Feb 27 2019

Waif Wednesday

Happy Waif Wednesday! Meet our lovable Waifs of the Week: Pablo, Winston, and Leroy. One of our original Waifs of the Week, Sampson, went home, so Winston has stepped up to the plate. These sweet boys are so excited to find their forever homes!

 

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Hi! My name is Pablo and I’m a handsome fella waiting for my forever family. I’m a little shy when I first meet someone but I warm up quickly. We’ll be best friends in no time! I don’t know any commands yet, but I like treats and I’m sure we can work together to learn new things.

My friends at Wayside say that I do well on a leash. Let’s gear up and go explore the world together! I’m up for anything as long as I’m with you. After we exercise, I’d love to curl up right by your side. I’ll even let you pick what show we watch! I like to play with other dogs, so if you’ve got a canine friend at home, we might be a good fit. You’re welcome to bring them with you to meet me and we can get to know each other before heading home.

I know it won’t take long to find my special people. Could it be you?

Love, Pablo

 

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Hey there! Thanks for reading about me! My name is Winston, and I’m just about the sweetest, mellowest guy you could ever meet. I’m a big, white cat with just a little gray on the top of my head. And I have beautiful, exquisitely lined pear green eyes. I am also front-declawed.

I guess you could describe me as a big, fluffy cloud. Or a sweet, pillowy marshmallow. I’m a friendly fellow who loves attention and affection, but I like to let you make the first move. Once you start petting me, I won’t want you to stop. At 7 years of age, I’m right in the prime of my life. I know what’s most important: giving and receiving love. Do you think we could do that for each other?

Love, Winston

 

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Hi there, my name is Leroy! I am a 1-year-old lab/retriever mix. I came in very shy and unsure of what was happening.  Then I started Confidence College, and that’s where I met some really nice friends. It takes me some time to warm up to new people, so just let me come to you when I’m comfortable. They say I am really getting better at warming up to people!

I have also done some clicker training, learned how to target a hand, and know the “look” command, where I look into your eyes and focus on you. I am really good at these and would love to learn many more things with you! I enjoy being in doggy playgroups, and I’ve gotten really good at making friends.

Please come meet me in person soon!

You can watch a cool video about me here!

Love, Leroy

Come meet our adoptable waifs during adoption hours!

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: Noon-8pm
  • Wednesday: Noon-8pm
  • Thursday: Noon-8pm
  • Friday: Noon-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-5pm
  • Sunday: 10am-5pm

Feb 20 2019

Waif Wednesday

Happy Waif Wednesday! Meet our incredible Waifs of the Week: Carlie, Hamlet, and Beau. These three kiddos can’t wait to find their forever families!

 

Pleased to meet you! My name is Carlie and I’m sweet one-year-old gal looking for my forever home. Moving around and being the new pup in town is scary, but I’m keeping my head held high. I know it won’t be long until I find my forever home!

I’m a sweet girl and I love life! I don’t know any commands yet, but I’m hoping to find a family who will help me learn. I’m sure if you throw a few toys and treats my way we can learn in no time. I also like to explore, and I do pretty well on a leash. I’d love to check out the neighborhood or maybe a dog park!

If you’re looking for a sweet best friend to go through life with, look no further! Come to Wayside and ask to meet me!

Love, Carlie

 

Hamlet

Pleased to meet you! My name is Hamlet, like the lead character in one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays. That’s quite a moniker for a quiet, unassuming guy like me.

I’m pretty shy and timid at times, so if you come to Wayside to meet me, I might be hiding under my bed. Please don’t let that stop you from saying hello, though! If you speak to me softly and pet me gently, I will warm up pretty quickly. Before you know it, I will be purring and rubbing my handsome orange face against your hand! I will probably never be one of the bravest cats in the world, but I’m definitely one of the sweetest. Take me home, and I will reward you with a lifetime of love and loyalty.

I’ve never seen “Hamlet,” by the way. But I know my own play will have a happy ending, so come to Wayside and ask to meet me!

