Nov 12 2019

Adopting a Senior Dog: A Series, Part Three, Emotional Support

The most important benefit that of adopting my senior dog Berta is the emotional support I receive from her daily. Berta has been my truest friend in this process of healing. Two years ago my mother passed away unexpectedly, my father passed a year before, and my brother a year before that. It was a very traumatic time and I struggled to handle the tide of feelings that stemmed from it. I still do. Berta has been my truest friend and an incredible emotional support in this process of healing.

About a year ago I decided to go the shelter. I truly had no intention of adopting, but then I saw Berta. Berta caught my attention with her calm demeanor. She was a dose of serotonin from the beginning. I did not know then that she was going to be the root for most of my happiness. It’s amazing how dogs can really feel how you are feeling without words. For example, Berta always senses my anxiety attacks before they occur. She consoles me through these rough spurs of emotions. A lot of things trigger me; it could be as simple as a song or a scene from a movie. Luckily, I have Berta right next to always eager to calm my tears. Dogs are not like humans, they are much more complex. They are our greatest friends and companions. To say I needed Berta would be incorrect, because in all actuality we needed each other. Berta has gone through many rough patches as well and our identities just fit. I could not imagine my life now without her love and friendship.

The aspect I value most about Berta is the solitude and comfort she brings to our home. She sleeps next to me every night and has calmed many unsettling dreams. Walking in the door after a long day is not as bad when Berta is happily waiting for you. The motivation to wake up and go out of the house is easier with Berta in the passenger seat. I feel much less anxiety with the support I receive from Berta on a daily basis. She is a safe haven to me. There are no bad days with Berta. The idea of struggling through mental roadblocks is not even a question when I am reassured with the companionship of Berta.

If you struggle with any emotional healing my suggestion is considering adopting a furry friend. Mine has been the greatest blessing this past year.

Before taking this leap please consider:

  1. Dogs do change your lifestyle. They require a lot of attention and love. Make sure you find a dog that fits the way you live.
  2. Not all dogs are emotionally supportive.
  3. Don’t just adopt the first dog you see. Look around the shelter and meet the dog.
  4. Shelter dogs have their own stories and it may take sometime for them to open up to you.

If you have a dog that brings a lot of love and joy to your home be sure to share this blog with them too!

By: Emme Moorehouse

Nov 6 2019

Adopting a Senior Dog: A Series, Part Two, Tips & Tricks

November is adopt a senior pet month. As an owner of a senior pet, I wanted to share a few personal tricks, discoveries, and tips for senior dogs!

  • Senior dogs already have their own sense of being and to some people that can be off putting, but don’t let this scare you.

This aspect of their personalities only makes senior dogs more interesting! Puppies can be molded, but senior dogs tend to fit the puzzle they have already created. They know what they like, such as toys, food, and sleeping spots. I believe this makes it easier to understand them.  Sometimes they might change it up a bit, but most of the time they tend to stay on the same track. For example, Berta has a problem with others dogs and that still hasn’t changed. It’s just the way she is, but those aspects of her personality manageable and make them super unique!

  • Senior dogs tend to like softer snacks, food, and toys.

Their teeth are sometimes sensitive and as owners we need to be aware of these things. For example, I mix dry and wet food for Berta, and she loves it! I tend to not give Berta bones because they degrade her teeth (which are already very rigged), but we do give her a lot of Blue Buffalo products! I also put peanut butter in her Kong chew toy and freeze it — it gives her something to do and she absolutely loves it! Senior dogs also love their sleep and down time!

  • Senior dogs also love their sleep and down time.

They also love to just hang out and be involved. Don’t get me wrong senior dogs enjoy a walk now and then, but they also crave their rest. Don’t let this be a negative – this just means they have less of a reason to get into things! They don’t have tons of energy like puppies, so their crimes of passion are rare. Berta is perfect at home by herself and she spends her time relaxing. When she wants to release some energy she makes it very clear with a few jumps and scratches at the door. Another positive is that they are less likely to pull on a leash! Take this as a reason to cuddle and give them extra affection! Down time = attention time!

  • Trips out and car rides are great for senior dogs.

Even though they are “senior” dogs they still enjoy releasing energy and going places. Berta really loves trips to Starbucks for a pup cup We also take her on light walks and my advice is to pay attention to activity levels. Do not overwork them! It is also important to pay attention to younger children in the home as rough housing can lead to injuries.

These are just a few tricks and tips that worked for me. Do you have tips to share? Post them on our Facebook page and don’t forget a furry photo!

