Jun 23 2017

Fourth of July Safety Tips

It’s the time of year to celebrate Independence Day! It is an annual Federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence and registering as a country, the United States of America. We typically celebrate with family, friends, fireworks, and good times. However, our furry friends don’t enjoy the holiday as much as we do, so we here at Wayside thought it would be helpful to provide tips on Fourth of July safety for our four-legged family members.

1. Have updated ID and photos of all your pets.

This goes without saying, but sometimes the animals get so nervous and scared they might try to run off and find a safe place. Having proper identification and updated photos greatly increases their chances of coming home sooner. At our store Whiskers & Wags, we sell a variety of collars and ID tags that you can purchase on campus.

2. Leave your pets at home.

To avoid something like a lost pet happening, and to ease your furry friends’ stress, consider leaving them at home for the celebration. Most pets do not want to be near fireworks when they are set off, and find the most comfort at home. Please do not lock them in the car either, because they could suffer from heat stroke and/or brain damage.

3. Don’t put insect repellant on your pet.

This also should go without saying, but if your family is having a get-together and you would like to take your pets before the fireworks show, do not put insect repellant or sunscreen on your pet. There are certain ingredients in both that are poisonous for animals, and will have effects like neurological disorders and lethargy.

4. Never leave alcoholic beverages unattended to where your pets could reach them.

Dogs and cats are naturally curious, and if a beer or cocktail is left on the ground, they might consider knocking it over and drinking it. If consumed, the animal can get intoxicated and very weak, and could even go into a coma. Put those drinks on coasters on a high-rise table so they are unable to reach it, and provide fresh water for them to drink instead.

5. Keep your pet on their normal diet.

This is the time of year when people are barbecuing more and more because the weather is nice. And keep in mind that foods such as onions, chocolate, coffee, avocado, grapes, raisins, salt and yeast dough can all be potentially toxic to companion animals. Any change, even for one meal, can give your pet severe indigestion and diarrhea.

6. Don’t give your pet access to glow jewelry. 

Glow jewelry is that super popular item that people put in freezers and wraps around your joints in place of bracelets and necklaces. While the luminescent substance contained in these products is not highly toxic, excessive drooling and gastrointestinal irritation could still result from ingestions, and intestinal blockage could occur from swallowing large pieces of the plastic containers.

7. Don’t force your pet into a costume for the holiday. 

It may seem cute to dress them up in the red, white, and blue, but unless your dog (or even less likely, your cat) loves to play dress-up, don’t push the issue. If they have a medical condition, some sort of loose clothing is definitely acceptable. Also, if your animal shuts down during the fireworks, consider purchasing a thunder shirt, which can be found at our store Whiskers & Wags. They are proven to help make animals feel safe and secure, while keeping anxiety levels down.

8. Do keep matches and lighter fluid out of the animals’ reach.

Certain types of matches contain chlorates, which could potentially damage blood cells and result in difficulty breathing—or even kidney disease in severe cases. Lighter fluid can be irritating to skin, and if ingested can produce gastrointestinal irritation and central nervous system depression. Keep those items on a high-rise table out of their reach, and all will be well!

9. Consider getting calming treats and Adaptil collars

Calming treats and Adaptil/anti-anxiety collars are both sold in our retail store Whiskers & Wags, and they have been helpful to ease stress for our animals here. The collar mimics the dogs’ natural pheromone that helps ease tension, and can help them relax during a fireworks display, as long as they are indoors. Calming treats will help do the same things, and will taste good as well!

10. Brush up on flea/tick treatment.

Ticks and fleas are more abundant than ever because of the mild winter we had. They will find a host environment in dogs and cats, and during a celebration it might go unnoticed. We also sell seresto collars which help battle unwanted visitors for up to eight months. They will help during that barbecue and high heated areas! They can be found at our retail store Whiskers & Wags.

These are just some tips that help our furry friends, and you, prepare for the celebratory holiday! Enjoy, and be safe! Our retail store Whiskers & Wags is open during our adoption hours, provided below.

Adoption Hours:

Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday: Noon-8pm
Thursday: Noon-8pm
Friday: Noon-8pm
Saturday: 10am-6pm
Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Written by Teryn


Jan 4 2017

Meet our Waifs of the Week!!

