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Find-a-Friend Friday: Simon

November 5th, 2010 10:33 am by Kelly


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Simon is a small, furry, black and white pig(let) with a large, round pink nose. Look up the word “adorable” in a dictionary, and there Simon will be, smiling right back at you!
Photos courtesy Animal Rescue League of Iowa.

We’re mixing things up this week with a potbellied pig Friend instead of the usual dog or cat! I enjoy featuring less traditional “pet” animals – particularly farmed animals such as cows, pigs and chickens – but rarely have the chance; animals belonging to these species are more likely to be killed and eaten than adopted and loved, especially here in the midwest, and thus there are very few “food” animals available for adoption ’round these parts. (Holy run-on sentence, Catwoman!)

All of which is precisely why dear Simon lives not in Kansas or Missouri, but Iowa. Still, it’s a short distance to drive in exchange for all this cuteness!

Simon
Pot Bellied: An adoptable pig in Des Moines, IA
Medium • Young • Male

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Simon is a fun, friendly 6-month-old pig who loves attention and playtime. He is potty trained and responds to come, stay and stand. He needs a home with no children under 7 and no large dogs. Adopters MUST be experienced with potbellied pigs — no exceptions.

Simon will be a smaller pig, so he will need to either be an indoor pig or have a heated enclosure available to him.

Simon will remain in his foster home until he is adopted. If you are interested in learning more about him or setting up an appointment to meet him, contact Laura at (515) 473-9105 or at medical [at] arl-iowa.org.

As always, thank you for adopting!

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Saturday Garbage Plate: Happy Halloweegan!

October 30th, 2010 6:49 pm by Kelly


lol kaylee - b purty ether way

Kaylee, our 12-year-old rat terrier, dressed as a pumpkin several Halloweegans ago.
Her lol dog caption reads, “doggierella / turns 2 pumkin @ 12PM.”
Here, the photo’s title is really its subtitle: “lol kaylee – b purty ether way.”
Damn straight! My girl is bootyfull!

Those of you following us on Twitter may have noticed a break in our regular, pizza-related #noming. In honor of Halloweegan, we featured a variety of vegan Halloween recipes. And so, without further a-BOO!…

Just in time for Halloween: Pictures of Muslims Wearing Things. SCARY THINGS! Muahahaha!

Also, for those masochists and chronic procrastinators who have yet to buy their Halloween candy and/or costumes, hit up:

1) The Official Guide to Vegan Halloween Candy, by the sweet-teethed editors at VegNews; and

2) Take Back Halloween, “A costume guide for women with imagination.” (My top pick? Medusa. Definitely Medusa.)

This Monday, November 1st is World Vegan Day! It’s also Day Numero Uno of Vegan MoFo IV; be there or…don’t be. It’s up to you, honestly. But with 450+ bloggers from all over the world sharing their very bestest vegan recipes, stories, anecdotes and food not-porn, it’ll be your loss! You can follow my progress at www.easyvegan.info, if you’d like. I already have 16 posts finished, queued up and ready to go. No m’am, I am not playing around this year! Okay, I am. But hard! I’m playing haaaard! (In my best pirate impersonation.)

Don’t forget to vote (including YES on PROP B) Tuesday!!!

Last but not least, Kansas City vegan eatery Füd recently received a writeup in the Kansas City Star. Check it: At vegan eatery Füd, barbecue means jackfruit. Smileyface spoiler: it’s mostly positive, though the puzzlement over jackfruit seems…odd, somehow. (It’s a legitimate foodstuff, peoples. No one ever suggested that vegans consume it 24/7!)

Michael Jackson’s Thriller – what else!?!

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Find-a-Friend Friday: Nikita

October 29th, 2010 10:35 am by Kelly


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Nikita is a brownish-tannish-grayish domestic shorthair feline with a funny white chin, gorgeous green eyes, and a cute pink button nose. In this picture, la feline femme stares into the camera, her features accentuated by the black and white spotted background.
Photos courtesy HELP Humane Society.

This week’s Friend hails from the mean streets of Belton, Missouri, where she was picked up by animal control and brought to HELP Humane Society. Originally thought to be a feral cat, Nikita was entered into HELP’s trap, neuter & return (TNR) program…which she promptly flunked out of. Nikita, it seems, prefers the pampered life. Can you blame her?

Nikita
Tabby – Brown/Domestic Short Hair – Brown Mix
Small • Adult • Female

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Surrounded by blankets, a sleepy-looking Nikita curls up on a bench. Cozy!
Photos courtesy HELP Humane Society.

