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Happy Tail: Thanks to Lindsey Wilson College!
Malvina Farkle Day brought a wonderful crew to Sugarfoot Farm Rescue. This is the story of their visit, and a very sincere appreciation of what the college means to this community. 'Thanks Lindsey Wilson College for being there for us. It's great to have you in the area - not only for the excellent education you provide but for the amenities you give to the community. It's great to have you!,' PEG SCHAEFFER writes
The next earlier Happy Tail: Miah I'm Good Posted October 27, 2013
By Peg Schaeffer
I received a phone call this week asking how someone can volunteer here at the rescue. I explained that we always appreciate the help and that she would be welcome whenever it was convenient. She said that she was from Lindsey Wilson College and that she and some others would come out Saturday morning at 9.
Black car with volunteers was right on time
Right on time a black car pulled up and five students climbed out ready to work. I gave them several options and we decided that some girls would take the dogs on a hike and others would brush horses.
The dogs love it when people come to visit and were happy to have new friends. Kaitlyn Davis, Mariah Lane and Maria Cozzens were going to take the dogs on a hike. I opened the gates and it was like opening flood gates. The dogs poured in, all excited, since they are not normally allowed in the horse pasture. So what did they do? They chased the horses. Horses went flying everywhere with dogs in hot pursuit. (That's why the dogs aren't allowed in the horse pasture.)
Volunteers learn, Peg relearns why dogs are not allowed in horse pasture
Once the dogs were rounded up I showed the girls where to go for their hike. I felt like a mother, relieved to be rid of the kids for a while and have some peace and quiet. It didn't last long. The dogs followed the girls to the bottom of the hill and then realized that I wasn't coming. All but a few of them ran back up the hill to be with me.
So I figured I'd walk to the bottom of the hill and once they started running ahead I could go back to the barnyard. Again, it worked for a minute and then they looked back and saw me headed away. One by one they returned to my side. So I walked a litter farther with the group. I walked all the way to the back pasture and through the gate. There's a big field surrounded by woods and the dogs raced into the field heading for the woods. I turned back as the three girls hiked off with a large group of dogs. Our German Shepherd, Trout, led the pack carrying a red ball in his mouth. Tyson, our huge black Lab, was the tour guide showing the girls which path to take.
This time more dogs stayed with the pack and less returned to me. Jourdann Green and Reini Brickson were at the barn brushing horses when I got back. There were three horses in stalls to brush but our grey broodmare, Skeeter, had made it quite clear that she was the one to be brushed. She stood between the two girls as they brushed her. You could tell she was enjoying it by the way she twitched her lips when they hit the itchy spots.
Girls are forming a sorority
We talked as they brushed the horses. The girls were forming a sorority "Sigma Alpha Omega" and as part of the procedure they needed to do community service. They would be returning to the farm with more members once a month to help out.
A little while later the hiking group returned. Trout led the way. He had lost his red ball during the walk. Tyson walked beside the girls proud to have been their trail guide. The other dogs raced up the hill to chase the horses again. The girls enjoyed the short trek. The scenery was beautiful. The leaves are changing color and the dogs provided entertainment. Trout had found a turtle shell and was proud of his discovery. He rolled in it so we could all enjoy the aroma.
Group reminded writer of how lucky our community is to have Lindsey Wilson College
As the girls left I thought how lucky our community is to have Lindsey Wilson College. The students are always giving to the area. We have had students from the Bonner program working on the farm. Every year they come out for Malvina Farkle Day and work cleaning, weeding, mending, painting - any chore we might need done.
I remember the first year Jayne Atkinson called and asked if they could bring some students for Malvina Farkle Day. It was the first I had heard about this event and was glad to have them come. I looked it up on the Internet and read about the day. There are several colleges in the area I lived in Connecticut and never did they do something like that.
College is a favorite place for brunch
It's our Easter tradition to go to the college for brunch. The buffet they prepare is delicious and I have yet to be able to eat even half of the scrumptious food they prepare. Despite all the food I eat - the sweet potatoes and the roast beef with horse radish sauce are my favorites - I always save room for dessert. Again there are so many to choose from it's hard to decide. I'm a big fan of Carrot Cake but the Derby Pie is a close second.
Several of the instructors from the college have adopted dogs from us. Often students come out just to play with the dogs. They love it when the members of the girls' softball team come out. They can pitch a ball and the dogs never get tired of playing fetch with them.
Thanks, Lindsey Wilson College, for being there for us
Thanks Lindsey Wilson College for being there for us. It's great to have you in the area - not only for the excellent education you provide but for the amenities you give to the community. It's great to have you!Thanks Lindsey Wilson College for being there for us. It's great to have you in the area - not only for the excellent education you provide but for the amenities you give to the community. It's great to have you!- Peg Schaeffer, President and Founder, Sugarfoot Farm Rescue
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 2013-11-03 08:34:09
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