Category Archives: Fostering
My new foster dog only has one eye.
It doesn’t work.
In fact, Blind Willie’s big, old, useless eye will have to be removed very soon, and Wayward Dog Foundation is currently raising funds to help cover the surgery.
Eye trouble is one of the health issues common in Jack Russell terriers. Although I do not know Blind Willie’s entire history, I do know he has been seeing impaired for most, if not all, of his life.
For this resilient and tenacious little terrier, though, his disability isn’t that big of a hurdle.
In fact, the 8-to-10-year-old dog gets around a heck of a lot better than Scooby the elderpin. Willie can go up and down stairs; he can hop on and off of furniture and he can use the electronic doggy door – all without help from people.
Little Willie also knows how to sit and speak for a treat. He’s a pretty good snuggler and content to rest for most of the day.
But at some point every evening he gets a burst of energy. During these periods, he’s a force to be reckoned with – if you are a Kong toy or a vacuum cleaner.
Willie has been in rescue for a few months, since he was surrendered by his former owners to the Wayward Dog Foundation.
After one failed out-of-state adoption, we are hoping to place Willie somewhere in the Kansas City area. He really does need a special home and a family who will be patient with him but who will also treat him like a regular dog.
Before Willie can be adopted, however, he does need to have his remaining eye removed. It is ulcerated and over time will cause Willie increasing discomfort. The sooner we can remove it, the better.
Buy Biscuits for Willie
One of the ways that I am helping to raise these funds is through the sale of Beer Paws Beer Biscuits.
Until the funds are raised, $1 from every 6-oz bag and $2 from every 12-oz bag of biscuits sold will be donated to Willie’s fund.
Click here to place your biscuit order.
Note: A portion of sales from all other Beer Paws products sold in February will be donated to the Beer Paws rescue partner of the month Paws Up Rescue of Nebraska.
When I asked Zach if I could bring Princess the chihuahua mix home for the night, that’s all I meant.
One night for me to get to know the pipsqueak better so that I could get some photos that would show the world how wonderful she is.
But we kinda fell in love with Princess.
And she kinda fell in love with Zach.
So at the end of night two, he gave her permission to come home with me every night until she was adopted. I did not protest.
As foster dogs go, Princess was a dream. After getting over some first night jitters, she settled in like she owned the place. Here favorite place to perch was Zach’s chest, and she was satisfied to cuddle there all evening. She preferred to sleep in her own bed at night. She didn’t yap when we put her in a kennel. And our dogs didn’t seem to mind having her around at all. In fact, the extra “competition” at dinnertime seemed to kick Scooby the elderpin’s appetite into high gear, which was just fine by me.
And my plan worked.
Finally, my friend Katie, who had been intrigued by Princess since she first came into the Wayward Dog Foundation, couldn’t resist anymore. She had to meet the little dog.
So, I packed up Princess in a carrier three days before Christmas. It wasn’t hard to guess the final outcome…
Katie says when the rescue stork showed up, her little family became complete. You can read her take on it over at Pigtales Blog.
I’ve been a bad blogger lately.
Overstacking my plate is a natural tendency of mine that reached new levels in the past few months.
But I don’t want to whine about my self-inflicted busy daze. I want to share some things I haven’t had time to write about. This could take a few days.
Let’s be honest.
After Charlie Machete, I wasn’t sure if we’d ever foster a dog again at Wayward House. Too much emotion and self-doubt surrounded the whole concept. What if we didn’t pay enough attention to our own aging forever dogs? What if we got too attached? What if we failed another dog?
I’m not kidding here. This stuff is heavy.
But I am so tied into the rescue community and have such a heart for dogs that I could not help myself from helping.
The opportunity to contribute to animal rescue was most definitely a motivating factor in the establishment of my business Beer Paws, which gives back a portion of all sales to the cause.
So was the creation of the Wayward Dog Foundation a few months later.
Yet from spring to December, I only ever brought one adoptable home for the night.
That was Razzy, on the night before he was adopted.
Through the rest of the summer and fall, I kept helping. I raised money. I networked.
Then, in November, I technically had a foster dog again.
He was black.
His name was Charlie.
He never made it to my house.