Love, Hamlet

 

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Hi! My name is Beau, and I’m a handsome fella ready for my forever home. I’m about two years old and I’ve got gorgeous black and white fur. Moving from shelter to shelter has been scary but everyone here is so nice. I know it won’t be long until I find my very own family.

My friends here say that I’m one of the friendliest dogs they’ve ever known! I’m also pretty smart. I know “sit,” and I’m eager to learn more commands and tricks. If you throw some treats my way, we’ll learn in no time! I’m a curious dude, and I like to meet new people. I do pretty well on a leash, and I love being outdoors. Maybe we could go for a stroll around the park together? Walks are my favorite!

I do request that you bring the whole family, including dogs, to meet me. I just want to make sure we’re a good match before we head home. I can’t wait to meet you so we can start our lives together!

Love, Beau

Come meet our adoptable waifs during adoption hours!

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: Noon-8pm
  • Wednesday: Noon-8pm
  • Thursday: Noon-8pm
  • Friday: Noon-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-5pm
  • Sunday: 10am-5pm

Feb 6 2019

Waif Wednesday

Happy Waif Wednesday! Meet our fabulous Waifs of the week: Budrow, Munchkin, and Helena. These three lovebugs can’t wait to find their forever homes!

 

Pleased to meet you! My name is Helena and I’m a sweet one-year-old gal with beautiful, brown fur. I came to Wayside after my last shelter ran out of space. Moving around has been a little scary but Wayside let me know that it won’t be long until I find my special people!

I can be a little shy when I first meet someone, but I warm up quickly. Once I’ve had some time to sniff out a new situation, I’ll wag my tail and give you so many kisses! I like treats and I take them very gently. I don’t know a whole lot of commands yet, but if you throw some treats my way, I promise I’ll learn quickly. This girl loves her treats!

I’m great at walking on a leash, so I’d love to spend some time outside with you! We could go for a walk around the neighborhood – maybe even a run if you can handle it! – or check out a cool park. I’m up for anything as long as we’re together. I think I’d love to have a dog friend at home, but I’ll have to meet any other pups you have before I come home with you. I think it would be great if you brought them with you to meet me.

If I sound like the perfect pup for you, please come to Wayside and ask to meet me! I think we’ll make a great team!

You can watch a cool video about me here!

Love, Helena

 

Munchkin

Meow! I’m Munchkin. I’m a loving eight-year-old gal looking for my forever home. I came to Wayside after I was found as a stray right after New Year’s. You can imagine how cold and lonely I was out there on my own, but my friends here at Wayside have given me a warm temporary home!

I love attention, and I’ll always make sure you remember that. If I’m not busy, I’ll sit on your books while you’re reading, I’ll sit in your lap while you’re watching TV, and I’ll sit and watch you sweep when you’re cleaning. You’ll wonder how you ever managed without me!

I might be a senior gal, but don’t let my age fool you! I love playing and running around, especially when toys are involved. In fact, I like to carefully plan out my attacks when playing with toys. I’m a smart cookie, and I know what those toys are thinking! Wands are my favorite, but I can play with anything.

If I sound like the perfect kitty for you, come to Wayside to meet me!

Love, Munchkin

 

Hi there! My name is Budrow, and I’m a handsome one-and-a-half-year-old fellow who is full of youth and energy! I was transferred here from another shelter when they ran out of space, but boy am I glad to be at Wayside where I know I will find my forever home!

It may take me a little time to warm up to you, so please don’t let that overshadow my goofy personality. I just need some time to get to know you, like you will do with me. If you have any yummy treats or call me by my name, I’ll be sure to warm up to you!

I will need a lot of fun and daily exercise, so if this sounds like something you can keep up with, I’m sure we will be hooked at the hip! I prefer not to share my love for you, so I would like to be the only dog, and because I am so strong and full of excitement, I may do best in a home with no children under 5 for now.

If you are looking for a fun and goofy dog who will give you unconditional love, please come visit me at Wayside Waifs!

You can watch a cool video about me here!

