Tater Tot


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.


Sasha (Adopted!)


Hiya humans, my name is Sasha.  I’m about 2 years old, and I’m a Lab/maybe-some-Boxer mix.  I was found as a stray by KCK Animal Control back in March.  I was real sick with somethin’ called Parvovirus, and another tummy bug, and heartworm infection, AND I was real skinny… so, I was a mess.  I’m almost finished with my heartworm treatment, and I’ve gained almost 20 pounds since I first got here… so ya know our humans are takin’ real good care of me!  I’m happy, too, ’cause I got moved to the back room in the kennel area… see our humans gotta have a place to fix our food, do laundry, and give us baths, and when this building was designed they put a run in the back room for a special dog.  I know the doggy run back there is now called “Smiley’s Run” and it’s for special dogs like him and me who just need some extra TLC!  I LOVE bein’ in the back room!  I getta hang out with the humans who take care of us doggies and some of the humans who take care of the kitties, too!  I have my own doggy bed that I can lay on and I have more room to move around.  I love it when humans come back and visit me and I get so happy and excited to see them I use my paws a lot to get their attention, and to get them to play with me.  I play bow a lot… but they don’t seem to get that move… silly humans!  I getta just hang out in the back room… unless they have to bring another dog back to get a bath, then I have to go in my kennel ’cause I’m not a huge fan of other dogs, I prefer to have all the attention for myself.  I’ll tell ya ’bout that the next time I blog… for now I got somethin’ else to tell ya ’bout: Dog-N-Jog.

I’ve heard our humans talkin’ bout this big event thingy called Dog-N-Jog (I’m gonna call it DNJ for the rest of my blog… too much to type out, lol).  Anyways, DNJ is this Sunday, June 14 from 7-10:30 a.m. on the Country Club Plaza.  There’s a 1 and 2 mile run and a 1 mile walk, an agility course, and lots of other fun stuff.  If ya wanna learn more ’bout it and register online, go to www.hsgkc.org.  I’ve heard it’s fun for humans and doggies, and it raises money for our humans to keep takin’ care of dogs like me who are real sick, and need lots of medical care to get better!  I can’t go ’cause I’ve got ’bout 2 1/2 weeks left of “leash walk only” before I can run ’round.  That’s ’cause of the heartworm treatment… see I can’t have my heart goin’ too fast or it’d be real bad for me… so I’m gonna supervise the humans who are gonna bathe the dogs who are goin’ to DNJ to make sure they look their best!  Sometimes you humans need help from us dogs, too!  I keep myself real clean, my kennel is clean, and when the doggy yard is really muddy,  I’m always super careful to avoid the muddy spots when I go out for my morning walk!  I think I heard our humans sayin’ that maybe 7-8 dogs from here are gonna go to DNJ and represent all of us dogs here at HSGKC!  Whoever blogs tomorrow will fill ya in on who’s gonna go.  If you’re goin’ to DNJ and ya have a Black dog like me, be aware of signs of overheating… see ’cause of our coats bein’ Black, we get hot lots faster than other colors of dogs!  I know that may seem silly, but some humans don’t know that.

Well, that’s all I got for now… I’ll tell ya more ’bout me and the kinda forever home I’d like next time!  Bye!

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Hey, my name is Duke.  I’m a 3 year old Shepherd mix.  Sometimes I can be a lil shy, and I’m not real sure what all you might want to know about me, but I’ll fill you in on my history. So, in January, a nice human picked me up and brought me here ’cause I had been hit by a car.  I was in pretty bad shape… like a spinal cord injury (sometimes the way I walk is a little funny), and then on top of that I had heartworm infection!  Well, all the humans I met here and at VCA Welborn took real good care of me, and now I’m all better and ready to find a forever home of my own.  The heartworm treatment was no fun at all, but I know I needed it and am real glad that’s over with.

Uuhhmm… well… oh, I did hear our humans talking about a satellite adoption event called “Paws @ the Mart” that’s comin’ up this Saturday, June 6 from 11-2 at Nebraska Furniture Mart.  I’m gonna stay here at the shelter ’cause Saturdays are usually when my favorite volunteers come in and take me for a few walks, give me lots of treats, and just hang out with me.  I think Luke, Farley, Breann, Mila, and Lucy might go.  Check out HSGKC’s website for more information.  Maybe someone there will see a picture of me and want to meet me… that would be nice.

