Aug 14 2017

10 Reasons to Strutt With Your Mutt!

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10 Reasons to Strutt! 
KC’s largest dog-friendly 3K/5K event
 
1. Form a team! Invite friends and family to join you on September 17. Start a new tradition!
2. Enter your dog into the Pet Costume Contest! Only $5 to enter. We will award 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place on stage!
3. Your registration fee ($35-$45) pays for an animal’s vaccinations.
4. You will get an updated 2017 Strutt event t-shirt! The shirt is blue and super soft.
5. All youth fundraising will be matched by a generous Wayside donor. Get creative in collecting for the waifs! Host a lemonade stand or ask a company to sponsor you.
6. Are you a runner? 5K participants will get a cool finisher’s medal!
7. Poppy’s Ice Cream truck will be giving free pup-cones at Strutt! Yum!
8. Be a Top Team! We’ve got awards for the Largest Team and Top Fundraising Team on Strutt day! Will you be a winner?
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9. Over 50 pet-related vendors in our Flealess Event Market – you’ll get tons of freebies and information on what our pet community has to offer! Be a vendor.
10. Earn fun prizes for your fundraising efforts! Check out our Prize Program here.
 
About Strutt
Strutt With Your Mutt is Sunday, September 17, 2017 in the Brookside neighborhood. We need your help to raise funds for the homeless pets at Wayside Waifs!
There are many ways you can help. Register your team today, fundraise and be a voice for the Waifs, and ask your friends and family to support you!
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Aug 4 2017

Back-To-School Tips

When August comes around, we start thinking about school. Either the back-to-school sale, school supplies list, making sure everything’s ready, or just dreading the upcoming semester. What we might not always think about is how our furry friends in the home might understand what August means. I’m going through some tips and explaining what our pets feel like during those different schedules after summer.

Not all animals will feel this way when people start going back to work and school, but some will experience sadness and loneliness. They might mope around or sleep more. Maybe your dog starts chewing on things they shouldn’t, or maybe your cat becomes more vocal or pees in the litter box. Many people will not connect this to back-to-school time. Like some people, animals like having routine because it makes them feel secure. During the summer, if kids are playing with them all day, and suddenly they go away for long hours, it can cause confusion and stress.

There are so many ways that we can prepare for to curb this anxiety your pet might feel, and it is a great teaching moment for your children! Here are some tips that can get you through this transition.

1. Transition Time

If you prepare at least one week before school starts, the animal can mentally prepare for your absence. This could be leaving your dog inside during the early hours of the morning by themselves. Only for about thirty minutes or so, and that should help simulate school time. Another good trick is to start breaking out lunch boxes or school supplies that your dog would see when you leave them. They can get used to the items and desensitize them around it, making for an easier transition. 

2. Come up with a routine.

As mentioned above, animals are all about routine, and without it they can have severe depression or separation anxiety. To avoid that, you can start a new routine for all year round, that can benefit the children, you, and your animals. The schedule should include but is not limited to feeding, bathroom breaks, walks, and exercise/play time at set times each day. You could plan for a morning walk before or after school, and cuddle time in the evening, depending on what your schedule looks like. Coming up with a routine will reduce the stress on your animal.

3. Turn on the TV/music before you leave.

I do this with my animals, because I think they worry more when it is completely quiet. We used to turn on the radio, but now we turn on the TV for them. I usually put it on cartoons because they make the most noise and they can hear happy music. Human voices or calm music helps them adjust from seeing and hearing you all day to just nighttime.

4. Prepare special toys for the environment.

With you and the kids gone, the animals have lost their favorite playmate. If you provide toys throughout the day, and switch them out to make it fun, they will be able to transition. You can also provide food puzzles so they have to play and think while eating their food. We personally hide treats around our living room so they can have that to do as well. Some people will fill a puzzle feeder or Kong toy with peanut butter or cream cheese for an extra treat. Save those “favorite” toys for when the kids come home so they can enjoy it a little more.

