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"On this page are some of the people and animals that have past through
Charles L. Hughes "A true humanitarian and friend, who taught me
so much....." 2002
R.I.P. "Knee~Hi~To~A~Fly", was a red and white Border Collie
that I took in as a puppy with a shattered jaw. "Knee~Hi," was
16 years old when we lost her to cancer Thursday. "Knee~Hi" was
a fun loving girl that was born to live in the water....SHE
LOVED TO SWIM!!!! She spent a lot of her time hunting moles, and
would stare at the ground forever looking for any kind of
movement. Most of the time she would get them, that never ending
Border Collie stare. She loved everyone, and was full of
joy......"Knee~Hi" and "Dilly" crossed the Bridge together I
have comfort knowing they had each other and didn't go alone.
is a senior red and white Pot Bellied Pig. He sleeps most of the
time, but will venture out to root and graze on the grass. He
has arthritis in his shoulder and is on medications, but he is a
very sweet boy who enjoys the peacefulness of the farm.
is a Pygmy goat who came from Grant's Farm and was adopted by
her previous owner. However, when her owner moved to Australia,
she found her new home here with us, and she seems to love it.
Betty is healthy, sweet, and is doing very well.
received a call from a St. Louis veterinarian, and it seems one
of her clients had brought a cat in to be euthanized for not
using the litter pan. Tests were run to see if there was
anything medically wrong with the cat, but all the tests came
back negative. They had also taken the cat to a behaviorist, but
the problem went unsolved. Finally the veterinarian was given
permission by the owner to bring the cat here to the farm
instead of euthanizing her. Happily, the cat we fondly renamed
Miss Diva (she has such an attitude), has lived here since last
fall and is doing very well. Miss Diva definitely lives up to
R.I.P. "Dilly", We lost our beautiful Dressage Mare yesterday
due to a life ending injury. I'm not sure what she did: stepped
wrong, hurt the leg getting up??? I was reinforced just how
fragile these beautiful creatures are. Below the knee there is a
tendon that acts like a rubber band. The ultrasound showed that
this tendon had snapped. This can be common in Sr.
horses....Horses do not survive on three legs, and with her
being totally blind, and a history of seizures. With her age at
32, that also wasn't in her favor, so along with the Vets advice
"Dilly" (after eating her favorite a bag of apples) was humanly
euthanized and buried... "Dilly" was one of the lucky ones she
was loves and cared for all her life. When she lost her sight
she was placed here at TSF by her family to live out her life
being fussed over: On a personal note I loved this Mare she was
a joy to be around. A great loss is felt by all.......
"Possum" is a grey Welch Pony mix in her thirties. She has had
some rough handling in the past and will stand off to the side
until you earn her trust. She just enjoys eating, being in the
pasture, and splashing in the creek on hot summer days. Possum
is a happy butterball who will put a smile on your face. She is
on Purina Equine Senior and is on medications for chronic sinus
problems. RIP 2011
"Hank" is the biggest Border Collie. He can sometimes be a
little dog aggressive, but as long as you are with him, he is
fine and loves to go on runs through the fields with the rest of
the pack. When we are playing ball in the pasture, he is very
fast and is always one of the first to get to the ball. That is
his favorite pass time next to riding in the truck when hay is
being thrown out. On hot summer days, he loves to go swimming,
and herding is always very high on his list of favorite
activities. He is just a big sweet boy who loves to give hugs
R.I.P.~"HANK", All of our animals are
special, but there are some that just stand out. "Hank" was one
of those dogs, his beauty, talent, and he was so smart......Two
weeks ago he was helping "Sweep" bring in a horse that was out
of her pasture. This picture was taken on Easter 3 days ago. He
was doing what he loved almost to the end.....He suffered heart
failure so this came on suddenly. I had "Hank" since he was a
puppy he was 15 years old....he was my friend....tears
"White Dog" was brought here by a rescue group. She was taken
from a place where she was used for breeding. That is a horrible
thought since she is blind and deaf and those faults where being
bred into her puppies. I don't think you could find a sweeter
lady. She is getting ready to have surgery to remove a few
tumors. "White Dog" is a senior lady now, so her time is spent
walking around and enjoying the day, finding a soft place to
soak up the sun. Although sleeping is very high on her list, I
think eating is her favorite past time of all.
"Jade Dallas" is a greyhound who came from a racing track on the
east coast. He has adjusted to farm life very well and is a joy
to have around. He is a very kind boy who never uses his speed
to chase other animals, but he does take one look at the long
driveway and pretends he is back on the track again!
Consequently, when he plays in the creek, he has to be on a long
leash, but he really loves to run free in the large fenced-in
yards near the house, chasing a ball or just running with the
rest of the pack. On the flip side of all this energy is Jade
Dallas' other favorite activity.....sleeping! Jade will also
need dental work in the future.
Abby II is a Chow mix who came to live on the farm because her
loving family could no longer care for her due to her severe
medical problems. We ran many tests, and with the help of Dr.
Bruce, we have been able to keep her thriving for the year she
has been here. Since her liver has started to repair itself, you
would have a hard time telling she has any health issues.
