Apr 30 2010

Meet Clint!

Clint is looking for his forever loving home!

Clint is looking for his forever loving home!

Do you know what it’s like to have a bad day?  I don’t, because I’ve never had one.  Do you ever get angry or mad at something that life throws your way?  No way, that’s not me.  Hi, I’m Clint, a super handsome, energetic, playful, crate trained, housebroken, and somewhat eccentric guy who wants very much to find his forever home. 

Yes, you must have noticed right off the bat that I’m a big, black dog, and some would consider that a strike against me.  Statistics show that big black dogs like me are usually the last to be adopted out from shelters.  In my case, I’ve been waiting in a shelter for my forever home for over a year now.  Yes, I said over a year now.  Sigh.  I’m not even two years old yet, so that means I’ve spent over half my life in a shelter.  Yep, I watch all my friends, one by one, go to happy, loving homes, families smiling as they leave the shelter and drive off with a new doggie friend to a new life.  I am left behind – waiting and watching for my forever family to come for me.  A normal dog would be stressed or even depressed by all the time that has passed – but not me, no way.  Patient, resilient – a survivor – yep, that’s a good way to describe me.

I do have one very special friend who takes good care of me at Wayside.  He spends time with me nearly every day teaching me proper dog etiquette – something that sadly no one else in my entire life has ever done for me.  I’m really a smart guy, I just need some positive reinforcement, training, encouragement and structure in my life, and someone to understand me and let me know the right way to do things.  I don’t instantly bond with people, and I’m sure that can be a big reason why I’m still at Wayside.  I certainly know that some adopters really want that immediate connection, love at first sight, well, that fireworks display when they meet their new dog in a play yard at the shelter.  Meet and greets usually last only a few minutes, and I’m probably not likely to instantly bond with you during one.  I take awhile to warm up and get to know you.  Would that make you not want me?  Would you give up on me at that moment?  I hope not.  Developing a special relationship is something that we can work on together – forging a friendship that will last a lifetime.  It can take a little time, that’s all.

My special friend has taught me to walk perfectly on a leash (check out my video to see me).  I used to be pretty barky too, but my friend has helped me figure out that barking can annoy you humans, so he just tells me to knock it off.  I also do great inside a home – my foster families have said that inside the house I’m so, so good….quiet, friendly, housebroken, and well, just perfect.  My friend has helped me to understand just how wonderful the touch of a human’s hand can be – rubbing my belly, stroking my head, scratching my ears.  I just didn’t have enough of that before I came to Wayside, and it is nice to learn all about love.

What do I need to be a forever dog for the right family?  I need a 6 foot fence, and I would be happiest if I had a doggie play buddy – someone young and exuberant about life like me.  Wrestling and playing is great exercise.  I would love some toys to play with, and if you like to go to the lake or you have a baby pool in your backyard, I’m a black lab for pete’s sake – we love water!  If I could have some belly rubs or ear scratches before bed, that would make my day.  My special friend thinks that I should ask for a home with just a single guy with another dog – but my human gal pals at Wayside think I’d love to have a woman in the picture too! 

Ok, I’m not a dog that just anybody would want to have in his or her life.  I’m very special – different and unique – and I need someone special to understand that and give me a chance at a life outside of a shelter environment.  My good friend knows all my quirks and my eccentricities, and he can tell you all about me – if you would just call him or email him.

I have been so patient here at Wayside, every day waiting and watching for my forever family to come.  I am so quiet in my kennel, and rarely does anyone stop to take a second look at me – or to share a hello.  For you humans, you would say it makes you feel invisible or insignificant in this world.  I’m just a big black dog from Clinton that has had to spend way too much time in a shelter.  What is so special about me you ask?  Why pick me to be your dog?  Because I don’t want to be invisible anymore – I don’t want to be passed over – I want to be like all the other dogs that have left Wayside and have never had to come back.  I just want a home of my own.   That’s all any of us want.

Can’t you see me here, patiently lying on the shelter floor, looking up at you?  Would you look into my eyes and think about whether or not your home could be my forever home?  I will be here at Wayside – hoping you will come for me soon.

Love from Clint

Apr 23 2010

Barnaby’s Fight For Life



Tell me, who could resist this face? We couldn’t either… Meet Barnaby, a 10 month old Leonberger Mix who truly has a heart of gold! Barnaby was transferred to Wayside Waifs on April 15, 2010 from a local Kansas City shelter, as he was out of time at their facility and was in danger of being euthanized. On his second day with us, Barnaby became very ill and had to be transferred to an emergency hospital for intensive medical treatment. He’s been at the emergency hospital since April 17,2010, and will likely be there for another four days. 