By: Emme Moorehouse

Oct 24 2019

Adopting a Senior Dog: A Series, Part One

There are many things in life that will bring a person happiness, but there are only certain things that will bring fulfillment: mine was adopting a senior dog. Everybody wants the joyful chirpiness of a puppy, but they don’t want to deal with the potty training and obliteration of furniture. Nobody tells you that this stage is rarely existent with a senior dog. Senior dogs normally are potty trained, well-mannered, and very lovable. In fact, they usually crave attention more than most puppies.

Some senior dogs have the longest times spent in shelters. My dog Berta was in the shelter for four years before we rescued her. Although those numbers were sad to hear within, seconds of adopting her the anxiety and stress of being isolated went away. It seemed as though she knew right off the bat that these people and this place was going to be forever. When she got home she jumped on the bed and fell right asleep. She slept through the night and woke us up to use the restroom. It was a relief to know that she felt safe and secure. It also was a perk that she was potty trained and well behaved! Still to this day her routine and positive outlook is consistent!

A lot of people stress about the expenses, time, and work that goes into owning a senior dog, I can honestly say none of those things have occurred yet with Berta. My recommendation is not to let those aspects hold you back from adopting a senior dog. It is hard to see the graying faces of so many beautiful and amazing dogs at the shelter and my hope is more people will lean towards adopting senior dogs.

This type of connection and love is rare. It takes a very special individual to adopt a senior dog. My advice is to be open minded and more aware of senior dogs the next time you consider adoption. The perks are endless and the fulfillment is everlasting!

By: Emme Moorehouse

Oct 18 2019

October is Bullying Prevention Month

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. One of our missions at Wayside Waifs is to stop the cycle of violence towards people and animals! One of the main ways we use our voice at Wayside Waifs is by reaching out to the students in our community through our Humane Education program. Bullying is something students face on a regular basis. If Wayside can get students to start developing empathy at an early age, we can make progress towards disrupting that cycle of violence.

Our relationship with animals plays a huge part in this as well. We know that people who hurt animals often hurt people as well. Also, animals gain students’ interest and attention. Affection for animals helps students understand how our actions affect those animals and the people around them as well. The connection between animals and students results in positive reinforcement.

Responsibility is the first Core Value we teach as part of the program.

Responsibility is the foundation for all of our lessons. We have re-framed how we think of responsibility at Wayside Waifs. Instead of focusing on all of the things we have to do, we think about what the end result is. We help the students learn that when we “do what we are supposed to do whether we feel like it or not,” we can create peace. Each one of us are powerful individuals and our actions have the power to help create peace – or to create violence.

We talk about what responsibility looks like, feels like, and sounds like in our daily lives. Most importantly, we talk about the areas in which we don’t feel peaceful (when the greatest amount of bullying occurs) and what actions we can take to help transition to a feeling of peace. Animals play a big part in our own internal peace. They are instant stress relievers and companions. At Wayside our humane education animals stimulate positive thinking in the students and they also bring peace to the school setting! We use the voice of animals to create a better connection with students and the issues that occur in their own personal lives.

Wayside Waifs wants readers of this blog to share their own representation of responsibility. Think about the things you do on a daily basis and how have you tried to create peace in those situations. No matter how big or small an issue is, it is important to take responsibility when conflicts arise. Take initiative and share your stories of responsibility with us. We love to see our community come together and advocate for peace!

You can download a selfie signs on our website here.

By: Emme Moorehouse and Ashley Stanley

Aug 6 2019

DIY: T-Shirt Rope Toys

Summer is sizzling and that means more indoor time for our furry friends. As we kick off our summer DIY series, we’re teaching you how to repurpose your old t-shirts into rope toys perfect for any pup on a hot or rainy day!

All you’ll need is two old t-shirts and a pair of scissors. If you have a few more old t-shirts that need a new purpose, use them to make a super colorful rope toy!

Cut slits about an inch wide at the base of each t-shirt. Tear along each slit with two hands to the top of the t-shirt, then cut to make a strip.

Gather the strips and tie off one end, leaving about 2″ as fringe.

Divide the strips into thirds and braid them together. When you’ve braided most of the strips, tie off the opposite end, leaving about 2″ unbraided.

Toss it to your pup and watch them have a grand ol’ time!

For dogs who struggle with separation anxiety, bonus points if you pick t-shirts that smell like you! Feel free to get creative with fabrics, textures, colors, and sizes to make your dog a perfectly personalized rope toy (or two!).

Happy crafting!

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Written by Annie B.

Jul 25 2019

Waif Wednesday

Happy Waif Wednesday! Meet our three fabulous Waifs of the week: Boomer, Tigress, and Buddy. These three lovebugs can’t wait to find their forever families!


