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Pit bull supporter with sign

“I am a writer. I am a pit bull supporter. I am the majority.” Photo by Emily Hawkins.

Charlie Machete felt very fashion-a-bull yesterday when he donned a Thundershirt + bandana for the Coast to Coast Bully Walk with KC Pittie Pack. We’ll call it his Preppy Guy Halloween Costume.

KC Pittie Pack had a bigger turnout – and more bully breed dogs – than usual for our special Pit Bull Awareness Day Walk.

Emily from Our Waldo Bungie and her husband Daniel wisely left their dogs at home so that they could document the event and get photos of everyone holding up the signs inspired by Animal Farm Foundation’s “I Am the Majority” campaign.

You can check out more photos at the KC Pittie Pack pages on Facebook and Meetup.

If you’ve been following my posts all week, you also know that today is another big day for me in the way of bully breed awareness efforts and fashion.

Fashion-a-Bull Fall flyer

I am so excited about everything Katty Delux, the Madewell gals and I have in store (pun intended) for this fabulous autumn event!

Fashion-a-Bull shoppers will be greeted at the door by some friendly doggies, including one wearing a Tiennot Knits Sweater, and some four-legged Chiefs fans who are coming over from Kennel Creek Pet Resort.

The first 20 shoppers will receive a free treat bag full of gifts and notes from our event sponsors.

The raffle prize list includes gift certificates from Tiennot Knits, Kennel Creek and many other awesome donors. And the list of goodies you can win just keeps getting better!

Katty scored a donation from Umba Box, and I picked up these gorgeous, handmade magnets from the Magnet Lady Kathleen Henn last night.

pit bull magnets by Kathleen Henn

Wouldn’t these look great on your fridge?

So far, we are about $150 toward our goal of raising $500 for the care of the dogs of Midwest Adopt-a-Bull.

If you are in the Kansas City area, please consider stopping by the Madewell shop at Town Center Plaza in Leawood. Our party is happening from 4-6 p.m.

Raffle tickets are $5, and winners need not be present to claim their prize.

Those who don’t take home a raffle prize can win as shoppers. Madewell has several sales going on right now, plus a special discount for our party. Everyone who attends will be entered in a drawing for a Madewell gift card and get to enjoy complimentary refreshments.

For more information, check out the Facebook event  page

For more prize pictures check out the Fashion-a-Bull Fall at Madewell photo album on Wayward Dogs’ Facebook page.

If you entered the Retro Vixen giveaway and are wondering if you won, check out this post at Katty’s blog Chronicles of a Sweet Tooth.

Raffle Tickets for Sale

“Wanna buy a raffle ticket?”

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That’s the question you’ll be greeted with if you interact with me in person this week.

And I have no shame. In my quest to collect lots of dollars for rescue dogs, I will be pushy. I will guilt-trip you if you hesitate.

“Come on, it’s just $5.”

Every cent collected will go directly to Midwest Adopt-a-Bull, the rescue organization that enrolled Charlie Machete. In tomorrow’s post, you’ll get to learn more about some of the other dogs in the group. For now, suffice it to say that every dollar matters. Midwest Adopt-a-Bull dogs come from shelters, the streets and abandoned houses. Two animals linked to our group have recently undergone amputations.

My goal is to raise at least $500.

Winners need not be present, but the raffle drawing will occur on Sunday, October 28, at the end of the shopping party Katty Delux and I are co-hosting at the Madewell boutique in Leawood, Kansas.

Everyone who attends that event will also be entered in a free drawing for a Madewell gift card and enjoy complimentary refreshments and an available shopping discount. The first 20 attendees will receive a free goodie bag.

Weather permitting, the event will begin with a parade of costumed doggies, including a doggy resident from Our Waldo Bungie, the awesomely obedient labradoodles from Kennel Creek and more.

You can check out some of the raffle prizes in the Fashion-a-Bull Fall at Madewell photo album on the Wayward Dogs Facebook fan page.

