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Happy Tails: A dog of a different color - Howie

Howie, a laid back beagle/basset instantly won Peg's heart, was rescued on a trip to Taylor County, and later adopted by a Glaswegian looking for a laid back dog - a characteristic for which described Howie perfectly. Once at home, there was a discovery - Howie changed colors! Caring rescue people networking with caring shelters are making a huge difference in dog's lives. Some notable ones are Susan Rarey, Jolene Wurtenberg, Sheila Martin, Marion Hurmann DeRoos,and husband Jaro, are just a few rescue stars in the firmament.
Click on headline for complete story, a portrait of Howie after color change, and information on helping Sugarfoot Farm Rescue with its own mission.The next earlier Happy Tail: Happy Tails: The Bond Between Us - Buddy

By Peg Schaeffer

In October I went to the Campbellsville, KY, to look for a dog. My friend, Jolene Wuertenberg was there.

She had placed a large number of dogs and was preparing them for rescue. I spied the coolest looking Beagle/Basset mix. He was gray and white, not a color you see in hounds. I asked her what his story was and she said he was originally scheduled for rescue but it had fallen through and he was in danger of euthanasia. I love all dogs, but Beagles have a special part of my heart. A dog this cute would be no problem finding a home.

Howie was just a happy go lucky dog. He rolled with the flow, fit in with the other dogs, and you hardly knew he was there.

This week Bobbie Jo Dubree from Glasgow, KY, came to the farm with her daughter, Callie Jo, to look for a dog. A neighbor had adopted Berkley from us and they wanted a dog like him. Bobbie Jo was worried that her daughter might be too rough with a dog so she wanted one who wasn't likely to snap at Callie Jo. They fell in love with Howie. His easy going personality was just what they needed. So the gray dog that was scheduled to die found a family and a home.

Bobbie Jo called me that night with some questions. She said that she had given Howie a bath and that all he had done after was to sleep on the carpet. I told her not to worry, that he was pretty laid back to begin with and that the busy day of being adopted and taken to a new home had probably worn him out. I also think that he was so happy that he'd found a home and he was the family dog that he was finally safe that he could at last unwind. The other thing Bobbie Jo told me was that she had given Howie two baths and as a result he was no longer gray - but black and white!

I am not the only person in the area who rescues pets but just a cog in the wheel. There are a lot of people who devote their lives to saving the unfortunate abandoned pets.

Susan Rarey, a good friend of mine, spends hours at the shelter evaluating dogs and finding rescues to pull them. She also spends most of her weekends transporting dogs all over Kentucky and out of state to rescues who will find the dogs new homes.

Jolene Wuertenberg, who has formed Taylor Made Rescue, and her friend Sheila Martin, have taken the bull by the horns and found homes for pets at the Taylor Co. Shelter. They have worked tirelessly to get dogs to safety.

Marion Hurmann DeRoos, another good friend. She and her husband, Jaro, moved here from the Netherlands and own Hidden Cave Ranch in Burkesville. Marion has started a rescue and has helped me by fostering some dogs for me. Today she took in 7 puppies. It's hard without support from your friends.

I also work with the Cumberland County Animal Shelter in Crossville, TN. They also have a group of people who volunteer their time to care and provide for the pets in their shelter. They have called me to pull dogs who are in danger. The majority of the dogs I have pulled from them are senior dogs. I try to help them whenever I can.

When shelter and rescue people network together success follows! Often a rescue might have a dog they cannot place but a rescue in another area might have someone looking for just that dog.

So like anything else in order to be successful, everyone needs to row together.

If it hadn't been for Jolene contacting me Howie would not have had the opportunity to have a family. - Peg Schaeffer
Contact us if you would like to help.

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

This story was posted on 2013-02-26 09:15:45
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Happy Tails - Howie, a dog of a different color

2013-02-26 - Sugarfoot Farm Rescue, 860 Sparksville Road, Columbia, KY - Photo From Sugarfoot Farm Rescue, Peg Schaeffer.

Laid back Howie a lovable beagle/basset mix, ingratiates himself with everyone he meets. Above His portrait, in new colors. - Peg Schaeffer

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