5. Think about Daycare.

Sometimes dropping your dog off to daycare will help them make new friends and be busy all day. Cat daycares are few and far in-between, but you can always check to see if someone does that, but cats will not be as upset as dogs will. This will allow your dog to expend some energy, while being in good care and the company of others.

6. Quality Time

It is important to re-connect with your pet at the end of a busy week. With school back in session, your dog may not get as much time playing with your family as during the care-free days of summer. Remember that even though your pet wasn’t at work or school all day, he still needs time to unwind. Consider activities like: Long walks at the park, Lounging around on the couch, Daily walks, even as the days get shorter, A weekend picnic, A weekend hike, A visit to a restaurant or establishment that allows dogs, and A special weeknight brushing.

There aren’t that many tips for keeping your pet calm and collected while going back-to-school, but this is really all it takes. August can be a stressful time for you and your family, but don’t forget about your furry friends!

Come visit Wayside Waifs!

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

Written by Teryn


Jul 21 2017

Volunteer Appreciation

In many aspects of shelter operation, we would not be where we are without our volunteers. Our staff members are very thankful for the active roles our volunteers take in caring for the animals in the shelter. I thought it would be nice to showcase some of the many volunteers and what they do here that better improves the mission we all have; save as many lives as we can!

This is Dorothy Miller, and she volunteers in the Cat area. She does socializing, which is visiting with the cats, but she also does Cat to Cat featured in the picture above. Cat to Cat is where we introduce a cat to another cat to better understand if they could be in a home and co-exist together. In this picture, Jon and Bertram seem to be doing well, and they did get that coveted “Yes.” For us, we don’t need cats to love each other, but tolerating one another or just sitting in the same room can make a difference, and it increases their chances of being adopted.

These guys didn’t really interact that much, but they had a relaxed body language, and no hissing or growling. They did great, and here is a little snippet to showcase the process.

Dorothy works directly with other C2C volunteers and our Feline Care Manager to write down their interactions and experiences they have with their test kitties. She also is an avid waif watcher. Waif watching is for our Waifs that have been here more than thirty days, and need that extra exposure to showcase how wonderful they are. Currently, Dorothy’s waif is Ringo, a spunky former Beatles member who is looking for a home! 

The Waif Watchers can decorate their kennel however they like, as long as it doesn’t block the actual animal. Ringo is assisting Dorothy in product placement, as he likes his things neat and tidy. But he loves his snuggles too! We are appreciative of you Dorothy, keep being fabulous! 

Next, we have Sam Grimes. She is also a very dedicated volunteer who works with our dogs. She does a little bit of everything, between walking dogs, working with our shy and fearful dogs, bathing, and fostering. She is the Confidence College Volunteer Lead, and if you have a question about one of our shy dogs, she will most likely know the answer. Recently, she told me about Bob, a CC dog who is currently in foster now. Him and his siblings were transferred here, and had little leash skills. He was more shy than the others, so he was placed on Sam’s team. Here she is trying to get him to go on a walk. 

He is a very sweet boy, he is just a bit unsure of the shelter environment. She told me he hasn’t been outside for a walk yet, just inside. She tries with him everyday and it just so happened that the day I shadowed her was his big day! I captured his first moments outside on a leash, and he was a brave boy. You can watch it here.

We even met another CC dog Beau on our walk, and it really helped Bob’s confidence. It was awesome to see how happy he was!

Sam and her team log in a binder about their interactions with the CC dogs so they all can be on the same page. It’s a really good program that helps many Waifs find their forever home! Sam also enjoys bathing the dogs that really need it, or grooming them. She was assisted by Dianne Siegal, another fellow dog volunteer. 

Here they are giving Roxy a bath, who decided to pose a little bit for the camera. It helps to have two people at least because sometimes the dogs are less than cooperative. But they feel good and smell good after, so they get over it pretty quick! They also get a complimentary bandana for being a good sport, and here is Oreo picking his out!

A big shoutout to Sam and Dianne, you guys are so wonderful and we appreciate you!

