Category Archives: KC Pittie Pack and Friends
This blog will be quiet for a couple of days.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.
I have a big agenda:
- Celebrate the KC Pittie Pack’s 1-year anniversary with a yappy hour tonight
- Coddle the elderpin, who was feeling almost normal until he got tangled up in Charlie Machete’s feet last night. (This is a major downside of having a multi-dog house that includes at least one frail old dog and at least one big, exuberant young dog)
- Wrap up an exciting project that will debut here next week. Hint: It has to do with Valentine’s Day!
You can help me with item number 3.
I’m compiling a list of animal welfare organizations that sell merchandise (i.e. t-shirts and hoodies) to support their efforts toward dogs in need. Help me gather a robust list of organizations, including some in your area.
All you need to do is leave a comment with a link to an organization and/or web store that you think I should feature.
As an example, check out the merch shop for Friends of KC Animals, one of my favorite Kansas City animal welfare groups.
So, who’s your favorite local dog rescue or shelter, and what cool stuff do they sell?
Way back when my little Wayward Dogs project began, I started this blog to chronicle the lost, stray and abandoned canines I encountered.
I’m quite happy to report that for a second year in a row, those experiences did not occur frequently enough to warrant daily posts. In fact, I hardly ran into any wayward dogs on the streets in the year 2012!
That, of course, meant I had to fill in the days with posts about other things, including other people’s awesome dog projects, including:
- Missouri’s Puppies for Parole program
- How Rose Brooks Center helps battered women, children and their pets
- How Conservation Canines are helping to save the whales (my other favorite animal)
- The Yellow Dog Project
Then, there was the KC Pittie Pack…
Emily from Our Waldo Bungie and I came together in 2012 to create a co-project of our own.
We founded KC Pittie Pack & Friends, a walking group designed to help people socialize their pets in a structured environment. In its first year, KC Pittie Pack:
- Gained almost 100 members through our Meetup group
- Held 27 Meetups around Kansas City
- Was recognized by local newspaper The Pitch as Kansas City’s “Best Way to Tame Your Wild-ass Dog”
- Brought out a whole bunch of bully breed dogs for National Pit Bull Awareness Day
- Outfitted our supporters in awesome hoodies and T-shirts
In 2012, I also used this blog as a platform to generate support for local animal welfare organizations.
My awesome blog readers helped me:
- Run my first 5K and raise $250 for Wayside Waifs
- Raise over $300 through a raffle and shopping event benefiting Midwest Adopt-a-Bull
And the year was not totally devoid of “wayward dogs.”
Of the handful of lost dogs I encountered, the three I was able to assist appeared when I was en route to work:
- Malakai – A gorgeous and sweet husky dog who was stopping traffic on a very busy Kansas City street.
- Tara – I knew my neighbor’s elderbull was never supposed to run around the ‘hood by herself.
- Cotton – A hunting dog I totally failed to blog about. Rather than taking him with me, I turned back toward home. Cotton’s ID tag had a phone number, so I left a message on his owner’s voicemail that his dog was safe and how to reach me. Then, I went on to work. Within 20 minutes, Cotton’s uber-relieved-sounding dad called him, so I told him where to go pick up his pup.
The fact that very few stray doggies followed me home in 2012 was actually a really good thing, considering at the beginning of the year we still had two formerly wayward dogs under our roof – Minnie and Charlie Machete – in addition to our two forever dogs.
No kidding – four was too much for our little house and the humans inside it.
Fortunately, by May, both fosters were adopted. But the reprieve did not last long.
Less than a year after he originally arrived in our lives, Charlie Machete came back – by way of a shelter in Omaha.
We still don’t know exactly why he ended up behind bars, but we are grateful Charlie Machete’s adopters never changed the contact information on his microchip. Because they didn’t, the shelter called me, and Zach was able to make the three-hour drive to bail out our big black foster dog, who was otherwise on the list to be euthanized.
Although I haven’t proven to be a very successful dog foster mom, I’m proud to say that, through networking, I was able to help some other dogs find forever homes in 2012.
Sometimes I feel funny about the fact that I am the girl who almost daily posts sad pictures of dogs desperate to be adopted. I know this habit annoys some of my friends, but I keep doing it for a good reason: Sometimes the sharing pays off.
Because I helped my friend and fellow Kansas City pet advocate Nicole get the word out, these two dogs landed in forever homes in 2012:
- Mia, a beagle/husky mix was adopted by my coworker
- A black lab puppy was taken into a foster home that adopted him
My constant fretting about wayward dogs also seems to have had an effect on Zach’s and my mothers.
In 2012, both of them made successful efforts to apprehend and return home lost dogs in their own neighborhoods.
I have also noticed that generally in life I am becoming the person others turn to when they have questions about dogs. That sure feels good, and I always try to help if I can.
Here’s hoping for more successful efforts on behalf of dogs in 2013!
What was your biggest accomplishment for dogs last year?
Of course, I said yes when offered the chance to review a Thundershirt product.