Barnaby has a very serious viral infection called parvo, which is treatable, but it is very costly to do so. Parvo primarily impacts young dogs and causes symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, a lack of interest in eating, and lethargy. Poor Barnaby has been very sick!  While treatment is often successful, parvo can be very unpredictable and there are never any guarantees. Given the fact that he’s a large dog, the treatment to make him healthy again is financially more than we anticipated. However, Barnaby is worth it! At this point, we are doing everything possible to save Barnaby’s life and give him a fighting chance. He has been on IV fluids and antibiotics, he has had several blood tests performed, x-rays, and has had to be force fed to receive adequate nutrition. To date, the expense to treat Barnaby has been $3650. He is definitely making progress, but he is still very ill. He will require continued intensive care for the next four days and that comes with a price tag of an additional $2500.   

Once Barnaby has been released from treatment, which we anticipate to be in four days, he will move into one of Wayside Waifs’s great foster homes for a couple of weeks. After his two week foster stay, Barnaby will be looking for his new, forever family! Could that be you?

Help us to continue to help Barnaby by making a donation towards his extensive and costly medical care.  Thank you for all you do to support Wayside Waifs – you help us to save lives!   Simply click on the donate button, choose honor/memorial, and in the space provided, type in Barnaby.

Please keep Barnaby in your thoughts and prayers and we will keep you updated on his progress.  


Written By Courtney Thomas
Director of Operations at Wayside Waifs

Apr 22 2010

Brownie & Sue Find Their Forever Family

An Adoptathon Tail...

An Adoptathon Tail...

How long does it take to fall in love?  On a day between one and one hundred sixteen, Wayside fell hard for two wonderful dogs. During the four months these two were with us, Wayside volunteers and staff would walk, snuggle, brush, feed, talk to and on different days for each of us, fall in love with, Brownie and Sue.   They came to Wayside Waifs just before Christmas, two senior sisters, each about 10 years old.  They are lovely, smaller, mix-breed dogs with gentle, soft personalities.  Brownie and Sue spent many afternoons in the Wayside Adoptions Center patiently waiting for their own family to come along while 1052 other dogs found their forever homes.  They had a tail wag for everyone but despite the love their friends at Wayside gave them, more than anything, they wanted a home of their own.  

The magic that happens for all adoptable animals who come to Wayside Waifs started when Brownie and Sue made their appearance on channel 5 one Saturday morning.  Their new mom (she didn’t know she was to be their mom at the time) saw them and her heart opened.  It had been awhile since they’d had a dog, the loss of their last dog was still painful, were these two dogs meant to be part of the family?  

Her second encounter with Brownie and Sue happened on the family’s drive to the Royals game Saturday afternoon.  106.5 The Wolf was doing a live remote from Wayside Waifs for the semi-annual Adoptathon.   Wes (one of the Wolf’s Jocks) spoke about the generous volunteer who was sponsoring the adoption of Brownie and Sue and for Susie (their new mom) it was truly a sign.  She and her husband spent most of the game talking about adopting these two dogs; what would it mean to bring home two senior dogs, how long would it take for Brownie and Sue to become members of their new family?  

The answer is instantly!  It was love at first sight and life for both the two and four legged members of this family has been great.  Susie says that people do question their reasoning behind adopting two senior dogs but she tells them that it’s not Brownie and Sue who are the lucky ones.  For Susie and her husband, the unconditional love given by these two sweet souls is proof enough that nobody is ever too old for new love. 

Written by Barbara Poe
Adoption Program Manager at Wayside Waifs

Apr 17 2010

Meet Butterscotch!

Buttescotch Is Sweeter Than Candy

Buttescotch Is Sweeter Than Candy

Hi, I’m Butterscotch! I came into Wayside after a nice lady found me and brought me here. The nice lady is actually one of Wayside’s foster parents, so she knew just the right place to bring me. I love it here! Everybody is super nice and happy to give me a scratch under the chin! But, I know this isn’t my home, and you know what they say about the fact that “there is no place like home,” right? That’s how I feel.

So in case you are wondering, there isn’t anything wrong with my eyes even though my website photo looks a bit funny. I didn’t like the clicking noise the camera was making, and I kept flinching when those silly people were trying to take my picture. I guess I’m a little camera shy, but I’m not shy at all in real life. I love to give kitty kisses and have you scratch me all over. I’m hoping my forever family comes down to Wayside to meet me soon! I can’t wait to get our lives together started.    