Here’s a list of some of the things we’re giving away:

-Custom doggy sweater from Tiennot Knit Sweaters
-Leash and collar sets from Waggiwear Dog Collars and Leashes
-Gift Certificate to The Barking Lot Grooming Salon
-Gift Certificate to Simply Grooming by Gia
-Gift certificate to Pete ‘n’ Mac pet resort
-K9closet handmade collars from Simply Grooming by Gia
-Handmade Doggie Bows by Styled by a Milk Tooth
-Handmade Retro Accessories from Lucky Lucille
-Handmade Sunnglasses from Tumbleweeds Odd Shop
-Handmade pit bull magnets from Kathleen Henn
-Gift Certificate for a tree three-night stay at Kennel Creek Pet Resort

All above items will be grouped into two monster prize packages.

So, are you going to buy a raffle ticket?

Unfortunately, gambling laws made me too nervous to accept online payments for raffle tickets. So, if you are in the Kansas City area and want to buy one, let me know in the comments or email me at crystalwayward@gmail.com. We’ll figure out how to get your tickets to you!

I will have raffle tickets on hand during the Coast to Coast Bully Walk and at the shopping party on Sunday.

If you don’t live in Kansas City, but still want to contribute to the cause, feel free to make a donation directly to Midwest Adopt-a-Bull. Let me know in the comments if you do.

And don’t forget to enter the Retro Vixen giveaway. No purchase is necessary for that – just give a Like to some worthy Facebook fan pages. (That giveaway is open to all U.S. residents.)

What prize from the list most excites you?

Fight for the right to let dogs to run

Magnet Lady Kathleen Henn and her beloved pointer mix Miles have a bone to pick with the Kansas City Animal Control officers who seem to be targetting their favorite park.

Every day, Miles and Kathleen meet up with other dogs and people from their neighborhood at nearby Westwood Park. The opportunity to get out in the fresh air and interact with each other is great for the dogs and the people. Kathleen says:

The dogs that frequent the park are all ‘best buddies.’  Were it not for these dog get-togethers, I never would have had an opportunity to meet the neighbors I now know by name.  While we supervise our dogs, we also talk and exchange news about our neighborhood.

Here’s a video of what playtime at Westwood Park looks like:

Unfortunately, because the park does not have an official off-leash area for dogs, Kathleen says Animal Control has recently begun cracking down by issuing tickets to those who let their dogs run free. She worries this will cause dog owners to avoid the park and lead to less happy dogs and less connected humans.

She’s turning her anger into action.

Kathleen started a protest group, KC Dogs United, and penned an open letter to Kansas City’s mayor and city council in which she proposes that instead of issuing fines the city simply designate part of the park as an official off-leash dog area.

And she doesn’t stop with her part of town. Kathleen says:

In fact, every neighborhood in Kansas City should have a place where neighbors can truly become a part of their community, forming a real social network where they interact with each other while experiencing the joy of watching their dogs play together.

You can read Kathleen’s entire letter and her ideas about how to fund a system of neighborhood dog parks at the KC Dogs United page on Facebook.

If you support her position, give it a “Like.”

Contact Kathleen at kathleenhenn@yahoo.com if you live in Kansas City, Missouri, and would like your signature added to her letter to the local goverment. Her goal is to gather 100 signatures as soon as possible.

You can also support Kathleen through buying one of her clever, customized magnets. E-mail her for more information.

Magnet Monday: Meet Miles

Nearly every Monday, I work in a mention here about Magnet Lady Kathleen Henn, who can turn a snapshot of your pet into a clever, artistic magnet.

Like anyone else, Kathleen’s favorite dog is her own. Miles is a very short, very sweet rescue pup who loves to make new friends at the dog park every week.

Even-tempered Miles brings a smile to Kathleen’s face every day. He makes visitors feel at home, treats Kathleen’s cats and elderly dachshund Trudy with respect. Most importantly, he supports Kathleen’s artistic endeavors because he never gets tired of posing for the camera.

What does your dog do for you?

To order your own custom magnet, e-mail kathleenhenn@yahoo.com.

Never was a cornflake dog

 

Considering the current makeup of our home pack, I might come off like a big dog person.

It’s not true.

I love all dogs in general and my own forever and foster dogs in particular, but I really love dogs so little I can scoop them up, snuggle them against my face and carry them into the next room.

A recent interaction with a five-pound yorkshire terrier named Sissy really drove this home for me.

