Mar 19 2014

Fido’s Spring Checklist

spring checklist As the grass begins to turn green, snowbells blossom, and the sun sets later in the evening, you and Fido may find yourselves developing a case of spring fever. The good news? With the right precautions taken, you and your pooch will be ready to spring into warmer days with a seamless transition. Employing the tips below is easy, and you’re sure to have some fun along the way.

Spring To-dos:

Up the Exercise

When it’s cold outside, many owners and canine companions get less exercise. Not to worry, though. Although your pooch doesn’t need to get in beach-worthy shape, he or she does need to get conditioned for long days of fun in the sun. The key? Like any exercise regimen, you should ease your way into full-fledged workout mode. In no time walks around the block will turn into 5-mile trail hikes.

Wash The Paws

Beds of green grass are fun for pups to roll around in, but during the spring, be careful of potentially harmful chemicals, such as herbicides, that are used for the removal of  unwanted vegetation.

Flee & Protection

Rolling around in the grass is all good fun until somebody gets a bad case of fleas or ticks. The solution? Monthly flea and tick preventative medication is best practice; however, you’ll also want to give your dog a thorough comb-through if you go for a hike in a heavily wooded area. You can purchase these products at Whiskers & Wags, Wayside’s Boutique. All proceeds from sales in the store benefit the animals at the shelter!

Groom the Coat

Spring is a time for fresh starts, so be sure to send your pet for a day at the groomers, where he or she can get a fresh cut that keeps them cool and comfortable as the weather gets warmer outside. It also helps to get in the routine of brushing them at night.  This can not only help them relax but it keeps the tangles and dander to a minimum.  And, hey, it’s great quality time together. Need some more convincing? Think how cute your pooch will look with their new hairdo!

Learn More

Looking for a furry friend to take long strolls with on breezy spring evenings? Wayside Waifs of Kansas City is home to a number of adoptable dogs and cats that are looking for their forever home, so be sure to stop by the shelter today.

Shelter Hours:

Wednesday-Friday Noon-8pm

Saturday 10am-6pm

Sunday 1pm-6pm

Feb 25 2014

Fight the Winter Blues With Pet Exercise

snow playIt’s cold outside. Let’s face it: We are all dragging a little bit – even the dogs. As a pet owner, it is important to remember that while we are able to get outside throughout gloomy winter days, dogs often remain pent up indoors. Sofa snuggles and afternoon snoozes are great, but too much time on the dog bed can have a lot of canines feeling blue. Don’t wait for sunnier, warmer days to exercise your pooch! There are a number of great winter exercises you and your favorite companion can enjoy.

Winter Exercises for the Pooch:

Snow Angels

One of the things that makes dogs such great animals is that they still enjoy all the things we did in our youth – playing in the snow is no exception. In fact, many of these furballs relish the opportunity to run their paws through fluffy, white powder. While it’s still winter, bundle up and take your snow angel (yes, we know you call your dog “angel,” “sweets,” and other heart-melting nicknames) out for some good, old-fashioned playtime in the snow.

snow dog

Extra Training

What better way to get your pooch ready for warm park days than some additional training classes? These classes are fun for everyone, as they allow pets to socialize with their canine peers, all while learning new tricks and skill sets. After some winter classes, your furry friend will be the star of all his or her warm-weather park dates.

Sensory Stimulation

Just as we require mental stimulation, dogs have keen senses that need to be challenged to stay sharp. When your dog’s nose cannot keep busy sniffing freshly cut grass or blooming flowers, a fun game of sniff-and-eat will combat the winter blues and boredom. Something as simple as an impromptu food-driven obstacle course will do the trick, keeping your dog’s mind stimulated and its belly full.

Learn More 

Are you looking for a furry friend to roll around with in the snow? Wayside Waifs of Kansas City is home to a number of adoptable dogs and cats that are looking for their forever home, so be sure to stop by the shelter today.