Is this girl gorgeous or what?! Nikita was a feral kitten when she was brought in by animal control. She was put through our TNR (trap, neuter & return) program for feral cats…..which is why you see an eartip. While recovering from her vetting she decided that she would like to be tame and stay inside with the 2-leggeds that appeared to be taking care of her every need. So she stayed…..she is very affectionate and is awesome with other kitties…….how can you resist that?! Nikita, girl, born approx 2005

So, who will be Nikita’s new bipedal servant? Prospective volunteers should report to HELP, vet references in hand, ASAP!

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Saturday Garbage Plate: we can has pizzas?

October 23rd, 2010 1:24 pm by Kelly


funny pictures of dogs with captions

Her head resting atop a pile of red cardboard takeout boxes, a doe-eyed dog gazes upward, presumably at the pizza delivery person or other Human in Charge. The lol caption reads, “ai jus wants to smell it a little.” Such a fibber, that one!


#vegan #noms on the twitters this week:

Also, have voted in Pizza Express’s Create Your Pizza Challenge yet? No? Well, what are you waiting for? Give the Pizza Levantina some electoral love, pretty please with Daiya on top?: www.pizzaexpress.com/create-your-pizza/vote/

And let’s close things out with a super-adorable song from Sesame Street: “I Love My Hair,” which encourages young girls of color to love their hair, as is, without the use of chemicals, dyes, straight irons, and other miscellaneous “beauty” aids (read: torture devices). You can read an interview with songwriter Joey Mazzarino, who wrote the song for his young daughter, at the Huffington Post.



For those who cannot view the video, here are the lyrics (via Clutch Magazine):

Don’t need a trip to the beauty shop,
’cause I love what I got on top.
It’s curly and it’s brown and it’s right up there!
You know what I love? That’s right, my hair!
I really love my hair.
I love my hair. I love my hair.
There’s nothing else that can compare with my hair.
I love my hair, so I must declare:
I really, really, really love my hair.
Wear a clippy or in a bow
Or let it sit in an afro
My hair looks good in a cornrow
It does so many things you know, that’s why I let it grow
I love my hair, I love my hair
I love it and I have to share
I love my hair, I love my hair!
I want to make the world aware I love my hair.
I wear it up. I wear down. I wear it twisted all around.
I wear braids and pigtails too.
I love all the things my hair can do.
In barrettes or flying free, ever perfect tresses you’ll see
My hair is part of me, an awesome part of me
I really love my hair!

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Find-a-Friend Friday: Astro

October 22nd, 2010 7:01 pm by Kelly


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Astro, a white and black Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler Mix with gorgeous brown eyes,
shoots a sideways glance at the camera.
Photos courtesy the Lawrence Humane Society.

Astro, what a handsome guy! An ex-puppy mill dog

(Did you know that Missouri is home to so many large-scale dog breeding operations that it’s often called “the puppy mill capital of the world”? And that November 2nd’s ballot will include Proposition B, a piece of legislation designed to curb some – not enough, but some – of the worst abuses? Well, now you do! Go to yesonpropb.com for more. No-kill advocate Nathan Winograd also wrote an excellent analysis of the bill here.)

with a pair of impossibly deep brown eyes, Astro is currently staying just outside the Kansas City area, in Lawrence, Kansas.

Here’s what his peeps at the Lawrence Humane Society have to say about dear Astro:

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Astro
Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler Mix: An adoptable dog in Lawrence, KS
Medium • Adult • Male

A curious expression and alert eyes will attract you to Astro, who is a very good looking dog. He is an Australian cattle dog and blue heeler mix, about 2 years old, and weighs 32 pounds. His evenly marked black and white coat is short and smooth, and is accented with gray ticking on his legs, chest, and face. He looks like he has been playing with a pepper shaker, which makes him all the more handsome.

Astro was seized from a large animal breeder, so he likely has not been given much attention. Therefore he is still nervous and timid, and he needs a patient pet parent to help bring him out of his shell and build his confidence. Astro has good recall, good manners, and wants so badly to find someone to love. He has a lot of energy and will need a fenced yard or country home where he can exercise. His new parent will need to take extra time to acclimate him to new surroundings, as a loving home is something new to this…

Though he didn’t begin his life in the happiest of places, Astro hasn’t yet given up on humans; in fact, he’s eager to find a family to call his own. Maybe this is you and yours? If so, get in touch with the Lawrence Humane Society today. (And remember to vote YES ON PROP B come November 2nd!)

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