Although she loves to be a farm dog, she has never really
warmed up to any of the other dogs, however, she has fallen in
love with a Llama named Meryln! She doesn't want him out of her
sight, and I think Merlyn feels the same about her since he will
lay down right next to her. Also, Abby's family, even though
they live in another state, still drive many hours to spend the
day with her.
"Dixie" A Great Dane is a very sad case. Dixie is Bailey's
sister they both came from a puppy mill in Missouri. The breeder
kept all their Danes in a pen together, therefore there wasn't
enough food around for all the dogs. Dixie is a very shy dog and
wouldn't fight for her share. She had sores all over her very
thin body from malnutrition, her nails where so long they turned
under. The sadness in her eyes would make me cry, to think of
such kind soul to of suffered so much pain. It took over a year
for her to come up to a stranger. Dixie would get as far away
from humans as physically possible. Now if she approves she will
come up to be patted. She still stays to herself most of the
time on a very comfy dog bed in the bedroom. I think her
favorite things are to bask in the sun and soak up the rays.
Then there is food... She seldom wags her tail but, at feeding
time she bounces all over the place. Dixie doesn't like to play
or swim, or ride in the truck. I think she thinks if she gets in
the truck she will be taken away. But, she does like to go for
long walks and run in the pasture. Dixie is a very, very, sweet
Sometimes there isn’t a happy ending…….Monti came to us July 3rd
17 hh retired TB even in his condition he was just beautiful.
There wasn’t one inch on his skin that wasn’t infected; he was
several hundred pounds under weight. We started him on
antibiotics, several small feedings a day, and skin treatments
four times a day. Sometimes the skin treatments were very
painful for him, but he always stayed kind. When he arrived he
was covered in flies, we took care of that issue and also
brought in a fan to help him to be more comfortable. I wasn’t
sure he would make it the first week, but he started to improve.
He was putting on weight all the scabs on his skin were gone and
he was starting to heal. I was very excited on his
improvement…….2 ½ weeks into his care he took a sudden turn, and
after great efforts by our Vet to save Monti he was
euthanized……..A very sad ending to very kind old guy…….A lesson
everyone can take from this experience is if you can longer care
for your animals PLEASE be careful who you give them to. Make
sure they have animal experience, and check back to make sure
they continue to receive care and are loved…………Tears
Well, I’m back with more bad news…my sweet, brave, courage’s
Great Dane “Bailey” died Sunday morning. I rescued her and her
sister from a puppy mill many years ago. “Bailey” and “Dixie”
where just puppies themselves and the where force to produce
puppies. “Bailey” was HW positive and she survived that ordeal.
Then she survived a very serious bloat surgery. There wasn’t
many days that no matter where I was I could always look down
and "Bailey" was always there. This is another one of those dogs
that share your life and touch it so deeply... September 12,
I have some very bad news Ellie our sweet blind and deaf Great
Dane lost her battle with seizures, and had to be put to sleep.
I can’t begin to express the way this beautiful girl touch my
life. The joy she had for life despite her blindness and
deafness was so overwhelming. She was the first one to greet
visitors to the farm. She would nudge their hand until they took
her by the collar. Ellie thought this was her job to show
everyone around. …She had bad health issues, but she never had a
bad day. She could put a smile on anyone’s face and be in awe of
her abilities A very loving soul…. Ellie I will never forget
you………. September 2010
(First picture taken in 2002 on her
Suddenly, and very sadly, on November 15, 2008 our sweet, gentle
giant Drego had to be put to sleep…
Sadly at 1:25 PM
Saturday I put my beautiful Drego to sleep. He died peacefully
in my arms....Bruce and Marlene just left to take him to the
clinic so he can be pick up Monday to be cremated. Drego never
had a sick day since I have had him. That gives me peace
knowing he had a wonderful life and never had a bad day and had
so much fun. He was a gift to me, he brighten my life at six
weeks of age. I don't think I have ever had to correct him all
of his life...... I had him a very short time only 5 years now
he is with all my other dogs that went before him.....I feel
some peace knowing he didn't suffer, but he was so young at only
5 years of age. He succumbed to a very fast moving spinal tumor;
our hearts are broken!
"Bunny" is a Quarter Pony who is well into her early forties.
She is very sweet and full of herself; you would never know she
is a senior girl. She is missing some of her teeth due to her
age, but is still holding her weight. Even though she is on
Purina Equine Senior, she still munches on brome hay and pasture
grass. Bunny has developed allergies and is on antihistamines
that seem to give her some relief.
"Bunny" our beautiful
40+ Qtr. Pony lost her life with cancer November 2009. She has
been a big part of our life for over 20 years. I will miss her
Sadly on September 19, 2008 we lost our sweet and very loving
Golden Retriever “Abby” from cancer at age 11. She was one of
those dogs that lived her life full of fun and joy with her tail
always wagging, and the look of love in her eyes.
we will miss you"......
Sandy (Lee) Kohl "2007" Lost her long battle against lung
cancer. Rest in peace my friend........
"Blackberry" Pygmy Goat age 14, 2006
Black Silk Stockings "Silkie" Playing with her Wallaby friend
"Dweezel" Potbellied Pig, age 13, 2006
CH. Remote Control, "Mote" the sweetest English Pointer.