Jan 25 2011

Meet Jones!

Hi, I’m Jones, and I’m a 3 year old, housebroken, crate trained, smart as a whip black lab mix who is seeking his forever life with a loving family.  I currently am living in a foster home, and my foster mom recently updated Wayside with some of my antics.   I thought this would be a good time to share with the world all of my greatest attributes – and well, I guess I ought to share some of my weaker points as well.  It’s good to be honest.

First of all, I can’t thank Wayside enough for saving my life.  I was at another shelter, and my time was up there, but Wayside scooped me up at the last minute and whisked me to safety.  They found that I had an embedded collar in my neck which they had to surgically remove.  Then, the vets discovered that I had heartworms.  Well, all of this was pretty rough on me, because in all honesty, I’m a very energetic boy, and having to cut down on exercise while the heartworm treatment did its job, well, it was next to impossible for me.  I was so stressed out from being contained in that kennel, day after day, week after week.  It was just an awful experience.  When I did get out, about all I could do was jump up on people – I felt like I was having a nervous breakdown.  I couldn’t settle down, and that meant that no one could really connect with me at all.  Well, foster family to the rescue is all I can say!  I am having a spectacular time with my temporary family.
Most of my days consist of a pretty regular routine.  That is good news for a dog like me.   Some structure and consistency, daily mental stimulation, and daily physical exercise make for a very good Jones boy!  

I am lucky enough to live with two other dogs – an 8 year old pointer/lab mix named Sophie, and a 3 year old pointer terrier mix named Millie.  I LOVE these two ladies to death!  I can play chase and tug with Millie in a rough and tumble kind of way and for hours on end, but then I totally understand that Sophie doesn’t really want to play that way, so I’m much more gentle and soft when I play with her.  I’ve also met a bunch of other dogs in my travels, and I like all of them and play nicely.   I also go on two 30 minute walks each day, and I have lots of quality time to run around in a large, 4 foot high fenced in back yard.  

Since I’m lucky enough to be fostered by some DOG TRAINERS, I am learning so much!  I currently know sit, down, stay, come, off, give, take, no, let’s go, steady, and settle.  Whoa!  I’ve learned all this in just the past few weeks.  I am rather challenged by the game of fetch, though.  I just don’t always want to bring the toy back, and yes, that is the whole point of the game, I know.  Awww, cut me some slack, ok?  Some of the fun of the game is to have you begging me over and over again to give you the toy, and I can keep running around in circles throwing it up in the air and ignoring you!  Hey, it is all in the name of fun!

I like to sleep in my crate at night, and I’m just fine if I’m left in my crate for a few hours each day.  Hey, pay close attention to what I’m tellin’ you about me right now.  I’m fine in it for awhile during the day; however, I would not  be a happy dog if you left me there all day long.  So, if you have a job that keeps you away all day, I would not be the dog pal for you.  I would really appreciate it too if you had another dog at home.  I get so jazzed having a pal around, and hey, you might be thinking of another dog right now because you have a dog that needs a friend.  Well, you’ve got a friend in me.  Yes indeed.

I do love to chew on things, so if you don’t have any indestructible chew toys or rawhides or something good like that, you might lose some of your more interesting items if you leave me to my own devices.  Hey, you people really need to understand us dogs.  A lot of us, especially younger dogs, well, we need something to do each day.  Don’t you do things all day long?  If you were expected to just sit around not doing anything and not touching anything day after day after day, maybe you would start chewing on a chair leg, too!  Seriously, I am an active boy, so I need a lot of activity so that I am a good boy, too!  Some of my favorite toys include kongs stuffed with just about anything, rope toys are great fun, and sometimes I like to have my food fed to me from a ‘wobbler’.  That really keeps my busy and active while I eat my food – and I share with my buddies as the food bits come flying out.   

Probably the one biggest thing I’ve learned in my foster home is the joy of snuggling with a human.  At Wayside, I was always so stressed and hyper living in that environment, it was really hard to get my body and my mind to settle down and enjoy what I now consider to be one of the finer things in life.  But in my foster home, I get a chance each and every night to sit in the ‘snuggle chair’ with my Foster Mom.  I usually pick up a toy on the way, I hop up, and I will lie in her lap iand chew while she strokes and pets me all over. My Foster Mom talks softly to me about things that happened during the day, and I love to look into her eyes and listen to every word.  I don’t pretend to understand her, but I know what a super great feeling I can get from someone being close to me, cuddling and loving me.  I never had this kind of experience in my life previously, so it is actually something that a dog like me needs to get used to.  Believe me, I now know what it is like to be loved.