Last, but certainly not least, is Debbie Brock, who is another dog volunteer. She is trained to do meet and greets, Dog to Dogs, she walks dogs, and she also teaches classes to new volunteers. We offer classes so people can become even more involved in our shelter, and Debbie is a great example of a wonderful teacher. She teaches the Volunteer Orientation class and the Dog 101 class, giving new volunteers an insight to Wayside and the dog area. Here she is teaching a class!

Debbie also helps out with our Canine Care Technicians if we are short or if we have a lot of dogs to care for. I’ve seen her teach a few classes, and she knows her stuff, and she is very pleasant! She loves answering any questions you have, and she continues to help new volunteers on their first or second shift as well. We have a stuffed animal that new volunteers can practice harnessing a dog on, and it’s very helpful! 

It is nice to practice on a “calm dog” first, because some of our high energy dogs will give you a run for your money trying to put that harness on! But it makes for a really good walk as they can’t pull and the harness works against their chest which helps for a smoother trip. Thank you for the pictures Debbie, and thanks for all that you do!

These are just four of the thousand+ volunteers we have for Wayside Waifs. We are incredibly grateful of the work and care they provide for our organization. Thank you for your kindness and the waifs appreciate it as well. If you would like to volunteer with us, please visit our website here.

Please visit our waifs during our adoption hours!

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

Written by Teryn

 


Jul 19 2017

Waif Wednesday

It’s time to meet our Waifs of the Week: Buster, Dolly, and Cheyanne!

**I’m eligible for a Slumber Paw-ty! Please see “Slumber Paw-ty Program” page under the “Adopt” tab for more details. Thanks!**

This is Buster, a photogenic three-year-old Australian Cattle Dog mix. Buster was brought to Wayside after his last shelter ran out of space for him, but that’s okay! He is ready to find his forever home! He’s excited to meet his person or persons that will take him home, and maybe that’s you! Buster’s a real friendly guy, but he does have some minor requests. He would like to be in a household with children over the age of five, just because he worries his energy might be too much for the little ones. He also would like to be in a home without cats, if that’s alright. He would do best in an active home so he will never be bored! He loves playing and walking, and he’s ready to have fun with you and learn new things. He does pretty well on his leash, and is a great running partner. Is Buster the one for you? Come visit him today!

You can learn more about Buster here. He also has a video out, which you can view here.

Meet Dolly, a beautiful dilute Tortoiseshell cat who is a one-year-old. She’s not working nine to five, but she will always love you! She’s actually had a litter of kittens, even though she is very young herself. She came to Wayside with her litter in hopes of a better life, and she is ready to meet you! She might be bashful at first, but she is a sweet, loving girl. Our Feline-ality assessor deemed her a “Personal Assistant,” meaning she is ready to be by your side and help you with anything! She will be the most happy when she’s with you! Dolly is ready for her forever home, are you ready to meet Dolly?

Read more about Dolly here.

**Cheyanne is currently staying in a foster home.  If you’d like to schedule a time to meet her, please contact Wayside Adoptions at (816)986-4426. Thanks!**

This is sweet Cheyanne, a seven-year-old Shepard mix. If you’re looking for a dog to hang out with and talk to and cuddle with, then she might be your perfect companion. If you feel like snuggling, she’s the perfect size! Cheyanne came to Wayside when her last shelter ran out of space for her. She was really scared at first, which is why she was so thankful when her Foster Mom decided to take her in. Foster Mom calls her the perfect houseguest and says there is nothing at all to not like about her. She doesn’t cause any trouble at all. She hasn’t had any accidents, and while she does fine in a crate, her Foster Mom lets her free-roam and she does great! Cheyanne is very polite, and is such a good-natured girl. She’s just an all-around wonderful friend. She does fine on a leash and will go on walks, but she is more excited about being with you!  Her foster parents praise her whenever she is a good girl (practically all the time) so her confidence is building up as well.  She can be shy at first, so she asks that someone is patient while she gets used to her new home. She has lived with dogs similar to her personality, and has done well. She would rather hang out with people though! With her shy nature, she’d prefer a home with children over the age of five, just until her confidence builds up more. She would love to meet the whole family, including your dogs to make sure you guys are the right fit. She’s ready to meet you whenever you are ready to meet her! Come to Wayside to meet her today!