Hi there! My name is Boomer and I’m a two-year-old fella looking for a family to call my own! 

I’m 71 pounds of love. I’m a friendly, strong guy who loves to explore. A volunteer took me on a field trip and I absolutely loved the car ride. I’d love to go on more adventures with my best friend, you! I’m treat, toy and praise motivated which makes me much easier to train. I already know the command “Sit!” If you throw a few treats my way I would love to learn more commands with you. I do ask that you bring the whole family to meet me (dogs too) just to make sure we are the best fit for each other. 

I can’t wait to meet you and spend the rest of my life with you!


Grrrr! I’m Tigress. Just kidding with the growl. I’m actually very sweet. But like a tiger, I am strong and fierce. You see, I was found as a stray, raising four babies on my own. A nice guy took me in and cared for me until my kittens were old enough to be adopted. Now we are all ready to make new lives for ourselves. My kitten-rearing days are behind me, and I’m ready to enjoy life as somebody’s baby! And if you want to baby me, you have a head start … I have my own wicker bed and kitty tower ready to go home with me.

As you can see from my photos, I’m a gorgeous, sleek, shiny black kitty with just a touch of white on my throat and amazing green eyes. I love to play! My favorite toys are a toy mouse and feather wand. So much fun!

When I had my Felineality assessment here at Wayside, they told me that I am a Sidekick. That means I tend to be moderately brave in new situations, and I very much enjoy attention and companionship from people. Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, I will want to be right by your side, making you look and feel good. Do you think I could do that for you?

Love, Tigress

Hi there! My name’s buddy and I’m a fluffy ball of fun with a cute personality.

I’m sweet, goofy, and incredibly smart. I’m gentle with play and love to stay active. But I also know how to be a cuddle bug if that’s what you like too! I’m not too big, so I’m perfect for hanging out on the couch and going on walks. I hope you can keep up with me!

I’ve got really fluffy fur and everyone tells me how nice I am to pet! If you like a dog with a great personality and sometimes gets super silly and funny, I’m the perfect dog for you!

Come to Wayside to get to know me! Who knows, maybe we’ll be the best of friends!




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

Jul 2 2019

Pawty Like It’s 1776 – Safety Tips

The Fourth of July is a fun filled holiday for family and friends. It’s a chance to celebrate the birth of the United States with BBQ, fireworks, and warm weather. But that doesn’t mean our furry friends are as excited as we are! Wayside wants your pets to feel comfortable and safe during this holiday, so we have some tips for our four-legged family members.

1. Leave your pets at home.

We all love having our pets with us every chance we get. And to some it may seem mean to leave our pets at home when we’re out having fun. But the safest place for your pet on Independence Day is inside the safety of your home. Taking them to an unfamiliar location surrounded by people they don’t know with fireworks shooting off can increase anxiety and cause a pet to run away due to fear. And please don’t lock them in a car as a substitute — This can cause heat stroke!

2. Have a safe space available for your pet.

Whether it’s a closet filled with blankets or a crate full of their favorite toys, most dogs like having a go-to spot when anxiety hits. If your dog does not enjoy small spaces, that’s okay! Have their favorite blanket or dog bed ready and available for them in an open space if needed.

3. Use pet-friendly insect repellents and sunscreen.

The sunscreen and insect repellent humans use is not always safe for our furry best friends. The chemicals in these products can be toxic and cause sickness from drooling, vomiting, diarrhea and even neurological issues. There are plenty of pet friendly options to use for animals if insect bites or sunburn are a concern.

4. Keep alcohol out of reach of pets.

If ingested, alcohol can be very poisonous to pets. Drinks left on the floor or a low table might lead to ingestion. This can lead to weakness, low blood sugar, difficulty breathing, and, in extreme cases, respiratory failure. Keep drinks in hand or on a high table away from our curious friends!

5. Keep scraps away and out of reach.

We all get those puppy dog eyes when we’re eating food in front of our pets, but please resist! Table scraps can be extremely harmful to animals. Bones from ribs can splinter after ingested and cause obstruction; fatty table scraps can result in pancreatitis; there are many other examples of human food causing problems for our pets. Just because we can ingest something does not mean it’s safe for animals. Stick to their normal diet.

6. Keep glow jewelry away from pets.

The luminescent substance contained in these little plastic party favors are highly toxic and unsafe for animals if ingested, and the large pieces of plastic can cause blockage.

7. Keep citronella candles, insect coils, and tiki torch oil out of reach.

Animals can be very sensitive to the scent from these oils. They can cause aspiration pneumonia if inhaled, and if ingested can cause stomach irritation and central nervous system depression. Keep all chemicals locked away or high up away from pets.

