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Find-a-Friend Friday: Ronnie, Rex, Felicia – and many more!

September 9th, 2011 2:17 pm by Kelly


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Mags and Finnick soak up some sun – and love!
(In the background is Kaylee, Mags’ long-lost mom.
For reals, look at those faces! Spitting image, I say!)

 

This week’s edition is a special one, dedicated to the dogs (and cats!) currently available for adoption at the St. Joseph Animal Shelter – some of whom we had the pleasure of meeting last Saturday. (Or rather displeasure, given the sad circumstances.)

While writing the Find-a-Friend Friday feature last week, I stumbled upon a listing for two senior rat terriers whose time was seemingly almost up at the St. Joe pound. Upon further inquiry, we discovered that the date given – 9/3 at 2PM, i.e., in just over 24 hours! – was actually the deadline for their owner to reclaim them (not their euth date as we’d feared), at which time they would become city property and would be evaluated for adoptability. Given that they were nipping at the staff and had already earned the labels “aggressive” and “probably not adoptable,” their chances still didn’t look good, so we decided to head on out there the next day to meet (and possibly foster or adopt) the dogs.

Long story short, we brought Mags and Finnick home with us on Wednesday, and the two are settling in quite nicely. Both are as friendly as can be; Mags has already proven herself a champion sunbather and lover of belly rubs (though we have to be careful to avoid her spay stitches), and Finnick is bright and eager to please, and quickly claimed own spot on the back of the living room couch. These lovely little guys – who are already more well-behaved than our other dogs – bring our pack up to seven dogs. Eight furkids in total, if you count the cat. (And they get on well with the cat, too! Total awesomeness, these two.) Crazy, I know. We just couldn’t leave them to die for lack of a home or “unadoptability.”

Unfortunately, there were many more dogs and cats who we couldn’t save. Among them: Ronnie, Rex and Felicia, all of whom were at the shelter when we visited last Saturday. If you can find it in your heart to adopt any of these beautiful souls, you’ll have my eternal gratitude. Dog’s and Ceiling Cat’s, too!

First up is Ronnie, an adorable wee little guy who was housed in a cage just a few stalls down from Mags and Finnick. He melted my heart in five seconds flat, so excited was he to receive a little human warmth and attention. A total wiggle butt, he’d make a great companion for … well, for anyone with the energy to match his own. Probably he’d love a (slightly) older brother or sister to tag along with and just generally worship, but that’s a guess on my part. But I can’t imagine this friendly pup not getting along with any but the grouchiest of canines.

 

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Ronnie the rat terrier pup!
Photos courtesy of St. Joseph Animal Control.

20265 RONNIE
Rat Terrier Mix: An adoptable dog in Saint Joseph, MO
Small • Young • Male

#20265 RONNIE is a darling, little Rat Terrier mix pup. He is between 5 and 6 months old and weighs 4 pounds so he will always be a little bitty boy. He is cute and friendly and his good-pet potential is off the charts. He came into the shelter as a stray. If nobody comes looking for him he will be available for adoption 9-9-2011. If you are over 60 this little fellow would be an excellent choice and the $50.00 senior discount will apply toward his neutering and adoption expenses.

More about 20265 RONNIE
Pet ID: 20265 • Primary colors: White or Cream, Black • Coat length: Short

 

Next is Rex, who was housed with another little dog in a cage directly opposite of Mags and Finnick’s. The poor little guy seemed terrified and miserable – not that I blame him! The pound is a scary place, yo! From what I could tell, he seemed to be a very laid-back, mellow fellow, in need of a lap – and couch! – to call his own. A concrete floor is no place for an animal, you know?

 

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Rex the Shih Tzu!

Rex
Shih Tzu: An adoptable dog in Saint Joseph, MO
Small • Adult • Male

Rex needs a bath and trim, and some TLC from a new owner, and he’ll be the best little lap-warmer around! He’s only 15 # as full-grown adult, easy to handle and a pretty little dog. He is available NOW, and remember our $50 discount for adopters over age 60, Come get acquainted with this great dog.

More about Rex
Primary colors: White or Cream, Black • Coat length: Long

 

Last but not least is Felicia, a gorgeous black Labrador Retriever mix who was surrendered to the pound while we were filling out our adoption paperwork. All kisses and nose bumps, this girl was! Friendly and full of energy, she was found as a stray and brought to the shelter after several weeks, after her “finder” was unable to locate her family. If no one comes forward to claim her, she’ll be available for adoption next week.

 

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Felicia the black lab mix!

20292 FELICIA
Black Labrador Retriever Mix: An adoptable dog in Saint Joseph, MO
Medium • Young • Female

#20292 FELICIA is a skinny, black Lab mix female with floppy ears and a long, narrow muzzle. She is a pretty dog who weighs about 40 pounds and is a year old. She came into the shelter as a stray. If her family doesn’t show up looking for her she will be available for adoption 9-12-2011. Remember that the $50.00 senior discount will apply toward her spaying and adoption expenses if you are over 60.

More about 20292 FELICIA
Pet ID: 20292 • Primary color: Black • Coat length: Short

 

Of course, the St. Joe animal shelter is also a temporary home to many cats in need; but since they have their own area, we only saw them through a window. But I’m sure they’re all too cute and precious to bear. So show them a little love too, mkay?

As always, if you can’t adopt, please help by spreading the word! In particular, Ronnie and Felicia’s people may be looking for them. If you know someone who has lost a dog in the St. Joseph, Missouri area, please send them to the Friends of the Animal Shelter of St. Joseph, Inc.’s website! Also: KC Pet Connect.