Posted by Trish Stinger
Web Marketing Manager at Wayside Waifs

Apr 16 2010

Don’t Miss These Tail Waggin’ Events Benefiting Wayside!

Meowza, do we have a busy spring!  Our event calendar is jam-packed with incredible events, all benefiting Wayside Waifs.  If you are looking for something fun to do in the coming weeks, we hope to see you at some of our fantastic upcoming events.  Check out this list, and get involved with us!

This weekend, April 17 &18, Wayside Waifs will be at the 2010 Pet Expo at the American Royal Complex.  We’ll have adorable puppies and foster dogs available for adoption, and you can check out our mobile adoption unit!  You’ll find us in Hale Arena, right by the Dock Diving Dogs!  If you have a pet, don’t miss the Pet Expo!  Wayside Waifs will receive a portion of the proceeds from the ticket sales.

On May 1st & 2nd Wayside Waifs will be part of the Spring Races at Kansas Speedway!  Our adorable Waifs will be hanging out at the track before the Indy Car race on Saturday and the Truck races on Sunday.  Stop by our mobile adoption unit and take home your new best friend!

Feeling groovy?  Ready to do the hustle and raise money for Wayside?  Don’t miss “Caturday Night Fever:  A Disco Fur Ball” May 8th at the Overland Park Convention Center.  Break out your 70s leisure suits and platform shoes… because this will be a night of dancing on the hottest new dance floor in Kansas City… and you’ll be the first to try it!  Our live & silent auctions are loaded with the hottest must-have items of the year!  You’ll also be treated to a delicious gourmet dinner… and you’ll have an opportunity to cuddle up with the cutest puppies you’ve ever seen.  Tickets and sponsorships are still available, but going fast!  For more information check out www.waysidewaifs.org/furball

Get your poker buddies ready for this big event: Gail’s Harley-Davidson’s Putt For Mutts Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament benefiting Wayside.  The tourney will be held in a huge tent at Gail’s.  Buy-in is just $35 and table sponsorships are available as well.  Great prizes will be up for grabs all night… and of course our Waifs will be there too!  The action starts Friday, May 14th at 7 p.m.

Think your dog has what it takes to be “Best in Show?”  Join us for the 1st Annual Crestwood Dog Show.  This great family event will be hosted by Fox 4 Meteorologist Karli Ritter and judged by some well-known Kansas Citians.  Prizes will be awarded for the “Most Wonderful Dog” small, medium and large categories.   “Best Costume” and “Best in Show” ribbons are also up for grabs.  Registration is only $10.  The Show will be held on May 15th from 9 a.m. to Noon right outside Aixois restaurant at 55th & Brookside Boulevard.

On Sunday, May 23rd, bring your dog to Westwood Park for the annual Vinca’s Dog Day in the Park, hosted by Boozefish Wine Bar.  Proceeds from the celebration will benefit Wayside Waifs and the Humane Society of Greater Kansas City.

Live in the Northland?  We’re coming to your next of the woods on June 5th!  Our mobile adoption unit will be part of the Arts Festival in Liberty.  Stop by and visit us!

A week later, on June 12th, The Phoenix is hosting a Jazz Brunch, to raise money for our Waifs.  Enjoy the dazzling vocals of Valerie Price and a delicious brunch menu!  There will also be a special Beer Garden, where you can mingle with our Waifs and enjoy the music.

Then June 19th we’ll be in the River Market for the 3rd Annual Delaware Street Dog Parade, the shortest parade in history.  Prizes will be awarded for the best dressed dogs!

And save the date for these wonderful Fall events:  

September 25:  20th Annual Strutt With Your Mutt
October 3rd:  Bark at the K
October 9th:  Kicks for K-9’s

For information about any of these upcoming events please contact Ashlee Parker, Communications Manager, at 816-986-4417 or aparker@waysidewaifs.org

Apr 9 2010

Two Dogs, Two People, 10 Legs

Lance has always loved Brittanys.  His wife Paula is more drawn to Labs.  Lance and Paula enjoyed more than fourteen years with their beloved lab, Midnight*  and their Brittany, Stella*, but they had known for months that it wouldn’t be much longer for the two dogs who loved each other, and their humans, so very much.  That dreaded time came and they lost both of their babies. 