Learn more about Cheyanne here.

You can meet all of our furry friends, including our Waifs of the Week during our adoption hours;

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

Written by Teryn


Jun 30 2017

Heat Wave

While we are having a grim end to the month of June, July, as usual, promises to be the hottest month of the year for Kansas City. Our summers are hot, muggy, and wet, while our winters are chilly, dry, and windy. Being in the midwest, you get a little bit of everything here, apart from tsunamis and hurricanes. You can learn a little more about weather in this metro area here. You can also view the weather monthly here. With the upcoming heat wave, we figured now would be a good time to provide tips for protecting your pet from those harmful rays, while giving suggestions for safe fun in the sun!

1. Visit the vet for an early spring or summer checkup.

My animals coincidently have their appointments in the summer, but it helps me out because I can see how bad allergies are and my dog always gets her yearly heart-worm test. These worms are spread from host to host through mosquito bites, and are more common in the summertime. It’s also recommended that you get monthly prevention if you are in an area that has a high mosquito rate. Your vet will have the prevention to purchase at their office.

2. Always keep fresh, clean water at the ready.

This should be nothing new, but always provide a nice clean bowl of fresh water for your pet. I personally have two bowls of water in the house and one outside on our patio, if my dog wants to lay in the shade outside. If it is too hot, only take them outside for necessary potty breaks, and no need to over-exercise. We wouldn’t want you or your pet to get overheated!

3. Know the symptoms of heat stroke in your pets.

Excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse are all symptoms of heat stroke. Symptoms can also include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with an elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees. You’ll want to watch out for these during our high heat and humidity days! Do not leave your animals alone in a parked vehicle, it can cause a fatality!

4. Be careful about grooming your pets.

Feel free to trim longer hair on your dog, but never shave your dog: The layers of dogs’ coats protect them from overheating and sunburn. Brushing cats more often than usual can prevent problems caused by excessive heat. And be sure that any sunscreen or insect repellent product you use on your pets is labeled specifically for use on animals.

5. Check the pavement before you go on a walk.

Before you head out for a walk, touch the pavement. If it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for your dog’s paw pads. Walk on the grass and stay off the asphalt. You also might want to try booties for your dog so his paws don’t burn. You can still go on walks, but staying in shaded areas of grass is really the only way to go in the heat.

Now for some fun ideas in the sun that will be both entertaining and safe for you and your furry friend!

1. Kiddie Pools

It’s summertime, and some dogs love being in the water, so why not invest in a kiddie pool?! My dog is forty-five pounds of love, and on Sunday we usually get her pool out and she has the time of her life. Always supervise your animals near water, but it’s a cheap and fun way to stay cool outside! Our first picture above is a Waif here that is enjoying their kiddie pool!

2. Ice Treats

This is always fun to make, and you can do it at home! Instead of soda flavors or fruit, you can freeze peanut butter or dog treats and give it to your pet on a hot day. It gives them something to work on, and it tastes great to them as well! Some people even freeze their toys for some extra fun times. Just make sure all the food is dog/cat friendly. 

3. Anything you can throw or toss. 

Now is the time to break out that frisbee or rope. Keep in mind that during the heat of the day, you and your dog should be inside for safety reasons, but two or three throws wouldn’t hurt. You can even do this indoors if you have the access. That way they can get ample amount of playing time while still staying cool, and you as well!

4. Sprinkler toys

Once again, some dogs really enjoy the water, and sprinklers are a cheap entertainment option. There are sprinklers you can purchase for your yard, there are dog specific sprinklers, so many different kinds! If your dog isn’t a fan of the water, they may want to sit this one out, but sometimes the price is worth it!

