Meet Dale

Dale is looking for his forever home

Dale is looking for his forever home

Where to begin my story – gosh, that is hard for me to figure out.  Hi, my name is Dale, and I’m a 3 year old super handsome and very housebroken lab mix who is loving, sweet natured, and definitely in need of a very special home with a very special family.  My original family adopted me almost 3 years ago, when I was still a little puppy.  As it turns out, I grew into a big, goofy, lovable dog, and definitely a guy that needs daily exercise, lots of interaction with my family, and plenty of playtime – hey, I’m a lab, doesn’t that just say it all?    I also need lots of lovin’ and affection, just like any dog wants to have.  At my old home, somehow as the time passed, I started spending more and more time in my kennel in the garage.  It wasn’t that they didn’t love me, they just didn’t have the time and inclination to work with me.  So I got stuck out there with the other family dogs, but far away from a normal life and love from you humans.   I’m so grateful that they decided to surrender me to Wayside so that I could find a new and better life for me- the kind of life that every dog dreams of having. 

I didn’t do well in the shelter environment at Wayside at all.  I was scared in my kennel, and unsure and afraid of all the people walking by and staring at me.  I was lucky enough to get into a foster home where my new family has been nurturing, loving, and ever so patient at giving me a chance to grow into my own.  I’m starting to figure out this life that I have now!  It is awesome to feel a part of something and to have some doggie friends to play with and some structure and well, lots of love.  When I first arrived, I was a little crazy, running around, jumping on everything, so enthusiastic yet unsure of how I was supposed to act.  I guess I was so excited to be out of the shelter, I just had to show how happy I was.  After I calmed down, my new family started to figure out more about my personality – and my fears.  Maybe we should call my fears phobias instead.  Foster Mom knew that I was different right away because I was scared to death of the TV.  I would do anything to get away from it.  My foster mom says that she thinks my fears are really about anything that moves or moves fast.  Loud and sudden (hair dryers, lawn mowers, door slams) noises make me so frightened that I have to run and hide.   Yes, a big boy like me, afraid of my own shadow sometimes.  However, the more I am around these sounds and noises – and that darn TV – I am getting used to them.  

A typical weekday for me includes some early morning playtime with her other dogs, then I go happily in my crate for some rest time.  My foster mom comes back at lunch, and we get out again and play and romp around for awhile.  Then it is back to relaxing until she comes home in the late afternoon.  When I say I play with other dogs, well, there are 3 –  two female and one male.  One is pretty lazy, and the others like to run around and act silly like I do.  When I joined the pack, I just so easily fit in.  I understood the natural order immediately, and I never do any boat rocking at all.  My foster mom says that I’m just a natural around other dogs.  I even spend time at Man’s Best Friend Pet Resort when my family is out of town, and they they I’m about the greatest dog in the world around other dogs.  I love everyone, and I can ‘read’ other dogs and their cues so well.  I make every dog comfortable.   I really, really want to go home with one, ok?  Another dog helps me with my confidence boosting. 

I easily stay in their back yard, and she said that she doesn’t see me jumping fences or anything like that ever again.  My greatest joy in the back yard is having my foster mom out there with me – and the other dogs, too.  When everyone is there, I’m happy as a clam.  If she goes inside, I want to follow her and be by her side.  I also really love toys – any kind of toy makes me happy.  Have you heard of the Kong Wobbler toy?  You can feed me from this toy, and it takes a long time for us dogs to find the food inside.  It is just a nice way to keep busy and get my meal!  I also love peanut butter and rawhide treats.  My foster mom says that in order to help me get used to the TV, she will give me a rawhide to chew on, and once I start chewing, I forget that I’m afraid of that doggone TV.  I can stay in the room with a show on and not get as anxious anymore.  

Besides having a great sit, I also love to play a good game of F-E-T-C-H!  You can see me playing in the park in my video.   I would be a good dog to take to the off leash park since I really do love other doggies, and I like meeting new friends.  We could play fetch in the park, too – wouldn’t you like to do that with me?

My foster mom thinks sometimes that I act more like I came from a puppy mill than from someone’s home.  My fears and phobias are typical of a puppy mill dog – afraid of sudden movement, fearful around new things and worried about the big, wide wonderful world that we live in.  I need a family who can understand that.   I look like I’m a big lion, but I’m I really act more like a little scared lamb.  I’m getting so much better, and learning so much about life.  I need a family who wants to give me the time and the chance to learn something about life and be all that I can be.  I want to be a big part of your world, and since I like to have people around me, I would love it if someone was home more often during the day.  I want to be a big and loving part of your life. 

Can you imagine how much fun it would be to show me about life and love, and allow me to blossom?   You can see the world through my eyes – it may give you a whole new perspective on life.  It may take me a little while to warm up and be the boy that I can be, but if you love me, you’ll give me that chance.  I guess you are asking yourself why you should adopt me.  I would be doing that too, if I were you.  I guess the best thing to say to you is that you would be giving a dog like me a chance at a normal and wonderful life.  You would give me a place in this world that I really haven’t had a chance to find yet.  You would rescue me – yes, truly rescue me.  It might be hard sometimes to find your way with me.  It might be hard to be as patient as you’d like to be with me all the time.  I understand all that, and I promise you that I will try my hardest to be the best dog I can be, and I promise to keep learning every single day from you – just like I’ve been doing.  I expect that you will find such a reward every day in helping me grow, I think you will feel blessed.  I am loved so strongly by my foster mom, and she protects me and feels so good that she is helping such a sweet dog find his way in the world.   I’m willing to keep trying and keep growing.  I hope that you will find that giving me a chance was the best decision you ever made in your life.  I think I’d be worth it, I really, truly do. 

Love from Dale

Dale 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.


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