8. Never use fireworks around pets!

Pets don’t understand fireworks the way we do. All they see and hear is a bright and loud explosion happening in front of them. There is also a risk for severe burns if they come into contact with a fireworks, as well as exposure to toxic substances.

9. Have your pet identified properly

Proper identification could be the only way to find a lost pet if they do get loose. An ID tag and microchip are effective ways of retrieving a pet if lost. Make sure your contact information is up-to-date with the microchip company. Also have recent photos of your animal in case “lost pet” signs are needed.

10. Beware of lighter fluid and matches

These items are typically on hand when barbecuing. When not in use, keep them high up or locked away to reduce any risk of ingestion. Like many other chemicals, these can be very harmful and dangerous when ingested.

We at Wayside want this to be an enjoyable event for everyone. These are just some tips to help you keep your pets safe and comfortable for the Fourth of July!

Written by Emily Costelow

Jun 26 2019

Waif Wednesday

Happy Waif Wednesday! Meet our three fabulous Waifs of the Week: Nutmeg, Daffodil, and Westin. These three lovebugs can’t wait to find their forever families!

Hi there, my name is Nutmeg! I am pretty excited to be here at Wayside because the people are so nice and they tell me I will find a family here real soon!

I am about 40 pounds of awesomeness.  I am a great age at 2 1/2 years old.  I can be a little unsure and shy at first, but if you go slow and give me a little time to warm up to you, I will be your best buddy for life. I am sweet and gentle and love to take nice strolls around the trails here. I enjoy yummy treats and soft pets, I also am SMART.  I know how to sit and shake already. Maybe you can help me learn some more cool things?

If I sound like the perfect pup for you, come to Wayside and ask to meet me!

Love, Nutmeg

Thanks so much for reading about me! My name is Daffodil. It suits me because, like the flower, I am very pretty! When I came to Wayside, I was raising three kittens. My foster mom said I was an excellent mother to them. Now, my babies are ready to go out into the world on their own, and so am I. I’m ready to enjoy life being my special person’s baby.

I’m a smart, curious, cautious cat. I enjoy people and attention, but it takes me a while to feel comfortable around someone new. When you meet me, I ask that you please be patient and let me make the first move. When I come over to you, pet me gently down my back to break the ice. Ahh … that feels nice! Here at Wayside, one thing I’ve discovered that I really enjoy is watching bird videos on the internet. Maybe we could watch some together on your phone sometime. Or, maybe we could watch real birds together through a window.

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

Love, Daffodil

Hi everybody, I’m Westin! I just rolled in on a transfer when my last place ran out of room. I am really happy to be at Wayside so I can find a family to love for life!

As you can see by my pics. I am very handsome but I have MANY awesome qualities about me! I am 6 1/2 years young and have a lot of pep in my step! I already know the commands “sit” and “down!” I recently became part of the Waif Runners program here at the shelter. My handler says I am on the green list (which is great!), and that I have a nice pace and love to trot along.

I am a larger boy at around 100 pounds, but don’t worry I can still fit on the couch, your bed or a soft recliner if you wouldn’t mind that. I have a gentle mouth when taking treats and walk nicely on leash, although I do get excited at times. My favorite thing to play with here at tennis balls, so hopefully we can stop and pick some of those up on our way home!

If I sound like the perfect pup for you, come to Wayside and ask to meet me!

Love, Westin

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

Jun 19 2019

Waif Wednesday

Happy Waif Wednesday! Meet our paw-mazing Waifs of the Week: Florence, Marcella, and Jaime. These three cuties can’t wait to find their people!

Hi there, I’m Florence! I’m sweet, affectionate, happy, and fun, and I’ll be a wonderful companion if you’ll just give me the chance. I’m a 2-year-old beauty with a smile that brightens up the room. I came to Wayside as a transfer from another shelter that was running short on space. I’ve settled in pretty nicely here at Wayside, and I love all the new friends I’ve made!

I walk great on my leash with minimal pulling, and getting out to enjoy the fresh air is my favorite thing. I’m also a great runner! After my exercise, I enjoy relaxing or playing with my toys—I really dig playing my toys! I’m playful and silly and I like to have a good time. I’m already super smart, and with my food motivation, I’m a great candidate for training. If you bring a tasty treat when you come to meet me, I’ll be happy to patiently sit for you!

If you have other dogs, I will need to meet them before we go home together. I’m friendly and not reactive with most dogs that I meet, but others I might not want to play with. I guess it’s the same way for humans!

