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Find-a-Friend Friday: Mags

April 29th, 2011 10:54 am by Kelly


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Mags! Don’t let the blurry photo fool you; Mags is a beautiful older lady with long,
golden blond fur and a face that will split your heart in two.
Photo courtesy of Love A Golden Rescue.


 
Having just finished Mockingjay – the third and final book in Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games series – the other day, I thought it might be fun to choose this week’s Friend in need not by species, age, disposition, or health status, but rather by name, using my favorite characters as a guide. Katniss, Peeta and Gale are all obvious choices; and, while there are several adoptable cats named after Katniss and quite a few hits for Gale (but absolutely zero for Peeta, boo!hiss!boo!), I decided to go in a different, less expected direction. Namely Finnick, whose story line was for me one of the most compelling in the series. (Don’t worry, this post is spoiler-free!) Alas, the lone Finnick on Petfinder – a mastiff mix from Maryland – has already been adopted. (That’s a good thing, y’all!) And so I arrived at Mags, Finnick’s fellow tribute from District 4.

Though she says little during her brief appearance in Catching Fire, Mags captured my heart. Like Katniss, she volunteered to take a loved one’s place in the Games, almost certainly sacrificing her own life in the process. She’s a sweet woman, elderly and frail but still capable, both physically and mentally. Mags is one of the first people Katniss chooses as an ally, and Katniss’ trust in her is not misplaced.

Much like District 4 Mags, St. Louis Mags is an older lady whose loyalty, heart and wisdom match her years. This golden retriever girl may be long and gray in the snout, but she still has a lot of life left – and she’d very much like to share it with you!

 

Mags
Golden Retriever: An adoptable dog in Saint Louis, MO
Large • Senior • Female

Mags is a wonderful ten-year-old lady. She loves her foster sisters, foster parents and even Stella, her foster cat friend. Mags is very well-behaved and wants to be at the center of household activities. She will let you know when she needs to go outside and thoroughly enjoys taking a leisurely stroll. If you are outside gardening, she will be content to follow you and take a nap in the sun! Whoever is lucky enough to be selected to be her forever home will thoroughly enjoy this sweetheart!

More about Mags
Pet ID: 11 015 • Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • House trained • Primary color: Golden • Coat length: Medium

 
To find out more about Mags, please get in touch with the St. Louis-based rescue group Love A Golden Rescue today. Mags needs an ally and friend now more than ever; perhaps you are it?

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Saturday Garbage Plate: The I ♥ Calzones Fan Club!

April 23rd, 2011 4:35 pm by Kelly


Vegan Calzone
 

Vegan calzones!
CC image via flickr user Conquering Worm.


 
All the food that’s fit to nom!

…and be sure to follow us on Twitter for more pizza, recipes and pizza recipes!

Contests & giveaways! So Delicious is about halfway through its 100 Days of Change Giveaway; simply like its Facebook page and check back daily for new contests and prizes! Elsewhere on the interwebs, The Hungry Vegan has a prize pack consisting of five coupons for free So Delicious ice cream and a pair of hand-crafted ceramic bowls from Sorella Luna in Portland, Oregon (gorgeous!). In celebration of Earth Day, Cook. Vegan. Lover. has a prize pack of If You Care items up for grabs. Last but not least, Eden Cafe is giving away a selection of green “adult” toys to three lucky winners through tomorrow.

MeatGate Update: Earlier this week, VegNews apologized (for real this time!) for using non-vegan and stock photos in its magazine and on its website, and announced that it will no longer do so in the future! Additionally, it plans on establishing its own vegan stock photo website – which, along with the one created by the Food for Lovers Vegan Queso people, makes two vegan stock photo websites! Get your cameras ready and show us your mitts, vegan photogs! Also, many thanks to QuarryGirl.com for breaking the story – had it not, we’d still be drooling over photoshopped photos of animal parts for dog knows how long!

Vegan pizza on Food Gawker! Be prepared to have your tummy blown!

VeganCuts.com – the vegan answer to Groupon – is now live, with 40% off Vegan Skin Care Kit from Moxie Organix. Subscribe via email to receive weekly deals on vegan products and services!

