Tater Tot

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Hey!  My name is Tater Tot, aka “TT”.  I’m a handsome 5 year old Pit Bull mix.  I came to HSGKC in May of 2015 ’cause I was found as a stray by Kansas City, KS, Animal Control with a few wounds from another dog and, as if that wasn’t enough, I was also heartworm positive.  Anyway, I quickly became a favorite among staff and volunteers here (and I still am).  One human who I really like, Maddie, said my name should be “Tater Tot” because of my golden color, and because I’m solidly built!  The name stuck, and I’m Tater Tot!  The staff here took really good care of me while I went through heartworm treatment… which really sucks, by the way.  Diesel is going through treatment now, and I feel bad for him!

tatertot_superman1I wish more humans knew heartworm infection is soooo easy to prevent with a monthly, year round prevention!  There are a lot of options out there that aren’t really expensive.  Heartworm treatment is rough ’cause after the painful shot of the stuff used to kill the nasty heartworms, we don’t feel so great… we don’t want to eat for a day or so usually.  Then for the next 60 days, we can only be leash walked (so we don’t get our heart rate up too high and cause a worm to break off in our heart), and we need to have 2 more shots 4 weeks after the 1st one.  I know I needed the treatment, though, ’cause if heartworm infection isn’t treated it’s fatal — which is so sad.  I had my re-test not too long ago and am so happy to report I’m heartworm negative!

So… that’s enough for now about heartworms… now I wanna talk about some good stuff!  Because of Pete and HSGKC’s BEG Program, I’ve gone to obedience classes at The Dogs’ Spot, and I graduated from HSGKC BEG Obedience Class 1.0.   I’m a smart boy, and really a happy, mellow dude!  I love going for walks (and I walk real nice on a leash), and I even have a “happy dance” when I know I’m gonna get a treat or go on a walk or car ride!  I was really a good boy when I was in the deluxe run in the back room of the kennel (it’s where our food is kept, where humans do laundry, and give us baths). So there’s a dog run in the back room, too, for dogs who just need a little something extra… like TLC during heartworm treatment.  Our humans have dedicated the run to Smiley who was there for quite a while.  I never got into the trash or food or anything when I was living in that area!  I could be trusted to be loose and have run of the whole room!

Oh, I almost forgot why I was blogging today… it’s ’cause there is a bingo fundraiser for HSGKC this evening at Hamburger Mary’s!  Our last Hamburger Mary’s event was a successful fundraiser, and I know our humans are hoping this year will raise even more money to help take care of us dogs… and the cats, too.  So please come on out and support us!

I’m gonna go for now, ’cause I’m goin’ for a short walk, it’s SO HOT!  I’ll talk about the kind of forever home I’d like next time!  If you want to learn more about me before then, check me out on my Petfinder page.

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Hercules

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Hey humans!  How are ya doin’?  It’s been a while since anyone has blogged (ahem, Christine, lol), and there’s a LOT goin’ on, and I thought you’d maybe want an update. Well, first, and most importantly… I’m going to be adopted!!!  My new dad is AWESOME!hercules_lake2 He’s taken me on a couple outings, like to Shawnee Mission Park for a walk, and he’s given me cheeseburgers!  He’s moving to a new house soon, and that’s when I’ll go to my forever home.  I’m really excited… and I know all of HSGKC’s staff and volunteers are happy for me, too!  Shiloh went to a foster-to-adopt home, and he’s officially gonna be adopted on Saturday!  Who wouldn’t want to adopt either of us… we’re handsome boys (but don’t tell Shiloh I said that about him, I don’t want him to have even more of an ego than he already has).

The BEG Program is coming along well, too!  We’ve had some awesome volunteers come in for a few sets of HSGKC BEG Obedience Class 1.0, and all the dogs have graduated!  Pete’s wanting to add an Intermediate Level 2.0 soon.  And… the agility equipment is here! It’s all put together and set up in a real nice yard just for agility.  Pete wants to do a demo soon, and will be teaching an agility class, too, so he’s teaching Orchid some agility stuff, and showing Christine and Bianca, Amber and Mia, and Harrison and Merrick how to do things like the A-Frame and some jumps and stuff. I’ve heard all the dogs are doing well and are having a lot of fun learning new stuff!  I think this is so cool for the dogs here because it makes their everyday life better while they’re waiting for their new homes!  And, it wears them out, too!

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Bianca going through the Tire Jump!

The BEG Program isn’t just about training and agility, it’s about doing extra stuff to give us more full lives while living here, and help prepare us for our forever homes.  Like Katie takes Diesel on outings to different parks and places because he’s kind of a nervous dude, so it’s good for him to go out and see new things.  Or like when Harrison took Porter home for an overnight at his house, and Amber took Diesel for a couple overnight visits, too.  All these things are so good for us!

One other thing… there’s gonna be a satellite adoption event at Brookside Barkery and Bath on Saturday, June 18th from 11am -3pm.  I’m adopted, so I’m gonna hang here and supervise some of these youngsters!  But there’ll be several other adoptable dogs to meet, so even though it’s gonna be hot, if you have time, you should go meet a few dogs!

I’m gonna go for now, but I’ll let ya know when I’m goin’ home!

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