I think if I could be lucky enough to find the perfect home for me, it would a home with an active family.  I’d love to take regular walks or go running each day, and even hiking might be a good thing to try.  I really would love to have another active dog that likes to play a lot.  I’ve decided that dogs and people are tied as my favorite things in life (ok, toys are in there, too!), so I’d really rather not spend a lot of time by myself.  I really wouldn’t be happy, and I don’t think you would be, either.  I am still at the stage in my life where I am mastering the fine art of doggie etiquette.  Sometimes my joie de vivre and youthful exuberance can get me into trouble.  I still get a little jumpy sometimes, so I could knock down children very easily – not on purpose, mind you, just because I get easily excited around new people.

I so want to find my forever family – are you out there looking for me?  I keep dreaming that someone will come.   I have mastered so much of life and love these past few weeks with my foster familly, and I now know how much I want to share my love with my human friends.  Do I sound like the dog for you?  If so, please contact Wayside to set up a time to meet me, ok?  

Love from Jones

Jan 14 2011

A Story of Inspiration

His ribs were clearly visible, his breath was shallow, he had punctured infected wounds on one side of his skull, an ear was missing, and so was half of his face. This was the result of being a bait dog. A bait dog is used to help train fighter dogs how to fight and kill their opponent. Oogy was found during a raid on a house suspected of drug activity. From his personality, you would never be able to tell that he came from the horrible conditions that he did. His face tells a different story though. 

I came across “Oogy: the dog only a family could love” by Larry Levin when I was browsing through my local bookstore. The animal lover in me, as well as the pitbull advocate, immediately forced my hand to grab the book and throw my money at the closest bookstore employee. As I read through the pages I realized the book wasn’t so much an advocacy book, as I had originally thought. It was a book about the act of kindness, the selflessness of adoption, and the power of love. 

Oogy “picked” his owners; it was not the other way around. Levin’s family was in the vet’s office, having to put their cat to sleep due to old age, when Oogy came barreling out of the door and rammed into the closest family member he could get to. The love was instantaneous. 

To the Levin’s, Oogy was a dog who needed a home; the thought that he may have behavior or physical issues due to his past never crossed their mind. “We met and fell completely and instantaneously in love with a dog who had had unimaginable horror inflicted upon him…And in our naïveté, we did not know that we might not be able to do what we did; that the odds were very much against allowing us to take an abused fighting dog and help him unlock the love in his heart for all living creatures”. Oogy has never met a person, or animal, that he has disliked. 

Overall, this book was a good read just for the hope it shined. Wayside see’s its fair share of horrible cases and has to deal with the end result of an animal being mistreated. Although we are very fortunate to have the resources to save most of these animals, there are some that are not within our reach. It’s nice to read a story that reminds me of why I invest my time and passion into my profession; to save the lives of animals and give them a life worth living. Books like this remind me of Waysides success stories: Chance, the boxer mix who came to us with a hunting arrow sticking out of his leg and his leg had to be amputated is now in a wonderful home; Squeakers, the little kitten who won over the heart of a staff member who refused to give up hope, put together a fundraiser for his medical issues, and placed him in a wonderful home; And of course, my personal favorite, Hot Pocket, the pit-bull mix who I thought would never get over all of her medical conditions is now thriving at 55lbs in her new home. 

If Oogy can teach us one thing it’s the act of forgiveness and perseverance. He overcame overwhelming obstacles and is able to run around with other dogs at the park and live life to the fullest. He loves with abandonment and trusts his people beyond measure. Like most dogs, he is loyal to his family. Even though his face tells a different story, he is finally in a home that loves and cares for him and will never allow harm to come near him again.

Written By Alyssa Willet
Adoptions Supervisor at Wayside Waifs

Jan 10 2011

Keeping Your Waifs Safe & Warm This Winter

Until now, let’s face it- we have been spoiled!  But finally “old man winter” has delivered a wintery blast and its time for humans to dig out their snow boots and ice scrapers.  It’s also time to think about keeping our pets safe during these snowy arctic cold days.  Here are some tips to keeping your pets safe.

1.  Keep your pets inside.  Limit your pets outside time for bathroom breaks when temperatures start to tumble.  If its too cold for you, it’s defintely too cold for your pet.  If your pet is normally outside, move them to a sheltered garage or heated dog house, away from the wind.     

2. Outdoor cats have been known to find refuge underneath the hoods of cars.  When the car is started, the cat could become injured or even killed by moving parts of the engine.  If you have an outdoor cat, honk the horn before starting the car to give the cat a chance to escape.

