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Happy Tail: Things happen for a reason - Allie & Monty

Newly orphaned by their humans, two Wire Haired Terriers showed up at Sugarfoot Farm Rescue. It could be marked up to coincidence, but Peg Schaeffer believes otherwise, that Fate was involved, that things happen for a reason, when the Wire Haired Terriers turned out to be Just What the Doctor Ordered. Click on headline for full story
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By Peg Schaeffer

I've said it before and I'll say it again - things happen for a reason. The more I do rescue the more I know that there's a higher power that takes care of these dogs. I'm just a pawn.

I received a call from a woman this week. Her mother had died unexpectedly and had two Wire Haired Fox Terriers that needed a home. She brought them to me on Friday. Allie is the senior of the two. She's eight years old and a very shy, quiet girl that just can't understand what has happened to upset her life. Monty is a one year old female who is confused about the change and looking for a friend.

Whenever I get in new dogs I put them in a crate at first so they can meet the other dogs through the cage for protection. So I put Allie and Monty in a crate in the living room and went out to feed the horses. When I came back in I opened the crates so the dogs could explore. Allie marched out and proceeded to investigate the new surroundings. Monty was hesitant to leave the shelter of the crate and decided to stay put.

As I was sitting at the kitchen table I looked down - Monty was on my left and Allie on my right. I reached down and petted each one. Still confused, they were happy to find comfort in my touch. After a few minutes Monty decided she wanted to be on my lap. She jumped up and gave me a quick kiss. She spent the night lying on my lap with me petting her quietly. Allie just laid by my side taking short naps.

When I went to bed I put the two back in their crates. We have a pet door and I didn't want them to venture out while I was sleeping. They were content in the security of the crate and lay down without a sound. During the night I felt bad that they were in a strange place and left in a cage without human comfort so I got up and let them out. Monty followed me back to bed and jumped in. She lay by me with her head on my pillow. Allie slept on the floor by my side.

They were more relaxed in the morning and went outside with me to work in the yard. They were curious about their new surroundings and decided to investigate. The other dogs followed them around sniffing and checking out the new arrivals.

A car pulled up to the gate and a couple got out. They introduced themselves as Nancy and Buddy Smith and said they were considering getting a dog and had heard about the rescue. They wanted to see who was available. I let them in and they watched the dogs playing in the yard. The asked questions about this one and that one and I told them about the dogs' personalities. They added that they had been looking but hadn't found THE dog. In the meantime Monty peeked around the corner of the house and observed the newcomers.

I told them she and Allie had just come in yesterday. Their owner had died and they were still shy. They asked to meet her. I brought Monty to them and she was very amenable. She visited with them and then the clincher - Nancy picked her up and Monty licked her nose.

They had told me about their grandchildren were allergic to dogs and that the doctor had told their parents that the children needed a dog that didn't shed. He had suggested a Wire Haired Fox Terrier. Their daughter had put a deposit on one and the family was waiting for their puppy's arrival. In the meantime Nancy and Buddy found one looking for a home.

So Monty has found a home. Her owner died. Her owner's daughters couldn't keep her and Allie and had brought them to a rescue. Then the next day someone shows up on a whim looking for a non-allergic dog and finds her. You can't tell me that this wasn't meant to be. What are the chances that a dog from Campbellsville comes to Columbia and finds the perfect home? It was meant to be.

Monty has found a home but Allie is still waiting. I know people will hesitate to adopt her because of her age. Don't let that stop you. She will be great for someone living alone who needs a companion. Small dogs are known for their longevity and she still has a lot of life in her. She's lost her owner. Her friend, Monty, has found a home. It's time for her to become someone's loving companion.

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

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