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Find-a-Friend Friday: Missy & the Coonhounds

May 13th, 2011 10:20 am by Kelly


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Missy, a beautiful, silken-haired, golden Cocker Spaniel mix,
curls into a contented ball on her rescue person’s lap.
Photo courtesy Animals Best Friends.

Chances are that if you’ve been reading this blog for a week+, you’re more than familiar with my love of older (read: senior) dogs – and not just ’cause I’m guardian to two of them myself. (Ralphie and Kaylee, holla!) Due to their age, seniors can be harder to rehome than their younger puppy counterparts – which is a shame, seeing as they’ve already been around the block and mostly know the ins and outs of living with humans. Their lack of excitability and puppy antics also makes seniors a good choice for older people. Besides, even the youngest pup will one day grown into a wizened old fella (dog willing) – and adopting a dog, whatever age she may be, is a lifelong responsibility. Advancing age – in all its bittersweet grace – isn’t an acceptable reason to break this commitment. We all age; perpetual youth simply isn’t part of the package. The pup you opt for now will one day grown into a “special needs” senior himself. (As will you, dear grasshopper!)

Take dear Missy here. A gorgeous golden Cocker Spaniel mix, this older lady is currently staying with Animals Best Friends. Though she’s dealing with some age-related issues – diminished hearing and cataracts – she’s still one happy, active, loving gal.

Missy
Cocker Spaniel: An adoptable dog in Independence, MO
Small • Senior • Female

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This beautiful buff colored gal is Missy. Missy is a very sweet, petite little Cocker Spaniel mix. Her DOB is 02/16/01. Missy has some hearing loss and cataracts. She gets along well with other dogs and has ignored the cats. She likes to go on walks and is good in the car. Missy is a happy girl who likes people, she wags her tail when someone comes in the room and she likes to follow you around the house. Missy is housetrained, she will let you know when she needs to go out. Missy is looking for that furever home to finish out the rest of her life receiving unconditional love…

Missy’s rehoming fee may be negotiable. If you are interested in meeting Missy, please go to WWW.ANIMALSBESTFRIENDS.ORG and complete our online application.

If you are interested in possibly fostering ANY of our WONDERFUL pets, please go to our website listed above, and go to the tab “HOW TO HELP” and fill out a foster application and someone will get in contact with you! 🙂

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Thank you very much for taking the time to check out our kids!! Thank you for your interest in our animals. Animals best friends strives to make a compatible match with our families and our companion animals. Due to the volume of e-mails and calls we only contact applications that meet our criteria. If you are selected, we contact in five business days. If not contacted please pursue another shelter or rescue group.

Thank you, ABF Volunteers

If you’re looking to welcome a new friend into your home, please consider adopting a senior. Ditto: other special needs animals, such as those with health problems, behavioral issues, or those belonging to breeds which are commonly discriminated against. Dog will love you. Ceiling cat, too!

Bonus Friends!

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Two large male coonhounds – both of whom are white, tan and black in color – stare balefully at the camera. “What are we doing here!?!” their eyes implore. (The heartbreak, I’m bringing it.)
Photo courtesy City of Gladstone Animal Control.

While searching Petfinder for this week’s Friend in need, I came across this listing for two coonhound boys. That’s it; no name, just “Coonhounds.” How sad is that? Can you imagine – not having a name? Of course, they probably do have names – or did in another life – but sadly, those days are long behind them. And to not even be considered worthy of even a temporary moniker. Sigh. At least these guys aren’t numbered, consumable item styley. That’s something, right?

Anyhow, I found it all so terribly depressing that I had to share. Someone bring these guys home and spoil them with plenty of noms and snorgles, mkay? They so deserve it!

Coonhounds
Treeing Walker Coonhound: An adoptable dog in Gladstone, MO
Large • Adult • Male

The picture just doesn’t do these two justice at all! We think they were abandoned outside our shelter when we were closed (we found one early in the morning and a citizen brought the other in the next day). Both are just as sweet as can be. Both are a bit timid of strangers at first but warm up very quickly. These two are young (about a year old) and would make fantastic family dogs. Please come see them today!

More about Coonhounds
Primary color: Tricolor (Brown, Black & White) • Coat length: Short

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Recipe: Personal Pita Pizzas!

May 11th, 2011 8:19 pm by Kelly


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Here’s a fun, fast meal idea for those nights when you’re craving a pizza nom, but don’t have the time or energy to make one from scratch. PITA PIZZAS! They’re like Pizza Hut’s Personal Pan Pizzas, but way healthier (or less unhealthy, depending on your choice of toppings), relatively inexpensive, and totally vegan. Plus, from assembly to bake time they take about as much time to make as delivery. SCORE!
 

