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Happy Tail: The story of Kitty & Tippy & a special senior, Angel

The three dogs were surrenders by a sister of a woman with with terminal cancer. They were Tippy, Kitty, and a very special senior dog: Angel. This is largely Angel's story. And a note: Easter is the Ninth Anniversary of Sugarfoot Farm Rescue's move to Kentucky!
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By Peg Schaeffer

I was contacted by a woman whose sister had terminal cancer. The sister had three dogs that she loved very much and they had heard about Sugarfoot Farm Rescue. She asked if we could take in the dogs. I don't normally like to take in this many dogs at one time but considering the circumstances and the fact that the dogs were friends I agreed to take them. She did mention that one of the dogs was 15 years old and they thought they might have the dog euthanized rather than have her face the stress of leaving her lifetime owner and adjusting to a new home at her age.

Kitty, a chubby chihuahua, has already been adopted

They came on a Sunday with three dogs. I was glad to see that they hadn't euthanized the senior dog. The first one was Kitty. She was a chubby Chihuahua who was nervous the first few days but managed to settle right in. She's already been adopted by a family with three sons. They sent me a video a few days ago and she's a happy camper with her new family.

Tippy, a pretty black dog

The second dog was Tippy. She's a pretty black. She made it clear in no uncertain terms that she wasn't going to be bossed around. She's very quiet and well behaved.

Angel is a senior black Cocker Spaniel female

Then there was the senior dog, Angel. Angel is a black female Cocker Spaniel. She was covered with black, curly hair. The only way you could tell her front from her back was by her wagging, stubby tail. They told me that she is deaf and blind but you could've fooled me. Her eyes were covered by her hair and if you brush it back you can see they're clouded over by cataracts.

She made herself right at home. I put her in a crate at first worried that she might be lost in the crowd. When I let her out the other dogs sniffed her but lost interest. She wasn't a threat and they could tell she wasn't going to play with them so they left her alone.

When I talk to her, her whole body shakes

When I talk to her she wags her tail and her whole body shakes. She loves the attention. I feed her twice a day in a crate and she licks the bowl clean. Then I sneak in a few treats for just her so she feels special. She figured out how to use the pet door in no time and knows which bucket has the water. If the pink bucket is empty she'll go down the row until she finds one that isn't.

I called the veterinarian that had cared for the three dogs. She said the owner had been bringing them to their office since 2006 and that they had been well cared for. That is obvious by their condition and they are up to date on all of their vaccines. All three have been spayed. I questioned them about Angel's age and they said she indeed is at least 15. You'd never know. Her coat is jet black and she is in great condition.

Angel got a trip to the groomer's last week

I took her to the groomers' last week. She had a bath and a haircut. When I picked her up she was sporting a red checkered bandana and looked and smelled so pretty. She seemed so proud.

Today she decided to take a walk. She explored the lawn, sniffing the surroundings, and then managed to find her way to the downstairs pet door and came in to see what I was up to. We talked for a few minutes and then I carried her upstairs for her supper.

I don't know how long Angel will be with us but in the short time she has been here she's managed to find a special place in my heart. She's proven to me that you can adapt to new situations no matter what your age may be. Age doesn't matter unless you're cheese.

Easter is the anniversary of our move to Kentucky

Easter is the anniversary of our move to Kentucky. It's now nine years that we've lived in Columbia. We met lots of interesting people and made many new friends. I want to thank everyone for their kindness and generosity. I have never regretted moving to Columbia, KY. - 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 2015-04-05 06:01:38
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