Hey ya’ll, ma name is Groot an’ I’m from Nawlin’s Loo-see-ann-nah.  I was in a shelter dere, an’ Jai (one of da humans here who takes care of us dogs), got me on somethin’ called a “transport” to come here.  I’m glad I’m here, cuz dis shelter is I think kinda a special place, so I think I’m a lucky boy to be here!  So, here’s summa my info… I’m a Pit Bull mix, a lil over a year old, an’ I LOVE humans!!!!  I love bein’ petted, an’ goin’ for walks, an’ gettin’ treats (I like Kongs with dee-lih-shous wet food in dere for me to eat!).  I love gettin’ in a human’s lap for pets, an’ I give good, nice kisses… I’m not a slobbery kisser!  I’ll tawk mo’ ’bout da kinda forever home I’d like anoder time, cuz I wanna tawk ’bout somethin’ more fun dat I gotta do last Sunday.

groot_xmas7funnyOur humans here always wanna do extra stuff to help us dogs an’ cats find forever homes, so I gotta have ma picture taken with 11 oder dogs for something’ called “Da 12 Strays of Christmas”.  Ya gotta looka’ somethin’ called “Facebook” an’ “Instagram” cuz that’s where dey post da dogs an’ cats.  I was real good for ma picture session, an’ looked real cute.  Da pic ya see here is funny cuz it looks like I don’t got ears, but I think I look cute an’ real sweet like da nice boy I am!  It was lots of fun gettin’ my picture taken cuz I got LOTS of treats, an’ Christine an’ Jana dressed me up an’ stuff to make me look mo’ handsome dan I already am!

Dat’s all I gots ta tawk ’bout fo’ now, an’ it’s time fo’ me to go play in da yard an’ run ’round!  I hope ya’ll like our pictures an’ maybe think ’bout donatin’ stuff like toys or oder stuff our humans need to take care of us… dey need alotta stuff to take care-ah all us! If I don’t tawk ta ya’ll befo’ Christmas, I hope ya’ll have a happy holiday!

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Shine, the Gentleman Enforcer (Adopted!)


Hey humans, how’s everybody doin?  I’m doin’ fine, just chillin’ and keepin’ an eye on all the new dogs and the goings on both in our kennel and with our humans.  We’ve had lots of dogs and puppies go to their forever homes since the last time I blogged (like Aster, Grizzly, Copper, Robert, and lots of others, but I don’t know all their names) so now there are lots of new dogs here.  I like seein’ how the new dogs adapt to life here, and checkin’ out who likes who, who gets a new roommate, and just observing… with all the young pups here someone’s gotta keep an eye on ’em and make sure they’re behaving.  Nemo got a new roommate named Radar the other day and so he isn’t in the kennel right next to me anymore (which is fine with me, he’s a nice little dude but some days he’d just get on my last nerve).  It’s fun watchin’ Nemo and Radar play together.  And of course Dakota and Denver are cute and fun to watch, too, but that’s as close as I wanna be to puppies, I prefer to be entertained watchin’ them from afar.  All that young pup energy is too much for a “senior” dog like me.  I guess I’m considered a senior now ’cause I’m about 8 years old, but I’m not too old to enjoy short walks and I love goin’ out in the yard and rolling ’round in the grass when I get hot, then gettin’ in the kiddy pool to cool off for a bit… which feels great.

Anyways, our humans are gettin’ ready for another big event and fundraiser called Art Unleashed.  You can still buy tickets if you wanna go and I’ve heard it’s fun for humans, and whatever money they raise goes back to our shelter to help take care of us while we’re waiting for our forever homes.  So, you should go ’cause it helps our humans take care of us.

I’m gonna go for now, just wanted to check in and remind you humans about Art Unleashed. Click here to find our more about Art Unleashed and to purchase tickets >

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Leroy, aka The Sheriff (now Rufus)


Hey humans!  What’s up?  I’ve got lots to tell ya ‘bout my new life, so here it goes:  Back in April this cool woman came in wantin’ to adopt a “harder to place” dog, like Shine, or Smiley, an’ after Christine talked to her for a while, Christine thought I’d be a great match for the woman, (her name is Jen an’ she’s my new mom).  Jen liked me a LOT the first time she met me, an’ she kept comin’ back in to visit, which was really cool.  Christine had Alex (she’s one of my very favorite humans ever) an’ Stan (he took me to lots of obedience classes at The Dogs’ Spot) talk to Jen ‘bout me, too, cuz they spent time with me doin’ different stuff).  Pete also talked to my new mom, too (cuz he’s awesome, an’ has known me since I came into the shelter, an’ he’s sooooo smart about us dogs).  They told her all kinds of good stuff ‘bout me, like the obedience stuff I know, an’ how nice I walk on a leash, an’ why I got the nickname of “The Sheriff”.   Anyways, after a while Jen thought she might wanna take me home, but wasn’t 100% sure yet (no one knew how I’d be in a house), an’ she was able to take me home to “foster” me for a while so she could like really get to know me, away from the shelter, an’ in her home.  She ended up adopting me 3 weeks after she took me home.

I’ve had lots an’ lots to learn ‘bout bein’ in a home… like a dishwasher (I’ve made peace with this weird machine thingy), can opener, microwave, toaster (humans got lots of stuff to fix their food… they’re kinda complicated), an’ house-training.  I’m soooo awesome, cuz I learned real quick how to potty outside!  My mom’s so proud of me cuz I’ve NEVER had a potty accident in my new home… I dunno why humans make such a big deal ‘bout that, cuz they potty inside, but if it makes my mom happy, whateve’.  I’m still workin’ on not bein’ as scared of some stuff outside that move fast or make loud noises (bicycles, skateboards, garbage trucks, buses).

