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Happy Tails: The Story of Button

Button had many endearing qualities, not the least of which was his unbound spirit. He was a live wire. His bond with his people in his new home were ecstatic - until his unbounded need to chew caused a reluctant almost tearful disadoption - briefly. After a brief hiatus, there was a happy ending - with a more realistic animal behavior and the need, sometimes, of some doggie discipline. No matter how cute the beloved pet is.
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By Peg Schaeffer

I'll be home for Christmas...

A Good Samaritan found a cute white dog with curly hair wandering the streets of Greensburg in May. She was worried that he would get hurt and brought him to us. He was as cute as a "Button" and that became his name.


He was a live wire, always wanting to play and very affectionate. I knew he would be adopted quickly and took him to an adoption fair held in Columbia in June. A couple saw him and it was love at first sight. Dave and Sharon Pierce adopted him that day.

Button was well cared for - spoiled is the word for it. He had a weekly appointment with the groomer and had more toys than most children. Whenever I would see Sharon she always had a new photo of him. It was hard to tell who was happier - Sharon or Button.

On the Sunday before Christmas Sharon called me. She was crying and said she was going to bring Button back. Seems he had a chewing habit and it had become a problem. He chewed the leg of a homemade cabinet she had bought and had gnawed a hole in a custom door. She couldn't keep him if he was going to be so destructive.

She brought him back that afternoon. He was happy to see me but that ended abruptly when his broken hearted Mom handed him to me and left. He wriggled and whined and tried his best to get out of my clutches and back to his parents as they drove away.

That afternoon I was going to Summit Manor to visit some of the residents with the dogs. Button was white as snow and his curly hair is so soft I was sure he'd be a hit. When he got there he trotted down the halls like it was his home. He visited the patients, licked their hands, and would actually get close enough to them that they could reach him easily. He was a star.

] At home he never left my side. He slept in the bed but he never actually slept. Whenever I'd wake up his eyes would be wide open. He wanted to make sure I wasn't going anywhere without him. In the morning the phone rang and it was Sharon. She wanted Button back. She said she kept looking for him and during the night she was sure she heard him whining. (She probably did.) She decided there was no piece of furniture that would take Button's place.

I mentioned to her that I had taken him for a visit to Summit Manor and what a trooper he was. Well it turns out Sharon has been taking him there every week to visit so he was right at home.

When she came to pick him up if Button could fly he would have. His little tail and butt wiggled so hard I thought it would break off. I gave Sharon books on dog behavior and she was going to use a crate to put him in whenever she caught him chewing. So Christmas Eve Button was home for Christmas with the family that loves him more than anything. - Peg Schaeffer

Peg Schaeffer, the writer of this story is Peg Schaeffer, founder & president of Sugarfoot Farm Rescue, 860 Sparksville Road, Columbia, KY 42728 Email: peg@sugarfootfarm.com. Home telephone: 270-378-4521. Cell phone: 270.634.4675


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Happy Tails: Cute as a button, and forever home now



2012-12-30 - Columbia, KY - Photo By Peg Schaeffer. Dave and Sharon Pierce, above with Button - so named because the one time Greensburg, KY, street wanderer is, without a doubt, "Cute as a Button." The Pierces found that no matter how infatuated one is with a pet, true love sometimes requires a bit of tough love and training - a dose of discipline. They're family again, and this time with a commitment to modify Button's enthusiastic misbehavior.
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Button during brief stay at Sugarfoot



2012-12-30 - Sugarfoot Farm Rescue, 860 Sparksville Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Peg Schaeffer. Button is a special dog, and occupied a special place in the heart of Peg Schaeffer, who operates Sugarfoot Farm Rescue. This photo was taken during Button's one day stay at the farm.
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