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Find-a-Friend Friday: O’Malley

December 31st, 2010 12:31 pm by Kelly


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O’Malley, a fluffy, brown and tan colored Shepherd/Chow Chow Mix, smiles for the camera, tennis ball and fuzzy bone in hand. Errr, paw.
Photos courtesy The Humane Society of Greater Kansas City.

I am totally in love with this week’s Friend in need, the super goofy and crazy adorable O’Malley. I know, I know; I excitedly make such proclamations at least once every other week, but still. That doesn’t make my squealing any less earnest. Besides, I am a sucker for “special needs” animals.

What’s O’Malley’s “special need,” you ask? He’s missing one of his front legs, which had to be amputated due to an especially serious injury. Not that O’Malley lets this minor inconvenience slow him down; not much, anyway. If you were to ask him, he’d probably laugh at your “special needs” labeling. He’s smiley like that.

O’Malley is currently staying with the kind folks at The Humane Society of Greater Kansas City (HSGKC), who describe him thusly:

O’Malley
Shepherd/Chow Chow Mix: An adoptable dog in Kansas City, KS
Medium • Adult • Male

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Date of birth: 9/17/08

O’Malley is one of our MOVIE MUTT SUPERSTARS! Go to our web site to see a fun music video of O’Malley.

11/3/10: O’Malley is a cute and fluffy Shepherd/Chow mix pup. He’s friendly and sweet-natured. He is 2 years old.

We transferred O’Malley to our shelter from the KCK Animal Control shelter as part of our Ray of Hope program. His right front leg had been badly broken. We took him to a vet to try to save it, but the injury was too severe and we had to have his leg amputated. O’Malley gets around well, though, and he loves to run and play– he even fetches! (see his video)

O’Malley gets along well with female dogs. He gets along with most other male dogs as long as they’re not too dominant. If you have a dog you could arrange to bring him or her to our shelter to meet O’Malley to make sure they get along.

O’Malley has been neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and tested for heartworms. He’s short and stocky and weighs about 50 lbs.

MORE ON ADOPTING OUR DOGS…

> Our goal is to send you home with a healthy pet and any information and support you may need to help your new pet adjust to his or her new home. All of our dogs & puppies have been spayed or neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, dewormed, treated for fleas & ticks, tested for heartworms (6 mo. and over), and are on monthly heartworm preventative. Puppies who are too young to receive all the necessary puppy boosters and/or first rabies shot may be brought back to us for those vaccines at no extra charge. You will also receive a leash, collar, 5 lbs of Science Diet, toys, and educational materials including an excellent dog training DVD. And we’ll give your dog a bath before he or she goes home!

> Please visit the Pet Adoptions page of our web site for more information about our adoption process. An application is required to adopt a pet and applicants must meet our adoption requirements. You can download a pet adoption application from our web site and then fax or email it back to us.

> Please note that most of our dogs do require a fenced yard, although there may be some who are appropriate for apartment living or circumstances where a fence may not be required.

Thank you for searching for a shelter pet!

More about O’Malley
Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • Special Needs

O’Malley is part of the Ray of Hope program, a totally rad partnership between the HSGKC and the KCK Animal Control Shelter:

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Saturday Garbage Plate: Yo! Ho! Nom!

December 25th, 2010 11:23 am by Kelly


2010 FSMas Card - Ralphie (shot his eye out)

 
Merry whatever-you-celebrate, y’all! We interrupt your holiday festivities to bring you this week’s Saturday Garbage Plate link roundup, which has featured festive dishes and desserts throughout the month of December. Above is the “official” 2010 Garbato-Brady criFSMas card; below, this week’s #nom roundup, followed by the holiday card outtakes. From all of us to you and yours, we hope your Christma-Hana-Kwanza is one of peace and pasta – with a healthy side of pizza, of course!

In other news, the website veganpizzaday.com is trying to develop a comprehensive list of eateries that offer vegan pizza options. Please add to the database if you can, mkay?

Also, PCRM’s next 21-Day Vegan Kickstart is scheduled to begin on January 1st. You can learn more and register for the course here.

Happy holidays!
 

2010 FSMas Card Outtakes - Peedee
 
2010 FSMas Card Outtakes - O-Ren
 
2010 FSMas Card Outtakes - Kaylee
 
2010 FSMas Card Outtakes - Jayne

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Find-a-Friend Friday: Rufus

December 24th, 2010 12:21 pm by Kelly


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Rufus, a white and brown rabbit with stand-up satellite dish ears.
Photos courtesy Prairie Paws Animal Shelter.

In honor of this morning’s oh-so-timely Christmas Eve snow dusting, a speckled white rabbit! Allow me to introduce you to Rufus, a cute and festively colored little guy who’s currently staying at Prairie Paws Animal Shelter in Ottawa, Kansas.

Rufus
Rex Mix: An adoptable rabbit in Ottawa, KS
Medium • Adult • Male

Meet Rufus! This sweet bunny was found in a barn by a locate farmer. He sat down on the ground and called to Rufus and he just hopped his way right over to him. Needless to say, Rufus is a very friendly bunny who really needs a good home. Our guess is that Rufus was abandoned and was very lucky to find a nice person who took him in.

If you are interested in Rufus, please either email prairie.paws [at] hotmail.com for an application or call 785-242-2967. If you would like to come visit the shelter, the address is 3173 K 68 HWY in Ottawa, Ks. The shelter is open to the public, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm and Saturday from 10:00am to 4:00 pm. The shelter is closed on Wednesday and Sunday.

More about Rufus
Pet ID: 10-1607

Sadly, Rufus is just one of many rabbits in need of a home. Please see Petfinder for a complete list of homeless bunnies in the Kansas City area!

