Saturday Garbage Plate: Dogs & Desserts

December 18th, 2010 5:11 pm by Kelly

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Pumpkin Pie Dog Biscuits, in progress. (Hint: The recipe is Tuesday’s daily nom!)

Once again, a week’s worth of nomness:

and, in other news:

The Senate just voted to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell! Awesome news, though (and leave it to me to play the pessimist) it comes 15+ years late.

More happy shiny news: Chicago Soydairy now makes vegan mozzarella sticks with Teese cheese! Vegan Essentials is currently out of stock, but. If you simply cannot wait for them to become available, you can always make your own! (I’m thinking about adding this to my criFSMas menu, which consists mainly of lasagna assembled the day beforehand. I should be able to handle it, don’t you think? I have gotten crafty, yo!)

I usually try not to link to PETA, but the latest edition of its Prime newsletter featured three must-read holiday-themed pieces:

Smart Santas Don’t Give Animals as Gifts – Please don’t gift animals, friends; and especially, don’t spring them on surprised recipients. Nonhuman animals aren’t disposable objects to be bought, sold, returned, upgraded, thrown out, and/or recycled – which is what oftentimes happens to holiday gifts.

Make the Holidays Safer for Your Animals – Dr. Barry Kipperman offers advice on traveling with our without your nonhuman friends, as well as keeping them safe around all the holiday baubles and foodstuffs that many of us humans take for granted.

Remembering Animal Shelters at the Holidays – “Those who care for animals at our community animal shelters are often taken for granted. Working under the most stressful conditions, these unsung heroes deserve our special thanks, and the holiday season can be an ideal time to show our appreciation.”

On that note, I’ll leave you with “Shelter Humor,” a video that’s perfect save for the unfortunate use of the r-word toward the end.

Find-a-Friend Friday: Ozzy

December 17th, 2010 1:41 pm by Kelly


Ozzy, a white Chinese Crested Powder Puff dog, sans body fur.
Photos courtesy Crest-Care Inc. Chinese Crested Rescue.

This week’s Friend in need is proof positive that, whatever your preferred breed, there’s no need to buy a dog rather than adopt one. An estimated 25% of dogs languishing in shelters and rescue groups are purebred, and countless local and national breed-specific rescue groups cater to prospective guardians with particular needs or desires.

Enter: Ozzy. One of three Chinese Crested dogs available for adoption in Stilwell, Kansas (just south of Overland Park), Ozzy is part of Crest-Care Inc., a national Chinese Crested rescue group that’s comprised of “individuals living throughout the Unites States and Canada who locate, transport, rescue, foster, provide veterinarian care and rehabilitates Chinese Cresteds in need until they can be rehomed to suitable, well screened homes where they will thrive.” Depending on genetics, Chinese Crested dogs are born either (mostly) hairless or with a thick double coat that does not shed. Ozzy is of the second variety, commonly called a “Powder Puff.” Personally, I think the dear boy looks better clothed, don’t you?

Ozzy (KS)
Chinese Crested Dog Mix: An adoptable dog in Stilwell, KS
Small • Adult • Male


Ozzy, with his fluffy “winter coat” all grown in!
Photos courtesy Crest-Care Inc. Chinese Crested Rescue.

Please contact Lee (crestiersq [at[ for more information about this pet.

Adoption Application link:

My name is Ozzy and my foster mom says I am one of the sweetest, most laid back, mild mannered, and gentle hairy hairless Crestie boys she’s ever met. In my old life, my brother and I were left outside to fend for ourselves after our humans moved away. I was picked up by some nice people and taken to a small shelter in south Missouri were they treated us really good and made sure that we were safe. My foster mom & dad came to pick me up and man have I been living the good life ever since. I have lots of other doggies to play with, I have lots of toys too…my favorite are the squeaky tennis balls, and I even have a couple of naked kitty cats to curl up with when they (the cats) let me. It’s cold here in Kansas now so foster mommy has let me “grow my winter coat” and she said she’s putting a picture up for everyone to see too.

My foster mom says I am now ready for my forever home, I have been neutered, all my vaccinations are up to date, I’m heartworm negative (foster mom says that’s a really good thing), and I’m microchipped so I can never be lost again. I’m still working on that housebreaking thing…foster mom says now that I am neutered I should get better about that but until I am she makes me wear a belly band when she’s at work and can’t watch my every move. I really want to please my foster mom so I’m working really hard at it, but sometimes I forget. Also, I still don’t like crates very much except when it’s time to eat, but foster mom says I’ve improved a whole lot and don’t stress out about being in the crate….I still whine and cry after I’ve eaten, but foster mom is on to me now, she knows I’ll quiet down and wait patiently for her to let me out after a few minutes (she doesn’t let me out until I do). I also love to sleep under the covers, stretch out across the nice warm heat vent after coming inside from doing my business, and snuggle on your lap or curl up next to you on the sofa. I also really like my walks outside on leash, I love to explore, I’m get to meet lots of nice humans and other dogs on my walks and that’s always fun.

My foster mom doesn’t have children, but she says I’m so sweet and mellow that I would probably do okay with kids. Foster mom says my vet believes I’m about two years old and since she picked me up out of the shelter on July 24, 2010, my birthdate will now be July 24, 2008. Sounds good to me…it’s only a number anyway.

If you are looking for a sweet, loving, silly, and if I do say so myself, one very handsome crestie boy, then look no further…just contact my foster mom at crestiersq [at] Oh yeah, I almost forgot, I have one erect ear and one floppy ear, foster mommy says it gives me so much character and she thinks it’s the cutest thing in the world.


More about Ozzy (KS)
Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots.

If you’d like to learn more about Ozzy – or Humpty or Bailey – get in touch with Crest-Care Inc. today!

