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Happy Tail: Dog's best friend, Ariana
Ariana Wooten, new volunteer on the farm, has been a Godsend
The next earlier Happy Tail: Happy Tail: Yard Sale Treasures Posted Sunday, September 1, 2013
By Peg Schaeffer
News from Sugarfoot Farm Rescue, 270-378-4521 or 270-634-4675
We have a new volunteer on the farm, Ariana Wooten, who has been a Godsend. Although she's been here for a short time she has already earned the love and trust of the dogs.
When she walks through the gate they all rush to greet her. They push and shove at each other to get to her side. Each one gets a pat and she makes sure no one is ignored. She's become pretty good at knowing their names and is learning each one's personality. She has been grooming them, giving them baths, and teaching them to walk on a leash. Sami, our construction site rescue, has learned how to walk on a leash and to sit on command. Even when Ariana isn't here Sami knows that "sit" means treat.
Lil Bit doesn't trust strangers, but quickly warmed to Ariana
We have a Jack Russell Terrier, Lil Bit, who doesn't trust strangers. Whenever someone new comes here she just follows them around barking and barking. The first few days that Ariana came, Lil Bit barked and barked at her. Then she decided that the newcomer wasn't a threat. The other day when Ariana came Lil Bit raced into the house, tail wagging and barking as if to say "Ariana's here, Ariana's here!" Now she follows here where ever she goes.
Buttercup, a Beagle/Pug, hates to see an empty lap
If Ariana sits on a chair on the deck her lap immediately fills up. Buttercup, a Beagle/Pug mix, hates to see an empty lap. So she'll jump on and start giving kisses. The next thing you know the dogs are fighting for a spot. Some will lay alongside the chair and others under it. They're content just to be close by their new friend.
Five six month old puppies came in this week, which Ariana named
I took in five 6 month old puppies over the weekend. (Yard Sale Treasures) When Ariana came on Tuesday I told her they would be her new project. First of all they didn't have names. So after a short time they were all given names: Tristan - a male brown merle, Aria - a female brown merle with white markings, Astra - a female brindle with white markings, and Kirk and Spock - two blue merle males who look exactly alike. In no time at all she looked like the Pied Piper with the five puppies trailing after her.
Dogs quickly figured out where Ariana keeps goodies
I bought a dog treat bag at a yard sale (of course) that attaches to her belt loop. It didn't take the dogs long to figure that out there were cookies for in the yellow bag, so she has to keep the pouch in the front of her bib overalls. Everyone is learning their manners. You don't get a treat unless you sit. You don't get petted if you're jumping. The new pups are learning what collars are and how to respond to the tug of a leash. At first they just did a belly roll but with kindness and patience they're learning to walk and not drag on a leash. Ariana has caught on quickly to the feeding routine. She knows who gets fed on the carport, on the front porch and on the deck. She knows they get the bigger dishes. The smaller dishes are for the house dogs. Some get fed in the kitchen, some in crates, and some in the bedroom. Some get medication and the seniors get canned food mixed with the dry food.
Spanky thrives on conversations with Ariana
Then there are the dogs in the kennel to care for. Buster, a St. Bernard/Lab mix with 3 legs loves attention so besides being fed and watered he gets a good brushing. He sits there and enjoys his daily grooming. Spanky, a Pit Bull, jumps up and down as if she's on a pogo stick and just thrives on the conversation. She gets treats as well as food and water. When we work with certain dogs we take them into the garden so they can be alone with us. While I weed or pick vegetables Ariana plays with them. She'll throw a ball or Frisbee or just sit in the grass with them scratching their belly. It's one on one attention like this that is great for the dogs. New dogs that are shy and missing their owners need some time with us just to learn they still have a friend. Other dogs simply enjoy the peace and quiet being away from the group. The older dogs lie under a tree and snooze enjoying the solitude.
Playing follow the leader, new puppies were a sight on Little Tykes play set
The other day while Ariana was waiting for her Mom to pick her up she climbed to the top of the ladder on the dogs' Little Tykes play set. The next thing you knew the new puppies were trying to climb up the slide to join her. They would slide down on their stomachs and climb back up again. One of our big dogs, Rambo, decided to join her on the top of the slide and then she was joined by Buttercup and some of the other dogs. Needless to say when her Mom got there Ariana was covered with mud but surrounded by love.
Dogs hate to see Ariana leave
The dogs hate to see Ariana leave and all follow her to the gate and watch as she drives away. They go back to their play and eagerly await the next day that she returns to entertain them.- 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 2013-09-08 11:09:40
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