Lucy: Watch for Me on the KC Pet Telethon this Sunday

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Hey humans, how are you?  None of us dogs blogged for a while because we wanted to respect Smiley‘s passing ’cause we know it was real sad for our humans.  Us dogs mourned, too, in our own way.  We’ll all miss him!

On a happier note, I’m really excited about a few things. I stopped givin’ our humans such a hard time, and have been really good in the yard lately… meaning I don’t jump the fence anymore as long as someone is outside with me.  That’s why I was jumping the fence, so I could go on walks (other than the Pack Walk, of course, I always get to go on those), and spend more time humans ’cause that’s what I love.  I even have a favorite volunteer, Crissy!  She spends lots of time with me when she comes in and she always walks me, too!  I think I’m her favorite!

Here’s my big news… I’m going to be on the KC Pet Telethon!!!!!  I found out Tuesday that I was chosen to be on the KC Pet Telethon this year, and I’m so happy about it.  It’s from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on March 1st, on 38 The Spot.  I don’t know all the details, just that it’s real big deal for our humans because the KC Pet Telethon brings in lots of donations for our shelter.  Those donations help our humans care for us dogs and cats (I still don’t see what all the fuss is about cats, but I know some humans really like them… I do enjoy watching them run around in the cat rooms, though), and help humans who live around here with their pets by providing low cost spay/neuter and wellness care (pets need to go to the doctor sometimes, too, ya know).  I knew something was up Tuesday morning ’cause Christine and Pete introduced me to Nemo (we’ll be going on TV together).  After maybe a minute, I decided I liked him okay and started to play with him a little bit.  Pete and Christine were really impressed about how good I was (I have a little crush on Diesel, too, but he’s healing from a surgery he had to have on his knee) with Nemo… so maybe if we keep doin’ real well together, we can hang out in the yard and play together.  I’ve heard the KC Pet Telethon is going to be even more fun to watch this year than last year with more fun stuff about our dogs and cats. I hope maybe someone will see me on TV and say “wow, she’s a beautiful dog… I want to meet her”.  I’ll get a bath and a pretty new collar to wear on TV, so I’m sure I’ll be looking pretty!

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I’m gonna go for now, Pete is doing Volunteer Orientation, and I gotta check out the new humans coming in to meet us.  Bye!

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A Farewell to Smiley, “The Narrator”, Our Mascot and Our Friend

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I’m writing this blog with a heavy heart.  Tuesday, February 17th, 2015, HSGKC said good-bye to Smiley, aka “Smiles” or “Smiley-doo”.  Smiley’s spondylosis, arthritis, and ruptured discs in his back left him in pain, and without full use of his hind legs.
smiley_xmasSo, the decision was made to let him go to the Rainbow Bridge to join Fancy, Heidi, and all of our own beloved pets.  No one wanted to see him in any more pain or discomfort.  The decision to let him go was not an easy one… we all so wanted him to find a home.  Smiley has been with HSGKC for quite a while.  He was picked up by KCK Animal Control because he was a Pit Bull mix.  From the beginning, Smiley wanted to be the only pet in the home… he didn’t want to share human attention with other pets.  He absolutely loved playing fetch with staff and volunteers.  If two people were in the yard with him at the same time, he’d take turns bringing the ball first to one person, then to the other.  We had a red rubber ball that was his favorite.  He was so easy to walk on a leash, and had the best leash manners of any dog here.  He loved to cool off in the kiddy pool in the summertime, too, splashing around in the water. smiley_fetchingHe was always happy, wagging his tail and wiggling his bum when he’d see someone he knew… even if he had done something naughty, like when he destroyed the pee pads in the back room or knocked over the trash can… he’d look at you like “hey, I know I did something I should not have done, but I am very, very happy to see you, so please forgive me”, which of course we did.

Smiley has always been a favorite of many volunteers and staff, and when I started writing the blog, I knew he had to be the nararator.  I loved writing his blogs, because I could picture him writing a blog with a pipe, glasses, and a golf cap, carefully editing to make sure everything was perfect. smiley_volunteers_fetch I thought since he had been here the longest, is our mascot, and so loved, it was fitting he narrate the blog.  smiley888For everyone who has volunteered here and worked here, all of us loved Smiley with all our hearts.  Every day he’d make whoever was working laugh at least once, either by getting into something, or just by being Smiley… wagging his tail, hoping for a treat, or to play ball, barking a little at you so you’d give him a treat or some pets.  Smiley was such an appropriate name for him because he smiled, and made us smile.  Even though he didn’t have a home in the sense that he was someone’s pet, he had a home here with us… all of us, staff and volunteers.  We gave him the best life we could.  Thanks to the people who sponsored Smiley, and other people pitching in here and there, he was able to receive additional pain management through acupuncture at Aid Animal Hospital.  Smiley loved the staff and Dr. Rowe, and acted comfortable when he was there, and liked going for car rides.