Adoption Center Hours:

Wednesday-Friday Noon-8pm

Saturday 10am-6pm

Sunday 1pm-6pm

Jan 26 2014

Help Us Find Lewis His Forever Home

Lewis At Wayside Waifs, we have over 300 animals in our care that need a home, and this week we would like to spotlight one. What makes this Waif so sweet? Well, just look at that smile. Lewis is a two-year-old Pit Bull-Terrier mix and he is about as amiable as they come. You can just see the hope in Lewis’ eyes. You see, Lewis was brought in from the streets with his sister, who was later picked up by their former owner. Lewis, however, was left behind and remains waiting for his forever home. So, ready to learn what makes Lewis so special?

Why We Love Lewis:


Despite Lewis’ devastating abandonment, he remains one of the most hopeful foster dogs in the shelter. Since Lewis knows what it was like to have a home, he has been eagerly waiting to find a new, permanent one with a loving family who will never leave him behind. His hopeful attitude is one of the many things that makes Lewis such a heartbreaker.


Lewis is one affable pup. He is also obedient, house-trained, and eager-to-please. The result is one happy-go-lucky pooch. And did we mention Lewis loves to go walking. His leash-side manner is excellent, so he looks forward to going on lots of walks with his future owners.


Since Lewis came from a home, he knows what it is like to be part of the family and he just can’t wait to settle back in with a new, permanent one. Growing up with a sister, Lewis plays well with other dogs and would really enjoy having another live-in canine companion. Children are great, too; however, he prefers big kids who are over the age of five. Sometimes Lewis gets anxious around unexpected movement, so he needs a family who speaks softly to him and is conscientious of his occasional anxiety.

Visit Lewis Today

If this fun-loving dog seems like he would be a good fit for your family, pay him a visit. Lewis is hopeful he will be united for his forever owner soon, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to bring him home.

Shelter Hours: 

Wednesday-Friday Noon-8pm

Saturday 10am-6pm

Sunday 1pm-6pm 



Nov 28 2011

Find Grrr-eat Gifts at Whiskers & Wags!

Looking for the purr-fect gift for your kitty?  Does your dog crrr-ave toys that keep him busy?  Whiskers & Wags, Wayside’s Pet Boutique has grrr-eat gifts for your furry family members!  We just received several new holiday toy items in the store, as well as new leashes and collars!   Proceeds from all purchases benefit the animals at Wayside Waifs!

Check ‘em out!

A fun assortment of dog rope toys that will keep your pooch busy for hours! Price: $10 ea.

Naughty or Nice?  You decide!  Each ball has nice on one side and naughty on the other. So fun!  Price: $1 ea.

Colorful plush dog toys are tail waggin’ fun! Price: $5 ea.

For our feline friends these zany cat bouncers feature a fun mouse attached to a “springy” tree. They are guaranteed to be the cats meow!  Price: $5 ea.

These are sure to be a hit!  Handpainted ornaments feature different breeds of cats and dogs! Quantities are limited and new ones are coming in each week!  Price: $10

Shop Whiskers & Wags, located in the Harold & Marilyn Melcher Pet Adoption Center at Wayside Waifs!

Store Hours:
Wednesday – Friday: 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday -Sunday: Noon to 6 p.m.

May 12 2011

Meet Doc!

Hi!  I'm Doc

Meet Doc

One look into my chocolate-y brown eyes and try to tell me you aren’t already in love with my sweet face.   Hi, I’m Doc, and I’m a 10-month old, housetrained, crate trained, total love bug of a dog, searching for my new forever family.  Oh boy, I just can’t wait for you to find me.  I was transferred to Wayside from another shelter where I hadn’t been able to find a new home.  When I first arrived, I was very unsure of myself, and my new friends here noticed that I would flinch when their hands moved quickly – as though perhaps someone in my past overcorrected me.  Ah, thankfully all of that was a long time ago.  Now, well now I’m in a super duper foster home, with the best foster family on the planet.  They like to volunteer at Wayside Waifs, and being with volunteers means I’m with people who will love me and want the best for me.   Let me just put a plug in here for the foster families, too.  Do you realize just how great it is that fosters take us in, teach us how to be a great dog in a home, and then, well then after loving us and caring for us and bonding with us, they have to let us go to our forever home?  It is bittersweet for all of us, but especially for the family.  I can’t thank them enough for all the love and training they have so willingly given me. 

