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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Brinkley

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Hey there… my name is Brinkley, and I’m tryin’ out this blog thing for the first time.  I’m about 2 1/2 years old, and an American Bulldog/Boxer mix.  I arrived at HSGKC last summer… I was with a real nice woman who couldn’t keep me ’cause she was havin’ a lot of stuff goin’ on in her life.  She really did “rescue” me… see I had a great dad, but after he passed away I was real shy, and scared.  The family didn’t want me to go to a shelter in Oklahoma (that’s where I’m from) ’cause I was so shy with a lot of new men, and they were afraid I wouldn’t get adopted… so the woman who was fostering me contacted HSGKC and I got to come here.

I’m happy I’m here ’cause the humans here are really, really nice, and patient with me. My favorite human is Amber… she works with all the dogs in the shelter.  I love everyone else I’ve met, too, both staff and volunteers, but Amber is still my fav.  I was super nervous when I got here, but I’m doin’ a lot better now.  My roommate is Diesel… he’s a sweet, cool, guy… who is like my “little brother” (even though he’s older than me) ’cause sometimes he gets on my nerves a lil… just ’cause he’s always wantin’ to give me kisses. But I like cuddling up with him at night.

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Me giving Amber kisses after our afternoon walk.

So… in case you wanna know about the kind of forever home I’d like, I guess I should tell you a little more about myself.  I’m still shy with new humans, especially men… so I need humans who will be patient with me, and understand how I am, and probably not real young/small humans.  I’m kinda choosy when it comes to my doggy friends… I’m still tryin’ to figure out exactly how to play with other dogs.  Diesel is teaching me when he can, but we don’t always go outside in the yard together because I’m so talented, I can jump a 6′ fence… so we can only go out in the yard when no other dogs are out which is kinda hard to do right now.  We’re gettin’ our new 8′ fence in pretty soon, and I’m real excited about that so I can play outside more often with Diesel.  I’ve met a few dogs, but prefer dogs who aren’t real high energy… so Diesel’s a good match for me.  Even though I wanna chase cats, I know our humans don’t like that, so I need a home without cats.  I love Milkbones, and dog treats… I’ll sit pretty, and shake, and lay down for treats.  After I’ve gotten to know a human, and trust them, I’m very loyal, and affectionate with them… just check out the picture of me and Amber for Valentine’s Day on HSGKC’s Facebook page.

I got back from my walk with Diesel a few minutes ago, and saw some guys comin’ in to work on the plumbing… so I gotta go keep an eye on them and make sure they stay outta trouble.  I’ll try to check in again soon.

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Diesel

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Heya humans, Ah hope ya’ll are doin’ good an’ enjoyin’ sum ah this sunshine!  We’re all happy ta see da sun after all da rain da pass coupla days… but dere’s still ah big ole’ mud puddle for us ta roll ’round in… he he!  So, Ah wanna update ya ’bout some ah da tings goin’ on here.  Mah newest roommate, Aubrey, went to a foster home last week.  Nemo got himself a forever home, an’ he’s real happy dere.  Ah coupla puppies, Lass an’ Cookie got themselves forever homes, too, an’ Ah’m real happy for dem.

‘Cause dese oder dogs found forever homes, that gots me thinkin’ ’bout some stuff… Ah tol’ ya ’bout da kinda forever home Ah’d lak last time, but what Ah was thinkin’ ’bout is dere are lots ah Pit Bulls an’ Pit Bull mixes lak me here at HSGKC… an’ Ah’m wonderin’ ’bout why dat is. Ah know Ah’ve heard some people talkin’ ’bout us, an’ Ah suspect it’s ’cause folks maght be ah bit ah-fraid ah us ’cause ah stuff dey hear.  So, Ah wanna tell ya’ll ’bout some ah our real good qualities so maybe some ah ya maght consider givin’ dogs lak me a chance.