I am sure there is a psychological reason for my desire for an animal that I can totally dominate and stuff in a purse. But I just blame this dog:

Tori is the first tiny dog I ever owned. She lives with my mom.

At my demand, my family acquired this tri-colored rat terrier my junior year of high school. At the time, I was listening to a lot of Tori Amos and dealing with typical teenage angst. The bossy little dog provided great company and something for me to focus on.

In her almost 13 years, Tori has lived up to all of the stereotypes of small dogs — yappy, snappy and just plain adorable.

Although she doesn’t like most people or dogs (nor they her), when Scooby came into my life five years ago, and I was living down the street from my mother, Tori graciously accepted him as a friend. (Who wouldn’t?)

Scooby’s exact age is unknown, but due to their similarly decreasing energy levels, old dog breath and rapidly increasing gray-face, we estimate that these two little ones are about the same age. I hope they both stick around forever, but since that’s unlikely and I don’t get to see Tori very often, I asked Magnet Lady Kathleen Henn to make me a keepsake.

Mine is different from the one I gave my mom for Christmas.

My music tastes have changed a lot over the years, but I will always have a soft spot for Tori Amos, whose powerful perspective as a lyricist helped me find my own feminist voice.

Zach is a rather vocal non-fan of Ms. Amos, but I often remind him that we fell in love on the same evening that I last saw her in concert.

In honor of that fact and my first tiny dog, here’s one of my all-time favorite Tori songs, “Spark.”

Are you a big dog person or a little dog person?

Either way, you can order your own custom magnet by e-mailing kathleenhenn@yahoo.com.

Black and white image courtesy Stacy Ideus Photography.

Do you have a needy dog?

Do you have a canine shadow? Does your dog follow you into the bathroom? Does he try to get himself invited on car trips and steal food straight from the table?

You might have a needy dog.

We have a pack full of needy dogs. Luke likes to invade the bathroom and insists on pets by bumping your hand with his head until you oblige.

Charlie Machete likes to stick his head in the shower, chew things that aren’t meant to be toys and snuggle-by-force.

Scooby is a food thief and habitual trashcan upturner.

Minnie is… Actually, Minnie isn’t very needy at all. She just requires a lot of grooming. Other than that, she’s perfect.

During my birthday weekend, I missed every one of our needy forever and foster dogs. Big thanks to our friends and family who stepped up and took care of the pack while we were out of town. I know that navigating the neediness of someone else’s dog can be extra funny and extra frustrating.

Do you have a needy dog? How do you deal with it?

Of course, the artwork all comes courtesy of Magnet Lady Kathleen Henn. Order a magnet of your needy dog by e-mailing her at kathleenhenn@yahoo.com.

Dog people are the best people

A few months ago, a reader tipped me off to another blogger who hails from Nebraska and is now based in Kansas City.

The website name Our Waldo Bungie let me know instantly this blogger lives in my very neighborhood.

Reading on, I learned more:

  • She has a garden.
  • She is a first-time homeowner.
  • She still owns the first dog of her adulthood — a very tiny one.
  • She and her husband are engrossed by the TV series Breaking Bad.

Emily and I began lurking around each other’s sites.

The commonalities didn’t stop.

She casually mentioned that Gael Garcia Bernal — one of my favorite actors — is one of her favorite actors. She blogged about a trip to Portland not long before Zach and I took our first trip to Portland. She announced that her foster dog was adopted — and then the dog was returned. We got excited that Charlie Machete was adopted — and then he was returned.

I needed to meet this girl.

So, Emily and I agreed to take a walk together on the Trolley Track Trail. We trodded and talked non-stop for two hours, and a friendship was born.

Through the past few months, we have shared a lot of laughs, links and tips on blogging, life and dog management.  Emily offers words of encouragement (and sometimes very helpful supplies) on the days when dog fostering (or whatever) stresses me out. She celebrates the good days with me and, in spite of being a busy graduate student with a husband and her own host of responsibilities, almost always find time to leave a comment on my posts.

I feel so lucky that my reader, my dogs and my blog all helped me connect with this wonderful person.

Turns out, Emily’s and my birthdays are just two days apart. (Coincidence or fate?)

So, I had Magnet Lady Kathleen Henn make the two magnets on this page for Emily. That’s Ginger Rogers, her first foster dog, at the top, and her forever dog Turk below.

