Category Archives: Fostering
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?
Last weekend, I had the opportunity to hang out with a couple of really awesome adoptable pit bulls.
Today, I’d like to introduce you to one of them. Her name is Indiana.
This pretty red mama came into the Midwest Adopt-a-Bull program several months ago with a belly full of babies.
She took great care of her eight pups, six of whom have already found forever homes. She’s a nurturing friend to the special needs boy who lives in her foster home. Recently, Indiana also befriended some chihuahua mix puppies who took refuge with her foster family.
If that sweet disposition isn’t enough to make you love Ms. Indiana, get a load of all the tricks she can do: sit, stay, shake and high five.
She’s a cuddler and a good running partner but not a particularly high-energy dog. She would do great in a variety of family situations, as long she isn’t expected to hang out with a cat – that’s the one thing Indiana doesn’t like at all.
During the adoption event where I hung out with Indiana, she sat or laid politely in her kennel the whole time. She loved it when adults or children knelt down to pet her through the bars. She even tried to shake hands and gave kisses through her cage. She showed everyone her beautiful smile.
Due to her foster family’s impending relocation, Indiana is in desperate need of a forever home.
Please share her story so that we can keep this sweet mama from landing back in a shelter.
If Indiana seems like the right dog for you, apply to adopt her from Midwest Adopt-a-Bull.
For a reduced adoption fee, mention WaywardDogs.com in your application.
Don’t forget October is National Pit Bull Awareness Month. Visit BeerPaws.com to learn about how my company is getting involved.
It was no surprise that as soon as photos of handsome little Razzy started floating around Facebook, inquiries came in from potential adopters.
One of the first people to show interest was a frequent client of Kennel Creek Pet Resort who wanted a friend for her rat terrier.
Because at that time we still needed to evaluate Razzy for his ability to get along with other dogs, Kennel Creek owner Chris Sailors told the gal he had another dog she should meet first.
We called him Buckshot.
He came with a sad story.
A super sweet, 9-pound min pin mix, Buckshot was picked up as a stray around my hometown of Beatrice, Nebraska. Of course, his little brown and red face caught my eye – even though the photo was terrible – as soon as I saw it posted on the Beatrice Humane Society‘s website.
When I got to the shelter, the volunteers told me Buckshot was fairly calm, great with other dogs and most interested in snuggling. They were thrilled that I might be able to take him to Kansas City along with Razzy for networking, but I couldn’t meet him right away.
Little Buckshot was getting neutered.
And as it turned out, the vet discovered something sad during the operation. There was steel shot embedded in the dog’s leg and back. Someone had shot him!
He was fine, and the vet removed what she found. But the whole thing was terrible to think about and only made me want even more to help Buckshot find a comfortable, loving forever home.
Luckily, that didn’t take long. The Kennel Creek client and her rat terrier both fell in love with Buckshot almost immediately.
He has a new name now – Hyde. And he spends all of his days playing with his new best friend Tanner.
Although I haven’t been able to get ahold of any better pictures of Buckshot/Hyde since his adoption, I did see the sister of his new mama at the recent Strutt with Your Mutt event. She said the little min pin couldn’t be happier.
Buckshot/Hyde’s friend Penny is still available for adoption. Click here to see her album on Facebook!
Sometimes, a dog just needs to be put in the right setting to succeed.
When I met the little prince Razzy, everyone at the shelter agreed that he was a wonderful dog. But they weren’t so convinced that he could get along with other dogs. And it was even reported that he had acted out after his family had a baby, which is how he landed in the Beatrice Humane Society at age 7, for the second time in his life.
From the second I met that long, little dude, I knew I could help. And I had a sneaking suspicion he would eventually do just fine with other dogs.
As it turns out, I was right.
During Razzy’s stay at Kennel Creek Pet Resort and in the personal home of facility owner Chris Sailors, Razzy was exposed to other dogs a lot. He played with them, slept with them and begrudgingly shared laps with them. The only problem ever encountered was some possessiveness during food time – an easy enough issue to manage with separate feeding times, if necessary.
Razzy also did fabulous with Luke and Scooby the one night he stayed with us. In fact, I think Luke and Scooby both rather liked the dude.
But they were not destined to be his siblings.
The next day, Razzy found a home!
Little Razzy now lives with two other small dogs.
Unfortunately, I haven’t yet received a photo of them together, but here’s one of Razzy and his new dad, Big Al.
Don’t they look happy?
According to the latest report, the little dachshund I sprung from the shelter has finally found the place he was meant to be.
“Razzy has fit right in and is doin’ fine,” his family says. “You would have thought the 3 of them had been together for years!!!”
I can’t express enough how happy I am that Razzy got into a great home.
Come back tomorrow to learn about the other small dog I sprang from the Beatrice shelter but haven’t gotten around telling you about yet!
Are you or someone you know looking for a dog? Penny is an adoptable puppy I picked up at the same time as Razzy. Click on her picture to read her story (and please share).
Find a Penny, take her home.
When I told you all about the little prince Razzy, the long-haired dachshund that I sprung from the Beatrice Humane Society, I slyly mentioned that he wasn’t the only dog I picked up.
Razzy was the only dog I initially intended to bring back to Kansas City.
But as I planned my trip and reviewed the list of dogs available from my hometown shelter with Kennel Creek Pet Resort owner Chris Sailors, some others piqued our attention.
One of them was Penny.
The shelter called her Peanut, but whatever you call her, this mixed breed pup sure is cute.
Penny is only four months old. She was picked up as a stray and spent a few weeks at the Beatrice Humane Society. It was reported to me that she never made a mess in her kennel, which means she will be easy to completely house train.
Penny is a wonderful dog.
She loves to play – during a meeting the other day, she tried to steal my high heel right off my foot – but she is also very laid back for such a young thing.
On the three hour drive from Beatrice to Kansas City, Penny mostly snoozed quietly. She is a submissive but not fearful dog who is eager to please the people around her. She gets along great with other dogs.
Penny is currently residing at Kennel Creek Pet Resort, where she is getting lots of socialization time with people and other dogs.