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Find-a-Friend Friday: Petey

August 31st, 2012 11:07 am by Kelly


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Petey the beagle.
Photos courtesy of Basset and Beagle Rescue of the Heartland.


 

Petey? That’s my dog kid’s name too! Well, his name is spelled a bit differently – Peedee – but it’s all the same to canine ears. And yesterday was his tenth birthday, which is probably why Petey here jumped out at me!

Petey is a friendly, mature beagle boy who’s currently being fostered in Rapid City, South Dakota, but is listed with Basset and Beagle Rescue of the Heartland (BBRH) in Shawnee Mission, Kansas. If you fancy this little guy – and I know that you do; how could you not? – transport might be an adoption. FYI!

 

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Petey
Beagle: An adoptable dog in Shawnee Mission, KS
Medium • Adult • Male

Petey is a seven year old beagle who loves trick-or-treating. If you treat, he will do tricks all day long! He is friendly and outgoing and always has a smile on his face. He gets along with the other dogs in the house and loves to go for walks and spend time outside. Petey is well-mannered and walks nicely on the leash. He is also crate trained and knows how to sit, shake and sit pretty. He is very snuggly and will happily sit in your lap and watch TV. Petey is fairly quiet, but still knows how to be a beagle when the situation calls for it. He is just an all around great dog and will make a nice family addition. He is neutered, microchipped, on heartworm treatment and up to date on all of his shots. Petey is a chunky monkey at 47 pounds. Like many of us, he could stand to lose a few, but a good diet and daily walks should help. He is currently being fostered in Rapid City, SD but transport can be arranged for the right home! His adoption fee is $150.00. New video! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFUFCUcjUPg&feature=share

 

Doing the dinner dance. Guess his foster peeps aren’t lying when they say that Petey loves to eat!

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Saturday Garbage Plate, 2012-08-25

August 25th, 2012 7:00 am by admin


Pizza faces

Pizza faces are happy faces!
CC image via flickr user olaxvx.


 

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Find-a-Friend Friday: Wanda

August 24th, 2012 11:19 am by Kelly


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Wanda is a skinny, scrappy little kitty with lots of personality!
Photos courtesy of Companion Pet Rescue.


 

Wanda, what a catch! Good with other cats and dogs, mellow but with a mischievous streak, a loving mother and devoted friend. Why on earth isn’t all of Kansas City falling down at her doorstep?

 

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Wanda, aka Pool Shark
Domestic Short Hair/Dilute Tortoiseshell Mix: An adoptable cat in North Kansas City, MO
Small • Adult • Female

Although her “Official” name is Wanda, this funny little girl has several nicknames. Sometimes we call her “Mellow Yellow”, because her eyes are the same color as Mellow Yellow soda. “Mellow” also fits her when she’s sprawled out, chilling without a care in the world. And unbelievably, she doesn’t seem to care when I vacuum around her. I’ve never had a cat that would lay there while I vacuum in the same room, much less under the chair she’s in, or with the vacuum pushing the kitty bed she’s laying on!

Other times, we call her “Momma cat” because when she came to us, she was quite pregnant, and had a litter of kittens. She was a proud and protective momma, and the nickname stuck.

Recently, we’ve started calling her “Pool Shark”, because she has figured out how to get the pool balls out of our pool table! Granted, it’s an old table, and it’s easy for me to pull them out…but I couldn’t believe it when she did it! She’s a petite little thing, and I’m surprised she had aspirations to play with pool balls! After she gets them out, she bats them around.

I would guess that Wanda is about a year and a half old. She enjoys going outside on the patio, or will follow me as I weed and water my flower bed. I think she would be equally happy as an indoor or indoor/outdoor kitty. She’ll follow me all over, but doesn’t make any motion to go out the door when I let the dogs out. She just sits there and waits for them all to come back in. But if you offer for her to go out, she’ll follow you.

See all of Wanda’s pictures on her online album here.

Wanda is extremely social, and is still quite a little fiesty kitten sometimes. She was a wonderful mother, but that’s over now and she wants a little spoiling of her own! Wanda kneads ALL the time, and loves to be with people. She’s not obnoxious about it, but she follows me everywhere I go. Wanda is not a lazy and laid back kitty all the time. Sometimes she has a lot of spunk and personality.

Wanda would love to be someone’s companion kitty. She plays with other kitties, and will chase and gallop around with them. I think she would do fine with another kitty, given a little space at first.