There you have it! Hopefully these tips for surviving in the heat and enjoying the summertime with your furry friend! Always check the weather so you nor your pet will have to suffer in the heat! Follow the links above to check Kansas City weather patterns. From all of us here at Wayside Waifs, enjoy your summer, and have a safe Fourth of July!

Adoption Hours for our campus are below. Let Freedom Ring for the animals at Wayside Waifs! It’s a grrr-eat time to adopt! Join us for our Let Freedom Ring adoption promotion starting this Wednesday, June 28 through Sunday, July 2! Half -price adoptions* for all adult dogs & cats (5 months and older), and all kittens! Adopt one kitten and the adoption fee is waived for a second kitten adoption! Hundreds of dogs, cats, puppies and kittens are ready for a second chance and a forever home! All of our adoptable pets are spay/neutered, current on age appropriate vaccinations and microchipped. You can meet all of our adoptable pets on our website. Be sure to check back daily as more animals are cleared for adoption.
*This promotion excludes puppies under 5 months of age.

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

Written by Teryn


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


Jul 27 2010

Strutt To Save Lives

Strutt With Us!

Strutt With Us!

It’s time to register for the 20th Annual Strutt With Your Mutt for Wayside Waifs.  In honor of the events 20th Anniversary, we are making some big changes to take Strutt to the next level. 

One of the most important changes is the addition of Dog Packs.  Dog Packs are teams of people that register and Strutt together.  It’s an awesome way to get your family, friends, neighbors, clients or co-workers involved in this great event.  You can show your team spirit by coming up with a clever team name, creating team shirts, wearing wacky hats or dressing your dogs in team bandanas. 

This year our goal is to raise a record $75,000 at Strutt With Your Mutt, but we can’t do it alone.  There is tremendous power in numbers, and by forming or joining a Dog Pack you can help Wayside Waifs continue our lifesaving mission.  If every member of your Dog Pack raised just $100, think of the difference we could make!  We know times are tough, but every $5 or $10 donation quickly adds up!

Every Dog Pack has an opportunity to win some great prizes for their fundraising efforts.  The winning team will also win a picnic in the Wayside Bark Park!  How cool is that?!? 

There will be something for everyone at Strutt With Your Mutt, including a 5K Fun Run, Kids Run, Cat Walk and 3K Strutt (a leisurely dog walk through Brookside).  There will also be a delicious pancake breakfast with Chris Cakes, and you can shop ‘til you drop in Vendor Village! 

Remember, every dollar raised at Strutt directly helps homeless animals.  Wayside Waifs receives no government funding and relies on people just like you to continue to help the animals.  Wayside is proud to be Kansas City’s largest no-kill animal shelter.  We thank you for helping the animals and we can’t wait to see you and your Dog Pack at Strutt With Your Mutt on September 25th in Brookside.  

The 20th Annual Strutt With Your Mutt is presented by Bayer Animal Health.  For more information and to create your dog pack, please visit www.waysidewaifs.org/strutt 

Written by Ashlee Parker
Communications Relations Manager at Wayside Waifs


Jun 8 2010

Jazzy June Events

Start working your costume now for the Delaware Dog Street Parade!
Start working your costume now for the Delaware Dog Street Parade!

Can you believe it’s already June?  Wayside Waifs is gearing up for another great month of events and fundraisers!  We hope you can join us at one, two or all of our June events!  Keep your eyes peeled for the Wayside mobile adoption unit!  We’re taking our waifs on the road this month for mobile adoption events all around the metro!

Wayside will get jazzy on Saturday, June 12th.  From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Phoenix Jazz Club in downtown Kansas City is hosting a charity brunch benefiting Wayside. For just $20, you will enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet, a complimentary breakfast cocktail and live jazz music by Lonnie McFadden and his special guest!  Our mobile adoption unit will be there, so guests can mingle with our waifs!  We hope to see you there! 