See, here’s what ya’ll need ta know ’bout us Pit Bulls… dis is da important stuff, so pay real close attention:  WE LOVE HUMANS!!!  We love bein’ wit humans even more dan we lak bein’ wit oder dogs!  Most ah us are real, real good wit chiren (sometimes we jus’ get real happy an’ jump up, an’ we try ta be gentle but we can be ah bit much for small, small chiren).  We love ta be somethin’ call “lap dogs”, meanin’ even do we’re kinda big, we love relaxin’ wit humans an’ layin’ on dem!  We love givin’ kisses (Brownie gives LOTS of kisses, an’ Ah do too, but Ah’m ah lil less intense ’bout kisses dan he be).  Almost all of us Pit Bulls here at HSGKC lak oder dogs… now summa us are kinda picky ’bout da dogs we like, but dat’s okay… no one laks everyone dey meet, ya know?  Ah know it ain’t always easy ta have ah Pit Bull ’cause when ya move ya gotta find ah city an’ ah place ta live where we’re allowed.  An’ when we’re your dog, you an’ your dog respresent all us Pit Bulls out dere, so we gots ta be on our very bestest behavior… but dats not too hard ta do!  We do gots some energy, an’ we’re strong, but after we’ve been for ah walk, or ah jog, or had some good ole’ play tahme, we jus love coolin’ down an’ cuddlin’ up wit our humans.  We’re not real hah energy dogs, ‘cept when we’re pups… but we grow outta dat pretty fast.  We’re smart, too, an’ sensitive ta our humans an’ envih-roh-ment, which means dere’s more goin’ on wit us dan ya maght think.

Well, Ah hope dat maybe Ah tole ya somethin’ new ’bout Pit Bulls dat ya didn’t know before, an’ dat if ya want ah best friend… ah dog who’ll go on walks an’ stuff wit ya, chill wit ya, an’ be your companion, den maybe ya’d think ’bout givin’ one of us ah forever home.  Ah’m gonna go for now… Ah think Pete an’ Christine are gonna try an’ get me anoder roommate!

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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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Max

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Hey humans, what’s up?!?!  My name is Max and I’m one of the new dogs here, so I wanted to introduce myself and tell ya some stuff ’bout me. Someone tied me to a tree here one night and left me… but don’t feel bad for me ’cause of that, ’cause I’m here now and my life is goin’ juuuusst fine!  I have a doggy friend, Leo, I live with and we’re close to the same age, so we get along real good.  I’m a little over a year old… oh, yeah, and I’m a Lab/Hound mix.  I always look worried ’cause I have these “wrinkles” on my forehead our humans think are cute!   Saturday Leo and some of the other dogs here (Nemo, Willis, Rylee, Diesel, and Ladybug) got to go to Brookside Barkey and Bath for a satellite adoption event.  I didn’t wanna go ’cause when I went last month, I was kinda nervous ’bout all the new humans and “busy” stuff goin’ on… so I decided to come back here and hang at the shelter.  But I gotta go to obedience class instead at The Dogs’ Spot so I get to be ’round new humans and new dogs, and I’ve learned stuff so fast, I can start Intermediate Level! I like goin’ to do that kinda stuff, and goin’ on walks (like I LOVE goin’ on the Pack Walks, too!).  I’m hopin’ the dogs who go to the Barkery met some awesome humans who wanna adopt them!

K, so here’s whatcha need to know ’bout me… ’cause I’m kinda nervous at times, and ’cause I have LOTS of energy, I’d do best in a home without small humans… I don’t do nothin’ bad at all, it just takes me some time to warm up to new humans and find out I can trust them.  When I’ve spent some time with a human and know I can trust ’em, I’m real loyal to them! I do like dogs, but can be a little picky ’bout who my friends are… I don’t “get” dogs like Nemo who just like EVERYONE, ya know… I’m a little more selective. Also, I can jump a tall fence thingy too, unless I’m playin’ with Leo and bein’ supervised by a human… hee hee… this way I getta go on more walks!  So, what I’m gettin’ at is that I’d be good in a home without a fence, or with a tall, tall fence and another dog to play with!  One other real, tiny, little thing is I can’t live with cats.  I’ve got so much energy I just wanna chase them and I’m kinda a rough-housin’ kinda guy and don’t really know how to play real gentle with them. I’m so affectionate to the humans I know, and am real smart, too, and I walk pretty good on a leash!  When you see me, you’ll see how cute I am with my wrinkles!

That’s all I got for now, it’s almost time to settle in for the night.  If ya wanna learn more ’bout me, check me out on hsgkc.org.  Bye!

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Rylee (Adopted!)