Enter Wayside Waifs.  Lance was perusing www.waysidewaifs.org and saw the CUTEST Brittany named Alex.  Alex had all the beautiful markings and characteristics of a Brittany that Lance loved, and so he coaxed Paula to come to Wayside today during our 3rdAnnual Adoptathon- an event extravaganza sponsored by 106.5 The Wolf wherein all animals at Wayside Waifs go home for half the adoption price.   

It was love at first sight for Lance and Alex.  One catch, though, when Alex was first brought to Wayside as a stray found in Raymore, she had a severe injury on her foot.  Due to neglect, the injury did not heal well and could cause further harm if the limb was not removed.  So the Wayside vets went to work, and now Alex is a cute, cuddly, healthy 3-legged Brittany who found a new home today. 

But the story doesn’t end here.  While Lance was bonding with Brittany Alex, a black Lab named Lou caught the eye of his wife Paula.  Lou is a one year old who came to Wayside after a terrible run in with a car.  The good vets here at Wayside Waifs acted swiftly to save Lou’s life.  But they could not save Lou’s leg. 

You’ve probably guessed the end of this story. Lance and Paula now have two new forever friends- Lance adopted 3-legged Alex, and Paula adopted 3-legged Lou.  Sometimes, love is a four three legged word.

Written by Marla Svoboda
Director of Development at Wayside Waifs

(* names changed)

Apr 7 2010

Tails Are Waggin’ For The 3rd Annual Spring Adoptathon!

Riley is one of the hundreds of animals looking for a forever loving home!

Riley is one of the hundreds of animals looking for a forever loving home!

106.5 The Wolf and Wayside Waifs are proud to present the 3rd Annual Spring Adoptathon!  On April 9, 10 & 11, all adoptions will be half price!  This is the 3rd year for the Adoptathon and its always a tail waggin’ good time.  Last Fall, we sent home over 200 animals to new fur-ever loving homes and we are hoping to do it again!  

Wayside Waifs has hundreds of dogs, puppies, cats, kittens and small mammals in our shelter and 106.5 The Wolf will be broadcasting live all weekend to help our furry friends find their new families. 
We will be closed on Thursday, April 8th to get all of our waifs ready for adoption but will re-open Friday, April 9th at 6 am.  We will also be giving away passes to the upcoming movie “The Back-Up Plan”, starring Jennifer Lopez. 

“There is an incredible selection of animals in our shelter, people will see unique breeds they may have never seen before,” said Ashlee Parker, Communications Manager at Wayside Waifs.  “If you are looking to adopt, now is a great time to come to Wayside Waifs.”

Here are our special Adoptathon hours:
Friday, April 9th   6 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 10th   8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, April 11th   Noon – 6 p.m.

Written by Trish Stinger
Web Marketing Manager at Wayside Waifs

Apr 2 2010

What’s In A Nickname?

Truman - aka The Littlest

Truman - aka The Littlest

My dog’s official name is Truman Buster Parker, but these days he answers to a much simpler moniker… “Littlest.”  I really can’t remember when I coined the nickname, but it stuck.  I admit it’s goofy and not very clever, but for some reason it fits him.  I’m pretty sure Truman likes his nickname because when I call him “Littlest” his little ears perk up and he prances over to me for some love. 

I don’t really remember when I started calling him the Littlest, but I guess it’s simply a shorter version of the long list of adjectives I spout off when praising Truman.  I make sure to tell him every day that he’s the smartest, prettiest, cutest, silliest, funniest, craziest, handsomest, littlest boy in the work.  A lot of people question it because Truman isn’t that little and he’s got a giant personality.  He’s a miniature schnauzer that tips the scale at 20 pounds on a good day.  He’s not even the smallest pet in my home, but he’s my little boy and that’s what makes him the Littlest.      

Truman is also know as The Trumanator, The Little General (because he’s always in charge), Trumie, True, Buster Brown and Truman Barker.  He answers to each one of them. 

I know I’m not alone in the pet nickname department.  My brother lovingly calls his Schnoodle, Sadie, Sader Tater Tot.  He’s even made up a silly song trumpeting his pet name for his pet.  My husband calls his cat Pumpkin Head because his head truly resembles a pumpkin.  My friend Jachin calls his dog Maddie-Pot-Pie.  Why?  Who knows.  Pet names are just little terms of endearment we use to express our love for our precious fur babies. 

What about you?  What silly or clever nicknames do you have for your pet?

Written by Ashlee Parker
Communications Relations Manager at Wayside Waifs

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