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Find-a-Friend Friday: Rambo

May 18th, 2012 11:00 am by Kelly


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Rambo!
Photos courtesy of Hard Luck Hounds.


 

After spending much of last night updated old posts on my personal blog – and lingering a little longer on those tagged “my furkids,” including those published in honor of Petfinder’s Adopt-a-Less-Adoptable-Pet Day – I couldn’t help but feature a special needs animal today. Don’t let Rambo’s tough guy name fool you; due to a painful (and avoidable) medical condition, he’s endured more suffering than any living creature ought to – and, while the nice folks at Hard Luck Hounds have healed him, Rambo needs your help to stay healthy. Keep reading, kind-hearted people. Have I got the dog for you.

 

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RAMBO
Bull Terrier: An adoptable dog in Grandview, MO
Large • Adult • Male

Rambo is an adult male Bull Terrier. He came into our rescue after he was relinquished to a shelter for chronic medical issues. His primary problem when relinquished was severe skin disease caused by demodex mange mites. What is often a manageable (non-contagious) skin problem had reduced this beautiful dog into a quiet, reclusive, painful existence. We took Rambo in and didn’t really know what we would end up with on the other side. We began a rigorous protocol of medications and bathing to heal his chronically infected skin. One of his pictures shows the “before” and is truly heartbreaking. We slowly began to see progress and his skin condition is now very well controlled. As he began to feel better we started to see the personality emerge of an active, happy and wonderfully “bull-headed” dog! He is always in a great mood and very friendly and playful. He is quite the comedian and really loves to play.

In the process of trying to figure out why he had the skin problem we discovered a loud heart murmur. He has been seen by a cardiologist and diagnosed with sub aortic stenosis. http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=2344 He will most likely lead a very normal life and has been started on an inexpensive beta-blocker to help keep his heart rate an an appropriate number. He is thriving despite the diagnosis and although SAS can be unpredictable it is not a death sentence for Rambo. This diagnosis was the missing puzzle piece as to why his immune system was overcome by the demodex.

Due to the length of time it has taken us to resolve his skin problem Rambo has been with us for several months. He is dreaming of a home and backyard – and a family to call his own. Long term boarding does not bring out the best aspects of a dogs personality and boredom is a constant challenge. He is happy and well-adjusted but doesn’t have an adequate outlet for his energy level. Rambo isn’t allowed to play with small dogs or cats although he has never shown signs of dog aggression. He has not been neutered yet although will be done before adoption. He has one abdominal testicle and we were waiting for the ECHO results to proceed. After castration and after he is in an environment with consistent interaction and exercise we know he will make someone a wonderful companion. He is so eager for attention and will easily bond to his new family. We do not have any direct experience about how he would interact with small children. He will do best with an experienced dog owner who is willing and able to begin basic obedience classes and provide him with regular vigorous exercise. Rambo will need a bit of ongoing attention for his skin although we don’t expect it ever to be a major problem for him again. Regular bathing and close monitoring should keep his skin quiet and comfortable. The heart medications will need to be continued and the cardiologist has recommended annual follow up. Rambo’s new owner should be willing to maintain a relationship with their veterinarian so he can be monitored for change or progression.

We would love to provide you with more information about Rambo and would love for you to meet him. He is truly a wonderful dog that has been given a second chance, now the final step will be a forever home equipped to help him with the challenges he has overcome. His ideal family will see the dog he can become when saturated with TLC and exhausted after playing! He will need structure and training but his new owner will see immediate rewards for their effort. If you are interested in Rambo, please email us at hardluckhounds@gmail.com You can access an application for adoption at www.grandviewvet.com under the Hard Luck Hounds tab. Prior to adoption all Hard Luck Hounds dogs are:

Spayed or neutered
Heartworm tested
Vaccinated
Treated for intestinal parasites
Micro-chipped

Adopting your new best friend is always better than shopping for one! If you have any questions please feel free to email us at Hardluckhounds@gmail.com

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More about RAMBO
Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • House trained • Prefers a home without: cats • Special Needs

 

Our Kaylee has a heart murmur – diagnosed three+ years ago now – and, while it is a constant source of worry for her humans, she’s as shiny as always; several inexpensive medications have kept the condition in check. So don’t let Rambo’s cardiac issue scare you away, nor his skin problems. Everyone is a little worse for wear some time, am I right?

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Saturday Garbage Plate, 2012-05-12

May 12th, 2012 7:00 am by admin


Leo's Homemade Vegan Pizza
 

Leo’s Homemade Vegan Pizza! “First time making a vegan pizza. No Soy. So Dairy. Gluten-Free. I know, sounds very malnourished. Add a little hummus and it’s all good.”
No way, it sounds delicious! Hummus is always welcome though, it’s the yummiest!
CC image via flickr user leonterra.


