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

Nov 9 2010

Meet Lilly!

Hi!  I'm Lilly and I'm looking for my forever home!

Hi! I'm Lilly and I'm looking for my forever home!

Energetic, fun loving, sweet, affectionate, happy and playful – that’s me – Lilly, a housetrained, 2 ½ year old shepherd mix in search of a forever home.   I found myself in a very difficult situation this spring.  I had week old puppies and no home or friends to help me.   Wayside rescued us and found a wonderful foster home so that I could raise my puppies and provide them the proper love and nourishment they needed during those first few formative weeks.  My babies have homes, and I am currently lucky enough to be living with a foster mom and two doggie siblings, but I need my own home now – my forever one. 

My foster mom has been so good to me.  I have all my own things at her house – just as though it were my own home…my own bed, my own dishes, my own toys and treats, too.  I get car rides, and walks, and my foster mom even gave me a bath in the bathtub – and honestly, I loved it – I felt so pampered!  I like all kinds of treats, and Kongs with peanut butter make me so happy.  She doesn’t crate me, so I have free run of her house, and I’m a good girl.   I usually stay in the back yard with the other dogs – unless I see my foster mom out front, and sometimes I’m naughty, and I run and jump the gate just to be closer to her.  She got some help this weekend from a trainer so that I will learn not to do that any more.  

After just a short time at my foster home, my foster mom has noticed that I have really bonded to her.  I love her and all that she provides for me, and I think I’m a little afraid of losing this new life or of having to give up someone that has given me so much.  Being on my own forced me to rely on myself for everything, and I had to learn how to protect and defend myself and my little ones.   It was tough being all alone; especially for a dog that isn’t that confident to begin with and doesn’t know how to handle many of life’s challenges.  

I realize now that I have missed out on so much in my short life.   You humans provide such love and compassion to your dog friends, and I have just never had a human care about me like my foster mom does.  Sadly, I can’t get too comfortable here – she is just giving me a much needed break from the shelter, and she is providing me the one thing I have never really experienced  – and that is L-O-V-E.  I will always be grateful to her for this chance at experiencing this sweet life and letting someone take care of me for once.  

I know a dog like me would benefit from some special training – it’s called Nothing in Life is Free (NILIF) – ever heard of it?  NILIF training would help me realize that you are my leader, you know what is best for me, and all I have to do is relax, listen to you, and follow your rules.  It would so ease my stress and uncertainty.  

Ahhhh, the perfect way to live – letting you ‘take the wheel’.  NILIF isn’t hard to understand or hard to implement in your home.  It is actually a pretty easy way to help any dog acclimate to a new environment and new family.   Wayside can help you learn more about NILIF, too.  My foster mom is working with me to help me understand the NILIF concepts.  Believe me, I’m smart, and I’m food motivated, so we can learn together how to help me be all that I can be.  

Would you give me a chance at a new life?  I’m blossoming now, and I so want to find a family to put my trust in and show me how special a loving relationship with humans can be.   I hope my story can touch just one person’s heart enough so I can find my forever home.  Please think about adopting me.

Love from Lilly

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