Smiley went to the Rainbow Bridge surrounded by people who love him, with dignity, and as comfortable as we could make him.  He’s now with Fancy, able to play ball and run without any pain.  We’ll miss you Smiley, and you’ll never, ever be forgotten.  Thank you for all the smiles you gave us, the unconditional love, the laughs, and for being you.

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Dooney (Adopted!)

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Hey humans!  It’s been a while since I last checked in on this blog thing, and a lot has happened since I last wrote… like Darla finding her forever home!  Even though I prefer my own company (and not to share attention from humans with other dogs or cats), I’m very happy for her ’cause I heard she had been here for a while, waiting for her humans to find her.  When I say she’d been here a while, please don’t think anything negative about HSGKC… see from what I’ve noticed ’round here, this is a special shelter.  Our humans care about us lots and lots, and want us to find forever homes, but lots of us dogs who are here make that job a bit challenging at times.  So, if it takes more time for us to go to the right home for us, well, then it takes more time.  Anyways, Darla was here for a spell ’cause she’s not good with most other dogs, or cats, but she’s perfect with humans, especially small humans, or kids.  I’m also great with humans and kids, and love spending time with volunteers on Pack Walks, and playing in the yard (and with my favorite volunteer, Stan).  They try to play fetch with me, but I’m quite a tease about bringing back the rope or ball to them… they think it’s frustrating, and I think it’s funny!  I gotta entertain myself sometimes!

So after Darla went to her forever home, I started thinking ’bout my ideal forever home. I want to be the only pet.  I do want all of the attention for myself, and even though I’m 5 years old, don’t let that fool you… I’d love an active person or family to live with!  Last fall, Pete and Christine taught me some agility stuff, and I LOVE AGILITY!!!  It’s so much fun!  I’m very precise, and really have fun running up the A-Frame, and over the Bar Jump!  I’m pretty good on a leash, and love going for walks, and would love to go for runs or jogs, too.  I’d probably be okay in an apartment, as long as my new family would take me someplace (by myself, of course) to run around in a fenced in area.  I’d love a house with a fenced yard, but an apartment would work in a pinch.  I’m pretty smart, too, and Stan is taking me to obedience classes at The Dogs’ Spot.  I’m learning all kinds of things, like “sit”, “down”, “leave-it”, “watch me”, and I’m working on “stays” even though they aren’t my favorite thing to do (“stays” are kind of boring).  I love going to class with Stan on Saturdays!  I’m excited about this Saturday ’cause in the morning I’m going on TV! You can see me on KSHB Channel 41.  My Saturday is going to be AWESOME!

this is me learning how to do the teeter totter!

this is me learning how to do the teeter totter!

That’s all I’ve got for now…but I heard I’m probably going on the KC Pet Telethon this year, so if you miss me on TV Saturday morning, make sure to watch for me on the Pet Telethon.  It’s Sunday, March 1st, from 6:30-9:30pm on 38 The Spot (all that’s a mouthful… sheesh).  Peace out, I’ll talk at ya’ll later!

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Bianca

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hi everybody!  i haven’t checked in on this blog thingy for a while, and i didn’t want ya to forget i’m still here and lookin’ for my forever home!  anyways, i thought ya might wanna see some new pics of me and  a short video of me an’ Echo an’ Connor playin’ in our yard in the hay!  we had so much fun spreadin’ the hay stuff all over the whole yard and playing a game of tug!  it was AWESOME!!!

bianca_echo_lunch2yesterday, Jai (she’s like my most FAVORITE human here, and i know she’d take me home if she could, but i’m not great with cats… so i’ll wait til someone who doesn’t have cats wants to adopt me)… oops, i got kinda sidetracked…bianca_echo_lunch1 anyways, Jai took me and Echo, who’s my BFF now that Connor‘s been adopted, to lunch with her!  we had so much fun ridin’ in the car with her!  i wanted to ride on Jai’s lap, but tried to behave… but it’s hard ’cause i wanted to be in front so i could see everything that was goin’ on!  Jai got somethin’ yummy to eat, but i was too busy watchin’ out the front of the car, so i let Echo eat all the food!  that’s okay, ’cause she can gain a few pounds… i’ve heard some of our humans call me a “tank”… i’m not sure what that word means, but i think it’s ’cause i’m stocky and strong!

before i go i wanna tell ya that i heard our humans talkin’ ’bout this thingy they’re gettin’ ready for called the KC Pet Telethon!  they said it’s like this real big deal ’cause doggies get to go on somethin’ called tell-eh-vi-shon, and it raises lots of money for HSGKC.  it’s on Sunday, March 1 from 6:30 to 9:30pm on Channel 38 the Spot. if you watch you’ll see adoptable dogs, pet tricks, educational stuff, and best of all you’ll find out how to save a life and give pets like me a second chance!  i heard that there’s lots more info on the KC Pet Telethon web site >

i’m gonna go for now ’cause it’s time to go play with Echo some more!  ‘member, if ya wanna learn more ’bout adoptin’ me, check me out on my Petfinder page!  bye!!

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