Sep 24 2013

Meet Brownie!


**Brownie is currently staying in a foster home.  If you’d like to schedule a time to meet him, please call Wayside Adoptions at (816)986-4426.  And be sure to check out his video too,   Thank you!**

Hi there!  I’m Brownie, a smart, playful, sweet, and handsome dog who needs a new home.  Sounds simple enough, right?  Well, I wish it could happen for me just by hoping.  I have quite a fan club out at Wayside, and they’re all pulling for me, telling me to keep the faith, reminding me what a great dog I am.  Yet here I sit, waiting.  It’s hard not to feel sorry for myself, wondering why no one wants me, wondering if I really deserve a home and family and people to love.  But whenever I feel down, someone comes along and picks me up, tells me I’m a wonderful companion, a sweet and loving dog, and reminds me that that one day it will happen for me.  One day you’ll come for me to take me home and I’ll finally be where I was meant to be all along.

I am a 3 1/2 year old, already housetrained, gorgeous Chocolate Labrador Retriever mix.  I’m a big, strong, athletic boy, just waiting to be loved.  I am also calm and gentle, once I get comfortable with you.  I’m the perfect combination of active, yet easy going, and I love my afternoon naps!  I came to Wayside awhile ago, as a lonely stray from Grandview, MO.  I have scars on my elbows and knees, from time spent sleeping on a cement surface, but those are just a reminder of a lonely past.  These days, I’m happy, healthy, and in great shape!  When I first got to Wayside, I found shelter life to be overwhelmingly stressful.  I was restless and sort of panicked in my kennel, pleading with anyone who would listen to get me out!  I think that’s when my little fan club started to form.  Once out of my kennel, it was quickly apparent to everyone who knew me that I am a smart and loyal dog who looks to my people for love and direction.

Volunteers started teaching me all sorts of commands, including ‘sit’, ‘down’, ‘shake’ and ‘leave it’.  The sky is truly the limit with me as far as what I am capable of learning, so I hope you will continue to work to help me be the fantastic dog that I already know I am.  Besides being smart as a whip, I’m active and athletic, but I love to chill out and just hang out with you, too.  I love to go out for walks and will make a fabulous exercise partner.   I do best walking with my harness and promise to frequently check in with you to make sure you’re happy.  I want to live my life with you by my side…walking, running, hiking, exploring.  Whatever you like to do best is what I like best, too!

Since I was so stressed at the shelter, I’ve had the opportunity to spend time at an off-site pet resort and now I’m staying in a loving foster home.  At the pet resort, I got to participate in doggie play groups on a daily basis.  I did just great with dogs of all sizes and personalities.  I was playful, yet gentle and respectful with other dogs.  Now I’m in a foster home and things couldn’t be better!  I figured out the dog door in a matter of hours, I haven’t caused a bit of trouble in my home or yard, and Foster Mom says I’ve been calm, relaxed, and completely appropriate ever since I walked through her door.  There are two other dogs who live here, and we get to play in the dog park and go for walks every day.  We chill out in the evenings, with a treat and a toy.  I love to be where Foster Mom is, but I’m not needy or troublesome in any way.

My life has been unpredictable and downright lonely at times, but I am resilient and I am a survivor.  I’m not always sure or confident in myself, but I’m blossoming more each day now.  Please be patient and gentle with me, as you teach me how great life, and all the people in it, can be.  The more positive experiences I have in my life, the more self assured, confident, and happy I become.  I need an owner who will give me my space and let me go at my own pace.  Please don’t introduce me to the whole world all at once.  Give me time to grow comfortable with you.  There are all sorts of things you can do to help me get acclimated to my new home, that will ensure a positive experience for me, instead of something threatening or scary.  One of my shelter friends is a certified dog trainer and she works with me whenever she can to help me stay focused, positive, and well behaved.  She has even offered my new owners a few training sessions, to help us get off on the right foot, and they are included with my adoption fee.

The Wayside staff think I’ll be happiest in an all adult home.  I can be serious about my food.  Giving me a private place where I can eat in peace is mainly what I need…something that’s easy to do for adults, but not so much with kids.  They can’t always understand when I’m trying to tell them ‘back off, I need my space’.  I don’t want to hurt anyone when I am scared, so for now I need a home without any kids.  I’ll thrive in a quiet, yet active home.  I also need a home without cats or other small and furry animals, because I like to chase them.  I need for my adoption to be a success, because I don’t want to ever be homeless again.  Besides, I want a family I can spend the rest of my life with, and I realize it’s a big commitment to ask of you.  I promise I’m worth it though!  I hope you will be committed and dedicated to me, as you teach me about life as a beloved family dog.

When we finally find each other and become family, I hope you will feel like the luckiest person in the world to have me in your life.  I hope one day you’ll wonder what you ever did without me.  For my part, I will be grateful to you and appreciate you every single day.  I’ve waited for you my whole life, so I’m not about to ever let you forget how much you mean to me.
Love, Brownie

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