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Sniff. Look. Listen. That’s how I take in the world. And what a world it is! There are squirrels to be chased! Yards to be sprinted across! People to snuggle! You’re my ticket to that wonderful world! Don’t get me wrong, the kennel I live in here is safe, warm, dry, and clean, but I long to investigate this big fantastic world with someone like you!

I’m a young, tall, lanky Catahoula leopard dog mix with a caramel version of those cool spots that is typical of my breed. Because I’m pretty enthusiastic and take my food quite seriously, I need to go to a home with kids older than five. I walk nicely on a leash and relish discovering all of those interesting things that the world has to offer. I haven’t spent much time in social situations, so I’m hoping you can help me understand this amazing world. I’m super smart and already know sit, shake and down, so show me the rest! I’ll pick it up in no time!

I’m athletic and live life with vitality and gusto, so bring your dog family members out to meet me. They can help us decide if we’re a happy mix.

I’ve got my whole life ahead of me and I’d love to spend it with you! Won’t you come out to meet me? We can be partners exploring this spectacular world!

Love,

Ivory

Meet Ivory on our website:

http://www.waysidewaifs.org/site/PageServer?pagename=Pet_detail_new&petid=33951033

 

Ginger

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I’m young bunny looking for my forever home. I’m super friendly and will hop up to you to say hello! I love to have my super soft fur stroked, and LOVE to eat carrots out of your hand! I like to sit in your lap and have you pet me, but sometimes us bunnies get scared if you pick us up. We will even sometimes kick our legs as a defense. After all, in the wild the only reason we leave the ground is if a predator picks us up.

If you are looking for a fuzzy rabbit as a pet, why not adopt me rather than buying a bunny from a store? I’m looking for a good home too, you know! Did you know that rabbits make excellent house pets? We are actually a lot cleaner than most people think. I am litter box trained and can be let out and about in the house to play. We can also be clicker trained. Try searching for clicker trained rabbits on youtube. It’s pretty fascinating!

Us rabbits love to play with toys and will play with a lot of toys you can easily make yourself. We love to play with cardboard tubing from used up paper towels and toilet paper. Rabbits feel very strongly about recycling, so we do what we can to use up those pesky tubes! We love to burrow in and scratch on cardboard boxes and paper bags. We also love to climb on stuff, so make sure you have some climbing structures for us to play on. Come meet me today. I’ll greet you with a proper sniffing as soon as you approach my enclosure. I can’t wait!!!

Meet Ginger on our website:

http://www.waysidewaifs.org/site/PageServer?pagename=Pet_detail_new&petid=34246790

 

Barney

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Thanks for reading about me! My name is Barney, and I’m a gorgeous gray-and-white boy with beautiful green eyes and and adorable smudge of gray on my nose and a tip of white on my gray tail. I came to Wayside as a stray. I’m a friendly guy who loves people very much. I enjoy attention, and I will let you know how much with my great headbutts and wonderful purr. When I had my Felineality test here at Wayside, they told me I’m a Secret Admirer. That means that I tend to be a little timid in new situations, but I love people very much. Once I get to know and trust you, I will be your best friend forever! I can’t wait to meet you! Love, Barney

 

Meet Barney on our website:

http://www.waysidewaifs.org/site/PageServer?pagename=Pet_detail_cat_new&petid=34144380

 

Don’t furr-get! You can meet Barney, Ginger, Ivory or any of our adoptable pets on our website!

http://www.waysidewaifs.org/


Sep 26 2016

Meet Memphis!

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Meet Memphis! This sweet, goofy guy is a 75-pound Mastiff mix who’s looking for a home. He was transferred to Wayside Waifs when his last shelter ran out of space for him. Now that he’s settled in, he’s more than ready to find his peeps and get to his new fur-ever home!

Are you looking for a laid-back companion who will enjoy relaxing around the house with you? Memphis is your guy! He would be a great friend to children and other canine companions, too. Memphis is super smart and eager to learn all the exciting things you have to teach him. With some positive encouragement and some extra treats for motivation, he’ll be able to learn the ropes in no time.

He loves to stay active by taking long walks. He’s an explorer who enjoys the exciting sights and smells that the great outdoors has to offer. He has great leash manners, too so staying healthy will be something fun you can enjoy together!