Find-a-Friend Friday: Dana

December 3rd, 2010 7:39 pm by Kelly


Dana, a tan and brown brindled Shar Pei Mix dog.
Photo courtesy Autumn Acres.

I searched through quite a few heartbreaking listings on Petfinder

(So many recent puppy mill rescues! And yet, the Missouri state legislature is threatening to repeal Proposition B, a law recently passed by MO voters which would provide some basic – albeit still grossly inadequate – protections for dog bought and sold for breeding purposes. Tell ’em NO THANKS here.)

before finally settling on Dana, a gorgeous Shar Pie mixed breed girl who thinks cats are awesome….for chasing and eating, that is.

Dana has been with the no-kill rescue Autumn Acres for some time now, and due to a heartworm infection and subsequent sub-par treatment, has wracked up thousands of dollars in vet bills. Please consider bringing this lovely girl home for the holidays – or making a donation, however small, towards her care if you can.

Shar Pei Mix: An adoptable dog in Kansas City, KS
Medium • Adult • Female

We have had Dana in our program for over 2 years now. She really needs a home!! Dana is an alpha dog. She will try to rule the house and because of that needs a firm owner. Dana is NOT good with cats but is good with other dogs, kids, and horses. Dana knows how to sit, is crate trained, and housebroken.

Dana was spayed, vaccinated, and ended up testing positive for heartworms. She was treated for the heartworms but had an adverse reaction to the first shot and for some reason the vet still gave her the second shot 3 days later(she was being boarded at the vet during the time) he called us up at that point to tell us that she wasn’t doing very well. We rushed her to Columbia because she had air outside of her lungs…don’t know what its called but you could see air bubbles in her chest as she breathed. It was a long ride to Columbia but we got there. She was put into an oxygen cage and stayed there for over a week on several medications. The bill for Columbia alone was $1600. We are looking for a sponsor for Dana. We haven’t done this sponsor thing before but after having Dana for 2 years we think maybe we should start ;-). Please be kind enough to sponsor Dana. If you own a company and want some advertisement we can place a link to you’re business when we list Dana as Sponsored by…

Please sponsor Dana! For $25 a month you are helping to cover her dog food and her medical bills, past and future!

Pet ID: 40767 • Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • House trained • Prefers a home without: cats, children under 5 • Special Needs

Likewise, Kasha and Darla could use a little love and a few new friends, too.

Dog bless you for adopting!

SNKC’s 2010 Pledge & Winter Donation Drives

November 16th, 2010 10:24 am by Kelly

Spay & Neuter Kansas City recently announced the start of its second annual pledge drive. From now until February 24, 2011, participants can compete to win one of three prizes, with the top fundraiser receiving two round-trip tickets on Southwest Airlines and $300 worth of hotel accommodations. (The second and third prizes are a Magellan RoadMate 3065 and a $100 gift certificate to Petsmart, respectively.) The money raised will be used to spay and neuter Kansas City area dogs and cats in need – a core mission of SNKC.


In addition to the pledge drive, SNKC is also hosting a winter donation drive. Along with gently used dog houses, the group is in need of the following items: dog and cat food (e.g., to stock SNKC’s “pet” food pantry); straw; leashes and collars; dog and cat toys; and, of course, monetary donations, which will help to pay for spay/neuter procedures, gas for transportation, new dog houses, and veterinary care for sick and injured dogs and cats. You can find more information on donating and view SNKC’s full wish list here.




If you’re interested in helping, please get in touch with SNKC today:

1116 E. 59th Street
(NE Corner 59th and Troost)
PO Box 410303, Kansas City, MO 64141

Ph: 816-353-0940 | Fx: 816-523-0887

spayandneuterkc [at]

Find-a-Friend Friday: Ali

November 12th, 2010 11:18 am by Kelly


Ali is a black, tan and white basset hound/dachshund mix – though her short, thick legs, long body, droopy ears and large head give her that classic wiener dog look.
Photos courtesy Animals Best Friends.

I combed through dozens of Petfinder listings this morning, looking for THE perfect dog to introduce y’all to. Problem is, they’re all perfect! Every animal is special and unique in her own way, and the many canines whose stories I pored over today are no exception. Finally I settled on dear Ali, for no reason other than that she reminds me of my own dachshund friend Ralphie, who underwent surgery to remove his right eye yesterday (melanoma; we’ll know next week whether it was malignant) and is recovering on my lap as we speak. Point being, Ali is just one of thousands of wonderful, loving individuals in need of a home at this very moment. If you’re looking to welcome a new nonhuman friend into your family, please consider adopting – rescuing – one of these many Friends in need.

Okay, so. On to Ali, who is currently staying with Animals Best Friends in Independence, MO. Here’s what he foster peeps have to say about this lovely lady:


I know that look! Miss Ali is about to stir up some trouble.
Photos courtesy Animals Best Friends.

Basset Hound/Dachshund Mix: An adoptable dog in Independence, MO
Small • Adult • Female

This cuddle bug is Ali. She was born in 2006. She LOVES attention and to be loved on as much as you are willing to give her. She does great with other dogs and loves to sniff and play outside whenever she has the chance to… She is crate and house trained as well. She would make a great companion for someone. She is looking for that furever home. Please open your hearts and your home to this pretty girl.

If you are interested in meeting Ali, please go to WWW.ANIMALSBESTFRIENDS.ORG and fill out an 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! 🙂 Thank you very much for taking the time to check out our kids!!

More about Ali
Pet ID: AbfAli • Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • House trained


Ali smiles up at the camera.
Photos courtesy Animals Best Friends.

You heard them, friends! If you live in the Kansas City area, get in touch with Animals Best Friends to adopt, foster or donate today, mkay?