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Happy Tail: No coal in their stockings

In spite of a hectic week, it was one Peg Schaeffer and the dogs at Sugarfoot got a taste of the real meaning of Christmas, thanks to so many people, including Greensburg teachers Alyson Thompson and Kaitlyn Taylor, Vicki Shivel of Russell Springs, Ariana Wooten, Larry Smith of the WAVE, Dr. King's staff, and Community Medical Services. For the dogs, not one got coal in its stocking, not even Darryl, the lovable but mischievous permanent resident at Sugarfoot. With that, here's this week's Happy Tail - short but sweet. "I have had a week like you'd never believe. I have been flat out since Wednesday. Today I took in 6 Chihuahuas, a German Shepherd, a parrot, two love birds, and a parakeet - all from the same person. None of the dogs have been spayed or neutered, the Chihuahuas are in sad shape and the German Shepherd has been tied most of his life. I will be posting them for adoption as soon as they are in better health," Peg wrote with this week's column, one we think everyone will say is one of her best. -CM
Click on headline for complete column. Then to continue reading more Happy Tail columns by Peg Schaeffer, including the next previous ones, scroll beyond the end of this column and links to others will appear. Each time you read another column, that list changes to allow continuous read as far back as you wish. Would be a bad way to spend this Sunday, especially if you love animals the way Peg Schaeffer does!

By Peg Schaeffer

I told the dogs they would be getting coal in their stockings this year but the kind hearted folks in the area made sure that didnít happen.

Two teachers from Green County send aid.

I got a phone call from Alyson Thompson, a second grade teacher from Green Co. Primary School.

She told me that the students from her class and the other second grade teacher, Kaitlyn Taylor's class had donated presents to the dogs.

Vicki Shivel remembers the dogs - and Keith and me

She brought me a tote full of treats and toys, bags of dog food, and other goodies. Then Vicki Shivel from Russell Springs brought them more presents - besides toys, collars, treats, dog food and blankets she gave me a gift certificate to Cracker Barrel so Keith and I could eat out.

Ariana Wooten sends canister of chocolates

In the mailbox were presents from Ariana Wooten for the dogs and the cats as well as a canister of hot chocolate mix and a mug full of Hershey's kisses and Lindor Truffles for me.

Several sent money to help with veterinary bills

Besides presents several people donated money to us which will be put to good use to pay our veterinarian bills.

In addition to presents and donations there were several acts of kindness. Larry Smith, from the WAVE, called me about a dog on the parkway that had been killed by a car and its mate was standing next to the body.

He asked if I could go get the dog before it also got hurt.

Keith was at work and I cannot leave the dogs home alone so I tried calling several friends to go check on the dog. No one answered their phones so I called Dr. King's receptionist, Emily, and asked if she could check on her way home. She was more than willing to help and mentioned it to Dr. King. He offered to go for her. Unfortunately the dog was no longer there.

Community Medical helped with a wheelchair for friend Georgene

Georgene, who I had written about, was to be discharged from Summit Manor on Christmas Day. In order to go home she needed a wheelchair. There were problems with her Medicare and they would be unable to obtain a wheelchair for her in time.

At 11:15 am on Christmas Eve day I called Community Medical Services and asked if they would rent Georgene a wheelchair.

They not only agreed to rent her a wheelchair they delivered it even though they were scheduled to close at noon.

Without their kindness Georgene would not have been able to spend Christmas at home.

So the dogs didn't get coal in their stockings. I didn't get coal in my stocking and instead I was given the best present of all - a real taste of the meaning of Christmas.


- 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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Happy Tail: Even Darryl, our resident trouble-finder, got gifts

2014-12-28 - Sugarfoot Farm Rescue, 860 Sparksville Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Peg Schaeffer.
If any dog should have gotten coal in his stocking for Christmas it should have been Darryl, our resident Beagle. If there's trouble to be found - he finds it. But doesn't he look innocent in this photo with his pretty Christmas collar? Luckily Santa brought him and the rest of the dogs lots of presents. - Peg Schaeffer

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