They have so much good stuff to say about me, because I’m just the perfect dog.  Oh, ok, I know I need to be completely honest here, so there might be a few minor little things that they will want to mention that I might still need to work on.  Let’s start with the good stuff.   First of all, I’m housebroken!  Yep, that was a snap.  I’m very smart, too.  I know ‘sit’, ‘stay’, ‘up’ (that’s for kennel up), ‘out’ for outside, and I’m working on ‘come’.   I’m clever, too.  My foster mom says that I’ve been living with her two dogs (a border collie and an older beagle), and the border collie initially decided to hoard all the toys in the house – just so I wouldn’t have anything to play with.  Hey, I call F-O-U-L!  Well, in order to regain control of the situation, I decided that I could outwit, outsmart and outplay her, and I could beat her at her own game.  My foster mom has a vegetable garden in her back yard with a little 3 foot fence around it.  I had noticed that my pal wouldn’t jump that little fence, so I decided that I WOULD, and I’d take each toy, one at a time, into the garden and leave them there.  Ha!  It worked, so now I have all the toys for myself, and she has nothing!  Ok, ok, it is all in the name of fun.  If she wants one, I’ll share, I promise! 

She also has a 6 foot privacy fence in her back yard, and I get to spend a lot of time out there during the day.  There was one time, yes just one time that I decided I had to see what was on the other side of that privacy fence.  Well, in order to do that, I had to do a wee bit of digging.  It wasn’t a lot, and I haven’t done it since, but, I was able to get myself into the neighbor’s yard.  Heck, their yard was just like my yard, so there really isn’t a need to go over there any more.   My doggie pal and I get to play so much during the day, and whew, she really wears me out – she’s a border collie, they can wear any dog out :)  My foster mom also takes us on a mile walk every day.  All three of us go together, and I do great on leash.  The only thing that happens sometimes is that if I get a little overheated, well, I like to just stop and lie down and relax for a bit.  There is nothing wrong with doing that, is there?  

I’ve got two human sisters (15 and 17 years old), and believe me, they are the light of my life right now.  When they get home from school every day, the thing we love to do is sit around and cuddle.  That’s right, I love to cuddle, and they do too!  My foster mom says that if you decide to adopt me, you need to know that my ‘sisters’ might want to come with me.  Just think how all of us could rock your world.  Nah, they wouldn’t come, but they would miss me more than anything.   I would love it if you had some kids around.  Don’t forget that I’m still a puppy.  I’ve got more growing and more learning to do.  I can be a bit nippy and jumpy when I play, but that has been changing over time as I’ve settled in.   Sometimes it is just that initial morning burst of energy that brings out the ‘puppiness’ in me.  Once I get past that, I’m a good boy, I really am. 

I love toys and treats!  What self-respecting retriever mix doesn’t?  I chew on nylabones (and an occasional stick or two), and rawhides are absolutely delicious!  I mentioned all the toys before – we’ve got balls, Frisbees, tug toys, you name it!  I like them all.  You will need to remember to watch me about chewing.  It is our natural instinct, so giving me the proper toys to chew on keeps me away from your fancy heels and house slippers.  

My foster mom says that one of her favorite things about me is that I have a smile on my face all the time.  Well, who wouldn’t?  I’m a happy boy, with a bunch of people who love me, something I’d never felt before coming to Wayside and getting hooked up with this wonderful family.   It is hard to start life being mistreated by humans.  Sometimes people just don’t understand how to train a dog to fit into their lifestyle.  But the greatest thing about dogs is that we have the capacity to forgive and forget all kinds of bad treatment.  We focus on the moment we are in, and if that moment is filled with love and kindness, we smile, just like I do, and we just enjoy it.  I have shown my devotion to family over and over again.   It is important that dogs that go to foster get new homes quickly.  It becomes harder and harder for our family to let go – and for us to let go.  I know when you come for me, I’ll be more ready than ever to bond and be the best forever dog in the world for you.  I’m waiting patiently! 

Love from Doc

Jan 25 2011

Meet Jones!

Hi, I’m Jones, and I’m a 3 year old, housebroken, crate trained, smart as a whip black lab mix who is seeking his forever life with a loving family.  I currently am living in a foster home, and my foster mom recently updated Wayside with some of my antics.   I thought this would be a good time to share with the world all of my greatest attributes – and well, I guess I ought to share some of my weaker points as well.  It’s good to be honest.