Memphis is an independent guy who won’t ask for much. He’ll let you know how much he loves you by curling up by your side to enjoy some belly rubs. As you can see in his picture, he also likes to stick out his tongue for fun! If you’re looking for a silly, fun, loving companion, come by Wayside Waifs soon to see Memphis! Tail wags!


Sep 12 2016

Meet Waif of the Week, Ayla!

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Meet Ayla! Ayla is proud to be one of this week’s Waifs of the Week and is hoping this will be her time to get noticed by her new peeps! Ayla first came to Wayside Waifs when her old shelter ran out of space for her. She was then adopted, but brought back when her owners were worried about her health. When she arrived back at Wayside, we did everything we could to make sure Ayla was in amazing health and feeling more than ready to find her fur-ever home! She’s back and better than ever, waiting for the best family to go home with.

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Ayla is an adorable, Hound/American Blue Heeler who is 1 year and 8 months old. Like most young dogs, she’s energetic and loves to play! She did great with the 6-year-old she used to live with, so if you have little ones at home she’ll make a great companion. She loves to go on walks and does grr-eat when she uses her easy walk harness. Getting active can be a fun and enjoyable experience for both of you! Ayla could also try daycare or dog parks.

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Ayla is a very smart pup. She already know the commands sit, down, and stay and she’s the type of dog who’s always eager to learn. With some basic obedience training she’ll be able to add even more to that list. She’s extra motivated to learn when you give her yummy treats or fun toys to play with!

 

If you’re looking for a companion who is sweet, smart, and beautiful, Ayla is your girl. With those big brown eyes, you’re sure to fall in love at first sight! Ayla would love to meet you so stop by Wayside Waifs soon!

 

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Jan 19 2016

Miss Piggy and Kermit – A dynamic duo

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Hey there, we are Miss Piggy and Kermit! Miss Piggy is an adorable, Terrier, American Staffordshire, mix weighing about 53 pounds and I, Kermit, am a 7 pound Chihuahua mix. We know we seem a bit of an unusual pair – but we have always been together and have quite the bond.  We were transferred to Wayside Waifs when our last shelter ran out of space for us. We don’t mind because being at Wayside Waifs is where we have the best chance at finding a forever family who really loves us. Miss Piggy and I are a bonded pair and we must go home together!

We can be a little shy and uncomfortable in new surroundings so we’ll need you to help us adjust to my new home. Being with each other really helps us feel more confident and secure. We love getting active and playing together but we want you to join too! Let’s get out and explore the world on walks or romp around the backyard for a fun game of fetch.

We’ll benefit from basic obedience training to teach us what you expect from us in our new home but we’re super smart and will learn the ropes in no time. I’m eager to learn all the new things you have to teach me and you can get me extra motivated with some praise and positive encouragement! If an adorable and sweet pair of pups is what you need in your life then come by and meet us soon!

Please share our story and photos so we can find our forever home soon!

Woofs and tail wags,

Kermit and Miss Piggy


Jan 6 2016

I’m Harrison!

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Hey there, I’m Harrison! I’m a super fluffy, 87-pound Saint Bernard Mix who’s looking for a family to love. Think it could be you?

I came here to Wayside when my last shelter ran out of space for me. I don’t mind though because now I have the best chance at finding my fur-ever home! I’ll do fine in a home with other furry friends and children who are a bit older. I can get really excited when meeting new people but once I’ve warmed up I do well. It’ll just take time and patience for me to feel comfortable with my new people and new surroundings.

I have a moderate energy level so I won’t mind curling up next to you for a relaxing night in. I still love getting active though and will enjoy taking long walks and exploring the world with you. I’ll benefit from using a harness on walks to help me to learn to stick by your side. I’ll need a refresher course in obedience but I’m a smart guy and know I’ll catch on in no time. I already know commands like sit and come and I’m eager to learn even more! Get me extra motivated with praise or yummy treats.

If a handsome, lovable guy is what your family needs then come meet me soon at Wayside Waifs!

Woof Woof!
Harrison


Jun 16 2015

Beat the heat! Keep your pet cool this summer.

