Mar 25 2011

The Price of Love

Tobasco

Tobasco

The best things in life are free!  We’ve all heard it before, right?  And, certainly, as we all know, there is definitely some truth in that.  The beauty of a sunset, a smile given and a smile received, the light tickle on your skin as a butterfly lands gently on your arm.  All are free and likely enjoyed by most.  And, love, it seems, is something that should also be free.  But, when it comes to our pets, what is the price we must pay for that love? 

We can talk dollars, of course.  Many sources estimate that the average cost of owning a cat or dog can be up to $3,000.00 a year.  That’s probably a bit high, but whatever the financial cost, animal lovers everywhere are willing to pay that price, in order to give a loving home to one (or more) of our furry friends.  And when we do, we find that the happiness we come to know through their companionship and unconditional love far outweighs any financial cost we may incur along the way.  But what about the emotional price that we must ultimately pay for that love?  At some point in time, we will all hear the dreaded news from our veterinarian that our beloved pet has an illness that he or she is not going to survive.  And, eventually we all must say goodbye. 

And so, with heavy hearts we reluctantly pay that emotional price for their love; and we grieve.  Our tears can not wash away the pain and the emptiness we feel over the loss of a pet, but they will come anyway.  But, eventually the crying will cease, and once it does we can look peacefully and affectionately into our heart, and cling to all of the wonderful memories of their life with us that we hold so dear.  And someday, (and the appropriate time is different for everyone) we will once again bring another furry friend into our home, and we will love them just as much, though never exactly the same. 

It always saddens me after someone loses a pet to hear them say that they are not going to adopt another one because it hurts too much when they have to say goodbye, because these are exactly the kinds of people who make the best pet owners!  Each time I step into the shelter and see the sad and lonely eyes of an animal pleading for someone to come and take them home it is my hope that someone like this will reconsider and come to their rescue.  Whenever my heart has been breaking over the loss of a beloved pet, somehow I still know that I have to look beyond my grief to see the others longing for rescue, and open my heart to another in need.  One my biggest fears is getting to a point in life where, either for reasons of health or age, I will no longer be in the position of having pets of my own.  Just the thought of the emptiness that would bring to my life concerns me more than loss of life itself.  Because of my pets, my life is richer, fuller and more blessed than I could ever have imagined.  Yes, my heart breaks every time I must say goodbye, but I wouldn’t trade the joy of their life with me for anything, even if it could erase the pain of their passing.  Right now there are many who await me at that beautiful Rainbow Bridge, and someday, when the time is right, I will see them all again, and then we will all cross over that bridge, happily together, once again….. forever. 

***If you are grieving over the loss of a pet and are unable to cope with the loss, please seek out a grief counselor or a pet grief support group in your area. 

Written by Karen Brown
In Memory of Tabasco
1992 – August 16, 2010


Mar 17 2011

Psst…have you heard about Best Friends?

It’s no secret, of course, but it’s new so not many people know about it yet. 

If you’ve been following us lately, you know that there are more dogs and cats than ever in need of help. Nadia is just one of many. She came to us from a puppy mill, completely lacking in basic skills and terrified of everything. And there are so many more like her.  

Eventually we want them all to find loving homes. But until then, they need a lot of help. Good medical care, a comfortable place to stay, healthy food, fun toys, warm beds, and plenty of one-to-one assistance. 

That takes time and, honestly, it costs a lot too. Every second and every cent is worth it. 

But to help us continue providing the best care, no matter what the effort or the cost, we started the Best Friends monthly giving program. People like you join the family and through affordable monthly contributions, help us provide ongoing (and outstanding) support to thousands of animals every year. Be a part of that and you’ll be helping us perform those spay and neuter surgeries, take care of those nasty fleas and ticks, buy those squeaky toys and comfy beds, and keep those food bowls full. You’ll be helping us give dogs like Nadia a second chance. 

As our way of saying thanks for being a part of the Best Friends family, we’ll send you our monthly eNewsletter, The Fire Hydrant, filled with great stuff, including a discount code you can use at our retail store, Whiskers and Wags. There will be other howlin’ good offers throughout the year, too, just to remind you how much we appreciate your ongoing support. 