The very next weekend, Saturday June 19th, Wayside is heading to the River Market for the 3rd Annual Delaware Street Dog Parade, the shortest parade in history!  This is an event you and your dog don’t want to miss!  Most of the canine participants dress to impress and compete for great prizes and “barking” rights!  Registration is just $10 and all proceeds benefit Wayside Waifs.  Of course our mobile adoption until will be there… and our waifs will be prominently featured at this great event! 

On the 26th… we’re heading west… to Village West, to be exact.  Nebraska Furniture Mart has invited our waifs to a special adoption event!  We hope they’ll all find homes that day! 

Save the date for these wonderful Fall events:  

September 25:  20th Annual Strutt With Your Mutt
October 3rd:  Bark at the K
October 9th:  Kicks for K-9’s

For information about any of these upcoming events please contact Ashlee Parker, Communications Manager, at 816-986-4417 or aparker@waysidewaifs.org


Jan 22 2010

Photographing Fido

Photo by Josh Solar

Photo by Josh Solar

Capturing pictures of your four-legged friends can often leave you frustrated, (especially if they don’t listen well) but when you do get those great natural shots, it’s totally worth it!  So, here are 10 simple tips I use that you can follow to get those great shots of your favorite fuzzy companion.  Don’t worry, I’m going to keep it easy and leave out the f-stop, shutter speed, camera setting stuff!

1. Capture the Personality.  You’ll want to photograph your dog in a place where they are most comfortable.  Taking them to a park with lots of distractions makes it just a little bit more difficult to capture your dog being your dog.  Get them into the spots they love to sleep, where they enjoy running around, etc.  You know where your dog is most comfortable, so take the pictures there.  That’s the best way for you to get good shots that show your dog’s personality.

2. Avoid Distracting Backgrounds.  Keep distracting elements out of the background of your photos as much as possible.  Street lights, power lines, a cluttered desk- you get the idea.  These are all things that will distract your eye from the real subject, your awesome dog.  Pay attention to the colors of the background as well.  Avoid brown and black backgrounds for darker colored dogs and vice versa.  You want your dog to stand out.

3. Get In Close.  Get up close and personal with your dog.  This will enable you to fill the frame with what’s most important to you. 

Get In Close!

Get in close!

4.  Get Down to Their Level.  Just like when taking pictures of kids, you want to get down on your dog’s level.  They are usually more comfortable with you that way anyway.  It gives you a better angle than the always standing over them looking down shots.

5. Details, Details, Details.   Some of my favorite pictures are of doggy noses, tails, paws etc.  The details that can only be captured if you get in close to your dog.  Plus, it gives you another chance to give them a little love. 

It's All About the Details!

It's all about the details!

6. Photograph in Good Light & Turn Off Your Flash.  You want to avoid flash because it makes your dogs eyes look red in your photographs.  Look for good window light, or if your are outside, shade.  Try to stay out of direct sunlight, as it will not give you the true color of your dogs coat.  Also, you want to find even light.  This means light that hits your dog evenly, as opposed to half in direct sunlight or half in the shade.  This kind of light will play tricks with your camera and affect your pictures negatively.

Lighting makes all the difference!

Lighting makes all the difference!

7.  Use Humans!  Capture some fun candids with your kids playing with the dog.  Including the humans who are closest to your dog will make the images mean more later on in life. 

8.  Don’t Be Afraid to Bribe.  Use treats, favorite toys or items that motivate and hold your dogs attention. 

9.  Let Your Pet Get Use to the Camera.  Don’t just whip out your camera and start snapping away.  The shutter click usually startles them.  Give your dog the opportunity to sniff the camera an keep it on you while you play with them for awhile.  This will help your pet to feel comfortable with the camera. 

10.  Snap! Snap! Snap Away! Your dog moves a lot, and they are fast.  So take as many photos as possible, just continually snap.  You will be amazed at the amazing images and angles you will be able to capture.   

Above all just try new things.  It’s digital, not film, so this gives you the flexibility to try some new and creative things.   Don’t forget to have fun.  If you’re having fun and excited your dog will pick up on that energy and have fun too. 

Written by Josh Solar
Photographer and Owner of Solar Photographers


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


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