I love going into the classrooms and teaching kids about compassion!
Hello! Welcome to our blog, Tails with Tales: Stories from Maisy and Paxton as they create a more humane Kansas City. I’m Maisy! I hope you’ll be patient with me, since this is my very first time doing anything like this! Sometimes new things scare me, we’ll talk more about that later, but I’m really excited to be here and even more excited you are here!
I should probably start by telling you a little bit about myself. To start, if you didn’t already know, I’m a dog! My human mom thinks I’m about 2 years old and am what they call a “mix”. I think there are probably a few different kinds of breeds in my genes but the most obvious seem to be Pit Bull and Black Mouth Cur.
Now most people hear “Pit Bull” and they think “OH NO! She must be mean and scary!” but honestly, I don’t think I have a mean hair on my body! It really hurts my feelings that some people out there think bad thoughts about me before they’ve even met me. It also doesn’t seem fair that there are some cities and towns that I can’t even live in just because of what I look like. People are starting to realize that we Pit Bulls aren’t BORN mean; some of us are just acting out because we’re afraid of people. And we’re afraid of people because PEOPLE treated us in a mean way. Hopefully one day EVERYONE will realize that!
I was pretty scared when my mom adopted me from the shelter. But now I am SO HAPPY!
Anyhow, I’ve been living with my human mom, Ashley, for about 8 months. Ashley found me in an Animal Shelter in Kansas and instantly fell in love with me! I am really happy she found me when she did! I was so hungry and skinny that you could see a lot of my bones through my skin and I was scared in that animal shelter. Even though they treated me with kindness there, I was really hoping for a nice warm bed and a family to call my own.
When my mom came for me, I instantly loved her too, but I was still pretty scared. She tried to take me out to her car, but those things scare me! I was so scared I wouldn’t even go near her car. I tried to lay as flat on the ground as I could so that nobody could even pick me up. Eventually a very nice man who worked at the animal shelter picked me up and gently placed me in the car. He was actually the man who found me running through the streets, alone and scared. He knew I didn’t like cars very much so he was extra careful with me.
This is me with my brother Walter.
When I got home, I got to meet my new dog brother, Walter. He is a crazy little terrier mix but we got along great right from the beginning! We ran and ran all over the front yard when I first met him. That’s when my new mom noticed there was something different about one of my back legs. I don’t like to use my back leg because it doesn’t work very well and sometimes it hurts. Since I couldn’t tell my mom what happened to my leg, she took me to see the veterinarian. She x-rayed my leg and everyone realized why I was so scared of cars. The x-rays showed that I had surgery done on my leg and my hip and that my leg still had some small fractures that were in the process of healing. The veterinarian was sure I had been hit very badly by a car when I was about a year old. Because of my surgery, my leg doesn’t work like most other dogs, but that’s okay because I get around just fine. I race my brother all the time, and I still win!
I just love walks and being outside!
The coolest thing about me is that I’m not just one of those dogs who lay around at home all day, waiting for my mom to come home from work. Nope, not me! I actually have a job of my very own! I get to go with my mom every day to work! She works for an animal shelter (sort of like the one she found me in) called Wayside Waifs. They take care of tons of animals that were homeless just like me! The people at Wayside Waifs work really hard, every single day, to care for me and help me find the perfect forever home.
This is Allison with Paxton!
My job here at Wayside Waifs is a really important one. I get go with my mom to teach kids about being safe around dogs, how to be responsible pet owners and some other cool classes too! My favorite class to help teach though is a class called No More Bullying! When we teach this class, we get to go to a school and spend an ENTIRE WEEK there, getting to know the kids in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade, and their awesome teachers. We talk all week about how to treat our people friends and animal friends with kindness. It’s really sad but often times people who hurt people, also hurt animals, and then people who hurt animals, also start hurting people! When I get to snuggle with the students in our classes (and also give them lots of kisses!) they start to understand that animals have feelings just like people do, and that it’s never okay to hurt another living creature. Sometimes I’m a little nervous when I first go into a classroom, there are so many new noises and new people who are so excited to see me, but when people treat me with kindness and compassion, I’m not so scared anymore!
I’m going to be writing more about my adventures here at Wayside Waifs and all the things we are doing with the young people in Kansas City with the help of my mom and our friends Allison and her dog (my buddy) Paxton! They work with us here at Wayside Waifs and Paxton gets to go to classrooms just like I do!
We really hope you will follow our blog and enjoy reading about all of the cool things we are doing!
To learn more about the No More Bullying! Curriculum, visit our website at www.waysidewaifs.org/nmb