I gave them to Emily yesterday, after our walk through Unity Village with KC Pittie Pack and Friends, the dog socialization group we recently founded together.

You can order a custom magnet for yourself or a friend, too. Just e-mail kathleenhenn@yahoo.com.

If you haven’t already, please check out Emily’s blog.

Also, check out WOOF! Tails from St. Simons. That’s the blog kept by Miranda, the reader (and high school friend), who told me about Emily.

Has your love of dogs ever led you to someone amazing?

A bewitching gaze for Magnet Monday

It didn’t take me long to choose an appropriate phrase for Magnet Lady Kathleen Henn to incorporate into her artistic treatment of Minnie.

Ever since we met this husky mix covered in mud and cowering on the Trolley Track Trail, a certain iconic Screamin’ Jay Hawkins tune has been stuck in my head.

If you would like a custom magnet of your favorite pet, e-mail kathleenhenn@yahoo.com.

From small dog playgroup to a pack of pitties

Jessica and her sister Amy.

My friend Jessica and I met through our min pins.

Several years ago, we both replied to a Craigslist ad from a gal who wanted help socializing her new Chihuahua (a rough-looking fellow who had been living the wayward life under a dumpster).

Jessica and I both made it to the second small dog playgroup gathering — she with two red miniature pinschers named Nic and Andy, and I with my black-and-tan elderpin Scooby. Jessica and I have been friends ever since, dog sitting for one another and trading perspectives on animals, men, good food, cheap living and what to do when you find a wayward dog on the way to work.

Jessica is the first person I ever met who fostered dogs. She is a proud mama to a beautiful baby boy now, but she still has a pack of furbabies.

The newest canine addition to Jessica’s household is Julie, a gray pit bull she and her husband rescued from a local shelter. Julie is petite, athletic, a little bit shy and fantastic with the baby. She was a well-behaved and well-dressed addition last Saturday to KC Pittie Pack and Friends, the new way Jessica and I have to help socialize our pets.

http://www.fidofetchphotography.com

After a hike with the KC Pittie Pack through the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, I gave Jessica a belated Christmas present:

Of course, the gift was a hand-painted piece of doggy art by Magnet Lady Kathleen Henn. Jessica’s sister Amy took the photo of Julie.

To order a magnet featuring your pet, e-mail kathleenhenn@yahoo.com.

To be part of KC Pittie Pack and Friends, “like” the community page on Facebook or e-mail kcpittiepack@gmail.com. Our next excursion will be a walk around Loose Park in Kansas City, Missouri.

Socialize your dog with group walks

imageA while back, I wrote about Lozen, my friend’s Carolina dog (aka American dingo).

Named for an Apache War Woman, Lozen is a spirited yet well-mannered neighborhood dog. Our pack regularly walks with Lozen and her owner along the Trolley Track Trail to South Oak Park. We believe that walking side-by-side with Lozen and even playing with her off-leash has been instrumental in helping us socialize our once-feral foster dog Charlie Machete.

In thanks, I had Magnet Lady Kathleen Henn make this magnet as a tribute to our pack’s best friend:

The issues that we continue to work through with Machete, including leash aggression and over-excitement around new dogs and people, are not uncommon. Fortunately, these problems can often be overcome through well-planned and regular socialization, like our walks with Lozen.

And so, with the intention of helping other Kansas City dog owners feel more comfortable taking their leash-challenged companions out and about, Wayward Dogs and Our Waldo Bungie started a walking group.

KC Pittie Pack and Friends is founded in the tradition of similar groups around the nation, including California’s HikeABull and Chicago’s Sociabulls, which aim to help folks socialize their pets. The groups also exist as public displays that pit bulls are not the monsters they are often made out to be. Of course, we invite all kinds of dogs to be part of our group — that’s why it’s called KC Pittie Pack and Friends!

We took an unofficial test walk over the weekend, and everyone who attended had a great time.

To see more pictures and find out how you can join the next KC Pittie Pack and Friends outing, head to our newly formed Facebook community page!

If you live in Kansas City, we hope you will walk with us soon. Wherever you live, please feel free to share your suggestions about things we can do to make this group great.

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