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Happy Tail: Lindsey Wilson College - Good for the Community
Lindsey Wilson's Track & Field team made Sugarfoot Farm Rescue look like a new place. The dogs love them. They got loving dog baths, an clean swimming area, and chances to meet the team and coaches on a dog-to-dog lover individual basis. Wow! Does everyone in Adair County appreciate the college enough? Sometimes we wonder. Lindsey Wilson College is such an asset to the community. Click on headline for complete story with photos
The next earlier Peg Schaeffer: Happy Tail - Happy Tail: Kelsey, prettiest dog in Adair County, KY. Posted August 10, 2014.
By Peg Schaeffer
On Friday morning a swarm of locusts appeared at Sugarfoot Farm. Well, it really wasn't locusts; it was the Lindsey Wilson College Track Team and their coaches. I had gotten a call the week prior from one of the coaches and he asked me if they could come and do some work at the rescue. I jumped at the opportunity. He said they'd be there at 8 am and they came right on time. I had rakes, paint brushes, paint scrapers, gardening tools, dog shampoo and towels ready for them.
Dogs love it when we have visitos and they were in their glory
The dogs love it when we have visitors and they were in their glory. They greeted the students by jumping on them with muddy paws. There were so many people for them to welcome but they made sure they said hello to everyone. It was one time that the number of people was almost as much as the number of dogs.
Dog washing operation set up in basement
The kids broke into groups and went to work. The first group was the "dog washers". They set up in the basement. One washed, another dried, and another brushed. One student was responsible for gathering the dogs to be cleaned. It wasn't safe for any dog to get close or they'd end up in the tub. While they were downstairs they also swept the floor and rearranged the dogs' blankets.
One group painted the kennel, some cut weeds along fence line
Another group painted the kennel. They worked in shifts since I didn't have enough paint brushes for everyone. They did a great job and if we hadn't run out of paint they would have been able to finish. But what they did paint looks great.
I gave some the task of cutting down the weeds along the fence line. They took loppers, cutters, and even the machete and cleared all the weeds from the electric fence. They also cut down all the weeds in the buffer zone. There was one student that was afraid of dogs so we put her in the garden and she weeded along the flower beds.
Track & Field women had equine experience - they groomed horses
Some of the girls had equine experience so they went to the horse barn and brushed and groomed horses. They walked them, cleaned them, and fed them treats. Some of our horses are like big dogs - they followed the girls all over the barnyard nudging them for treats. And they loved being brushed. You could see the horses standing so still while they were being groomed.
Scrap metal round-up helps with Sugarfoot dog dining expenses
I had a few of the boys help me gather scrap metal and put it on the flatbed trailer. We picked up all the garbage that had gathered in the buffer zone and put that on the trailer too along with the recycling. Money I earn from the scrap metal and aluminum goes towards dog food.
Some of the kids scrubbed the dogs' water buckets and their wading pools. By the time they were refilled with fresh water the dogs were already splashing in the pools muddying up water.
Even the coaches helped out. They could be seen pushing the wheelbarrow clearing the yard of the dogs' "land mines". There wasn't an idle worker in the bunch.
On breaks, the athletes found time to play with the dogs
Although everyone was hard at work they found time to play with the dogs. The little dogs and puppies were hugged and cuddled. Other dogs played fetch or tug of war while others just entertained them with their antics. Everyone had a different favorite dog and our Boxer, Toby, is being adopted by one of the students and her family.
By the end of the day, Sugarfoot Farm Rescue looked like a new place
By the end of the three hours the farm looked like a new place. Weeds gone, kennel painted, buckets and pools scrubbed, and dogs bathed. They accomplished more in the short time they were here than Keith and I could have in a week.
Lindsey Wilson College is such an asset to the community
Lindsey Wilson College is such an asset to the community. The students do not receive just an education but also learn the importance of caring and helping others. They have the Bonner program, Malvina Farkle Day, as well as groups such as the track team that came to the farm and provide their services. They were a great group. I enjoyed talking to the students and of course, telling them stories about different dogs. By the time they left several students made plans to come back and play with the dogs and work with the horses. On top of everything they did they are also making a donation from their activity fund to the rescue. I can't thank them enough for all they've done for us and hope to see them again. I know I'll be at their home track meets to cheer them on. We're so lucky to have such hard working dedicated students here in our county. Thanks Lindsey Wilson College!
Peg Schaeffer, Sugarfoot Farm Rescue, 860 Sparksville Road, Columbia, KY 42728 Telephone: home 270-378-4521 or cell 270-634-4675 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This story was posted on 2014-08-17 06:01:52
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