Two of the three current canine residents at Wayward House suffer from anxiety. The triggers are different.
For Luke, it’s stormy weather. Often, he realizes the weather is turning before we do. He paces. He pants like he’s having a heart attack. He glues himself to whatever human is in the house, following so close that he trips you. This might cause you to yell out, which frightens Luke even more.
Sometimes he just hides. He’ll stick his nose in a corner of the kitchen or climb into the bath tub where his panting sounds are amplified.
A lot of times, we’ll just give Luke some Wal-finate, a generic antihistamine he often needs for his allergies, anyway. It makes him drowsy enough to forget about the storm.
But if I can avoid drugging my dogs, of course, I will. So, when a thunder jacket for dogs by Thundershirt arrived in the mail, just as the skies began to darken, I immediately strapped that thing on Luke.
Boy, did he look good!
The product did seem to work, as well. Although Luke definitely did not forget about the storm, he didn’t move around so much or pant his brains out.
He mostly just laid quietly in the bathroom.
And he didn’t seem to mind the jacket. I left the house for a couple of hours with him in it and returned to a happy dog who didn’t seem to have tried removing his outfit.
If I hadn’t seen the HBO movie Temple Grandin, starring Claire Danes as an autistic woman who helps redesign livestock facilities to minimize stress on the animals, I would have thought the thunder jacket for dogs was baloney right from the start.
But there is a method behind the garment. Temple Grandin is a real person who realized that in times of stress she felt better when she was hugged tightly or squeezed herself into a tight area. She also noticed that cows seemed to get less freaked out when herded through a narrow chute.
The same idea is reflected in the thunder jacket, which fits very snugly on a dog, making him feel securely hugged, without restricting his movement.
Around the house, I found that the thunder jacket made both Luke and foster dog Charlie Machete calmer.
While a chill Charlie Machete is always preferable around the house, where I really need that guy to cool out is in public.
His anxiety trigger is other people and dogs. That’s why I take him on walks with the KC Pittie Pack, where he can be part of the group in a structured, safe way.
For our special Coast to Coast Bully Walk on Pit Bull Awareness Day, I wrapped him up in the thunder jacket with the hope that he’d be extra relaxed for this extra special event.
Unfortunately, instead of behaving like the preppy gentleman his thunder jacket and bandana made him appear to be, Charlie Machete acted like a buffoon.
He acted huffy toward two dogs in particular and pulled on his leash way more than usual. I was pretty embarrassed.
But I don’t blame the thunder jacket. We walked in a different location than usual, and there were many new dogs there Charlie Machete had never before smelled.
Also: When we got home, I realized that his gentle leader had chafed his face. That would make anybody irritable!
I left the thunder jacket on him to see if it helped at an adoption event later that day, but the event was canceled.
I’m glad to have the product, though. I will definitely keep using it on both big dogs to see for what other situations it may be helpful.
What makes your dog nervous?
Big thanks to onetime guest blogger Sonia Charry and PawPosse.com for hooking us up with a thunder jacket for dogs by Thundershirt!
Disclaimer: I received a free product in exchange for an honest review.
Are you feeling Fashion-a-Bull?
Charlie Machete felt very fashion-a-bull yesterday when he donned a Thundershirt + bandana for the Coast to Coast Bully Walk with KC Pittie Pack. We’ll call it his Preppy Guy Halloween Costume.
KC Pittie Pack had a bigger turnout – and more bully breed dogs – than usual for our special Pit Bull Awareness Day Walk.
Emily from Our Waldo Bungie and her husband Daniel wisely left their dogs at home so that they could document the event and get photos of everyone holding up the signs inspired by Animal Farm Foundation’s “I Am the Majority” campaign.
If you’ve been following my posts all week, you also know that today is another big day for me in the way of bully breed awareness efforts and fashion.
I am so excited about everything Katty Delux, the Madewell gals and I have in store (pun intended) for this fabulous autumn event!
Fashion-a-Bull shoppers will be greeted at the door by some friendly doggies, including one wearing a Tiennot Knits Sweater, and some four-legged Chiefs fans who are coming over from Kennel Creek Pet Resort.
The first 20 shoppers will receive a free treat bag full of gifts and notes from our event sponsors.
The raffle prize list includes gift certificates from Tiennot Knits, Kennel Creek and many other awesome donors. And the list of goodies you can win just keeps getting better!
So far, we are about $150 toward our goal of raising $500 for the care of the dogs of Midwest Adopt-a-Bull.
If you are in the Kansas City area, please consider stopping by the Madewell shop at Town Center Plaza in Leawood. Our party is happening from 4-6 p.m.
Raffle tickets are $5, and winners need not be present to claim their prize.
Those who don’t take home a raffle prize can win as shoppers. Madewell has several sales going on right now, plus a special discount for our party. Everyone who attends will be entered in a drawing for a Madewell gift card and get to enjoy complimentary refreshments.
For more information, check out the Facebook event page.
