Aug 20 2012

Meet Lola!

Hi, I’m Lola, a 2 year old Catahoula Leopard dog – sweet, calm, easy to walk, and a laid back love of a girl, who is lonely here at Wayside. I’m a gentle soul, and I can be a little shy and slow to warm up to you. I’m quiet a lot of the time. I’m also a little bit intimidated by other dogs barking and going crazy in their kennels. The noise here can sometimes be too much for a girl like me. I don’t like dogs going crazy on leash either, so I try to avoid them when I’m out walking the Wayside campus. I walk like a little dreamboat on leash by the way. Right by your side. Oh ok, maybe a little bit of weaving in front too, but, I’m slow and deliberate. I don’t need to have a wild time on a walk – I like to stop and smell an occasional rose, and I just like to take my time being close to you and enjoying life. Don’t get me wrong, though; I can go fast if you’d like, and it would probably be a better way to burn some calories. I guess you can say I will match your pace.

I also really like to have you pet me. We sat under a tree for awhile today – my new friend and I – and I loved every moment of that. She was brushing my fur, and I was loving the scratching and stroking and the way she was talking to me in a low but friendly way. I am a little shy and unsure of myself in my kennel. When you walk by, I can look scared. Well, you would be scared here, too! It is loud, dogs barking all the time, doors slamming, cleaning machines running, music and people talking and saying so many things that I don’t understand. Sometimes I come racing up to the door, though; usually because I’m scared of you, and I want to tell you that I’m nervous. Yes, you would think that I would be a little more self assured and confident, but I’m sorry, I’m just not. I’m trying though, and I hope that if you come to meet me, you will ask to take me on a walk away from the shelter. Maybe you will bring a brush and use it on my coat? I will lean into you and ask you to keep petting me, to keep loving me, to help me know how much you care.

Because of some of my behaviors and my shyness and nervousness in unfamiliar situations, Wayside has decided that I’d probably do best in a home without children. I do agree, and I hope that you have a calmer, more relaxed environment for me. I don’t know whether kids have teased me in my past or if their faster and more unpredictable movements just make me nervous, but I’m hoping that someone will fall in love with me that can offer me a home where I can feel safe and secure.

Please come to Wayside and find me and fall in love. My bags are packed, and I’m oh so ready to head home with you!

Love from Lola

Dec 2 2010

Bonded Pairs


Huan Huan & Happy want to be together forever! Watch their video on Youtube.

At Wayside Waifs we see our fair share of sad situations. A puppy mill dog that we receive that has never been shown love, a puppy abandoned in a parking lot, or even a puppy who has never been shown love AND was abandoned in a parking lot. Some of the more heartbreaking cases are when two dogs, or two cats, get brought in together, have to go home together, and sit waiting in the shelter for weeks or months because people are afraid to take on two animals. And in most cases, it’s two older animals, which makes people uneasy as well. What most people don’t know is that bringing home two bonded pets is not half as much work as it is imagined to be! The pro’s of adopting a pair outweighs the cons by far.

When two animals bond to one another they tend to adjust to new situations better. For a puppy or kitten that has just been separated from their siblings, moving in to a new environment can be extremely scary and lonely. For an adult dog or cat, moving in to a new environment can be just as stressful- especially if they have been in a shelter environment for a long period of time, or if they are naturally on the shy/skittish side. When you bring home a bonded pair they have one another to cling to if they get scared. They have someone to sleep with, someone to explore with and someone to go through the change with. It can be less intimidating and they tend to adjust to the environment quicker.

Owners of bonded pairs also find that a duo is usually less demanding. Since bonded pairs have each other, they don’t rely as much on their owners for constant play and attention. Don’t read that wrong, bonded pairs want just as much love and affection from their owners as a single pet- but when it comes to boredom, they have one another to supply the activity. Also, since the pair can play and interact with one another, the probability of destruction in the house drops too.

Most bonded pairs tend to be older, and have lived together for years so they usually have some training under their belt already! You won’t have to go through the dos and don’ts of puppy hood and you won’t have to go through the scratched up furniture of kitten play. Studies also show that bonded pairs who stick together actually live longer and healthier lives. Love makes the heart younger and bonded duos are the perfect example of that. Some people don’t understand why duo’s can’t be separated, but the fact of the matter is that animals will become physically and emotionally ill if they are separated from their long term partner in crime.

When you adopt a bonded pair you are doing two wonderful things: you are giving two (typically older) homeless pets a loving home, and you are also saving them from being separated. They say rescued pets know they’ve been rescued; can you imagine having two pets who know you saved them?! Imagine all that love; double time!

So if you see an animal and think “Oh goodness, they would just be perfect!” and then find yourself changing your tune when you realize they have to go home with the other animal in their kennel, rethink. You obviously want to make sure you have the environment and space for two animals but it’s not as difficult as you may think. Don’t cast duos aside just because it’s double the animal. Realize the wonderful relationship those two animals have and honor it. You’ll receive double sloppy kisses, double sleeping buddies, and double the love; how can you go wrong?