See, the reason some of this stuff makes me nervous is cuz I lived on a chain, outside all the time before I came to HSGKC, so I wasn’t “socialized”, an’ dogs who live on chains have “issues”. We often aren’t well socialized with other dogs, cats, and people.  We have “fear” or are nervous with things like skateboards, bicycles, and often kids and people because we can be teased and can’t escape the things that scare us because we can’t go any further than the length of the chain.

Anyways, now I’m lovin’ bein’ in a home with a human all my own!  I’m her “Sheriff” now…so I listen for stuff like cats, loud cars, an’ just keep an’ eye out for any signs of stuff that might not be good for me an’ my mom.  I love bein’ with her so much I follow her all over the house, cuddle with her lots (she calls me a “huggy bear”, an’ I’m dog enuff I like her nickname for me), an’ protect the house from the cats who don’t know a dog’s livin’ there (I bark at them lots just to let ‘em know there’s a dog here so don’t come ‘round… hee hee), an’ when my mom’s sleepin’, I sleep outside her room or by the front door to make sure she stays safe.  She’s taken me to obedience classes, an’ she’s really tryin’ her very best to help me with the stuff that scares me.

I’m so, so happy she took a chance on me… I’m not the easiest dog cuz young humans make me nervous, I’m not real playful with other dogs, an’ I’m still workin’ on my fear of loud fast moving things outside an’ the other stuff I’m not sure of.  The most awesome thing ‘bout my mom is she loves me for me, even tho I have some stuff I’m workin’ on gettin’ better at… she saw past all that stuff an’ decided to take a chance on me.  Not to get all serious or anythin’, an’ I know dogs like me aren’t for everybody, but for the right human or humans, we’ve got lots to offer.

This is what my new mom said ’bout me: “What a boy. I can’t say enough good things about Rufus. He is a diamond in the rough. He just needed a chance to show everyone what kind of dog he is when loved. And hugged.”

Gotta run peeps… I’ve gotta watch some Rufus t.v.

Me chillin' in my new digs!

Me chillin’ in my new digs.

Me watchin' out the front door...always on the lookout, ya know Rufus t.v.!

Me watchin’ out the front door… always on the lookout, ya know Rufus t.v.!


Shine, the Gentleman Enforcer (Adopted!)


Hello.  Our humans are working on the upcoming Pet Telethon, so I thought since I won’t be going (I’d prefer to stay here and keep an eye on these young pups and make sure they’re behaving), I’d talk a little about the Pet Telethon.  The Pet Telethon is our shelter’s biggest fundraiser.  The humans say it’s fun to watch.  They show some of the dogs and cats who are available for adoption, talk about our low-cost clinic, and how we help pets at KCK Animal Control, and all the other good stuff humans involved with HSGKC do. There’s also entertainment in the form of pet tricks, singing, and other things that humans find amusing.  Humans who have adopted dogs from here talk about their experience and why they adopted.  Feta and her parents (Feta used to be Leroy‘s roommate) are going on, which is kinda cool and I’m sure we’ll hear how she is doing from the dogs who are going .

Since I’m staying here instead of going on TV, I want to tell you about the kind of home I would like because maybe someone special will see my picture and read about me and want to give me a forever home.  I had a pretty rough start to my life… I used to be a guard dog at a drug house and was rescued from that place.  I was really nervous about new humans when I first came here, but because the humans who work here and the volunteers are so nice, I learned to trust more humans.  I need to be the only pet… now that I know how awesome humans can be, I don’t wanna share my humans with other animals… no thank you!  I know some dogs really like small humans (I think they’re called kids), like Darla, but ’cause I’m not a playful sort and can still be a little bit unsure around new people, I shouldn’t go to a home with kids.  Again, nothin’ against them, but they’re busy, and I just wanna place to hang out and relax. I walk great on a leash and love short walks, so maybe some humans who aren’t really young would like to give me a home of my own.

Well, I’m gonna settle in for the night.

Duchess Fancy Pants


Hi, my name is Fancy.  I’m 14 years old, which according to humans is old for an Akita like me.  I’ve been ’round this place for a long time.  I’ve gone to a home a couple times, but I love this place so much and am really comfortable here so I find a way to come back.  Everyone here knows me, staff and volunteers, because I’m their favorite.  Shine and Valerie think they are the “enforcers”, but they don’t have a thing on me.  Back in the day when I was even more feisty and ornery, I was the original enforcer.  I still like to stir the other dogs up, just because I can.

Joyce, one of the humans who takes care of us, takes me for a walk first thing in the morning.  Sometimes she just opens the door to my dog run and lets me walk to the entrance of the kennel on my own ’cause I know where I’m goin’.  The other dogs bark at me, but it’s ’cause they’re jealous they can’t do the same thing… some of them run out and bark at the other dogs, but not me.  I don’t have to try to rile these young pups up, they are all so excitable and are showin’ me the respect I deserve.

If you come in to volunteer sometime soon, make sure to stop by and see me!  I love all the extra attention I’m getting from our humans because I’m the favorite.  All for now, I’m gonna take a nap in the sun.

Shine (Adopted!)


Today is a good day.  One of my very favorite humans, Amy, came in and spent some time with me this morning, taking me for a short walk and brushing me so I look even more handsome.  At first, I did not like to be brushed, but I have come to enjoy the process because it feels good and makes me look even better.  Thank you, Amy!

Shine: The Gentleman Enforcer (Adopted!)


Hello, my name is Shine.  I earned the nickname of “Gentleman Enforcer” because I am fairly mild mannered, but have a very good sense about people and other dogs.  I am still a bit reserved with new people, but I love food so if you have treats we will probably become friends pretty quickly.  I can walk great on a leash and enjoy short walks.  I may have more to say later after the other “kids” post their thoughts.