Bella, Little Bit & Roxy are Wayside Waifs’s Waifs of the Week! Someone adopt them, please!

With your assistance, Spay & Neuter Kansas City spayed and neutered 123 dogs and cats and provided over $1,490 in spay neuter subsidy assistance this week. Along with Wayside Waifs and Halfway Home Pet Adoptions, SNKC also held a memorial service for the two pit bull puppies who were abused, killed and then disposed of in a dumpster in Kansas City on Monday. At the time of this writing, SNKC has raised $7,500 in pledges to put towards a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

I’ve had calzones on the brain ever since the Parks and Recreation episode “Ron & Tammy: Part Two” aired in February. In a last-ditch effort to make the Harvest Fest happen, the Parks & Rec crew resorted to bribery a la a pizza party in order to convince the police department to provide free security for the event. Ben suggested calzones, thus leading to a running gag about calzones being disgusting and pointless (the worst food ever invented!), much to his chagrin. (Quoth the Police Chief: “What the hell is wrong with this guy?”)
 

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The plot line left me totally baffled, cause calzones are the shiz! Pizza, made portable! Doubled down for extra-easy shotgunning action!

No?

Must be a New York thing, then.

That’s okay, Parks and Rec, I still love you!!!!!

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Find-a-Friend Friday: 395 Rescued Hens @ Animal Place!

April 22nd, 2011 1:02 pm by Kelly


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356 hens from an egg farm rescued by Animal Place’s Rescue Ranch being unloaded.
CC images via Animal Place farm manager Marji Beach on Flickr.
(Please note that all of the photos featured in this post come from an earlier rescue.
These hens are not the same ones who are currently available for adoption!)

 
Founded in 1989, Animal Place is a farmed animal rescue group located in California. The group operates a 600-acre sanctuary in Grass Valley (tours are available! or will be soon, anyhow!), as well as a 60-acre adoption center in nearby Vacaville. The Vacaville facility includes both a “Rescue Ranch” – where newly rescued farmed animals receive medical treatment and are prepared for adoption – and a “Dog Rescue” program, which provides temporary housing for canines who are headed to their forever homes.

The Rescue Ranch program is unique in that it offers farmers a chance to retire unwanted farmed animals, rather than sell them for slaughter:

 

Rescue Ranch places a special emphasis on the placement and adoption of chickens from the egg-laying industry. We work with farmers in coordinating the removal and placement of spent hens prior to their depopulation or slaughter-date. All farm information is confidential.

There are few programs aimed at placing needy, adoptable farmed animals into permanent homes. Animal Place is filling that niche with Rescue Ranch. […]

Animal Place’s Rescue Ranch is unique in that we work directly with farmers to provide an alternative to slaughter for a small percentage of hens in the egg laying industry. There are more than 15 million hens raised for eggs in California. Most will never find true sanctuary. The farms we work with range from small, pasture-based operations to larger facilities.

Animal Place is honest – we are a vegan organization promoting compassion to all life. We may never see eye to eye with farmers on some issues, but we hope to find common ground in order to save as many lives as possible. Toward that end, we keep all information about cooperating farmers private, and they reciprocate by not using Rescue Ranch as a tool to promote the consumption of their eggs. We do not bring cameras or recording equipment into the farm and both parties sign confidentiality agreements. Again, Rescue Ranch’s goal is save as many lives as possible without compromising the integrity of our organization.

 

Recently, Animal Place provided refuge to 395 such animals – all of them “spent” “laying” hens who, unlike so many of their sisters, were lucky enough to find their way to a sanctuary instead of a slaughterhouse.

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Recipe: Taco Pizza I

April 19th, 2011 10:18 am by Kelly


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Allow me to introduce you to our latest creation, the Taco Pizza I (which you may recognize from a certain to do list!). It is so named because there exists unlimited variations on the “taco” theme, particularly in Shane’s pepper-loving hands. Expect more of these in the future. And in miniature, pita pizza sizes, to boot!
 