We hope you will consider joining the Best Friends family right now so we can keep doing great work for the dogs and cats who need us. It doesn’t take much each month to make a big difference. To get started, sign up now

Thanks for being a part of our important work and making dreams come true.

Written by Marla Svoboda
Vice President Marketing & Development at Wayside Waifs


Mar 4 2011

Meet Harlan!


Looking for an adorable dog?  Looking for a dog that not only can act like a puppy at the age of 3, but also has grown up doggie manners, too?  Hi, I’m Harlen, and I’m a 43 pound, young, handsome and very energetic black lab mix searching for my forever home.  I was a lottery winner awhile back, when Wayside decided to find someone that was willing to foster me.  I have a great foster dad who loves having me in his life, but he also so wants me to find my forever home.

Let’s get a few things out on the table right now.  I’m housebroken, I’m very friendly and playful, I’m a cuddly teddy bear, and I’m never crated in the house – I stay alone (well, with my foster brother) all day while my dad is at work.  We’ve got a doggie door to let ourselves out to the back yard whenever we need to during the day.  The back yard is fenced in (3-4 foot chain link), and I haven’t even attempted to jump.  Life is too sweet where I am!  My foster brother is a 60 pound 5 year old border collie mix.  I just love to play, and I like to spend my time trying to get him to play with me.   I’ll bounce around in front of him, play bowing, waggin’ my tail, hoping against hope that he will want to spend time wrestling around with me.    I would do the same thing with your dog probably, so it would be great if you had a doggie pal that loves to play, too.

I get to the off leash park for exercise when the weather is nice.  I love to race around and burn off that extra lab energy that I have stored up inside.  At night,  I love to follow my foster dad around and spend as much time with him as possible.  Once we get to cuddle time, well, it is like a little slice of heaven.   I also give lots of doggie kisses, and I’m not the least bit bashful about bestowing my licks on you.  When it is time for bed, I like to sleep on the floor next to his bed each night knowing that he is close by, and if he needs me, I’ll be there for him.

The perfect home for me would be one that has older kids and/or adults who are active and want to make their dog into a valued member of the family.   I would love to have daily walks or time at the off leash park.  Since I’m still young, getting exercise is important to me.  I would like to have plenty of rawhides and indestructible toys to chew on since as you probably know, labs love to chew!  I want a family that likes to cuddle, too, because I’m all about givin’ and receivin’ the love.  I’m a boy that just enjoys life, and I make everything fun.

Do I sound like the boy for you?  If so, please contact Wayside Waifs to ask about setting up a time to meet me.  Believe me, I think I’m worth the time.  I want my own family so much – I hope you will want me?

Love from Harlen


Mar 2 2011

A blog for the dogs…and kitty cats too

There are always plenty of dogs and cats who need help…and a home. 

In fact, lately we’ve had a growing number of dogs and cats in need of rescue. The thing is, providing good care and getting them placed in a loving home takes time and, well, it’s not cheap.

If you’ve been to the shelter you know that we do our best for every animal who comes through our doors. Watching them in action, it’s clear that our staff and volunteers are the best and it shows in the dogs and cats we rescue. They get medical care, vaccines, fun toys, comfortable beds, plenty of good food and play time. We do our best so they’re healthier, happier and ready to go when a loving family wants to take them home. 

To make sure we always have everything needed for their stay, we’ve started the Best Friends Monthly Giving program. When you join the Best Friends family, your monthly contributions will  provide ongoing support to the thousands of animals we save every year. You’ll help us perform spay and neuter surgeries, take care of those nasty fleas and ticks, buy squeaky toys and comfy beds, and keep all the  food bowls full. 

As our way of saying thanks for being a part of the Best Friends family, we’ll send you our monthly eNewsletter, The Fire Hydrant, filled with great stuff, including a discount code you can use at our retail store, Whiskers and Wags. There will be other howlin’ good offers throughout the year, too, just to remind you how much we appreciate your ongoing support. 

We hope you will consider joining the Best Friends family right now so we can keep doing great work for the dogs and cats who need us. It doesn’t take much each month to make a big difference. Sign up now to get started.  

Thanks for being a part of our important work and making dreams come true.

Written by Marla Svoboda
Vice President,
Marketing and Development at Wayside Waifs


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