First of all, I can’t thank Wayside enough for saving my life.  I was at another shelter, and my time was up there, but Wayside scooped me up at the last minute and whisked me to safety.  They found that I had an embedded collar in my neck which they had to surgically remove.  Then, the vets discovered that I had heartworms.  Well, all of this was pretty rough on me, because in all honesty, I’m a very energetic boy, and having to cut down on exercise while the heartworm treatment did its job, well, it was next to impossible for me.  I was so stressed out from being contained in that kennel, day after day, week after week.  It was just an awful experience.  When I did get out, about all I could do was jump up on people – I felt like I was having a nervous breakdown.  I couldn’t settle down, and that meant that no one could really connect with me at all.  Well, foster family to the rescue is all I can say!  I am having a spectacular time with my temporary family.
Most of my days consist of a pretty regular routine.  That is good news for a dog like me.   Some structure and consistency, daily mental stimulation, and daily physical exercise make for a very good Jones boy!  

I am lucky enough to live with two other dogs – an 8 year old pointer/lab mix named Sophie, and a 3 year old pointer terrier mix named Millie.  I LOVE these two ladies to death!  I can play chase and tug with Millie in a rough and tumble kind of way and for hours on end, but then I totally understand that Sophie doesn’t really want to play that way, so I’m much more gentle and soft when I play with her.  I’ve also met a bunch of other dogs in my travels, and I like all of them and play nicely.   I also go on two 30 minute walks each day, and I have lots of quality time to run around in a large, 4 foot high fenced in back yard.  

Since I’m lucky enough to be fostered by some DOG TRAINERS, I am learning so much!  I currently know sit, down, stay, come, off, give, take, no, let’s go, steady, and settle.  Whoa!  I’ve learned all this in just the past few weeks.  I am rather challenged by the game of fetch, though.  I just don’t always want to bring the toy back, and yes, that is the whole point of the game, I know.  Awww, cut me some slack, ok?  Some of the fun of the game is to have you begging me over and over again to give you the toy, and I can keep running around in circles throwing it up in the air and ignoring you!  Hey, it is all in the name of fun!

I like to sleep in my crate at night, and I’m just fine if I’m left in my crate for a few hours each day.  Hey, pay close attention to what I’m tellin’ you about me right now.  I’m fine in it for awhile during the day; however, I would not  be a happy dog if you left me there all day long.  So, if you have a job that keeps you away all day, I would not be the dog pal for you.  I would really appreciate it too if you had another dog at home.  I get so jazzed having a pal around, and hey, you might be thinking of another dog right now because you have a dog that needs a friend.  Well, you’ve got a friend in me.  Yes indeed.

I do love to chew on things, so if you don’t have any indestructible chew toys or rawhides or something good like that, you might lose some of your more interesting items if you leave me to my own devices.  Hey, you people really need to understand us dogs.  A lot of us, especially younger dogs, well, we need something to do each day.  Don’t you do things all day long?  If you were expected to just sit around not doing anything and not touching anything day after day after day, maybe you would start chewing on a chair leg, too!  Seriously, I am an active boy, so I need a lot of activity so that I am a good boy, too!  Some of my favorite toys include kongs stuffed with just about anything, rope toys are great fun, and sometimes I like to have my food fed to me from a ‘wobbler’.  That really keeps my busy and active while I eat my food – and I share with my buddies as the food bits come flying out.   

Probably the one biggest thing I’ve learned in my foster home is the joy of snuggling with a human.  At Wayside, I was always so stressed and hyper living in that environment, it was really hard to get my body and my mind to settle down and enjoy what I now consider to be one of the finer things in life.  But in my foster home, I get a chance each and every night to sit in the ‘snuggle chair’ with my Foster Mom.  I usually pick up a toy on the way, I hop up, and I will lie in her lap iand chew while she strokes and pets me all over. My Foster Mom talks softly to me about things that happened during the day, and I love to look into her eyes and listen to every word.  I don’t pretend to understand her, but I know what a super great feeling I can get from someone being close to me, cuddling and loving me.  I never had this kind of experience in my life previously, so it is actually something that a dog like me needs to get used to.  Believe me, I now know what it is like to be loved.