Personal Pita Pizzas

Ingredients

Cooking spray (optional)

A piece of pita bread (one per pizza). We stock up on packages of freshly baked pita bread from the Jerusalem Cafe (their hummus? AWESOME!), freezing the stuff that we don’t plan on using immediately. It keeps rather well – even when kept in deep freeze for months on end – and you can defrost it easily before use: just pop in the microwave for 30 to 45 seconds before adding your toppings and baking.

Red sauce

The toppings of your choice: spices, veggies, fruits, nondairy cheeses, vegan meats, etc. For the pizzas pictured here, we used: mozzarella Follow Your Heart, black olives and Lightlife Smart Pepperoni (top) and cheddar Follow Your Heart, black olives and a few diced cutlets of Harvest Direct Soy Chiken (from a box!; bottom).

Directions

1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F.

2. As the oven’s preheating, place your (defrosted) pita bread onto a pizza stone (or lightly greased pan). Add the toppings: red sauce, spices, nondairy cheese, vegan meats, fruits and veggies.

3. Bake at 425 degrees F for ten to fifteen minutes, or until the cheese is melted.

IT’S THAT EASY!

 

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Find-a-Friend Friday: Cast & Stone

May 6th, 2011 11:25 am by Kelly


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Cast (top) and Stone (bottom), napping in a wicker kitty tower.
Images via Kitty City Kansas Rescue.


 
An older pair of feline siblings, Cast and Stone are among the most recent victims of the economic downturn. Once upon a time, the two lived in a cement mixing plant. Not a very hospitable place for two young kittens on the go, huh? Luckily, they were found and rescued by some caring souls who worked in a nearby office building. No one individual was able to take them home, so the employees adopted collectively: Cast and Stone were welcomed into the office building, where they lived for the next twelve years. Unfortunately, the business was recently sold, leaving the cats homeless once again! The two are currently staying with Kitty City Kansas Rescue in Shawnee, KS, but would very much like to find their forever home – together.
 

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Cast
Tabby/Bengal Mix: An adoptable cat in Shawnee, KS
Medium • Senior • Male

Cast gas been living in a local business for 12 years along with his sister Stone. They were rescued from a cement mixing plant behind the business. The business is being sold and employees already have mulitiple cats.

Cast is a gorgeous Bengal mix with tabby and black spots and swirls. Cast loves to spend the day sleeping on a pillow on top of a desk near a window. He greets new people when they come in to visit. When another kitten was brought in to the business, Cast greeted the kitten and was very ‘motherly.’ When his sister wants the window seat, he moves away so she can have spot. He visits other employees through out he day to be petted. He does not like to be held and currently does not sit on anyone’s laps, but you wonder what he would do in a home when somone is not sitting at a desk! Ideally, it would be wonderful to adopt Cast and Stone together. We’re hoping they can find a home to live the last of their remaining years well loved and spoiled!

Special arrangements can be made to visit with Cast. His adoption fee is $50.00.

You can download an application to get pre-approved by going to our website at www.kittycityks.com. Click on the ‘contact us’ link. Kitty City Kansas Rescue is an all volunteer non profit organization.
We update our website daily.

You can visit our adoptable cats and kittens on Saturdays from noon-five at our adoption Center located at Mariposa Veterinary Center. Mariposa Vet Clinic is located at 13900 Santa Fe Trail Drive in Lenexa. Not every animal attends every adoption so always call or e-mail ahead to confirm that a particular animal will be present. All of our cats and kittens stay in licensed foster homes during the week (except for Saturday). For more information e-mail KittyCityKS@aol.com or call 913-422-1911.

 

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Stone
Tabby: An adoptable cat in Shawnee, KS
Medium • Senior • Female

Stone has been living all of her life in a local business, after being rescued from a cement factory behind the store. The business is being sold and employees already have multiple cats.

Stone and her brother, Cast, have had the run of the building for 12 years. Stone loves to sleep in her basket behind the computer on one of the employee’s desk. She will nudge her brother off the pillow near the window when ready for a different view! She is a beautiful brown tabby with gold eyes. She spends most of her time in one office will come out to visit others around her. She loves attention but currently does not sit on your lap. You wonder what she would be like if someone was sitting on a couch and not behind a desk!

Adopting an older cat takes a very special person who is willing to spoil and love them knowing they are a senior cat. Ideally, it would be wonderful for Stone and Cast to live together in a home or even in another business.

Special arrangements can be made to visit with Stone. Her adoption fee is $50.00. She is up to date on all of her shots.

 
To adopt these two lovely seniors, get in touch with Kitty City Kansas Rescue asap!

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