantage point reaching 30 mile or so (by road) from high on Sparksville Road. It was a great day for a hike, but as usual at Sugarfoot Farm Rescue, the prologue to the pleasurable event was problematic, made more so by the inquisitive and somewhat mischeivous nature of the dogs. But as with most Happy Tails, this one ends on a calming note.
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By Peg Schaeffer

Every morning when I wake up I lie in bed for a while making a mental agenda of "Things to Do" for the day. I play out in my mind what needs to be done. Then I get up and if I do half of what's on my list I'm lucky. Usually if I do one or two things I'm having a good day. So Thursday wasn't any different.

It was a beautiful day - sunny and clear

I went out to the kitchen and looked outside. It was a beautiful day - sunny and clear. I saw a parade of dogs going across the bottom pasture and I knew Keith wouldn't be far behind. Sure enough Keith was tailing the crew carrying buckets of grain for the three horses and Delilah, our donkey. The horses were all waiting by their buckets happy to see him coming. He fed them and went back up the hill with the dogs in the lead. They ranged in size from Tyson, our huge black Lab to Lion Heart, our little Choodle. I stayed outside for a while enjoying the view.

You can see beautiful views for miles from our deck

I felt good. We have one of the most beautiful views in the county from our deck and you can see for miles. Today was going to be a great day. Wrong. I went back into the kitchen and could smell something burning. There was a cloud of smoke and I immediately ran downstairs sure of what the problem was. Sure enough - we have a heat lamp in the downstairs room for our black cat, Star and one of our senior Australian Cattle dogs, Gertie and it had fallen on the floor. The bulb was burning the linoleum. It was melting and black smoke was billowing. I immediately pulled the plug and took the lamp out. Star gave me the look cats give - how could you do such a stupid thing? Gertie was happy I had saved their lives.

The open door let the dogs entered a forbidden chamber

So I opened the door and the windows to air the smoke out. Star went into the spare room for a while so the fresh air could take over. The dogs thought this was great. They're not allowed in the cat room so with the door open they could investigate. They sniffed all of the corners and checked out every nook and cranny. I was busy cleaning and wasn't paying attention. I heard clanking and found Princess, the prettiest Beagle in the whole world, had knocked over the recycling bag and had scattered all of the empty dog and cat food cans all over the room. There might be just a little food left inside and she wasn't missing it. In the meantime one of the dogs had found Gertie's bag of special dog food and gotten it off the shelf. Needless to say the bag was empty. After spending half the morning cleaning up the smoke filled room and then doing my routine chores the morning was over.

Rita and Will had a fine time chewing up Saran Wrap

I went upstairs to get a bag. We have a junk drawer. (I'm sure I'm not the only one.) Garbage bags are in there. When I opened the drawer it was overflowing so I decided it was a good time to clean it. I took everything out of the drawer, put it on the counter, and decided to put in a new liner. I measured and cut a sheet to fit perfectly. While I was concentrating on that one of the dogs, Rita, took the box of Saran Wrap off the counter and had taken the roll out of the box. She and one of the other dogs, Will, were having a fine time chewing up plastic wrap all over the living room. I cleaned up the mess they'd made and reorganized the junk drawer. You can find things in it now. I wonder how long that will last. So far I hadn't done anything from my "List of Things to Do" and the day was half over.

There was still time for a hike

It was such a beautiful day and since I had been side lined by other events not on my list I decided what the heck. I would have to feed soon so I whistled to the dogs, opened the gate and we went for a hike. There's always tomorrow. - Peg Schaeffer, President and Founder, Sugarfoot Farm Rescue

Contact us if you would like to help.

Peg Schaeffer, Sugarfoot Farm Rescue,
860 Sparksville Road
Columbia, KY 42728
Home telephone: 270-378-4521
Cell phone: 270-634-4675

This story was posted on 2014-11-02 03:02:20
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Enjoying a hike in the woods at Sugarfoot Farms

2014-11-02 - Sugarfoot Farm Rescue, 860 Sparksville Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Peg Schaeffer.
The dogs of Sugarfoot Farm are enjoying a hike in the woods on a beautiful fall day. Georgie is in the lead with a big smile on her face. - PEG SCHAEFFER

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Two of four absolutely adorable puppies need furever homes

2014-11-02 - Sugarfoot Farm Rescue, 860 Sparksville Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Peg Schaeffer.
Sugarfoot Farm Rescue has puppies for adoption! Their Mom is a Shih Tzu and their Dad was a traveling salesman. This is Trouble and Baby. Trouble is a male and Baby is a female. They also have a brother and sister. They are 12 weeks old and have had their first puppy shots. Come and see them. Contact Peg Schaeffer at 270-378-4521 if you'd like to add a new member to your family. Clicking Read More accesses Peg Schaeffer' delightful column for 2 Nov 2014.

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