Nov 19 2010

NipClub for Ryker_Tyker

Sweet Ryker

Last night was a special night for the anipal community on Twitter. A special #NipClub was held in memory of @Ryker_Tyker.

What? This is like a foreign language to you? Let me explain. There’s a community of animals on Twitter who call themselves “anipals”. We get together and have “pawties”. On Thursday evenings we use a special hashtag and call it “NipClub”. During our pawties, we have DJs who play music and anipals (called barktenders) who make us special food and drinks like niptinis and meowgaritas. It’s just like any other party; we hang out, dance, and talk. Sometimes it gets a little crazy! In addition to all the fun, there is a serious side. We raise money for different animal charities. We always provide a link to the charity and that is how you tip your DJ and barktender for the hour they are on duty. I can’t even begin to tell you how much money has been raised by the anipal community on Twitter. I don’t have enough paws to count it all!

Back to last night’s NipClub. It has been a sad week for us anipals. Ryker_Tyker went to the Rainbow Bridge very suddenly last Sunday. We prayed for him and sent healing thoughts (called a “pawcircle”) while he was at the emergency vet, but he didn’t make it. We all understand what a wonderful place the Rainbow Bridge is, but it’s so hard to see our friends go. We also felt very sad for Ryker’s mom who just started volunteering at Wayside Waifs and for his sister, @Allie_Kitti, who was adopted from Wayside.

Romer Ryker

Romeo Ryker

In order to honor Ryker’s memory and to help homeless pets, all of last night’s NipClub tips went to Wayside Waifs. The anipal community knew how comforting it would be to Ryker’s mom and we all wanted to do something special for him. What better way than to donate to a local charity that he had personal connections to? Of course, lots of homeless pets will benefit from our festivities. We hope that they are able to find special, loving homes, just like the one Ryker had.

Please keep Wayside Waifs in mind when giving in a loved one’s name. It is a thoughtful way to remember a family member, whether they have two legs or four. 

Written by: Guest blogger Sebastian from Sebastian The Sensitive Soul:

Jun 15 2010

Rufus’ Way at Wayside Waifs

Ruffy's Family


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

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