Written by Alyssa Willet
Adoptions Supervisor at Wayside Waifs

Feb 11 2010

When Scraps Get Out of Hand

Simon’s sister’s dog finds out what happens when a dog’s life gets a little too good.

posted by Claire M. Caterer

Jan 21 2010

Making Fun More … Fun

You’ve probably heard that your dog will be happier and better behaved if you preempt any problem–in other words, offer up play and attention before your dog has to do something negative to try and get it. But some dogs don’t seem interested in play or don’t know how to play. It’s worth your while to show them. The exercise and bonding will both be beneficial. In this fun video, Zak George teaches you how to get your dog interested in a classic game: Frisbee.

posted by Claire M. Caterer

Jul 13 2009

Summer Reading with Barney

If you’re a dog lover, you may have laughed and cried over Marley and Me, a book by John Grogan (William Morrow, 2005) and then a film starring Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson (Twentieth-Century Fox, 2008). Suddenly animal stories sprang up everywhere, and you might have figured they were all pretty much Marley ripoffs.

Not so Mornings with Barney: The True Story of an Extraordinary Beagle, a lighthearted summertime memoir by Dick Wolfsie (Skyhorse, 2009). What makes Barney’s story unique is that he wasn’t just Wolfsie’s dog; Barney belonged to all of Indianapolis. 

Wolfsie, a sometime-TV reporter who drifted from job to job, found himself on the early-morning news hour of a local Indy TV station in the 1990s. Wolfsie’s segment was the three-minute fluff shoehorned in between the “real” news, weather, and sports. 

Enter Barney, a stray from Wolfsie’s doorstep who came to work with him every morning because he was too destructive to be left home alone. Somehow, Barney wormed his way on camera and became Indy’s most beloved news hound. 

Wolfsie captures Barney’s personality on every page, with short, snappy chapters bursting with funny anecdotes. Barney spoke to me because he’s all dog–not a dog trained to be a good person or a polite guest, but a dog who remained obstinately himself, whether baptizing a hotel-room rug or stealing a sirloin from a restaurant kitchen. You’ll swallow Mornings with Barney in a day or two, and yes, you’ll shed some tears–but this story is no tragedy. It’s just a great yarn about a one-of-a-kind dog who captured the hearts of thousands.

Below, get a taste of Barney’s antics–and then read all about them.

Jun 26 2009

Just TiVo It

Simon’s cat proves he’s the only game in town.

posted by Claire M. Caterer

Jun 26 2009

When Your Alarm Clock Is Broken

You can always rely on Simon’s cat to help you out.

posted by Claire M. Caterer

Jun 12 2009

New Tricks

Animal researchers agree that pets benefit from trick training. Animals in the wild are forced to use problem-solving skills to hunt for food and shelter and to evade predators. While our pets live in relative luxury, they can also get bored; trick training tests their agile minds and strengthens their bond with their owner. Professional trainers agree that only positive rewards work to motivate learning, and training should always be fun, never stressful, for an animal.

Sixteen-year-old Kate Nicholas calls border collie Gin her “best friend” and says they spend almost all their time together. In 2008, the pair appeared on Britain’s Got Talent and demonstrated exactly what they do with all that togetherness. Even Simon Cowell seems impressed!

May 22 2009

Simon’s Cat Gets His Way

Look familiar? Moral: Always obey the cat. Always.

posted by Claire M. Caterer

May 18 2009

A Cool Head: The Difference Between Life & Death


Do you know what to do if your dog stops breathing? Experts say that knowing basic canine CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) can save your dog’s life. Elaine Acker of Pet America has posted a video  demonstration of pet CPR that every pet owner should watch. Here are the basic steps:

 1. Clear the Airway.

Don’t perform CPR if the dog’s airway is blocked. Try 2 rescue breaths and see if the dog’s lungs expand. If not, you’ll need to perform a Heimlich maneuver, described here.

 2. Give Breaths.

Lay the dog on its right side. Check for a pulse at the paw (“wrist”) or femoral artery (underside of the knee area). Tilt the head forward so the airway is clear; close the jaws and cover the nose with your mouth. Give 4 quick breaths, looking for the dog’s chest to expand. If this doesn’t happen, the airway is blocked. Return to Step 2.

 3. Give Compressions.

After 4 breaths, give 15 compressions. Locate the dog’s heart by bringing the left foreleg towards the chest; the heart is located where the elbow touches the chest. Lace your hands together, one on top of the other, and with your elbows straight, pump your hands straight down in quick compressions (15 compressions in 10 seconds). Give another breath.

 4. Abdominal Squeeze.

You’ll help circulate the blood back to the heart by doing an abdominal squeeze. Place one hand below the dog’s ribcage on the underside, and the other hand on top. Squeeze gently.

 5. Repeat the Sequence.

Go through steps 2-4 as often as necessary: 4 breaths, 15 compressions, another breath, and the abdominal squeeze.

Watch Elaine Acker’s brief video to fully understand the directions above. While these techniques are lifesavers, perform them with caution and only in a critical situation. And always take your dog to a vet as soon as possible after an emergency to make sure everything’s okay. For more info on emergency pet care, visit the ASPCA’s emergency care info page.

Posted by Claire M. Caterer

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