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


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