I think if I could be lucky enough to find the perfect home for me, it would a home with an active family.  I’d love to take regular walks or go running each day, and even hiking might be a good thing to try.  I really would love to have another active dog that likes to play a lot.  I’ve decided that dogs and people are tied as my favorite things in life (ok, toys are in there, too!), so I’d really rather not spend a lot of time by myself.  I really wouldn’t be happy, and I don’t think you would be, either.  I am still at the stage in my life where I am mastering the fine art of doggie etiquette.  Sometimes my joie de vivre and youthful exuberance can get me into trouble.  I still get a little jumpy sometimes, so I could knock down children very easily – not on purpose, mind you, just because I get easily excited around new people.

I so want to find my forever family – are you out there looking for me?  I keep dreaming that someone will come.   I have mastered so much of life and love these past few weeks with my foster familly, and I now know how much I want to share my love with my human friends.  Do I sound like the dog for you?  If so, please contact Wayside to set up a time to meet me, ok?  

Love from Jones

Oct 15 2010

Heart to Heart with Squeakers

If you Squeakers ask what he wants in life, he would say, “I just want to be a kitten.” Squeakers came to Wayside as a stray in September all by himself and was instantly a favorite.  With his sweet demeanor and funny personality the employees and volunteers here at Wayside knew he would get adopted quickly.

Finally, the day came when someone was interested in adopting him so; we thought he would have the home he deserved. But, something got in the way of this. It was a heart defect that gave him a life expectancy of six months to two years to live. This was not only heart breaking to the potential adopters but, also to all that fell in love with him at Wayside. 

This sad diagnosis was a lot to ask of someone who would surely fall in love him, since he would eventually pass away at young age. Plus, the medical bills, not just monitor his heart but, to diagnose the severity was beyond most peoples capabilities. The potential adopters realized that they couldn’t take the heart ache therefore the adoption fell through. 

So, there was a decision to make. What could be done for this little guy? Therefore, the Wayside staff decided a foster home would be a good start. He was sent into Wayside Waifs Foster Program with the thought that either we could find someone to give him a loving home or he can live out a normal life during the time he had left.

In his new foster home, he plays with the other cats in the household and loves to cuddle with the dogs. He gets to sleep on his foster mom’s pillow at night, purring her to sleep. Squeakers can now live a normal life and be loved as he truly deserves. So, knowing his wonderful personality, we now would like to give him a step up in the world. 

Adopting him out we all know is going to be difficult so, the doctors would like to send him to a specialist to find out how severe the heart issues is so that we can give a new adopter as much information as possible to care for him. This procedure is called an echo cardiogram. It would be the best way to find out what regimen he needs to be on to prolong his life as much as possible.  

To do this we need to find a way to pay for this procedure. So, the employees and volunteers teamed up and are having a bake sale to raise the funds. This will be at Wayside on October 23rd. Please help Squeakers get the life he deserves by coming up a purchasing some yummy goodies for your family. All proceeds will go to helping him through this process and finding him a loving forever home.  

Written by Kristin Sampson
Foster Care Coordinator at Wayside Waifs

Aug 18 2010

Meet Zyrus

Meet Zyrus a 10-month-old Border Collie/Shepherd Mix

Meet Zyrus a 10-month-old Border Collie/Shepherd Mix

Smart, somewhat shy but playful, especially with other dogs, fun, and entertaining, with the softest, shiniest coat you’ve ever laid eyes on…that’s me, Zyrus, a 10 month old Border Collie/Shepherd mix in the market for a forever home of my very own. I’m also fully housetrained, crate trained and so well behaved. Wow! I have come such a long, long way in my journey to this point in my life and I’m so excited to share my story with you. Please bear with me as I remember and salute my past. Not that I like to dwell on it, but I believe it’s important to know where you come from in order to understand where you’re going in life.