3.  Keep your dog on a leash in the winter weather.  Pets can lose their scent in the snow and ice and find refuge in unfamiliar places.  This is also a good opportunity to check your dog or cats id tag to make sure they have the most current contact information in case your pet becomes lost or stolen.  We also recommend mircrochipping your pet.  More dogs are lost during the winter than any other time of the year.

4.  When getting your pet groomed, don’t have them shaved down to the skin.  A longer coat provides more warmth.  Bathing your dog?  Be sure to completely dry them before taking them out for a walk.  For short-haired breeds, put them in a warm sweater with a high collar that gives the pet coverage from the base of their tail to the belly.  

5.  Make sure to keep a dry towel near the door when you bring in your dogs from being outside.  Thoroughly dry their paws, legs and belly.  They can pick up bits of salt, antifreeze and other lethal chemicals from being outside.  It can also be painful for the animal to have shards of ice in their fur.   A dogs paws can actually bleed from encrusted ice.  This is also a good opportunity to give them some extra love and praise them for good outdoor behavior.

6.  Never leave your pet alone in a vehicle.  The vehicle can act as a refridgerator, keeping the cold inside and causing your pet to freeze to death. 

7.  If your pet spends a lot of time playing outside, increase his food supply.  Make sure to include extra protein to help keep his fur in great shape.

8.  Coolant and antifreeze are lethal for cats and dogs.  If you have any spills in your garage or driveway make sure to clean them thoroughly.  Stay away from product s that use ethylene glycol.  If your pet should ingest any of these products, call your veterinarian immediately.

9.  Rock salt is also dangerous for pets.  “Safe Paw” is pet safe ice melt is available for sale at Wayside Waifs and is safe for pets.  Wayside sells “Safe Paw” for about $3 less than most retail stores.   

10.  Give your pet a warm place to sleep.  Make sure beds are located away from doors and drafts.  Warm blankets or a large pillow is great. 

Written by Trish Stinger
Web Marketing Manager at Wayside Waifs

Jan 3 2011

Meet Sonic!

Oh my, you really must meet me in person to see just how adorable I am! But I’m so much more than a handsome face….I am athletic, fun, happy, fast, soft, wiggly, and smart. And more than that even, but let me take a step back and start at the beginning. My name is Sonic and I am a 25 pound, eight month old Border Collie/Australian Cattle Dog mix. I am mostly housetrained, although it’s been rough for me getting into a routine, so I may need a refresher course when you get me home. And I am searching for my one true forever home to offer me the life I need and deserve.

My life so far has been a whirlwind of activity, which is tough, since I’m not even a year old yet! But I’m a survivor and I will get through this “homeless” period and I will be stronger for it. I don’t remember much from my days as a young pup, but I don’t remember feeling safe and loved. And then one day a few months ago, I showed up as a stray on a farm. The people who lived there were awesome! They cared for me, got me vaccinated, had me neutered, and made me feel loved. But I didn’t really get along with their resident dog…he was grumpy and didn’t like young pups in his space….so they did what was best for me and brought me to Wayside to get my second chance at a good life.

My farm family loved me and said I was a sweet boy with lots of love to give. Like I mentioned earlier, I’m very athletic and if I was part of an Olympic team, I’d want to be a high jumper. Yes, I can jump! Four foot fences are no match for me, I can jump them, no problem. So I’m looking for a six foot fence or higher in my new home. When I was left out alone, sometimes I got bored and created new games, like the “Digging to China” game or the “Car Chase” game. Life is a true adventure with me, and since I’m so smart, it’s best to keep me busy, so that I don’t get bored and find trouble. I’m very high energy and active, so am looking for the same in my new family. I would prefer a family without cats or small children.

The staff here at Wayside think I would be the perfect candidate for training classes. I’m super smart, I’m very motivated by doggie treats, and I’d love nothing more than to bond with you from the very start. So do you think maybe we could do that? Training classes? What do you think?

I like to spend my time here at Wayside hanging out with the volunteers. They take me to the dog park and watch me go! I am the fastest, most athletic dog around and I love, love, love to chase after tennis balls! Wait til you see me perform. My speed and jumping ability is sure to bring a smile to your face. And I would be a wonderful, fantastic, fabulous running partner. Are you maybe looking for a jogging partner? What do you think about that?

Hopefully you can appreciate me for who I am. I have a zest for life that few can match and I’d be so happy to share it with you! I’m fun, fast, friendly, energetic, soft, and happy. Just an all around great dog with a beautiful life ahead of me. Would you like to share the adventure of life with me? Please?
Love, Sonic

Sonic is currently in a foster home. If you are interested in meeting him, please contact Wayside Waifs Adoptions at 816-986-4426 to arrange a time to meet.

Posted by Trish Stinger
Web Marketing Manager at Wayside Waifs

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