I do this “air licking” thing when I see a human I know and love, and they all think it’s real cute and make a big deal about how cute it is when I do that.  I’m also real easy to walk on a leash, and I keep my kennel clean.  I’m a sweet boy, but choosy about dogs… like if I had to live with a dog, one who is really mellow would be best… but I’d rather be the center of attention.  I’m good with humans… I just have to warm up to new humans first. I’d like a home with adult humans, and older kids would be fine too.  I did go to a home for a couple days, but there were rules with the kitties inside the house I didn’t really want to pay attention to… I mean c’mon, they run, I’m a dog, of course I’m gonna chase them!

Well… I tried this blog thing out, and even though I kinda skipped around a bit, I’ve never done this kinda thing before so I did my best… and I’m a lil nervous.  Anyway, I hope the sun shines on Saturday for the satellite, and just in general… this rain stinks!  All of us dogs are goin’ a wee bit stir crazy with all of this rain!  Most of us are pretty good about not rollin’ round in the mud puddles, but the puppies and Romy… sheesh, they get our humans really, really muddy… which is funny, but don’t tell them I said that.

I’m gonna go outside for a few minutes before the rain gets worse. Don’t forget about the satellite adoption event on Saturday.  If you want to learn more about me or how to adopt me, you can find that info on HSGKC’s website.  Bye.

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Luke (Adopted!)


Hi, my name is Luke and I’m an 8 year old Chow Chow/Shepherd mix.  I came to HSGKC back in December ’cause I was picked up by KCK Animal Control with a real bad front leg… it was broken, and I was in a lot of pain and it couldn’t be fixed, so I had to have it amputated (ask anyone who knows me, and they’ll tell you I get around just fine on 3 legs… us dogs and cats figure out real quick how to manage on 3 legs!)  And, as if that wasn’t bad enough, I also was heartworm positive!  Our people here took really, really good care of me and I’m all healthy now.  I was even pictured on a front page article of the Kansas City Star with Gia a couple of months ago.  I gotta tell you though, heartworm treatment is rough!  I’m real glad that’s over with and that I can run around the yard off leash again!

The reason I get to blog today is ’cause tomorrow I’m gonna go to a fundraising event at Gordon Biersch in Leawood, KS, from 5:30-8:30pm!  They’re doin’ somethin’ called a Maibock Tapping Party to help raise money for us dogs and cats HSGKC takes care of.  I have absoblutely NO idea what Maibock is or a “tapping party” but I guess it’s somethin’ humans like.  I’ve heard of some yummy beer that’s made just for dogs… I wonder if they’ll have any of that there for us, that’d be cool!  I like going to events ’cause it’s fun to meet new people, get lots and lots of attention, and just get out and about!  4 other dogs will be there, too, Hazel, Holly, Charlie, and Farley (sigh, he’s a nice dog… but he’s kinda like a pesky younger brother to me).  I’ll get a lot of attention though because for some reason, people seem to really feel sorry for me ’cause I only have 3 legs.  If you want more info about the event tomorrow, go to www.hsgkc.org.

I wanna tell you a little more about me, too, like about the kinda forever home I’d like.  I’m a mild mannered guy, pretty chill, and would do fine living with other dogs as long as they’re mellow and mild mannered like me.  Puppies are okay, but not really my speed.  I’m good with people and kids… ’cause I’m cool like that, and affectionate.  I like being brushed, and I walk nicely on a leash, too.  However, I am not allowed to live with cats per our humans because I like to chase them!  That’s the only time I give the human walking me a hard time is when I see a cat.  Other than that one little thing, I’m a pretty awesome guy.  I keep a clean kennel, and am good about “kenneling up” when I’m asked to.  A fenced yard would be nice, but I don’t have to have one as long as I’m always walked on a leash (you know, ’cause I wanna chase cats… which is so much fun but I know people would prefer I don’t do that… some people are “cat people”, and I suppose it’s not very nice even though it’s fun).  I don’t bark a whole lot either, so I’d be okay in an apartment or condo.

I’m gonna go for now, but I hope to see you tomorrow night!  Don’t forget, if you wanna learn more about me check me out on HSGKC’s website.  Peace out!

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Hey humans, how’s it goin’?  All of us dogs here are doin’ all right.  After a bit of discussion amongst our humans, they’ve decided that I’m the new narrator for the HSGKC Dog Blog since Smiley is now at the Rainbow Bridge.  I’m happy I was chosen to narrate (and I’m not at all surprised I was chosen, I mean, c’mon, I’m “Hercules the Magnificent” after all).