I first showed up at Wayside as a stray when I was just 5 months old, along with my 5 brothers and sisters. Just a family of puppies who longed to be loved, that’s all we were. They all got adopted and are hopefully living large with their new families. Sure I miss them, but I need to focus on myself now. Of all of us puppies, I was the most shy and sensitive in the family. Everything pretty much frightened me and you can’t imagine how scary Wayside was to me. Makes me tremble just thinking about it! Luckily, that’s when I met my Foster Mom (FM). She scared me too, at first, but we have come a very long way since our first day together.

The first time they asked me to do a write up for my web page, I had only been in my foster home for a few weeks, and I spent most of my time talking about how scary life was. Well, things have changed since then, so FM and I sat down and decided it was time to update my file. Zyrus 2.0 we’re calling it. I’m gaining confidence every single day and FM says I’m a vastly different dog now than when she first met me. So from here on out, I’m concentrating on the present and the future. To quote my favorite song, I’m ready to “Turn the Page” to my new life. I hope maybe you’d like to join me!

FM can’t say enough great things about me! She adores me and you hear it in her voice every time she talks about me. Well behaved, entertaining, great running partner, fabulous on walks, great fun to take to the dog park, comforting to cuddle with…she can go on and on. She has taught me so many things over the past several months and I know I can never repay her. I guess me finding a perfect home is enough for her. I’m so grateful to her and working hard to become a great dog so that my perfect family will want me and come for me.

Here’s what FM has to say about living with me. Like I mentioned, I’m very well behaved. I’m fully housetrained and crate trained. I stay in my crate when FM is away from home and also at night. It’s a safe haven for me and I don’t mind my crate at all. Loud noises are still somewhat scary to me, but I’m working on that. I’m not much of a barker, unless I need to notify FM of something she needs to be aware of. I don’t jump on furniture, except for one chair that FM has approved for dogs, or when I need some loving and try to jump on FM’s lap as she sits on the couch. I’m very smart and learn quickly, so I will adapt to whatever rules you have for me.

I’m great with other dogs, especially my foster dog brother, Louie. He is awesome! He’s small and sometimes he stands underneath me. We are quite a sight, he and I, and FM laughs every time we show off this way. I love trips to the dog park! I try to play with every dog there when we go. I love to run, chase, splash in the pool a little, check out the people. You heard me right, I’m at the point in my life where I like to sniff and check out the people around me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still sort of hesitant when it comes to meeting new people, but at least I’m out there making an effort. And I’ve found that most people are pretty ok. The only problem with the dog park is getting there. I sometimes get car sick. Yikes! Only on the way there though. Once I realize we’re heading back home, I seem to be ok. Weird, but true.

FM doesn’t have a fenced in yard, so we spend lots of time exercising by walking and running. In fact, I ran 3 miles earlier today with her! She says she couldn’t ask for a better running partner. I’m great on my leash. And when we’re home and she lets me out, I stay very close to her. I have never tried to run away or done anything inappropriate in the backyard. My absolute favorite treats are of the rawhide variety. My mouth waters just thinking about rawhide.

I hope you don’t mind one or two more words from me about people. I need time to get used to new people and warm up to them. I’m still a little uncertain and hesitant at times. In general, I’m curious about people. Young kids or wild kids are still scary to me. FM has never seen me snap at or nip at anyone though, ever. But I would really prefer a home without kids or with calm kids over 8 or so. Once I get to know you and trust you, my bond is deep. I love it when FM scratches the top of my head and down between my eyes. She understands me and I trust her with my life.

As you can probably guess, there’s a certain type of home that I’m hoping for and dreaming of. Well, my number one desire is patience, love, and someone who understands me for who I am. Having another dog around to teach me and play with me would be awesome too. Since I’m still young, sometimes my play gets a little rough, but I’m working on that! And I would love to have someone around a lot, because life is so much sweeter when you’re not alone. A daily walk or run is also on my wish list, since it is one of my most favorite things to do and it helps me experience life in a positive way.

Although I will probably always be somewhat shy, I am in the process of blossoming into a happy, friendly, and lovable dog who longs to be part of my very own family. I promise to continue to work every day at overcoming my fears and insecurities. I have already come such a long way in a short time and I’m so excited about the great life ahead of me. So if you think you might like to share in my journey and help a shy but loyal and grateful guy continue to come out of his shell and live life to the fullest, please give Wayside a call and schedule a time to meet me! I can’t wait to meet you…and you can’t imagine how good that feels to say!