Life is so much sweeter when it’s shared with someone you love, and I want to share mine with you. If I sound like the perfect pup for you, come to Wayside and ask to meet me!

Love, Florence

Thanks for reading about me! My name is Marcella. As you can see from my picture, I’m an adorable white kitty with darling black spots. When I came to Wayside, I was a young mother raising six tiny kittens! We were fortunate to live with a foster family until my babies were old enough to make their own lives in the world. Now, it’s my turn to be somebody’s baby!

I’m a friendly kitty with a great meow who loves attention. I also love to play, too. I sure hope my new people like to play! The Felineality assessors here at Wayside describe me as a Leader of the Band, scoring high in valiance in sociability. In other words, I’m a bold, confident cat who loves people. You will never be bored or lonely with me around!

I love playing, meeting new people, just hanging around (when I’m in the mood), but most of all, I love being the boss. I’ll probably designate a corner of the house as my own, but I’ll still want to spend lots of my time with you! If I sound like the perfect kitty for you, come to Wayside and ask to meet me!

Love, Marcella

Hey there! I’m Jaime, a 3-year-old social and friendly fella in search of a home of my very own. 

These are some of the words the folks here at Wayside use to describe me: sweet, friendly, social, and playful. See a pattern there? I just LOVE being around people and enjoy getting lots of attention and affection. I’m a happy boy with an exuberant smile that will brighten even your gloomiest day. I’m not the kind of guy who will be satisfied just hanging out by myself all the time. I prefer to stick right by your side and share all my love with you.

Do you have other dogs at home? My sociability extends to other canines too. I’ve got great doggie manners and coexist well with other pups. I’m also relaxed on a leash and would love to take walks with you. Maybe we can go for daily walks around the neighborhood? Or, if you’re as adventurous as me, we could go on some short hikes, or maybe even try out a dog park!

Moving from shelter to shelter can really be challenging for a social boy like me. I’m hoping my new people will be patient with me as I learn to settle down and adjust to life in my home. Won’t you give me a chance to be yours? If I sound like the perfect pup for you, come to Wayside and ask to meet me!

Love, Jaime

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

Jun 12 2019

Waif Wednesday

Happy Waif Wednesday! Meet our wonderful Waifs of the Week: Apollo, Kitty, and Emerald. One of our original Waifs of the Week, Toby, got adopted, so Emerald is happily taking his place. These three cuties can’t wait to find their people!

Hi folks! I’m Apollo, a handsome five-year-old guy in search of a safe place to land. I was transferred here when my previous shelter ran out of space for me. All this change can be a little scary, but I know it’ll all be worth it when my family finally finds me.

The people here at Wayside say I’m a sweet fellow and a perfect gentleman.  I’ve got beautiful leash skills and will stay right by your side when we go for walks together. I really enjoy exploring hiking trails and sniffing all the wonderful smells and fresh air in the great outdoors. I’m also an excellent running partner! I’m smart and already know the commands “sit,” “lay down,” and “shake,” and I would love to find a home that will continue to train and teach me. Maybe we could join a class together?

I can’t wait to be your new dog! Won’t you please come meet me soon? Be sure to bring any other canine kids along to be sure we’re all a perfect match.

Love, Apollo

Who’s black and white and beautiful all over? Why me, Kitty! I’m one of the prettiest girls at Wayside, or so I have heard. I came to Wayside from another shelter that was low on space. Moving around can be scary, but I am so glad to be here, safe and snug, while I wait for my forever person or people to walk through the doors, find me and fall in love!

When I had my Felineality assessment here at Wayside, they told me I am Personal Assistant. That means I am moderately brave in new situations, and I love and need the companionship of humans. Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, I will want to be right by your side, ready to lend a beautiful fluffy paw. You will wonder how you ever got along without me!

Love, Kitty

Hi everyone, my name is Emerald! Yes, I do believe I was named that as I am a true gem of a gal!  I was brought in as a stray, and am so happy to be in a place where the nice people take good care of me, but what I dream of is a home of my very own. 

Some words I hear people say to describe me are: super Sweet, friendly, social, and smart. I think those are all true for sure! I am even currently being used in a Clicker Training class here at Wayside and am doing very well. My teacher is very proud of me! I also love when humans praise me as that makes me feel really special. I am a great size at around 60 pounds, so I should fit well in the car, on road trips or even on your bed if you would like that, I know I would!

I walk very nicely on leash and hope we can take nice evening strolls around town together. Please come meet me soon, bring the whole family (dogs too)

I will be here waiting for you with wagging tail

Love, Emerald

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

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