 

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Find-a-Friend Friday: Freddie & Hobo

May 11th, 2012 12:03 pm by Kelly


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Freddie and Hobo, a pair of orange tabby friends so similar in appearance
that they could easily pass for blood brothers!
Photos courtesy of HELP Humane Society.


 

Meet Freddie and Hobo, y’all! This super-cute little guys have a sweet story: Freddie the feral cat starting showing up at HELP Humane Society a few years ago and, after some time, brought a friend with him. When he saw how much love Hobo the not-so-feral cat was enjoying from the humans, Freddie decided that he wanted in on the action. And that is how the grinch’s heart melted.

 

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Freddie & Hobo
Domestic Short Hair: An adoptable cat in Belton, MO
Medium • Senior • Male

If ever there were a pair of bonded cats, here they are! Can you tell immediately? Freddie showed up at HELP several years ago as a feral cat, he brought a friend with him and they were inseparable. Then one day, he began coming without his friend, we never knew what happened to her but then he started showing up with Hobo. Hobo was a stray cat, not feral but none of us could bring ourselves to bring Hobo into the shelter and leave Freddie behind again. Funny thing happened, Freddie was watching Hobo getting affection from humans and he decided ‘hey, I need to get in on this!’ So, both he and Hobo decided to come in out of the elements and find an awesome family that would give them a family together. Freddie and Hobo, boys, Freddie born approx 2003, Hobo, born approx 2006. Special adoption fee applies, $90 to adopt the pair.

HELP Humane is a non-profit TRUE No Kill animal shelter currently run on individual donations and fundraising alone. (just south of Kansas City). All HELP animals are treated by veterinarians, receive age appropriate vaccinations, dewormed, spayed/neutered and those incoming after Oct 2005, have been micro chipped. Cats have been FeLV/FIV tested and are negative unless otherwise stated. Dogs have been heartworm tested and are on heartworm preventative. We have been told by many adopters that the reason they liked adopting from us is because we have a happy place and all the cats are the friendliest ones they had ever met. HELP Humane believes that all life is precious and is therefore, a TRUE No Kill shelter. We have many FIV and FeLV+ cats in our care. They will live with us until they end their life’s journey or find a permanent home.

Come Visit Us! Our hours of operation are Tuesday – Friday, 1pm – 8pm, Saturday 10am – 6pm, Sunday 12pm – 5pm, closed on Monday. 511 Main St. Belton, MO 64012 816-318-HELP www.helppets.org Adoption fees vary according to the needs of the animal up for adoption

More about Freddie & Hobo
Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • House trained • Primary color: Tabby – Orange or Red • Coat length: Short

 

These boys are BFFs, a real packaged deal. Just $90!

 

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Saturday Garbage Plate, 2012-05-05

May 5th, 2012 7:00 am by admin


Gluten-free Pizza with Tomato Sauce, Daiya Cheese, and Fresh Basil
 

Gluten-free Pizza with Tomato Sauce, Daiya Cheese, and Fresh Basil.
It’s a zPizza Pizza Party, vegan undergrad styley!
CC image via flickr user prideandvegudice.

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Find-a-Friend Friday: Zoey

May 4th, 2012 11:30 am by Kelly


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THOSE EYES.
Photos courtesy of Beagles and More Rescue.


 

Poor Zoey! This beautiful bulldog lady was found roaming the streets of Kansas City. In rough shape, she was starving and apparently abused. But the nice peeps at Beagles and More Rescue fixed her up with plenty of TLC and now she’s ready to move on to her forever home. She’s two years young, so that’s quite a commitment. Lucky you!

 

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Zoey
American Bulldog: An adoptable dog in Overland Park, KS
Large • Adult • Female

This is ZOEY! She was a stray in KCK and a friend/foster of ours, found her emaciated and in very sad shape.

We now have her fully vetted.

She is HW neg. All shots, spayed yesterday.

Zoey was found very thin at 80 lbs. and should weigh about 90-95 lbs. She is GREAT with Becca’s small kids. She would be a GREAT only dog or one properly introduced to a big dog like herself. She is a wonderfully sweet girl, kennel trained, loving the fact she finally has someone who doesn’t kick and beat her!

She is only about 1.5-2 years old.

If you would like to adopt Zoey, fill out an application at www.beaglesandmore.net or email beaglesandmore@yahoo.com

More about Zoey
Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • Primary colors: White or Cream, Brown or Chocolate • Coat length: Short

 

What are you waiting for? Fill out an adoption application today!

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