Love, Budrow

Come meet our adoptable waifs during adoption hours!

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: Noon-8pm
  • Wednesday: Noon-8pm
  • Thursday: Noon-8pm
  • Friday: Noon-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-5pm
  • Sunday: 10am-5pm

Feb 6 2019

Wintery weather and your dog’s dry skin: How to help

Winter weather in the Midwest has always been unpredictable, but most of us are usually prepared for low temperatures, dry air, and extreme winds. Last week brought a vortex of arctic temperatures straight from the North Pole to Kansas City, creating dangerous conditions for both humans and animals. These temperatures didn’t last long, but precautions advised for maintaining your dog’s health in extreme cold should be followed until Spring arrives, particularly when it comes to dry skin. Human skin and dog skin act similarly in winter in terms of how the weather can affect the skin’s moisture. Too much exposure to dry, cold air may inhibit the skin’s ability to produce enough natural oils and bacteria to keep it moisturized, soft, and comfortable. This is true for both humans and dogs. We as humans tend to stock up on intense moisturizers, organic oils, and other remedies for combatting dry winter skin, but your dog may need some relief, too. Dry dog skin is more difficult to spot than dry human skin, especially if your dog has a thick coat. Make sure to sift through your dog’s coat in search of dandruff-like flakes, flaky bumps, and dry spots with hair loss. Your dog’s dry skin might look like this: You could also be tipped off by your dog excessively licking, scratching, or picking at dry, uncomfortable areas of their skin, which, over time, could make the issue worse. If the issue seems severe, don’t hesitate to consult your veterinarian. For more mild cases, the most immediate solution is brushing or combing your dog’s coat to relieve itchy, dry areas while getting rid of visible dry flakes. While temporary, this could prevent your dog from feeling the urge to scratch or lick too much while restoring some comfort. Soft, regular brushing also helps stimulate dry hair follicles and sebum glands, pushing the skin to create more of its own moisture. Like human skin, dog skin sometimes needs extra topical moisture. Unlike human skin, your Bath & Body Works products might not be the best solution for your dog’s dry skin. If you’re drawn to more natural, holistic solutions for your dog’s health issues, consider applying small amounts of natural topicals to their skin, like organic coconut oil or similar products. If you think your dog might be prone to dry skin, there are some precautions you can take to potentially avoid it. Bathing and grooming dogs in the winter can result in or worsen existing dry skin due to common shampoos’ tendency to strip skin of the natural oils that keep it moisturized. If possible, avoid bathing or grooming your dog during the winter, particularly during especially frigid times of the season. If you must bathe your dog, use a moisturizing shampoo with ingredients like aloe vera, coconut oil, shea butter, and oatmeal followed by conditioner. If you’re into homemade solutions, consider making your own 100% organic shampoo. Just make sure you’re getting your ingredient lists from trustworthy sources. Diet also plays a big role in the health of your dog’s skin. Ensure that your pup has plenty of water, because, as we all know, the most important source of moisture for the skin is water intake – and lots of it. You might also consider using a humidifier indoors to rid your dog’s living area of dry winter air, especially if you live in an older home. Like always, aim for a nutritionally balanced diet for your dog. If your dog’s dry skin becomes unbearable, consider talking with your veterinarian about dietary supplements that could be added to your dog’s daily routine, including omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acid supplements. Your dog should already be receiving the recommended daily dose of these supplements through their food, but if superficial fixes for their dry skin are failing, an increased dosage could help. Increased omega-3 and omega-6 intake can also be achieved by adding new treats that contain healthy fats without junky additives to your dog’s diet. Through consulting your veterinarian you might also find that your dog has allergies or other sensitivities that might be contributing to their dry or irritable skin. If this is the case, follow any prescribed regimens. When in doubt, your veterinarian is your most reliable source. If you suspect that your dog’s dry skin might be more than just that – an infection, allergic reaction, ringworm, or other issues – give your vet a call. But for winter-induced dry, itchy skin, a holistic approach often does the trick.

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Written by Annie B.

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