Love from Zyrus (don’t forget to watch my video and see how cool I look!)

P.S. Since I’m in foster, to set up a time to meet me, you’ll want to call the adoptions department and talk to the nice people there. You can reach them at 816-986-4426.

May 26 2010

Meet Zyrus!

You really can’t imagine how uncomfortable it is for me to write this bio for my web page.  You see, at this point in my life, I prefer to go unnoticed and hide within the safety of my kennel.  With the help of my wonderful Foster Mom (FM) though, I am slowly but surely coming out of my shell and learning how great life can be.  So I will reluctantly tell you a little about myself, but please keep my frame of reference in mind as you read my story. 

I’m a shy but playful, especially with other dogs, smart, soft and gentle 7 month old Border Collie/Shepherd mix named Zyrus, and I’m in the market for a forever home of my very own.  I’m still just a pup, but I’ve never been socialized or taught what it means to simply be a dog.  That’s what I want.  That’s what I dream about.  Life can be scary for me.  But every once in awhile, when I get focused on a fun game with my doggie friends, I show moments where I’m not afraid and I know life is good.  That’s when FM talks about what a fabulous dog she knows I can become.  I know I’ll get there too, but having someone else believe in me is an amazing feeling. 

I originally came to Wayside as a stray with my 5 brothers and sisters.  Just a family of puppies who longed to be loved, that’s all we were.  They all got adopted and are living large with their very own families.  Sure I miss them, but I know it’s time to focus on me, so that’s why I agreed to go beyond my comfort zone and tell you about my life.  Right away, my Wayside buddies realized that I was special, but super shy and sensitive, so they found me the world’s best FM to show me the way.  

She’s teaching me so many new things and letting me experience life for the first time.  It’s a first for me to get brushed and bathed.  And I’m not comfortable just hanging out and cuddling with someone yet, but I want to get there so badly! Luckily, FM has another dog, Louie, and he’s the best teacher I could ask for.  His goal is to help teach me all about what it means to be a dog.  Sometimes our whole family goes out for walks.  I love to explore the neighborhood and it’s fun when we meet new dogs along the way.  I don’t care too much for the people that the dogs are usually with, so I just ignore them. 

I’m partially housebroken and fully crate trained.  I still have a few accidents now and then, especially when I’m nervous.  I feel so safe in my crate, sometimes I actually run to get in it.  I stay in my crate at night and when FM is at work and that is fine with me.  Like I mentioned, life gets scary for dogs like me…quick movements, unfamiliar people, new activities…I’m trying so hard, but it’s a slow process.  So I’m looking for a family with lots of patience to help guide me.  I promise to not cause much trouble.  I never get on furniture at FM’s house.  I don’t bark much, unless I’m trying to alert FM to things she needs to be aware of.  I stay in my yard and have not been destructive at all, which is pretty awesome, considering my age.  

Having someone care about me and for me for the first time in my life is sometimes overwhelming to me.  But I’m learning to enjoy life now.  FM says I am super focused and the way I learn is by watching, processing in my mind, and then imitating.  That’s why my dog brother, Louie, has been so great for me.  It’s crazy, but sometimes I just sit and watch him.  FM insists that once I learn to relax, I am so smart that you will be able to teach me almost anything!  How’s that for a vote of confidence?  I’m entertaining to her when I start to have fun and play, and it makes her happy to know she’s helping me grow more self assured every day.  I just need time, that’s all.  

As you can probably guess, there’s a certain type of home that I’m hoping for and dreaming of.  Well, my number one desire is patience, love, and someone who understands me for who I am.  Having another dog around to teach me and play with me would be awesome too.  Since I’m still young, sometimes my play gets a little rough, but I’m working on that!  And I would love to have someone around a lot, because life is so much sweeter when you’re not alone.  A daily walk is also on my wish list, since it is one of my most favorite things to do and it helps me experience life in a positive way.  I tend to like women more than men, but I promise to do my best to get along with and trust all family members.  FM does think that a home with no kids or kids over 12 or so would be best for me.  