Wanda would do fine with dogs, because she doesn’t hesitate to put them in their place. For such a little kitty, she’s kinda mighty. She would not do well with a dog that gets mad when swatted, because she WILL swat at them when they get too close. Then again, she’ll also curl up with them on the bed for a nap.

Her vetwork is up to date, and she is spayed. She’s very healthy, active, eats great, and is perfect in the litterbox department.

Wanda has been sponsored, so her adoption fee is minimal.

If you would like more information about Wanda, please email Suzy@CompanionPetRescue.com.

 

Go! Adopt her! Now!

Just one thing: keep her inside so she doesn’t kill any other animals (not just birds, but also lizards, snakes, chipmunks…the list goes on!), and for her own safety as well. Deal?

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Recipe: Bruschetta Pizza with Mozzarella and Parmesan Cheese

August 23rd, 2012 11:25 am by Kelly


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Mmmm, bruschetta! I made a bowl of it with some garden-fresh tomatoes a few weeks ago and was instantly hooked. Before I knew it, I’d flown through four batches of the stuff! Around the same time, I spotted a bruschetta pizza whilst browsing the vegan pizza tag on tumblr, and…well, you do the math.

As much as I love fresh bruschetta served on sourdough bread toasted with margarine and vegan parmesan, it’s even better on pizza. (DUH!, some/most of you are probably thinking.) I changed the original recipe (inspired by none other than Olive Garden!) up a bit, adding a little extra olive oil and balsamic vinegar so I’d have more juices with which to coat the pizza. I also threw in a few extra tablespoons of sundried tomatoes for an extra-rich tomato flavor.

Pro tip: use sundried tomatoes marinated in olive oil. Refrigerate the jar prior to making the bruschetta, so that you can pull out some congealed oil with the tomatoes. It makes all the difference, giving the dough a deep, rich, almost buttery taste. SO GOOD.

While I layered some Daiya cheese under the bruschetta, you can omit it for a healthier pie. The homemade vegan parm, which is made primarily of nuts (walnuts or almonds) and nutritional yeast, is super-healthy and easy to make. Give it a try, before you know it you’ll be putting it on all the things!

 

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Bruschetta Pizza with Mozzarella and Parmesan Cheese

…for a medium-thin dough

2 cups flour
3/4 cup warm water
1/2 teaspoon yeast
2/3 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt

…for the bruschetta

2 cups tomatoes, finely diced
3 tablespoons diced marinated sun-dried tomatoes (including the oil)
1 tablespoon minced fresh basil (OR 1 teaspoon dried basil)
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

…for the pizza

Mozzarella Daiya cheese (or the vegan cheese of your choice); optional
Vegan parmesan (see recipe below)
Cornmeal or cooking spray with which to coat the pizza stone or pizza pan

Directions

1. At least four hours before making the pizza, prepare the bruschetta. In a medium bowl, combine the fresh tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, basil, garlic, salt, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar. Mix well. Cover and chill. Remove from the fridge about a half hour before you begin assembling the pizza.

2. Several hours prior to making the pizza, prepare the dough. In a large bowl, combine the sugar, yeast, and water; mix until completely blended. Add the salt and olive oil and mix well. Add the flour in stages (about 1/2 cup at a time) and mix until the flour forms into dough. On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough by hand and shape into a ball. Cover loosely with a towel and leave the dough to rise, anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours.

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

4. To assemble the pizza, start by spreading 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. Carefully drain the liquid from the bowl of bruschetta; pour it into a bowl or mug. Spoon the liquid onto the dough a teaspoon at a time, spreading it evenly over the pie. When you’re done, the entire surface of the dough should be covered in a very thin (we’re talking millimeters!) layer of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Set any leftovers aside; if you have any bruschetta left, you can return it to its sauce!

6. If desired, add a very thin layer of mozzarella cheese (you don’t want ti overdo it!), followed by most – if not all – of the (drained) bruschetta. (The recipe above makes enough to cover a 13″ pizza.) Top with a light sprinkle of vegan parmesan cheese.

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

 

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Vegan Parmesan

Ingredients

1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1/2 cup walnuts OR 1/2 cup almonds
1 teaspoon olive oil
A dash of salt

Directions

1. In a food processor, combine the nutritional yeast and nuts and pulse until well-blended. The nuts should be reduced to smallish particles, though not as powdery as the nooch flakes. Add the olive oil and salt and pulse until blended.

2. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.

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Saturday Garbage Plate, 2012-08-18

August 18th, 2012 7:00 am by admin


Pizza Face pizza

A “pizza face” pizza. WHATEVER THAT MEANS. Whatever, looks delish.
CC image via flickr user olaxvx.


 

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