Jun 15 2010

Rufus’ Way at Wayside Waifs

Ruffy's Family

Ruffy

This year at the Wayside Waifs Fur Ball, a new item was added to the live auction.  Each year, the drive leading up to Wayside Waif’s beautiful shelter will be named by the winner of the Name Waysides Drive auction item.  This first year, Wayside Waifs board member Vicky Whitney won naming rights!  From now until June 2011, our drive will be called Ruffy’s Way, after Rufus.  

Here’s is Rufus’ story. 

“Eight years ago,  we brought home a 2 year Maltese (Buddy) who had spent his short life in a puppy mill.  We had no clue as to what to expect, but we soon learned that Buddy had virtually no pet skills, didn’t know a thing about people or how to interact with them and was often scared of them, hated being on the ground or grass, had no idea what a treat or a toy was.  Trying to house train Buddy couldn’t have been more difficult.  

A month or so later, we brought Rufus home.  He also came from a puppy mill, but because he was still a puppy, he didn’t have all the inhibitions that Buddy had and he just charged through life like it was no big deal!  Rufus virtually house trained Buddy, taught him to use the doggy door and the ramp to get up on bed.  Rufus and Buddy were the best of friends and did everything together.  Whatever Buddy knows today, it is because he learned it from Rufus.  

Everyone who ever met Rufus loved him at first site.  That included my family and friends as well as strangers on the street.  He was very precocious and fun loving, excited to spend time with all who came to the house, loved watching out the window and keeping track of the neighbors with Buddy, constantly going to his toy box to drag out something to play with or cuddling up on my Mom’s lap everyday to take a nap.  Not only was he very smart, but almost intuitive …. Sometimes I’d swear that he knew what I was going to do or say before I knew it!   

When Rufus was only 3 years old, he started suffering from severe pain in his neck due to a degenerative nerve disease.  We worked with a neurologist to find a cure, but in a very short time, the pain became uncontrollable even with the all drugs the doctors could administer.   We were all at a loss after Rufus was gone from us, but I look at his picture every day and I feel blessed that we got to spend even those few short years together.”

Vicky Whitney

Wayside Waifs is very grateful to Vicky for her generous gift to purchase this item.  The unveiling of Rufus’ street sign was celebrated with a fabulous breakfast paw-ty of Vicky, her family and Wayside waifs staff, pictured above. Be sure to notice Ruffy’s Way sign and remember Rufus the next time you come visit, which we hope will be soon!

Written by Marla Svoboda
Director of Development at Wayside Waifs


Apr 16 2010

Don’t Miss These Tail Waggin’ Events Benefiting Wayside!

Meowza, do we have a busy spring!  Our event calendar is jam-packed with incredible events, all benefiting Wayside Waifs.  If you are looking for something fun to do in the coming weeks, we hope to see you at some of our fantastic upcoming events.  Check out this list, and get involved with us!

This weekend, April 17 &18, Wayside Waifs will be at the 2010 Pet Expo at the American Royal Complex.  We’ll have adorable puppies and foster dogs available for adoption, and you can check out our mobile adoption unit!  You’ll find us in Hale Arena, right by the Dock Diving Dogs!  If you have a pet, don’t miss the Pet Expo!  Wayside Waifs will receive a portion of the proceeds from the ticket sales.

On May 1st & 2nd Wayside Waifs will be part of the Spring Races at Kansas Speedway!  Our adorable Waifs will be hanging out at the track before the Indy Car race on Saturday and the Truck races on Sunday.  Stop by our mobile adoption unit and take home your new best friend!

Feeling groovy?  Ready to do the hustle and raise money for Wayside?  Don’t miss “Caturday Night Fever:  A Disco Fur Ball” May 8th at the Overland Park Convention Center.  Break out your 70s leisure suits and platform shoes… because this will be a night of dancing on the hottest new dance floor in Kansas City… and you’ll be the first to try it!  Our live & silent auctions are loaded with the hottest must-have items of the year!  You’ll also be treated to a delicious gourmet dinner… and you’ll have an opportunity to cuddle up with the cutest puppies you’ve ever seen.  Tickets and sponsorships are still available, but going fast!  For more information check out www.waysidewaifs.org/furball

Get your poker buddies ready for this big event: Gail’s Harley-Davidson’s Putt For Mutts Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament benefiting Wayside.  The tourney will be held in a huge tent at Gail’s.  Buy-in is just $35 and table sponsorships are available as well.  Great prizes will be up for grabs all night… and of course our Waifs will be there too!  The action starts Friday, May 14th at 7 p.m.

Think your dog has what it takes to be “Best in Show?”  Join us for the 1st Annual Crestwood Dog Show.  This great family event will be hosted by Fox 4 Meteorologist Karli Ritter and judged by some well-known Kansas Citians.  Prizes will be awarded for the “Most Wonderful Dog” small, medium and large categories.   “Best Costume” and “Best in Show” ribbons are also up for grabs.  Registration is only $10.  The Show will be held on May 15th from 9 a.m. to Noon right outside Aixois restaurant at 55th & Brookside Boulevard.

On Sunday, May 23rd, bring your dog to Westwood Park for the annual Vinca’s Dog Day in the Park, hosted by Boozefish Wine Bar.  Proceeds from the celebration will benefit Wayside Waifs and the Humane Society of Greater Kansas City.

Live in the Northland?  We’re coming to your next of the woods on June 5th!  Our mobile adoption unit will be part of the Arts Festival in Liberty.  Stop by and visit us!

A week later, on June 12th, The Phoenix is hosting a Jazz Brunch, to raise money for our Waifs.  Enjoy the dazzling vocals of Valerie Price and a delicious brunch menu!  There will also be a special Beer Garden, where you can mingle with our Waifs and enjoy the music.

Then June 19th we’ll be in the River Market for the 3rd Annual Delaware Street Dog Parade, the shortest parade in history.  Prizes will be awarded for the best dressed dogs!

And 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


Feb 25 2009

Do you have your Fur Ball tickets? Don’t miss out on the fun!

Wayside Waifs invites you to join us for our 2009 Fur Ball on Saturday, May 9, at 6 p.m. at the Overland Park Convention Center.

Fur Ball table sponsorships are a great way to join your business colleagues or a group of friends in supporting and celebrating Wayside Waifs. This year’s theme is Cattyshack, with table sponsorships ranging from Tiger Woods ($25,000) and Slice of Heaven ($10,000) to Wedgy Woof ($5,000), the Chevy Chaser ($2,500), and Putt for Pets ($1,750).

Individual tickets are also available for $175. For more details about the specific benefits associated with each sponsorship level, as well as general information about the event, visit www.waysidewaifs.org/furball.

If you or your company would like to sponsor a table, please contact Marla Svoboda by email or call 816-986-4401.

Going, going, gone!
The Fur Ball features an exciting auction, with all sorts of great items up for grabs – including a week for two to Canyon Ranch Resort and Spa, a VIP trip for two to the Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, a weekend trip to Chicago in a private jet for a group of eight, and much more!

If you have an item you would like to donate to the silent auction, please contact Trish Stinger by email or call 816-986-4418.


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