Life on the Farm
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These two sweethearts were dumped on the north side of Tullahoma. It became obvious why. The little black lab has a tumor larger than a softball on her side. Her companion is watching out for her as best he can. They were wary at first, but soon came to realize that David and Linda had nothing but good intentions. They have been fed and have a nice soft place to rest. We are trying to get them used to us. We don't think they have ever been on a leash before. I hope I am wrong but I think the female is pregnant. I can not imagine how they feel being dumped and trying to get by on their own. They now have the beginnings of their own team, that are going to help them the best we know how. We will be calling Dr. Abi at Blue Springs Veterinary Services in the morning and try to determine what is going on with the little girl and the best way to proceed.
We try not to over do it on the begging side but to help these two I would ask if anyone reading this can afford to and can find it in their heart, please join us to help make the world a little softer place for these sweet souls.
We do not know the extent of medical care that will be necessary, but will keep everyone informed.
Welcome Bogie and Bacall, the newest Stars to Fall on the Farm!?
It's been a long great day at the Farm. Today was our first Adoption / Lure chasing Event. First, we would like to extend a heartfelt Thank You to Debbie and Megan! We couldn't have made it today without your help. Pictured with them is Val, the storm drain baby from last week. He made sure if anyone found a minute for themselves they could instead chase him down and wag him around and then a hearty high-5 to Megan! This is what it is all about! Thank you both for everything you do for us and making sure little Val never remembers where he came from...
Warning: Rantings of a crazy person, down on the Farm.
We saw you two nights ago. That slow moving vehicle that kept turning around and driving by slowly. It was almost dark, the gates were closed and you kept creeping by. Then two animals magically appear running down the road trying to catch up to the vehicle that just dumped them. We are a long way from the road so we could just make out a smaller and larger dog running after the vehicle.
We hoped it was just a neighbor, lots of them let their dogs run freely, this is in the country ya know. Wonder where they spent the night? We didn't see them yesterday, we hoped they went back to their home. We were busy, working and taking care of our little pack. At about dark a nice family pulled up and asked if we had lost some of our dogs. They had just moved into our area and had almost hit a small and larger dog that was in the middle of the road. They have dogs of their own and were concerned. They tried to catch them. The dogs have on collars but no rabies tags or identification. The larger was very protective of the smaller dog. They smelled like a skunk and had been eating a deer carcass. We explained who we were and we are over full right now and how it was not unusual for dogs to get dumped out here. They understood and soon left. It is always good to meet like minded people.
We continued working but could not get those dogs out of our minds. We went out looking for them. It was going to be in the teens tonight. We could not find them. We thought they were probably hunkered down for the night.
We got up earlier than usual this morning, to look for your dogs. Guess what? We found them....maybe this is all a mistake, maybe you are looking for your dogs. Maybe you were worried sick that they were scared and cold, with nothing to eat and no shelter from the elements. I hope I am wrong. If you are looking for two lost dogs, or maybe someone stole them from you and you are looking for them as hard as we did, please call the Farm to identify and reclaim these precious souls. If not they will be altered, fully vetted and a proper home found for them soon or they will stay with us. Either way we are good with it...are you?
As the end of the year draws to a close, we have accessed what we are doing and what we have done. Last year, the Saturday before Christmas we received our 501 c 3 status from the IRS. ...That is an extremely important step for any rescue that wants to grow and be considered legitimate. We have grown slowly but surely since we first started. We feel we are on the right track. We have a very small but dedicated group that supports us emotionally and financially. We are thankful for every donation whether it be money, supplies or time.
There is a piece of property that keeps coming up on our radar. Over 5 years ago was the first time, then it went up for sale and it was so far out of our reach we did not even consider it. It is coming across our path again and we are trying to figure a way to make this dream become a reality. Baby steps are being taken to move us towards this dream. The day to day operations of the Farm are handled by one man. Even though he is a spectacular man, as anyone who knows him can attest to, he is 66 years old and a regular patient at the Heart Transplant Failure Clinic at Saint Thomas Hospital. Every day with him is a true Blessing by God, not only for me but Every animal on the Farm. In the winter we try and not take anymore animals in because we feel if we cannot properly care for them we would be neglectful, and that in itself is a crime. We still get calls every day from people begging, demanding and cursing us out because we can't take their animal.
It is time to surround ourselves with More like minded people. We dedicate our lives and all our worldly processions to this cause. We need help to make a larger dream become a reality. When I say help we mean people that know how to market, sell, raise funds, scoop poop, mend fences, rake and Love animals!
In the coming days and weeks we will be announcing more programs and projects we are working on. We are looking to expand our pack. Our lives are an open book, we are easy to find and we have many people show up on a regular basis without calling or asking if it would be a good time. They have always been welcomed, we have nothing to hide but please understand how limited our time is and if we have a dazed or exhausted look on our face, it is because we probably are.