He barely lasted a week before bewitching my friend, Kennel Creek owner and Foundation co-founder Chris Sailors. (I think PJ Ruth of MOSH Pit KC must have somehow known that would happen when she called me about the poodle she encountered mid-surrender in the shelter lobby.)
Although a far cry from the challenge we faced before, this rescue win – and the successful rehoming of Foundation dogs Buckshot, Penny and Razzy – emboldened me.
So, a few weeks later I got real brave.
I told Zach I wanted to bring a Wayward Dog Foundation adoptable home “just for the night.”
Come back tomorrow for the full story.
Do you want to help homeless pets this year?
There are many ways to do it. One is really easy. All you have to do is click Like.
Throughout the month of December, I have been rallying fans to help my Beer Paws business page reach 1,000 Likes.
If we can do that by December 31, Beer Paws will donate $100 to our featured shelter of the month, KC Pet Project.
KC Pet Project is the non-profit animal shelter that serves Kansas City, Missouri. Thousands of animals pass through this program every year, and following many years as a high-kill shelter, KCPP achieved no-kill status this year.
Establishing more foster parents for pets has been one key to the program’s improvement. I’m happy to say that a dog was pulled into foster under my name just a few weeks ago – and adopted soon after.
Another key element of KCPP’s success has been the establishment of play yards, where dogs get more exercise and socialization. Earlier in the month, the shelter had to raise $40,000 to improve the play yards to be in line with state standards.
Although that particular fiscal goal was met, there is always a need for donations to the shelter.
The $100 Beer Paws will donate, in addition to a percentage of all online sales for the month of December, will help feed and keep warm some dogs and cats this holiday season while they await their forever families.
By participating in my Like campaign, you can help this all happen.
As of this writing, the Beer Paws fan page has 771 Likes. That’s not bad, but time is running out.
We have 13 days to get 229 Likes. Will you help us get there?
To sweeten the deal, I’m offering a giveaway, open only to people who like Beer Paws on Facebook, and something else cool just got added to the pot.
So the winner of this giveaway will receive a bunch of Beer Paws swag and a Katty De Lux calendar.
Check out the Rafflecopter widget below. The first thing it will prompt you to do is Like Beer Paws!
It was only a matter of time before we made it official.
Over the past few months, I have been working closely with my friend Chris Sailors, owner of Kennel Creek Pet Resort, to find new families for several dogs.
In addition to working directly with some dogs, we have also networked (with your help!) other animals on behalf of individuals and other rescue organizations.
At some point, Chris and I decided we were spending so much time figuring out which dogs we could help, how to help them and how to promote the efforts of others in animal rescue that our project ought to have its own name!
That’s how the Wayward Dog Foundation was born.
The Wayward Dog Foundation is a non-profit organization based in the state of Kansas. It exists to connect pets and people through adoption and to support the efforts of other animal welfare organizations.
In order for our Foundation to be a success, we will also need help from people in the Kansas City community and beyond.
I have consistently been amazed at the encouragement and support my blog readers have demonstrated for any project on which I have embarked. I hope that you will find this endeavor worthy of the same.
Right now, I just ask you to help me spread the word about the Wayward Dog Foundation and also share the stories of the people and pets we seek to help, as I share them with you.
Our website is not finished just yet, but you can like Wayward Dog Foundation on Facebook!
If you are located in the Kansas City area, you are also invited to attend the Foundation’s very first event.
Beer Paws and Kennel Creek are holding a “revenge party” for Kansas City Chiefs fans next Sunday. You can help us root for our hometown team, enjoy free halftime snacks and enter a raffle benefiting the Wayward Dog Foundation. Admission is free.
Who couldn’t love a face like this?
Boris the boxer mix is a stately gentlemen who is currently interviewing potential candidates to become his new best friend.
Don’t be fooled by the look of gray around his muzzle. Boris’ pearly white teeth confirm that he’s just a naturally distinguished looking guy. He’s about three years old.
Boris loves people. He is working on his leash skills, and he already knows how to sit and shake.
Last night, I met Boris for the first time during a Beer Paws event.
Boris volunteered to greet guests as they arrived, and he looked great in his turquoise Beer Paws bottle opener.
I was so impressed by his calm demeanor and the gentle way he interacted with everyone, including children.
Boris is available for adoption through State Line Animal Hospital in Leawood, Kansas.
