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Happy Tail: Finders keepers - SFR dogs not available for adoption

There's Girlie Girlie, now Sally, the Australian Cattle Dog/Border Collie Mix; and Gracie, the Maltese Mix who came to Sugarfoot Farm Rescue as a ball of tangle hair who is still wary of strangers; and Tyson, who's the official greeter and has become Keith's Dog. There's no way these guys can be taken from Sugarfoot Farm Rescue. Click on headline for complete story
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By Peg Schaeffer

We have several dogs at the farm that are not available for adoption. Most of them have issues that make them unsuitable to go to another home. Some have just been here so long it wouldn't be fair to adopt them out because they would feel they were being abandoned again. Here are stories about a few of our "keepers".

When Sally came to us she was called 'Girlie-Girlie

Sally is an Australian Cattle Dog/Border Collie mix. She came to us in 1998 and her name was "Girlie Girl". Her owner had found her as a puppy abandoned in a parking lot. She had her for eight months. Then her roommate's grandmother moved in and didn't like her. So Girlie Girl came to live with us. She sat by the gate and sadly watched as her owner drove away. She sat by that gate for two days, watching as every car drove by, hoping it was her owner coming back to pick her up.

So Keith carried her to the house and put her on the deck. She spent another two days on the deck hopefully waiting for her owner's return. We brought her into the house. She lay on the coffee table by the picture window for another day before she finally would eat. We decided right then and there that Girlie Girl would never be adopted because we didn't want to put her through an ordeal like that again.

We renamed her Sally and once she came out of her shell she showed us was a remarkable do she is. Sally loves to play Frisbee. She's a great catch. She'll fetch anything you'll throw to her. I love it when I feed the dogs treats. Sally will sit quietly and I'll toss treats to her. She rarely misses.

Gracie, a Maltese Mix, was just a ball of tangled hair

Gracie came to us in May, 2013. She's a Maltese mix and was just a ball of tangled hair. Her owners explained that they kept her tied in the back yard and the neighborhood kids would come over and torment her. They'd kick her and she would be unable to escape because she was tied. She loved them but was very wary of strangers and was a fear biter. They were worried about their grandchildren's safety when they came to visit. Gracie was with us for several days before I was able to pet her. It would have to be her idea. She would come up to me and I would put my hand out. Although she's been with us for over a year, she is still leery when you go to pet her. But she's always the first in line for a treat. Then she forgets all about being afraid.

The first time she went with me to feed the horses was comical. Here was this ball of fur and knots running up the hill ahead of me. The horses took one look at her when she topped the hill and snorted. What was this? They planted their feet, prepared to flee if necessary, and watched this thing approach them. The looked at each other quizzically and decided this wasn't too much of a threat. Especially when it was breakfast time - they figured they could ignore whatever it was.

Because of Gracie's fear we weren't able to brush her. Plus she hadn't been spayed. So I made an appointment with the vet to have her groomed and spayed at the same time. We had to coax her into a crate to take her there. When I went to pick her up I was sure they were giving me the wrong dog. It was a white dog with deep brown eyes but surely it couldn't be Gracie. It took Keith and I days to get used to the new look. Even Gracie seemed to realize she had a new look. Now every six months it's off to the vet's to be groomed. First thing the vet gives her a shot to knock her out. It makes it much easier for the groomer and for Gracie. She comes up a new dog every time.

Tyson, the giant black lab, is now official greeter and 'Keith's dog'

And then there's Tyson. Tyson is a giant black Lab that leaps the fence whenever someone comes to visit. He trots up to the vehicle and sits by the driver's side door waiting to greet the visitor. I don't know how many times people have hesitated to get out wondering if the huge black dog is going to hurt them. But he never does. He just wants to welcome visitors and show them around the farm.

Tyson came to us one summer night. I was awakened by the dogs barking and I could tell something was going on. I went down the driveway and sitting by the gate was a big black dog with a cable tied around his neck in a noose. Somehow he had broken the cable. I don't know how he broke the cable without choking himself. I let him in the gate and he proceeded to begin humping my leg. He was almost as big as me and I had a hard time fending him off. That's how he got the name Tyson. Once I was able to push him off I left him in the buffer zone and went back to bed.

The next morning I replaced the cable with a collar. He stayed with us for a week or so and then one morning when I awoke he was gone. Keith and I figured he went back home. He came back a week later with a different collar on and hasn't left us since. He's able to jump the fence with ease and if he wanted to leave us he could. He's made it clear - this is his home.

Tyson is so devoted to Keith I know he's never going anywhere. Don't put your water bottle down where Tyson can reach it or it's gone. You'll see him trotting proudly across the lawn with the water bottle in his mouth. Whenever Keith has a beer Tyson sits next to him waiting patiently for him to finish. The Keith hands him the empty and Tyson follows him carrying the empty can in his mouth.

Although none of these dogs are available for adoption we have plenty of others all with different stories. They are just waiting for a family or someone to adopt them so they can have a furever home and someone to love. So please drop by and see which dog you'd like to brighten up your life. You'll certainly get a lifelong companion.

- 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

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Will is available for adoption. Male Beagle/Corgi/Boxer

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Gracie, a keeper dog: Before & After trip to beauty salon

2014-11-23 - Sugarfoot Farm Rescue - Photo By Peg Schaefer.
The first picture is Gracie before the groomer. The second is her after her hair cut. Gracie is one of Sugarfoot's keeper dogs. She is not and never will be available for adoption. - PEG SCHAEFFER.

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