This big beautiful boy is Dollar. Though he may look like a big Lab mix, Dollar has had DNA testing and he is a German Shepherd / American Staffordshire Terrier mix. He's four years old, weighs 78 pounds and is mostly housebroken.
Dollar's story really pinged my heartstrings. Though no fault of his own, he's kind of been caught in a revolving door at Wayside Waifs animal shelter in Kansas City, Missouri.
First adopted from Wayside when he was 6 months old, that family broke apart and Dollar found himself back at the shelter. Adopted again a few years ago, Dollar was surrendered to Wayside when his boy left for collage and the family no longer wanted him.
I'll let Dollar tell you the rest of his story:
Hi there, I'm Dollar! I roll with the flow and try my best never to let anything get me down. I am a survivor and a lover and a simple dog who just wants to be part of a family. I get confused though, thinking back on my life and how it might have been different. Why has the love of a forever family been so elusive for me? I'm back at Wayside now, and this time around, I will finally find the home and family that I so deserve. I hope it's with you. I hope we find each other and realize we were meant to be together all along. I believe there is a reason I'm here, and it is so that I can finally find you.
I am a handsome and fun, 4 year old, 78 pound, mostly housetrained, German Shepherd/American Staffordshire Terrier mix. My breeds are a wonderful combination of loyalty, devotion, strength, and smarts. I even had a DNA test done a couple years ago, so I guess I'm sort of official, even though some of my friends insist I look more like a big ol' Black Lab! And in all honesty, I'm just a simple, sweet dog who is smart, affectionate, and happy, regardless of my breed and despite all the struggles I've had in my life. I just want to love and be loved. While I don't like to dwell on my past, I think it's important to share my full story with you, so here goes.
I first came to Wayside as a stray when I was just a 6 month old pup. There were some leads about who I belonged to, but I had already been passed around in my short life and no one seemed to want me, so I was put up for adoption. I did find a new home and things went ok for a while. But then my family life fell apart. There was a break up and I was caught in the middle. At just 2 years old, I found myself back out on the streets, alone and scared. I eventually made my way back to Wayside, where I spent about 5 months making friends and entertaining the volunteers. Then one day, I got adopted! I had a boy all my own and he loved me. Life was good...until he went away to college and the rest of the family didn't really want me. Once again, I was the odd man out.
I was with that family for about a year and a half, but now I find myself back at Wayside yet again. I've been busy reuniting and catching up with all my old volunteer pals. I see that they feel sad for me, so I try to cheer them up, letting them know that I'm ok and that I'll get through this! They just don't realize that I'm here waiting for you, so I'm good. I know you'll find me when the time is right. And I will appreciate you and feel grateful to you and make you feel special, every single day, for the rest of my life.
I hope you can be dedicated and committed to me. I've never had that in my life before, but it's something I really need. I will need daily exercise, to keep me fit, happy, and healthy. I need to lose a few pounds, but that will be easy to do with you by my side, exercising with me and giving me nutritious meals. Please be patient, consistent, and understanding with me, as I get acclimated to my new life with you. Since I'm smart and treat motivated, training me is easy and I already know several commands. It makes me happy to make you happy, so the sky is truly the limit with what I can learn. In fact, I've been working out at the agility park here at Wayside, and I'm a natural. I also love my toys so much.
Since I'm a rough and tumble sort of dog, with strength that I don't always fully realize, I think I'll be happiest in a home without kids under the age of 5, please. And for now, I'd like to be your only animal. At some point in time, I might do just fine with other dogs, but for now, I want all of your attention and love. After a day of fun, I want nothing more than to cuddle and chill out with you. I'm super silly, sweet and affectionate. I hope you'll give me the time to show you what a lover I can be!
Sure I've had a rough life and sometimes it just doesn't seem fair. But I can handle it! I'm resilient and I have a fantastic, charming personality that never lets me down. Just when things look bleakest for me, someone steps in and makes a difference in my life. I'm so grateful and I've found that people are good way more often than bad. So I just need one more really good person (I'm thinking of you!) to do that for me...to make me family and promise to stick with me for the rest of my life. It happens for other dogs, why can't it happen for me? No reason, no reason at all. I just have to continue to be patient until you find me. I hope it's soon.
Dollar needs a family to call his own that will be a loving forever home. Take a look at his adoption video so you can see him in action. He's a sweetie who is eager to please. For more information about adopting Dollar call Wayside Waifs at 816-761-8151 or 816-986-4426. Dollar's animal ID number is 12801819
Wayside Waifs is Kansas City’s largest no-kill animal shelter. They are an independent, 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit humane society and animal welfare organization established in 1944. Wayside Waifs is committed to finding homes for all adoptable pets. Wayside is the largest pet adoption center in Kansas City, placing over 5,400 animals each year in loving forever homes. Wayside does not euthanize adoptable animals, and there are no time limits for animals in our care. Only animals suffering from significant medical issues or those that pose a danger are humanely euthanized. Wayside Waifs is proud to be a part of Kansas City's no-kill community.
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