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Hey ya’ll doin’?  My name is Rylee and Ah’m ah Lab/Hound mix from Loo-sianah who came here with Diesel.  Ah’m a lil over a year old, and Ah’m ah real, real sweet girl!  Diesel already told ya’ll ’bout where we came from, so Ah just wanted ta innerduce mahself and tell ya’ll a lil bit ’bout me, who Ah is and the kinda forever home Ah’d really like ta get.  Ah love Diesel, but we don’t gots ta be adopted together, but Ah’d LOVE ah home with anoder dog (me and Diesel’d love ta go together, but we don’t gotta)! Ah’ve got lots and lots of energy and love ta wrestle and run ’round with Diesel in the yard. Ah love goin’ on the Pack Walks, too, ‘cuz they’s fun and Ah like bein’ ’round dogs and all the humans!  Ah’ve been ta a couple a satellite adop-shun events, too, and am hopin’ Ah’m fixin’ ta go on Saturday ta Brookside Barkery and Bath for the event then!  Adop-shun events are soooooo much fun cuz when us dogs getta go, we get lots and lots of deee-lih-shous treats and pets and attention!  Check out hsgkc.org for more info ’bout the event.

So, here’s the stuff ya’ll should know ’bout me.  K, Ah already told ya’ll Ah gots lots ah energy, and that Ah’d really love ta live with anoder dog, and cuz Ah’m energetic and spunky Ah prolly shouldn’t live with lil ones.  Ah like bigger kids and grown-up humans lots, but sometimes Ah can be ah lil shy when Ah meet humans Ah don’t know, but if ya give me ah treat, Ah start ta warm up pretty fast.  Ah’m mostly house-trained, but it’d take me a lil time ta adjust ta my new family’s routine and home, but Ah’s ah smart girl, so Ah’d learn fast!  Ah gots one flaw tho… Ah can’t live with cats… Ah wanna chase ’em too much, and Diesel tol’ me humans don’t like that too much.  Ah’m sure cuz Ah’m so sweet and friendly that humans could look past that one lil flaw Ah got!  One last thang, when me and Diesel came here from Loo-sianah, Ah was very underweight, and our humans are doin’ the best they can ta put some weight on me, but that takes time.  Ah think when Ah go ta my forever home, Ah’ll put on weight fast… cuz Ah just know that my future humans’ll spoil me rotten!

That’s all Ah gots ta tell ya’ll for now!  Don’t forget if’n ya wanna learn more ’bout me ta check me out on my Petfinder page!  Buh-bye!

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Diesel

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Hey humans, ma name is Diesel.  Ah’m a 3 year ol’ Pit Bull mix who came here from Shreveport, Loo-sianah wit anoder dog, Rylee.  Ah lak her a lot, an’ she’s mah roommate here at HSGKC, but we don’t gotta go to ah home together, but Ah’d lak that.  Ah wanted to intro-dooce mahself to ya’ll an’ tell ya’ll a lil bit ’bout me so ya’ll know who Ah is.  Ah’ve been to ah couple satellite adop-shun events an’ heard one ah our humans sayin’ Ah’m ah “perfect satellite dog, an’ breed ambassador” ’cause Ah get along wit all kinds ah humans, chiren, an’ most dogs!  Ah think dat should make it easy for me ta find ah home soon… but Ah gots one lil quirk… Ah can jump ah fence.  Ah dunno what da big deal is ’bout that ’cause Ah think it’s ah great trick!  Ah don’t jump da fence here if ah human is outside wit me while me an’ Rylee are playin’, but if Ah’m by mayself, Ah would… so Ah’d lak ta go ta ah home wit anoder dog, plus Ah’ve got LOTS an’ LOTS ah energy!!!  Ah lak ta go for walks (Ah love goin’ on da pack walks!) or runs, so Ah’d lak ah active human or family ta live wit.  One oder thing, Ah wanna chase cats… dat’s lots ah fun, but Ah’ve heard humans don’t lak dat too much… sometimes ya’ll gots too many rules, but dat’s okay.  Ah don’t wanna do nuttin dat’d get me in trouble, an’ Ah lak makin’ humans happy!

Ah think Rylee’s gonna blog next, so Ah’m gonna go for now, plus it’s time for us ta go fo a walk!  Ta learn ’bout me, ya’ll can check me out on HSGKC’s website.  Ah’ll talk at ya’ll again soon!

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