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Saturday Garbage Plate: Dogs & Desserts

December 18th, 2010 5:11 pm by Kelly


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Pumpkin Pie Dog Biscuits, in progress. (Hint: The recipe is Tuesday’s daily nom!)

Once again, a week’s worth of nomness:

and, in other news:

The Senate just voted to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell! Awesome news, though (and leave it to me to play the pessimist) it comes 15+ years late.

More happy shiny news: Chicago Soydairy now makes vegan mozzarella sticks with Teese cheese! Vegan Essentials is currently out of stock, but. If you simply cannot wait for them to become available, you can always make your own! (I’m thinking about adding this to my criFSMas menu, which consists mainly of lasagna assembled the day beforehand. I should be able to handle it, don’t you think? I have gotten crafty, yo!)

I usually try not to link to PETA, but the latest edition of its Prime newsletter featured three must-read holiday-themed pieces:

Smart Santas Don’t Give Animals as Gifts – Please don’t gift animals, friends; and especially, don’t spring them on surprised recipients. Nonhuman animals aren’t disposable objects to be bought, sold, returned, upgraded, thrown out, and/or recycled – which is what oftentimes happens to holiday gifts.

Make the Holidays Safer for Your Animals – Dr. Barry Kipperman offers advice on traveling with our without your nonhuman friends, as well as keeping them safe around all the holiday baubles and foodstuffs that many of us humans take for granted.

Remembering Animal Shelters at the Holidays – “Those who care for animals at our community animal shelters are often taken for granted. Working under the most stressful conditions, these unsung heroes deserve our special thanks, and the holiday season can be an ideal time to show our appreciation.”

On that note, I’ll leave you with “Shelter Humor,” a video that’s perfect save for the unfortunate use of the r-word toward the end.

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Find-a-Friend Friday: Ozzy

December 17th, 2010 1:41 pm by Kelly


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Ozzy, a white Chinese Crested Powder Puff dog, sans body fur.
Photos courtesy Crest-Care Inc. Chinese Crested Rescue.

This week’s Friend in need is proof positive that, whatever your preferred breed, there’s no need to buy a dog rather than adopt one. An estimated 25% of dogs languishing in shelters and rescue groups are purebred, and countless local and national breed-specific rescue groups cater to prospective guardians with particular needs or desires.

Enter: Ozzy. One of three Chinese Crested dogs available for adoption in Stilwell, Kansas (just south of Overland Park), Ozzy is part of Crest-Care Inc., a national Chinese Crested rescue group that’s comprised of “individuals living throughout the Unites States and Canada who locate, transport, rescue, foster, provide veterinarian care and rehabilitates Chinese Cresteds in need until they can be rehomed to suitable, well screened homes where they will thrive.” Depending on genetics, Chinese Crested dogs are born either (mostly) hairless or with a thick double coat that does not shed. Ozzy is of the second variety, commonly called a “Powder Puff.” Personally, I think the dear boy looks better clothed, don’t you?

Ozzy (KS)
Chinese Crested Dog Mix: An adoptable dog in Stilwell, KS
Small • Adult • Male

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Ozzy, with his fluffy “winter coat” all grown in!
Photos courtesy Crest-Care Inc. Chinese Crested Rescue.

Please contact Lee (crestiersq [at[ gmail.com) for more information about this pet.

Adoption Application link: crest-care.net/forms.htm

My name is Ozzy and my foster mom says I am one of the sweetest, most laid back, mild mannered, and gentle hairy hairless Crestie boys she’s ever met. In my old life, my brother and I were left outside to fend for ourselves after our humans moved away. I was picked up by some nice people and taken to a small shelter in south Missouri were they treated us really good and made sure that we were safe. My foster mom & dad came to pick me up and man have I been living the good life ever since. I have lots of other doggies to play with, I have lots of toys too…my favorite are the squeaky tennis balls, and I even have a couple of naked kitty cats to curl up with when they (the cats) let me. It’s cold here in Kansas now so foster mommy has let me “grow my winter coat” and she said she’s putting a picture up for everyone to see too.

My foster mom says I am now ready for my forever home, I have been neutered, all my vaccinations are up to date, I’m heartworm negative (foster mom says that’s a really good thing), and I’m microchipped so I can never be lost again. I’m still working on that housebreaking thing…foster mom says now that I am neutered I should get better about that but until I am she makes me wear a belly band when she’s at work and can’t watch my every move. I really want to please my foster mom so I’m working really hard at it, but sometimes I forget. Also, I still don’t like crates very much except when it’s time to eat, but foster mom says I’ve improved a whole lot and don’t stress out about being in the crate….I still whine and cry after I’ve eaten, but foster mom is on to me now, she knows I’ll quiet down and wait patiently for her to let me out after a few minutes (she doesn’t let me out until I do). I also love to sleep under the covers, stretch out across the nice warm heat vent after coming inside from doing my business, and snuggle on your lap or curl up next to you on the sofa. I also really like my walks outside on leash, I love to explore, I’m get to meet lots of nice humans and other dogs on my walks and that’s always fun.

My foster mom doesn’t have children, but she says I’m so sweet and mellow that I would probably do okay with kids. Foster mom says my vet believes I’m about two years old and since she picked me up out of the shelter on July 24, 2010, my birthdate will now be July 24, 2008. Sounds good to me…it’s only a number anyway.

If you are looking for a sweet, loving, silly, and if I do say so myself, one very handsome crestie boy, then look no further…just contact my foster mom at crestiersq [at] gmail.com Oh yeah, I almost forgot, I have one erect ear and one floppy ear, foster mommy says it gives me so much character and she thinks it’s the cutest thing in the world.

Website: www.crest-care.net

More about Ozzy (KS)
Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots.

If you’d like to learn more about Ozzy – or Humpty or Bailey – get in touch with Crest-Care Inc. today!

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