However, he is currently taking a break from the shelter environment and spending time at Kennel Creek Pet Resort, as a guest of the Wayward Dog Foundation. (What’s that? I”ll tell you more about it this weekend!)
Please share Boris’ story with your network! If he looks like the right dog for you or someone you know, check out his Petfinder profile.
Your Chance to Meet Boris: Unless he is adopted by the time the Kansas City Chiefs take revenge on the Denver Broncos on Sunday, Dec. 1, Boris will stop by the Tavern at Mission Farms in Leawood during the game. Kennel Creek and Beer Paws are hosting a watch party there for the game that day. Click here for more details.
Yesterday, I asked you all to help me decide what to write about today. The pretty little Princess won by a hair!
The first time I met this little peapod of Princess, I was shocked to discover she was not Scooby.
I had gotten into a car. In the backseat was a small kennel, and I could just see bits of a black and tan muzzle.
When I got close enough I realized this was no elderpin.
Princess is a young thing – a Chihuahua mix, possibly Chiweenie.
She’s about a year old and came from a home where she did not receive the royal treatment.
That’s a pity, because what she really wants to do is be your cuddle buddy. When she isn’t doing that, she likes to explore. At just about 5 pounds, she also happens to be so tiny, she’d fit perfectly in a pooch pouch, a pet accessory I plan to write about tomorrow.
Princess is currently staying at Kennel Creek Pet Resort, hoping to meet her new family any day.
If you or someone you know would like to learn more about Princess, check out Kennel Creek’s adoptables page.
Luke and Scooby are taking a break from dressing up this year.
Technically, our photo is up for an award in a contest over on the Queen of Paws Facebook page.
We’d love your vote, but since we’re the only entrant in our category, I really want you to vote on another picture.
Former foster Minnie and her sister Pan are in the running for the title of Cutest Halloween Costumes. If they win, they’ll get an array of goodies from Queen of Paws – and affirmation that they are adorable girls in their outfits.
To help Minnie and Pan win, simply LIKE the photo album called Bow Wow Ween Costume Contest 2013 and then LIKE their photo.
Are your dogs dressing up this year? Let me know in the comments and feel free to post a picture on the Wayward Dogs Facebook page!
I love hearing about people following their passions, especially when the people have a heart for animals.
I first met my friend Lexi through pit bull rescue.
Although she and her then-boyfriend Derek had three big dogs of their own, they had opened their home to a foster named Arria.
The silver pit bull is one of many dogs for whom Lexi has provided shelter, comfort and love just in the year or so that I have known her.
Her pit bull advocacy goes back to her teenage years, and she has always loved all creatures.
Lexi is currently studying veterinary medicine with plans to ultimately work in a shelter setting.
Between school, volunteering and planning a wedding, Lexi also works with animals.
Lexi is a pet sitter.
As an independent contractor for a network of pet sitters in the Kansas City area, she offers affordable, in-home pet care, including playtime, walks and medication administering.
“While pets are in my care, I make sure they get the attention and try to make their day as normal as possible,” she says. “In order to ensure that I know the pets needs and routines, I set up a get-acquainted visit prior to my services. All my services to owners are flexible to meet their and their pets’ needs.”
Koda and Stormy are two of Lexi’s well-cared for clients.
Lexi can help her clients with any kind of pet, from fish to horses. I know she will handle them all expertly.
“I know first hand how hard it is to leave pets when going on vacation or just being gone long hours working. It’s stressful on owners as well as their pets,” Lexi says. “My goal is to put owners at ease while they are away. I offer to do reports for each visit each day and leave for the owners so they know how their pets did while they are gone. I also offer to send a text or email daily to fill them in. My pets are the most comfortable in their home while we are away and love having someone come and give them the attention they need. What I want for my pets, I try to convey in my visits and services.”
Lexi serves the Lee’s Summit, Lake Lotawana, Raytown and southeast Kansas City area.
To learn more about Lexi’s services, check out her profile at Critter Sitter Connection, a licensed, insured and bonded network of pet sitters.
Potential clients may also contact Lexi directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 816-309-7561.
Click here for a coupon good for 10% off pet sitting with Lexi.
Readers: Do you prefer to board your pets or have them cared for at home?