With my new title, this means I will fill you humans in on the stuff that’s goin’ on here at HSGKC.  The KC Pet Telethon was a success, from what I’ve heard.  All I know is that I was AWESOME!  Christine worked with me for about 2 weeks to prepare for our spot on the Telethon, and I learned how to do some neat new tricks, like “finish”, “turn”, “spin”, and “crawl”.  She was even more proud of me than she was last year ’cause I was so good for her!  I can even do a lot of the stuff she taught me off leash, but that’s ’cause she always has really yummy treats for me, and I love workin’ for food!  She’s gonna keep workin’ with me and teach me some new stuff, but I heard her talkin’ to Pete and Kate about Shiloh… I guess I’m gonna have to share some of Christine’s time with Shiloh because he needs to learn some obedience stuff, too, especially how to “stay”!  I know I’m the smartest dog in the kennel, and as much as I hate to admit this (so don’t tell Shiloh, please), he’s a clever dude!  He knows how to make a mad dash out of the building so our humans have to go chase him and lure him back… which is pretty funny!  I don’t bother with those types of “games” ’cause I know my food is here, and my treats, so I wouldn’t run off!

I also heard some talk about a satellite adoption event Saturday, March 21, at Four Paws Pantry and Spa in Olathe from 11-3.  I think Aubrey‘s gonna go, and I heard maybe Brownie will go to his first satellite.  I do like going to satellites, occasionally, but I’d rather stay here Saturdays to human and dog watch… plus Saturdays are when the most volunteers come in, so I get A LOT of treats!  I’m not gonna miss out on that for anything!

I almost forgot… big news… Gia, aka “Big G” was adopted Tuesday.  She’s been my neighbor for almost a year, so I’m gonna kinda miss her, but I’m real happy her humans came along and adopted her!  She’d been here for a little over a year, and was even skinnier than I was when I came in.  She was lookin’ pretty good, ya know, for an American Bulldog.

One other lil bit of gossip/news, for those of you who have seen pictures of Pibble on our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter pages, she’s doin’ real well.  I know I’m Christine’s most favorite dog, but I think Pibble is givin’ me a lil competition.  Pibble’s healing well and is a real friendly girl from what I’ve heard.  She won’t be ready for adoption for a while, but I thought ya might wanna know she’s doin’ good.  That’s what makes this shelter so awesome… our humans really do everything they can to help us dogs so we can go to a forever home.  I was skinny, and heartworm positive when I came in, and look at how handsome I am now!

That’s all the news I have for now.  I’ll check in with you again soon.

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Willis (Adopted!)


Hi humans, my name is Willis and I’m a 4 year old Rat Terrier mix.  I was surrendered by my owner ’bout 3 months ago ’cause I had too much energy for them and I do have lots of energy and I’m curious about all kinds of stuff and all the things to see and smell around here!  I got to blog today ’cause Jai, she’s the person who takes care of us dogs when we first come here… and yes, I used the word “person” instead of human ’cause that’s what “humans” are:  people!  I’ve been keepin’ up with the blog and know all the other dogs who’ve blogged say “humans”, but c’mon guys I get it if the young pups don’t know what to call ’em, but all you adults (like Hercules, for as “magnificent” and “smart” as you claim to be, you really need to expand your vocabulary) should know more words besides “humans”!  Anyways, back to Jai… she wanted me to blog ’cause I’ve been here a while and just finished heartworm treatment (which sucks, btw), and now I’m really ready for a forever home so lemme tell you ’bout me.

First, I’ve got some amazing skills, like I can jump over tall fences (like 5 feet), I love goin’ for walks or runs (I may need to build up to runs ’cause I’ve put on a couple pounds), and I ADORE playing with other dogs!  I’m a sensitive little dude, so I tend to feed off the energy of the dogs I’m around, so I prefer calmer/mellower companions.  Jai says I’m “tha man” (true dat!), so when I’m with dog friends I like being the “star of the show”.  I’m also a smart guy, so I know some commands like “sit”, “down”, and “roll-over” which REALLY impresses people, and I know how to alert my people if a person who’s delivering stuff or a strange person is coming ’round, I think that means I’d be a fantastic “watch dog”.  There’s one other thing I do I think people find endearing is I like to take naps and sleep with my head on a pillow (I’ve heard Jai and others talking ’bout how “cute” this is), I do like getting attention for being cute, but it’s more comfortable to rest my head on a pillow, duh!  SQUIRREL!!!!  Oops while I was writing my blog I saw a squirrel outside the window!  I guess what I’m getting at with all this is I’d love an active family, and having a doggy brother or sister would be good, too, ’cause I am a very active fellow, and a yard with a real tall fence so I don’t wonder off!  Because I’m a smaller dog, typically we aren’t well suited for small children but I like older kids (like maybe over 10), and even though I like running around and sometimes wrestling a little with other dogs, small kids are sometimes more than we can handle.