Spending summer days with your furry friend can be a lot of fun but the weather conditions aren’t always suitable for your pet. The rising temperatures and extreme humidity that the summer brings can be fatal for your animal if you aren’t aware of the dangers they can bring. On a really hot day your pet probably prefers a cool, air conditioned environment, but if you take on the outdoors with them there are a few things to remember.

Keeping your pet hydrated is crucial. Make sure you provide fresh, clean water that your pet can access at any time.  Also, if you’re unable to keep them indoors make sure that they have a shaded area they can go to when they need to get out of the sun.  If they are outdoors in the sun for too long, your pet can become overheated.  If you are transporting them in a vehicle be sure to never leave them in the car while it’s parked. A parked car can quickly become way too hot for your pet, whether the windows are down or not. Leaving an animal unattended in a parked vehicle can be fatal for your pet so make sure you are able to keep them with you when you’ve reached your destination or just leave them at home so they can stay cool.

Another way to keep your pet cool is to trim their fur. If you have a breed that grows long hair, it can be beneficial to get their hair trimmed short in the summer time. This can keep them much cooler on hot, summer days. It also helps to brush your animal’s fur more often than usual.

Be sure to pay attention to the heat of the asphalt. If it is a hot day, chances are the concrete and asphalt have reached temperatures that can potentially burn your pet’s paws.  Don’t let your pet stand or walk where the ground might be too hot for their paws.

Taking your pet swimming is a great idea for the both of you to cool off.  If you decide to let your pet splash around in a pool, lake, or other body of water do not leave them unsupervised! Not all dogs are natural swimmers and may need help. Don’t just assume that they will be able to swim and take care of themselves while in the water.

It is important to know the symptoms of overheating so that you can know when there is a problem and when you need to take action. Some symptoms of overheating are excessive panting or difficulty breathing, an increased heart rate, excessive drooling, or mild weakness. When body temperatures get too high they can also experience seizures, diarrhea, or vomiting. Pay attention to the weather and be aware of the potential danger that the hot summers can bring. By doing this you can beat the heat and have a fun but safe summer with your furry friend!

 


Dec 4 2014

“Old Dogs Can Learn New Tricks”: Chatting with Gabby Munoz, Canine Behavior Manager at Wayside Waifs

While I met with Gabby Muñoz the other day, two tiny Chihuahuas explored the office, having just been surrendered by their owners the day before. Gabby pointed out that they were curious and friendly, but nervous. Their ears were set back, and they were a little shaky.

Some dogs who come to Wayside Waifs are more than a little nervous. Abandonment, abuse, or neglect may leave them not knowing how to interact with humans or other animals. They may guard their food or overreact to unfamiliar stimuli, or shy away from contact altogether. Wayside Waifs hired Gabby as an expert to help the more troubled dogs trust again, behave more appropriately and become good pets.

All of Gabby’s work is based on scientific research, in keeping with her academic background. She earned her Masters in Biology with a Zoology concentration from Western Illinois University. She has also always been a “dog person,” and is the owner of two rescue cocker spaniels now.

Gabby told me about a Wayside alum named Frank, a yellow lab/Shepherd mix. His owners had used physical dominance and punishment to try to control him. In response, he had become aggressive, to the point that many shelters might have given up on him.

The staff started Frank’s rehabilitation simply by showering him with treats and positive reinforcement and then ignoring him when he wasn’t behaving. Positive reinforcement works much better than punishment in changing anybody’s behavior. After lots of work with Gabby and the other patient humans at Wayside Waifs, Frank’s behavior had turned around. He was ready to find a forever home, and he went home with a retired man in a successful adoption match.

Because I didn’t associate Labrador retrievers with fighting behavior, I asked Gabby if certain breeds are more aggressive than others. She told me that breeding did bring out certain personality traits, but that a dog’s experience plays a large part as well. Many American pit bull terriers, for instance, can be excellent pets. Wayside Waifs carefully assesses the behavior of all dogs that come to the shelter.

I had read before that owners need to assert their dominance as the “leader of the pack”- something I probably don’t do with my two rescue terriers. Gabby explained that this idea came from studying wolf behavior. But although dogs are related to wolves, they’ve evolved to behave quite differently. She said that they best owner-dog relationships are, like any relationship, based on “co-respect.”