For more prize pictures check out the Fashion-a-Bull Fall at Madewell photo album on Wayward Dogs’ Facebook page.
If you entered the Retro Vixen giveaway and are wondering if you won, check out this post at Katty’s blog Chronicles of a Sweet Tooth.
If you’ve been reading this blog all week, you know where I am today – walking in support of pit bull type dogs like Sharpie in the Coast to Coast Bully Walk with adoptable Charlie Machete and the KC Pittie Pack.
And tomorrow: Hosting a shopping party and fundraiser for bully breed rescue group Midwest Adopt-a-Bull.
Also: Share your pit bull story today on the Midwest Adopt-a-Bull’s Facebook fan page for a chance to win a t-shirt and bumper sticker.
How’s the weather where you are?
It’s blustery and cold in Kansas City with a stormy forecast.
It’s a good day for Luke to wear his new Thunder Jacket for Dogs! (Look for a full review of this product next week.)
I’m crossing my fingers that the cold and stormy front doesn’t interfere too much with all of our pit bull-supporting weekend plans!
If you are in Kansas City, please consider joining me at Saturday’s Coast to Coast Bully Walk with KC Pittie Pack and Sunday’s Fashion-a-Bull Fall shopping party and Midwest Adopt-a-Bull fundraiser at Madewell.
Be sure to buy a raffle ticket from me if you can! We are just over 1/10 of the way to the $500 goal!
You can also still enter the Retro Vixen giveaway no matter where in the U.S. you live!
Come back tomorrow to learn more about Midwest Adopt-a-Bull!
This Saturday, pit bull lovers all over will share stories, show off their dogs and generally make an effort to dispel the myths about canines that look like this:
National Pit Bull Awareness Day is one of the many cool dog-related observances that takes place in
October Dogtober (aka National Pit Bull Awareness Month).
Because a lot of people only know about pit bulls from bad stories they hear on the news, the awareness campaign was created to bring attention to the breed in a positive way — “to educate and foster positive communications and experiences in the communities” where people and pit bulls live.
One way to accomplish this is by getting pit bulls and people out in public for a walk.
The organizers of the Coast to Coast Bully Walk seek to get groups of people and pit bulls strolling the streets of every city this Saturday.
Every individual Bully Walk will be a testament to how many people have pit bulls, what sort of people we are and what kind of dogs pit bulls can be when in the hands of responsible owners.
Because we already get people and dogs together for a group walk at least twice a month, KC Pittie Pack, the dog socialization group I co-founded with Emily from Our Waldo Bungie, was delighted to hold a special event in conjunction with the Coast to Coast Bully Walk.
As usual, all kinds of dogs are invited to our walk this Saturday. However, we do hope to get an abundance of bully breed dogs to participate! We will take our parade of costumed dogs (it is almost Howl-o-ween) around Mill Creek Park near beautiful Country Club Plaza.
At the end of the walk, we will ask participants and their dogs to pose for a picture and hold up a sign asserting themselves as a pit bull owner or pit bull supporter.
Afterwards, we will share those pictures with the Animal Farm Foundation for its I Am the Majority Project, which aims to erode the stereotype that pit bull people are not good people.
If you have a bully breed dog or just love them, we invite you to join us in Kansas City this Saturday. All attendees must pre-register through the KC Pittie Pack Meetup page.Everyone who RSVPs will be entered in a drawing for some free dog treats!
Don’t live in Kansas City? Let us know in the comments if you are attending a pit bull-related event this weekend in your town.
Click here for a list of events happening across the U.S. and beyond for National Pit Bull Awareness Day.
Like to sport pin-up style when you hang out with pit bulls? Enter the Retro Vixen giveaway!
National Pit Bull Awareness Day is just five days away.
That makes now a great time to brush up on facts about dogs like Midwest Adopt-a-Bull‘s Arria and why her kind gets a bad rap.
What is a pit bull, anyway? What’s BSL? What side of the debate are you on?
Assuming you don’t already know, the infographic below (originally shared by 1800PetMeds) could help you decide.
The statistics and talking points are definitely going to be top of mind for me all week, as I sell raffle tickets for Fashion-a-Bull Fall at Madewell, the Midwest Adopt-a-Bull fundraiser and shopping party I’m co-hosting with Katty Delux.
The truth about pit bulls will also be part of the conversation as KC Pittie Pack gears up for a very special walk on National Pit Bull Awareness Day. Our Waldo Bungie and I will tell you more about that event tomorrow.
In the meantime, get on this infographic, which I hope you’ll want to share far and wide.
After that, go enter the giveaway for a gift certificate to Retro Vixen, outfitter of many pit bull loving fashionistas.
Courtesy of: 1800PetMeds.com
This is all going buh-bye.
I’ll tell you why I’m getting rid of all those pricey hair products tomorrow.
(And, yes, it does have a little bit to do with dogs.)
In the meantime:
Go check out The Pitch‘s hot-off-the-press Best of Kansas City 2012 edition.