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Happy Tail: Yard Sale Treasures

While out searching for yard sale treasures - supplies to make life better for the residents of Sugarfoot Farm Rescue, Peg's own dogs make friends along the way. Sometimes, along her route, she sees dogs in scorching heat without adequate water or cooling shade, and feels a need to change from Peg, the Yard Sale shopper to Peg, Animal protector - and debates whether to call the sheriff or not. Not sure of what to do, she worries as she drives on, but on the way back, the Samaritan comes out in her, and the rest of the story - another Happy Tail conclusion
The next earlier Happy Tail: Happy Tail: Disposable Pets? How do you explain to a dog? Posted August 25, 2013

By Peg Schaeffer
News from Sugarfoot Farm Rescue, 270-378-4521 or 270-634-4675

Fridays are my day. I get up early in the morning and take care of the dogs. When I'm done I jump in the truck with Thumbelina and Kelsey, my two special dogs, and off we go to yard sales. I print out the yard sales listed on Columbia Magazine and highlight the sales that are on Friday. Certain neighborhoods always have high quality items and other neighborhoods have great deals. I put stars by the yard sales that I don't want to miss.

This weekend there were so many yard sales I felt like a kid in a candy store. I'm always looking for blankets for the dogs and anything else they might need. Kelsey and Thumbelina are veterans at going to yard sales. When we pull into a driveway they jump out and start checking for stuffed animals. If it's hot they'll lay under a tree or a table and keep their eye on me.

If there are dogs at the yard sale they make friends and will play until it's time to go. One yard sale I went to had a Basset Hound named Penny. She was happy to have visitors and was sad to see my girls go. Another sale had a teeny tiny Chihuahua named Sissy who had the Napoleon complex. Although she was even smaller than Thumbelina she let her know that this was her yard and they better not do anything they shouldn't.

I got bath mats, collars, and blankets for the dogs. One sale had free stuff and I made out like a bandit. I'm in the process of renovating my jumps for the horses. One of the jumps is a flower box. The "flower box" is six feet long and two feet high. I have holes drilled in the top and I put artificial flowers in them. Included in the free pile were bags of artificial flowers. I hit the jackpot.

While I was trekking across Columbia in search of deals I drove by a yard that had a chain link kennel with five half grown puppies in it. They had no shade in the 90 degree weather. I drove to the end of the road and turned around. There was no one at home and I debated whether to call the sheriff or not. It was 12 o'clock and the office is closed at that time so I decided to wait until later. I had to go to Campbellsville and the entire time all I could think about was those poor dogs in the hot sun.

On my way back from Campbellsville I stopped again to check on the puppies. I got out of the truck to look closer. They were about six months old. There was a tall cooler with water in it but it was half empty and the pups couldn't reach it. Dog food was dumped on the ground. Their tongues were all hanging out and they were panting. I knocked on the door but no one was home. I saw a sign that said "wood for sale" and there was a phone number so I wrote it down. I took pictures of them with my cell phone and drove back to town. I didn't call the sheriff and went home.

It bothered me to think about the puppies in this heat. I felt guilty about not doing anything. I know I can't save every dog but because I had stopped and talked to them I felt a special bond. I owed them more than that.

Saturday morning was hot again. My dogs have three wading pools that we put fresh water in every day to cool off in. They have shade trees outside and fans in the house and the kennel. Despite the heat they can stay comfortable. Not so those pups out in the hot sun baking. So I called the number I had written down. The puppies weren't theirs but they gave me the number of the owner. I called and talked to her. Someone else might have landed into her but I approached it differently.

I asked her about the puppies and she said they were free to a good home. So you know what I did - I loaded a crate in the truck and went and got the puppies. I loaded them into the crate one at a time. They were shy yet friendly and huddled together in the crate. I went onto the porch to leave my business card and there was a clothes basket with two tiny puppies in it. So I called her about them. She said they were Chihuahua/Dachshund mixes that were seven weeks old and I could take them too. So into the truck they went.

They are all here at the farm now. The five pups are staying on the car port which has a cool breeze blowing through. They have fresh water, food and friends. They will be vaccinated and wormed. But now they need homes. They appear to be Catahoula mixes but the owner told me they are Pit Bull/Blue Heeler mixes. Whatever they are they are beautiful pups with the merle coloring and white markings. They are available for adoption for a donation to help defray the cost of their care. Please come and see them and pick out a new forever friend.

The two Chihuahua/Dachshund mixes are in the house. They are only seven weeks old and will be available once they have been wormed twice and have received two Parvo vaccines.

This is a perfect example why pets need to be spayed and neutered. Seven puppies left out in the heat because the owner didn't have the time or the money to care for them properly. Who knows what would have happened to them if I hadn't been driving by? Please, please everyone spay and neuter your pets.

Also please be sure your pets have shade, shelter, food and fresh water at all times. It is your responsibility to provide for your pets in all types of weather. They're counting on you. - Peg Schaeffer

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 2013-09-01 03:29:47
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Shade trees offer respite from summer heat

2013-09-01 - Sugarfoot Farm Rescue, 860 Sparksville Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Peg Shaeffer.
Dogs at Sugarfoot Farm Rescue enjoy the shade of a tree in the front yard. Our dogs have three wading pools that we put fresh water in every day to cool off in. They have shade trees outside and fans in the house and the kennel. Despite the heat they can stay comfortable. - Peg Schaeffer

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Keeping cool at Sugarfoot Farm Rescue

2013-09-01 - Sugarfoot Farm Rescue, 860 Sparksville Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Peg Schaeffer. Yard Sale item repurposed for Sunshine, Trooper, and McKenzie who ae playing in a Little Tykes car bed I got for them at a yard sale. Sunshine has been adopted but Trooper and McKenzie are available for adoption.
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