From small dog playgroup to a pack of pitties

Jessica and her sister Amy.

My friend Jessica and I met through our min pins.

Several years ago, we both replied to a Craigslist ad from a gal who wanted help socializing her new Chihuahua (a rough-looking fellow who had been living the wayward life under a dumpster).

Jessica and I both made it to the second small dog playgroup gathering — she with two red miniature pinschers named Nic and Andy, and I with my black-and-tan elderpin Scooby. Jessica and I have been friends ever since, dog sitting for one another and trading perspectives on animals, men, good food, cheap living and what to do when you find a wayward dog on the way to work.

Jessica is the first person I ever met who fostered dogs. She is a proud mama to a beautiful baby boy now, but she still has a pack of furbabies.

The newest canine addition to Jessica’s household is Julie, a gray pit bull she and her husband rescued from a local shelter. Julie is petite, athletic, a little bit shy and fantastic with the baby. She was a well-behaved and well-dressed addition last Saturday to KC Pittie Pack and Friends, the new way Jessica and I have to help socialize our pets.

After a hike with the KC Pittie Pack through the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, I gave Jessica a belated Christmas present:

Of course, the gift was a hand-painted piece of doggy art by Magnet Lady Kathleen Henn. Jessica’s sister Amy took the photo of Julie.

To order a magnet featuring your pet, e-mail

To be part of KC Pittie Pack and Friends, “like” the community page on Facebook or e-mail Our next excursion will be a walk around Loose Park in Kansas City, Missouri.


About crystalwayward

I live with two formerly wayward dogs. I care deeply about the environment, and I think gardening is a revolutionary act.

Posted on January 23, 2012, in Art, KC Pittie Pack and Friends and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. OMG Crystal you are so awesome girl, love ya!

  2. I love those magnets – and Julie is so beautiful! I wish I would have had a chance to talk to Jessica and meet Julie…alas, our groups were separated – maybe next time?

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