I’m getting ready for my mid-afternoon walk, so I’m gonna go for now but will check in again soon!

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Janis & Toby, the “Old” Couple (Adopted together!)


tobyHi humans my name is Toby, and my roommate is Janis.  I’m going to do more of the talking ’cause Janis is still a little shy.  We’re both Beagles, seniors, and heartworm positive.  We just had our first heartworm treatment yesterday and aren’t feeling quite 100% yet, but we’re doing okay.  I’m 14 years old… yes, I really am 14!  I was found as a stray at the end of June and brought here.  I’m micro-chipped, and our humans made several attempts to contact my owners, but no one ever called back.  I’m happy to be here for a few reasons, but the most important reason, in my opinion, is to help Janis.  See, Janis was brought here a little before me by a good samaritan who worried about her ’cause she had lived all of her 8 years on a chain… never bein’ inside, never knowin’ what a home is like, and she’d never even been to a doggy doctor.  She was very timid, shy, and a bit scared at first, but then our humans decided to put us together in the main doggy kennel…. and the rest is, as they say, “history”.  (I don’t know who “they” are, but I think they might be wise Beagles that humans have listened to… we’re very, very smart dogs).

Since Janis and I have been roommates, our humans have learned Janis really loves to play with other dogs, like me. Be sure to check out our video to see us in action!  We were in play groups, but now we can’t play with those young pups until we’re finished with our heartworm treatments. Janis also started to take my lead and learned to trust the humans she met, more and more.  She isn’t as nervous for as long in new situations, like when we went to a Satellite Adoption Event at Whole Foods last month.  We both like goin’ on walks, like the Pack Walks (we can still go on walks, but we can’t get our heart rate going too fast ’cause of the heartworm treatment), and we walk real nicely on leashes.  We watch all the younger dogs, some of ’em pull the humans, but not us… we are gentle on leashes, like most older dogs.  Now, don’t let the fact I’m 14 and Janis is 8 make you think we don’t have a LOT of life left in us!  We’re pretty darn energetic, and love goin’ places and doin’ new things.  One new thing we’re both doin’ is obedience class, but I’ll let Janis tell ya ’bout that ’cause she just told me to let her have a turn at the blog.

janisHi… I’m Janis… uuhhmm, I think Toby may have been yankin’ your chain a little when he said I wanted to have a turn at this blog thingy…. I’m still not sure what this is all about, but I’m gonna try.  We’ve got some pretty awesome humans here, I must say.  They’re always tryin’ to think of ways to make our lives better while we’re waitin’ for forever homes of our own. So, they started up obedience classes for us dogs here at the shelter an’ Toby an’ I are in beginners class… so ignore that sayin’ “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks”, ’cause we’re learning lots of stuff… well, Toby is learnin’ more than I am as far as stuff to do like “sit”, an’ lookin’ humans in the eyes. Toby does this real funny thing when he’s asked to “sit”– he lets out a bay/bark, then sits!  It’s so funny to watch, an’ the humans love it.  I’m just takin’ it all in, but I’m learnin’ to trust new humans, an’ I really like the mom an’ daughter, Katie an’ Michelle, who are workin’ with me an’ Toby. They’ve come to every class an’ really like workin’ with us, which makes me feel special.  I’m still shy ’round most new humans, but I warm up pretty quickly, ‘specially to women.  I’d love to go to a forever home with Toby, but I don’t wanna hold him back from gettin’ adopted.  Our humans think it’d be best for me to go to a home with another dog, an’ I agree with them ’cause I really do love other dogs.

We’re gonna go take a nap in the sun now an’ rest up for obedience classes.  We’ll tell ya ’bout the kinda forever homes we’d like later. Keep us in mind if you’re lookin’ for a mellower dog… we may be “seniors”, but we’ve got lots an’ lots to offer, an’ there are advantages to adopting “mature” dogs.  Bye ya’ll!

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