Ingredients

For the dough

1 cup warm water (110 degrees F / 45 degrees C)
1 tablespoon sugar
2 1/4 tablespoons active dry yeast
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Optional: spices to taste (e.g., cumin, basil, cayenne pepper, thyme, oregano, red pepper, tomato powder, chili powder, ground flax seeds, and/or nutritional yeast, to name a few)

Cornmeal or cooking spray with which to coat the pizza stone or pizza pan

For the toppings

1 box Harvest Direct Protean Soy Taco Mix (or the vegan meat of your choice; Boca Crumbles or Gimme Lean Beef Grounds would both work well)
Taco seasonings and spices to taste (we used a “Santa Fe” mix of salt, onions, red bell peppers, chili peppers, cumin, red peppers and garlic)
16 ounces of medium salsa, store-bought or homemade
Black olives
Jalapeños
Cheddar Follow Your Heart (or the vegan cheese of your choice)
 
Directions

1. Begin by preparing the dough at least an hour in advance. Stir the water, sugar and yeast together until dissolved. Add the olive oil and salt, as well as any extra spices or seasonings. Stir in the flour until blended. Form the dough into a small ball and let rest in large bowl, covered loosely with a towel, anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours.

2. When you’re ready to assemble and bake your pizza, preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

3. As the oven’s heating, prepare your taco meat. For the Protean Soy Meat, we followed the instructions for stovetop prep found on the box, substituting in our own spices for those packaged in the kit. If using a perishable vegan meat product such as Boca Crumbles or Lightlife ground “beef,” you can fry it lightly on the stovetop, mixing in spices to taste – or, for a healthier option, simply combine meat and spices in a bowl and stir well. Your choices are endless!

4. Spread a dusting of cornmeal onto your pizza stone (or lightly coat your pizza pan with cooking spray). Using fingers dipped in olive oil (optional), pat the dough onto the stone, spreading it out evenly.

5. When you’re done shaping the dough, add your toppings: salsa, followed by the meat, veggies, and finally the cheese. (We kept it simple with just black olives and jalapeños, but peppers and onions also make a nice addition. Ditto: shredded carrots.)

6. Bake at 425 degrees, for between 15 and 20 minutes for a single pizza, or 30 minutes for two pizzas. Serve hothothot!
 

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Rally to Save MO’s Prop B in Jefferson City this Wednesday!

April 18th, 2011 8:48 pm by Kelly


Just a quick note to let our local readers know that there’s a rally planned in support of Proposition B (otherwise known as the “Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act”) planned in Jefferson City this Wednesday, April 20th. While Prop B passed with 51.6 percent of the vote, Missouri state legislators have since approved a “rewrite” of the bill, which will significant weaken the already-anemic protections afforded to dogs bred and sold in the state. Prop B proponents are now asking Governor Nixon to veto the bill.

Here are the rally deets, via Missourians for the Protection of Dogs:

Last week the Missouri House of Representatives passed its repeal legislation, and now the fate of Prop B, and of Missouri’s many suffering dogs, rests with Governor Jay Nixon.

We’re planning a rally Wednesday to get our voice out and to ask him to veto SB 113:

Rally to Save Prop B
Wednesday, April 20 at 4 p.m.
100 Madison St
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Buses provided from St. Louis and Kansas City
Click here to RSVP.

Gov. Nixon needs to know that we will not sit idly by while some career politicians and their special interests try to overturn the will of the people and authorize cruel and inhumane treatment of thousands of dogs and puppies. Your attendance at this rally is critical — please RSVP.

All that is required of you is your presence. We’ll have signs and t-shirts with special messages that the Governor can’t ignore. If you’re in St. Louis or Kansas City, you can jump on the free Humane Train: buses will depart at 12:30 from St. Louis and Kansas City. Please RSVP so we keep a spot for you on the bus.

If Governor Nixon signs this legislation — defying the will of the people and turning the clock back on the humane treatment of Missouri puppies and dogs — we will not back down. We will also be prepared to file a referendum to bring this issue back to Missouri voters and allow the people to have the final say. But we hope it won’t come to that — Governor Nixon can veto this bill, and come out on the side of the humane treatment of animals and the will of Missouri voters.

Please RSVP and join us on Wednesday!

Please visit missourifordogs.com for more information and email updates.

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