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Happy Tail: One tough cookie, Buffy, the Great Pyrenees, a hero
Georgina was an 80 year old immigrant to Kentucky from Connecticut, who settled in Hodgenville, LaRue County, with her menagerie of animals, which she added to with the adoption of two half starved Great Pyrenees, Fluffy and Buffy. Buffy 'paid it forward,' by saving Georgina's life by pulling her out of a hole and broken her hip. into which she had fallen, and pulling her to into the house, to safety. Peg Schaeffer, a long time friend, encourages readers to send cards to the gallant lady, who has no family in Kentucky and is now in Frazier Rebab, to address at end of this story.
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By Peg Schaeffer, founder
Sugarfoot Farm Rescue
In 2006 after we had moved here we got a call from a woman in Connecticut who was also moving to Kentucky. She had a miniature horse named Charlie that she wanted us to bring back to Columbia and keep him at our farm until she moved into her new home in Hodgenville. So Charlie came to live with us until Georgina arrived.
Georgina brought a menagerie to Hodgenville
So when the time came Georgina loaded up her car with her belongings, two Bull Mastiffs, and two parrots and drove to Kentucky. I forgot to mention one thing - Georgina was almost eighty. Once she arrived in Hodgenville her nightmare began. Her house had several problems and she was unable to move in. So she lived in a motel with her two dogs and her two birds until the house was ready. Everything that could go wrong did go wrong. It was one thing after another. It was quite a while before she was able to move in and bring Charlie to her new home.
The former chef invited us to Thanksgiving dinner
She invited us to spend Thanksgiving with her. She told us she used to be a chef and since we were new to the area as well as she was and our families were in Connecticut she would be glad to cook for us. Dinner would be promptly at 1:00. So Keith and I planned to get there at 12:30 so we could visit for a while before we ate. Slight problem - we didn't know that Hodgenville was on "fast" time. So instead of being hour early we were hour late. Georgina had told us dinner would be ready "promptly" at 1 and since we weren't there on time she had put everything away. Although we had a good excuse she wouldn't reheat the food and we ate it cold.
In May 2013 we got bad news of a fall
We stayed in contact with her, listening to her complaints, and helping her whenever we could. Then in May of 2013 we got a call from her neighbors. Georgina had tripped and broken her shoulder. She would be in therapy for a while. Could I take one of her Chihuahuas? They met me and gave me a crate with the baddest little dog you could imagine. His name was Bear and as I carried the crate by the handle he kept biting at my fingers. Turns out Bear was the reason she broke her shoulder. He was running between her legs and she tripped over him.
Georgina had rescued two half-starved, sickly Great Pyrenees
Georgina mended and moved back home. She had quite the menagerie to care for. She had geese, ducks, chickens, two cats, a parrot, two Great Pyrenees dogs, and a Chihuahua. She had rescued the Great Pyrenees from her Amish neighbors. She told me how they were half starved and sickly. She cared for them and brought them back to good health. She had also taken in a black Lab that presented her with six puppies. She was caring for them, bottle feeding the pups because the Mom didn't have enough milk.
A call from Georgina's daughter: Georgina had fallen and broken her hip
Wednesday I got a call from her daughter. Georgina had fallen and broken her hip. She fell in the evening and spent the night on the floor rather than bother her neighbors at night. Plus she had the Lab and her puppies and wouldn't go to the hospital until the dog warden was able to pick them up and she knew they were safe. She had made arrangements with him to find them homes when they were eight weeks old. Georgina's concern for her pets almost cost her her life. She was bleeding internally and if she had waited much longer she could have died.
Took bird expert Angela Schwika with her to Hodgenville
Georgina's daughter asked if I could take care of the dogs and find homes for them. She also had a parrot that would need to be cared for. I know nothing about birds so I called my friend, Angela Schwika, and asked her if she could go with me. Angela is a bird expert and I knew she would know what to do. She picked me up and off we headed to Hodgenville. Her neighbors met us at her house and let us in. The husband asked me if I was going to take the cats, too. I didn't know about the cats but they wouldn't be a problem. We put the cats in a crate.
Angela talked to Bright Eyes with amazing bird communication skills
Angela went to meet with the bird. I was amazed at how well the bird reacted to her. She talked to Bright Eyes and earned her trust. Before I knew it the parrot was on her shoulder playing with her hair. I went next to Angela and she put a towel on my jacket and encouraged Bright Eyes to sit on my arm. Then with a little more coaxing the bird went into the crate. She covered the crate with a blanket and all was well. We began loading bird feed, dog and cat food, and their toys and belongings into Angela's Envoy. Georgina had a crate for me so we folded it up and put it behind the seat to act as a barrier for the dogs. We loaded the crate with the two cats, the crate with the bird, bags and cases of dog food, and had to leave enough room for the two huge Great Pyrenees. The dogs apparently had never ridden in a vehicle before and just sat down. Angela grabbed the front paws and I grabbed the hind legs and we lifted them into the Envoy one at a time. Then we had to keep them quiet while we closed the hatchback. There was still Angel, the Chihuahua to make room for. Luckily she was tiny so she sat on my lap. Then the neighbors asked "what about the geese, the duck, and the chicken?" There wasn't any room left for anything so we had to promise to return the next day for the remainder of the animals.
We let Georgina know her pets were safe
Off we drove loaded to the hilt. I called Georgina to let her know her pets were safe. I told her that her daughter told me to find a home for the two Great Pyrenees. That didn't set well at all with her. She told me there was no way her dogs were being adopted. The big male had saved her life. Then she told me the story:
The dogs were brother and sister. The male was "Buffy" and the female was "Fluffy". They were 10 months old and they were beautiful and well cared for. She explained that she was working in the yard and fell into a hole. When she landed she was unable to get out of the hole. She said Buffy went to her side and she grabbed his collar. He pulled her out of the hole. He then lay next to her to keep her warm. When she was able she put her hand on his collar again and he gently dragged her up the handicap ramp and back into the house. The two dogs stayed with her all night.All Georgina's pets have TLC including her raised-from-an-egg parrot
So I'm caring for Buffy and Fluffy as well as Angel, the Chihuahua, and Dusty and Socks her two cats. Angela is caring for the parrot, Bright Eyes, who Georgina raised from an egg. Plus Angela went back to Hodgenville and got the geese, the duck and her chicken and is caring for them as well. These animals are Georgina's family and her heroes. It's the least we can do for her.
Sure Georgina, who has no family in Kentucky, will appreciate cards
Georgina has no family in Kentucky and I'm sure she'd appreciate cards. If you'd like to cheer her up you can send mail to Georgina Ebert at: Frazier Rehabilitation Center, 200 Abraham Flexner Way, Louisville, KY 40202. She is in Room 821. Thanks!
- 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 2014-11-16 04:23:28
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