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Posted: 09/9/11 at 2:17 pm. Filed under: Find-a-Friend Friday.
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Recipe: Pita Pizza #823

September 6th, 2011 10:22 am by Kelly


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If you’ve been following me for any amount of time – either here or on fuck yeah vegan pizza – then you know how much I love my pita pizzas! Eight hundred and twenty-three pizzas worth may be an exaggeration, but only slightly! Anyway, I made this little number a few weeks ago; the tomatoes are fresh from my own garden and terribly yummy! Most of the year I stick to sundried, but “fresh as in picked five minutes ago”? The best!

* RIP Satya. 🙁

 
Pita Pizza #823

Ingredients

1 piece of pita bread, freshly baked or frozen and defrosted
Several cups of red sauce
1/2 cup mozzarella Follow Your Heart (or the vegan cheese of your choice)
4 small Juliet tomatoes (or two medium Romas), thinly sliced
black olives, diced
Kalamata olives, diced

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). To defrost a frozen piece of pita bread, just pop in the microwave for 30 to 45 seconds.

3. Spread a generous amount of red sauce on the pita bread, followed by the olives, cheese and – last but not least – the tomatoes.

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

5. Enjoy warm and crispy!

 

Happy Tomato!
 

Happy tomato is happy!
CC image via flickr user hellokittygroupie.

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Saturday Garbage Plate, 2011-09-03

September 3rd, 2011 7:00 am by admin


Pesto Pizza

Pesto pizza makes me feel green. WITH ENVY!
CC image via flickr user mollyjade.

This week on Twitter…

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Find-a-Friend Friday: One Eyed Jack

September 2nd, 2011 2:25 pm by Kelly


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Photo courtesy of Love 4 Paws.

One Eyed Jack has one eye and is just as adorable as a Chihuahua can be (which is to say that he oozes adorableness!). He was found as a stray and is currently staying with Love 4 Paws in Overland Park, Kansas.

One Eyed Jack
Chihuahua: An adoptable dog in Overland Park, KS
Small • Adult • Male

Jack was found in a park as a stray in Kansas City, MO. He had trauma to the head which caused him to lose his eye. This boy was already neutered when he came to us, but no one is looking for him. He is about 5 years old and the sweetest, most mellow Chihuahua you have every me. If he can cuddle on your lap all day, he is fine with that. Jack loves kids and people, and doesnt seem to mind cats. He is picky on other dogs so we recommend a meet and greet first. Please consider giving him a second chance on life! E-mail rescue@love4pawskc.com for an adoption application. Adoption fee $140.00

More about One Eyed Jack
Pet ID: One Eyed Jack • Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • Prefers a home without: dogs • Primary color: Apricot or Beige • Coat length: Short

Adopt him now, you know you wanna!

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Recipe: Vegan Mac & Pepperjack Pizza

August 31st, 2011 11:43 am by Kelly


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Shane made this vegan Mac & Pepperjack pizza back in June, not long after we procured OUR VERY FIRST BAG (!) of Daiya’s new Pepperjack style shreds. Since I’m not too keen on spicy foods (I know, boo! hiss! boo!), he had this pie all to his lonesome. He double-cooked the macaroni and cheese on the stovetop and again in the oven, and garnished it with breadcrumbs ’cause that’s how he rolls. He enjoyed the hell out of it, though I still prefer my own version of a mac & cheese pizza. And that’s okay! That means more for each of us if we aren’t eying one another’s pizzas!

 
Vegan Mac & Pepperjack Pizza

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

For the mac & cheese:

2 cups Pepperjack Daiya cheese (optional: sub in a little mozzarella Follow Your Heart for a creamier cheese sauce, like so!)
2 cups uncooked macaroni (mini shells are my personal fave!)
4 tablespoons margarine
12 oz plain soy milk

Misc:

Cornmeal or cooking spray with which to coat the pizza stone or pizza pan
Olive oil or cooking spray to lightly coat the dough
Breadcrumbs to garnish

 
Directions

Prepare the dough!

1. 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.

Make the cheese sauce!

2. Once the dough is done rising and you’re ready to assemble the pizza, get to work on the cheese sauce. In a medium-sized saucepan, bring the soy milk to a boil.

3. Reduce the heat to medium and mix in the margarine, stirring until melted.

4. Add the cheese shreds, stirring gently until they combine with the liquid to form a creamy cheese sauce. The soupier the better, as the oven baking will thicken it up quite a bit.

Optional: season to taste with salt, pepper, onion, garlic, etc.

5. Reduce the heat to low, stirring every few minutes.

6. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Make the pasta!

7. In a deep skillet or wide, shallow sauce pan, cook the pasta according to the directions provided on the package. Stop when about 90% done and drain, leaving a little hot water with the pasta. (This will mostly cook down as you continue to heat the pasta.)

Combine the two to make mac and cheese!

8. Mix the cheese sauce into pasta, stirring well. On medium low heat, let the pasta continue to cook until it’s the desired consistency. Stir constantly during this last step so that none of the pasta or cheese sticks to the pan.

9. As the pasta is cooking, 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. Lightly dust a bit of olive oil on top of the dough, or spray it with a bit of cooking spray.

10. Next, sprinkle a little extra Daiya on the crust to taste. Then add the mac & cheese, spreading it out evenly on the pizza pie. If it’s a bit on the soupy side, allow it to cool for a few minutes before adding it to the pizza; this will give it time to solidify, but not too much! Top with vegan breadcrumbs if desired.

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

12. Serve warm, and with a fork and bib!

 

i ate the whole thing
 

“I ate the whole thing,” by themacinator on flickr.
This photo is completely unrelated to my Mac & Pepperjack pizza,
but the post is just begging for a second picture, don’t you think?

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