So please consider joining our cause. If nothing else, read, share, pray and if you know any business owners looking for a tax write off, tell them about us. Thank you all for all you do this and every day for the animals, Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
It's going to be a cold one tonight, I hope everyone brings their animals in or at least make sure they have a warm dry, non drafty place to sleep. I saw a really cool video of a straw dog house on you tube. Cheap but very effective. Stay warm my friends.
I just redid the site and decided to put the blog back up. It is my intent to use this as a way of connecting more with the community and a sounding board for new ideas.
We are going to try an organize a Walk. Anyone who wants to meet with us and walk their dog can join us. We thought we would start small and easy and maybe get more adventurous as time goes by. We would like to have anyone join us with their dog even if they aren't the best walking dog, yet. We will have the first walk at the Estill Springs Greenway, Sunday, July 28, 2013 at 0900 hours or 9 in the morning.
We have to have a few rules so everyone can enjoy their selves:
1. You are responsible for your own dog.
2. Please bring "poop" bags for your dog.
3. Please obey all laws pertaining to animals in public.
4. Please have your dog on a fixed leash. No Flexi's please. Flexi leashes are great for some things but you need to have better control of your dog in a group of people and dogs.
5. Please don't allow you dog to run loose. Just because your dog may be friendly does not mean every dog is. We would like all dogs to be able to come and have fun.
We would like All dogs to be able to walk with us, however we respect that some dogs do not like other dogs or people. They still should be able to walk. So we would like to have a system in place so every one can come walk their dogs feeling safe and not pressured.
If you have a dog that does not like other dogs or people please put some sort of red ribbon, collar or leash where others can see and give you plenty of space. We will wave from a polite distance.
If you have a dog that does not like other dogs, please have a yellow ribbon, collar or leash. We will wave from a little closer but keep our dogs away so your dog can be comfortable.
If you have a dog that likes other dogs and people, please have a green ribbon, collar or leash.
Hopefully the Stoplight system is easy to remember. Please don't go buy a specific collar or ribbon. We will have Red, Yellow and Green duct tape on hand to tape to your leash if you like.
The greenway in Estill Springs is a nice easy walk. You can make several loops or cut in half. It is next to the water and a little creek so you dog can cool off.
If interested, introduce yourself and your dog here and we hope to see you in Estill Springs Sunday Morning!
We are calling this little piece of Blue Velvet "Angel". She might do well as a single lady. She appears to have some drive to her. Very smart and loving. Working on sits and downs. Loves to play ball and will also work for treats. This is one very special little lady. She has not reacted to our bigger dogs but too interested in our horses. Will make a Wonderful companion. If you have never had the love of a pit bull you are missing out on something special. Let's help save America's Dog!
As we celebrate the Fourth of July, I can’t help but reflect upon how grateful I am to be an American citizen. I was born in Britain, but chose to become a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1980.
When I first came to the States in 1971, the difference between here and England was palpable. I felt the openness and optimism of the country and a great sense of freedom and room to move, and the very real sense of possibility and potential. I could feel it and taste it, and I wanted to become a part of it, and so I did!
It didn’t take long for me to realize that the love of animals that I brought with me was matched by many Americans and shared by my new friends in this country.
Also, coming as I do from across the pond, I tend to notice things that others might take for granted. The generosity and friendliness of Americans, for example, is real, as is a basic fair-mindedness and sense of justice. In fact, as we celebrate this time of year, we also remember that this country is founded upon those principles.
And it is the essential fair-mindedness of the United States and the American public that gives me so much hope and enthusiasm for the future of our no-kill movement. No-kill is, after all, a question of fairness and justice, as it is neither fair nor just that millions of our best friends are dying in our nation’s shelters, especially when the overwhelming number of Americans see their pets as a part of their family.
However, we don’t need to interpret cultural traits to be optimistic about ending the killing of shelter pets. When I and the other co-founders of Best Friends broke ground on the Sanctuary in the desert of Southern Utah in 1984, over 17 million animals were dying in our nation’s shelters. That number is now down to around 4 million, despite a human population increase of close to 90 million from then to now.
The progress in lifesaving that has been made over the last 30 years does not only reflect the sentiment of the American public. We carry with us a spirit of optimism and hope. A sense of confidence that we can achieve whatever we put our minds to. That progress in lifesaving is powered by the generosity of the majority of us who are just and fair-minded and who don’t believe that household pets should be abandoned or killed.
The no-kill movement will succeed because it reflects the will of America and it is right. This week as we celebrate the 237th Fourth of July, I hope that you will join me in a commitment to realizing a great milestone in our country’s history: the achievement of a no-kill country. I am more confident than ever that we will get there soon.
This is America; we can Save Them All!
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