Gabby assured me that my dogs could definitely learn more from obedience classes at Wayside Waifs, even though I’ve had them for a while. The shelter actually offers three levels of classes: one for puppies, one for dogs and an advanced course to help dogs obey even in the presence of distractions.

Although any dog can learn a lot, Gabby said, their basic temperament will not change. A shy dog can learn to interact with others, but may never be the life of the party. A boisterous pup can learn to calm down, but may never be a couch potato.

Dogs have their own personalities and quirks, just like people do, and they deserve to be loved for who they are. After all, they love us for who we are. And isn’t that what we all want?

-Stacey Donovan
Contributing Writer


Nov 24 2014

Your How-to for an “All-wags” Holiday Season

Give thanks and be safe!

With Thanksgiving just hours away, there is bound to be lots of cooking, eating and undoubtedly begging. But as the responsible pet owner that you are, think twice before giving your furry family member that turkey leg. What may seem like a harmless way to say thanks to your favorite companion, has all the ingredients for a visit to the pet emergency room. And that is something that nobody wants!

Keep it “all wags” at the holiday season with these helpful tips:

Dog-friendly Treats

Whether you want to get crafty and make your dog some paw-approved holiday treats or just want to say thanks  the old-fashioned way, practice caution as you indulge your pooch. An extra scoop of food or treat goes a long way in your dog’s book. A word of advice, though: don’t go to your dinner plate when you want to show some extra love. Stick with treats that you know are safe, avoiding common holiday offenders like cooked bones, chocolate, candy, and fat trimmings.

Skip the Mistletoe

If you are anything like us, you probably get plenty of sloppy, wet kisses on the face. That said, skip the mistletoe this year. With your pets’ cardiovascular and gastrointestinal health on the line, its worth it. The only cardiovascular irregularity you need in your household is your heart melting when your furry family members shower you in affection.

Lights, Tree, Tree Stand

Before everyone gathers around the tree, make sure you have considered a couple of things:

  1. Does your dog have a chewing problem or does your cat think stringed lights are a play toy? If so, consider foregoing them this year.
  2. Do you have a stable – and we mean cat-launching-at-the-tree or dogs-rough housing-in-the-pine-needles – stable tree stand?

If you have assessed these important decorating factors, then hang those ornaments already. Oh, and that brings us to one last consideration: ornaments. What makes for pretty decorations often makes for breakable and dangerous messes, so consider waiting to hang what the dad in the Christmas Carol would call the “Frag-gee-lee” ornaments until your pets are comfortable around the tree.

The holiday season is a busy time of the year, but just make sure you don’t neglect your furry friends’ safety needs as things get hectic.

-Contributing Writer Libby Hastert

 

 


Apr 24 2014

The Dos & Don’ts of Dog Park Etiquette

dog-parkApril showers bring May flowersand lots of visits to the dog park, of course. As you leash up and head to your favorite dog park, be sure that you have reviewed this list of dog park dos and don’ts. You won’t regret it! By employing some basic precautions, you and Fido will have long days of fun in the sun all spring and summer long.

What to Avoid:

  • Visiting overly crowded dog parks
  • Bringing a young puppy – under 4 months of age – to the dog park
  • Providing treats & toys that could spur jealousy
  • Fraternization amongst unfixed (spade or neutered) dogs

What to Do:

  • Keep your dog’s vaccinations up-to-date – don’t forget flea and tick meds, too!
  • Bring poop bags to prevent spread of disease or any unwanted messes
  • Keep a close watch on Fido. It’s a new place with new dogs, so you will want to monitor for signs of aggression or agitation.
  • Don’t forget a back-up water supply – one for you and another for your pooch! A panting pup needs to stay hydrated, especially when it is warm outside.

Learn More

Wayside Waifs invites you and your four-legged friend to enjoy our Bark Park. Your membership fee earns you full access to our well-lit, fenced-in, off-leash dog park. It gets better! All the fees aid our adoptable pups in need of homes. And if you need some last-minute tick or flea meds, you can make a quick purchase at our Whisker’s & Wags shop, where all purchase proceeds benefit the shelter animals in their journey to find a forever home.

Shelter Hours:

Wednesday-Friday Noon-8pm

Saturday 10am-6pm

Sunday 1pm-6pm


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