Although I will probably always be somewhat shy, there is a fun-loving, happy, and friendly guy here inside of me just waiting to get out and enjoy life.  I promise to work every day at overcoming my fears and insecurities.  With your guidance, love, and understanding, I know I can get there!  So if you think you might be interested in helping a sweet, shy soul come out of his shell and start living life to the fullest, please give Wayside a call and schedule a time to meet me! Thanks for your time! 

Love, Zyrus

Mar 31 2010

Meet Molly!

Full of Love to Give!

Hi, I’m Molly, and my Wayside friends tell me I’m the nicest, sweetest, gentlest and most laid back dog ever to set foot inside the shelter. I can’t figure out a way to tell my new friends how my journey actually brought me here, except to say that a good Samaritan found me wandering on my own in the cold and snow right after Christmas this past year, and he brought me to Wayside for help.  

As an older gal, I’ve had a few health related issues that the vets have had to treat. They have not only done so with a great deal of skill, but also with an incredible amount of tenderness and compassion.  I couldn’t ask for a nicer family, well at least until my forever family comes to get me.  Everyone at Wayside knows my name, and everyone out here wants to bestow as much love and attention upon me as is humanly possible. How lucky can a gal be?

Do I roll with the punches that life throws my way?  Surely you know that getting older means getting wiser, and I don’t let being in a shelter spoil my love of life or the people and treats in it!  I sit quietly and patiently in the bathtub awaiting my beauty treatments (I’m sure you must be smiling right now imagining me in the tub), I’m sometimes found behind the adoption counter sprawled out in the middle of the floor asleep (snoring usually), and my favorite thing is a long walk with a friend – I just smile and wag my tail the whole way. I sometimes sit for hours in the lobby acting as the official Wayside greeter dog for all those who come to visit. Everyone stops to say hello and give me a pet and a treat, and everyone comments on just how sweet and loving I am.  Do I hear what else people say when they meet me?   Sure, I hear them say that they would adopt me in a heartbeat, if only I were a younger dog.   I know, I know, that must be the reason I’m still waiting for my forever home.   

Yes, youth certainly has its perks; I haven’t forgotten what it is like to be a young pup with all that energy and sparkle.  I’m a much calmer gal now, and I want my new life to be spent cuddling, taking long walks, and having you talk to me about the important things in your life.  I don’t have the energy level of a puppy any longer, but I still have lots and lots of sparkle! 

Maybe you are like some people who are reluctant to adopt a senior dog because you are afraid that our time together will be too short.  I understand that kind of reluctance.  Losing someone you love can be incredibly painful, and your heart can be heavy with sadness.  We never have enough time together on this earth, do we?    

The love it takes to adopt an older dog is born from strength, commitment and a willingness to risk the pain and heartache that loss can bring.   Life is all about love and loss though, isn’t it?  We all grow old, and we all experience pain when we lose the friends we’ve made along life’s journey.  If you think of an older dog as one that you will only have a short time with, wouldn’t it make you want to live every day with me to its fullest?  Wouldn’t you want to create thousands of memories to treasure forever?  Living each day as though it is your last can create more joy than one can even imagine.  

If you take me home, I’m sure that you will get more love and more fulfillment than you ever dreamed possible.  I can promise that I will shower you with all the love and affection I can muster in appreciation for your giving me a second chance at a wonderful life.  I will look at you every day with unwavering devotion and a profound sense of gratefulness for my new life.  I will be your best friend.

The staff and volunteers at Wayside know me quite well.  They all look past my age and see the most gorgeous, loving, wise, patient and still quite young hearted girl that they love dearly.  They know that what I want most in life is my own home and another chance to make someone very happy.  Though I may be a little older, I have as much love to give you as any other dog – perhaps even more.  Please don’t forget that, and please consider whether you or someone you may know has room in your heart and home for a dog like me.   If you can make the commitment to adopting me, I have a lifetime of love to give you.   That is priceless!  

I hope I get the opportunity to meet you.  You’ll see right away what a sweetheart I am.  I will make the best dog in the world to you, you just wait and see. Let’s live life together in the here and now and make the most out of every minute of every day we have together. I’ll be here – waiting for you to come find me and take me home.  Make sure you watch my video!

Love from Molly

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