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, 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!?!

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?:

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!

Find-a-Friend Friday: Astro

October 22nd, 2010 7:01 pm by Kelly


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 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:


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!)

Saturday Garbage Plate: MoFo, Vegans, MoFo

October 9th, 2010 12:07 pm by Kelly

Barley Crust Antipasta Pizza

Barley Crust Antipasta Pizza!
CC image courtesy Flickr user norwichnuts.

  • It’s time for another #nom roundup, folks! Grab a bib and dig in, ’cause things are gonna get messy! (Not really; that was humorous hyperbole, mkay?)
    Sunday: French Bread Pizza from Joanne Stepaniak & VegNews magazine

    Monday: Multi-colored Crostini from Will-O’-the-Wisp

    Tuesday: Slow Rise Pizza Dough from VeganYumYum (complete with photo tutorial!)

    Wednesday: Pizza Hummus from The Copycat Cook

    Thursday: Italian food with an Indian twist! – Pizza Rustique from Kahliya-logue

    Friday: In a Friday VeganMoFo Flashback – Zwiebelkuchen (onion cake) from Seitan is My Motor

    Saturday: Pizza Potato from Gluten-free Vegan Yums

  • The countdown to VeganMoFo has officially begun! Now in its fourth year, VeganMoFo is a month-long celebration of vegan food, in interwebz carnival form. Throughout the month of November, vegan bloggers the world over pledge to post about the joys of vegan food once a day (weekends are optional). Topics run the gamut, from recipes to photo essays to contests and giveaways.

    Last year, over 500 individual blogs participated, yours truly included. In fact, this will be my third year VeganMoFo-ing; have a little looksee at my past contributions here and, if you dig it, rejoin me on November 1st, wont you please?

    If you’d like to learn more about VeganMoFo, here are some links to get you started:

    VeganMoFo Headquarters International

    VeganMoFo on Twitter

    VeganMoFo Sign-Up Sheet

  • Unfortunately, I’ve been so busy prepping for VeganMoFo this week that I don’t have any other links to share! (*sad panda*) Instead, here’s another cute canine vid that’s guaranteed to make you laugh-sob. And Capt. Andrew Schmidt’s updates, doubly so.

    Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go love on my five rescued dog friends. Until next week!

Find-a-Friend Friday: Capone

October 8th, 2010 3:38 pm by Kelly


Capone, a black and reddish-brown Rottweiler mix, lifts his snout to the camera. Smiles!
Photo courtesy Wayside Waifs.

To say that I didn’t have to search far and wide to find this week’s Friend would be an understatement. In fact, he practically jumped off the pages of Wayside Waifs’s latest newsletter so that he could unleash a stream of slobbery kisses all over my face! (Yes, please.)

Meet Capone, a sweetly innocent old gent who’s nothing like his namesake:

Capone is Wayside Waifs’ longest canine resident. Since June he’s patiently waited for a home of his own. This handsome, six-year-old Rottweiler-mix was brought to Wayside Waifs because his family had to move and they couldn’t take Capone with them. Despite his gangster inspired name, there’s nothing criminal about this guy. He’s a staff and volunteer favorite, and constantly makes us laugh with his goofy personality. Capone will make his new family very happy. He’s already housebroken, he’s lived with kids ages 2-18 and was loving and easygoing with them. He loves to run in the Wayside Bark Park, but also does very well on a leash. He’s eager to please you and has never met a stranger. If you are looking for a new family pet, please consider the amazing Capone! Want to see more of Capone? Watch his video!

Here’s more information, taken from Capone’s Petango listing:

Animal ID: 2828678
Species: Dog
Breed: Rottweiler/Mix
Age: 6 years 1 month
Sex: Male
Size: Large
Color: Black
Spayed/Neutered: Yes
Declawed: No
Housetrained: Yes
Intake Date: 6/4/2010
Adoption Price: $110.00

Hi, I’m Capone, and I’m a handsome, housetrained goofy fellow, that just doesn’t seem to be able to find my forever home. I was brought to Wayside by my owners because they had to move, and I was told I couldn’t go with them. I was very sad, but I’m making the most of a bad situation.

My family had VERY nice things to say about me when they surrendered me. First and foremost, they said that I’m housebroken! Hooray! I lived with kids, ages 2-18, and I was loving and easy going with them – playful, too! I had my own yard with a 6 foot privacy fence, and I stayed in my yard, and no reports of digging or anything! What a GOOD boy I am. I like to play with toys of all shapes and sizes, and I like to play fetch too! Can you come out and meet me and play fetch with me?

I am a lover of all things RAWHIDE, and I have been described as a very funny fellow. Actually, the description does read ‘big ole goofball’, and my friends out here say I’m just so lovable. Doesn’t that make you want to come meet me? I am an active dog, and I’m very good on leash. I like to please people, too. I’m always smiling – just a happy go lucky guy needin’ his own place to hang his hat.

I wish I knew exactly why I have had to stay so long here without anyone coming for me. Is it that I’m a little older? In my book, age brings wisdom. Is it my looks? Heck, I’m much more handsome and debonair than most of the other dogs out here. Is it my size? Once you meet me, you’ll see how loving and calm I am. Is it because I’m a little goofy about life and all things in it? Hey, I can’t help any of these things. I’m the nicest, sweetest guy who once was lucky enough to have a super great home, and that is all I wish for every day now – one more forever place and family to call my own. I’ll be a loyal and true blue friend to you, I promise.

If YOU have a super great home, would you please think about including me in it? I’m getting very tired of living in a shelter. Until then, I’ll keep patiently waiting for my forever family to come. Please make it you, ok?

Just in case these copious words of praise aren’t enough to sway your heart, here’s a video of Capone chasing tennis balls, frolicking in the grass, thrashing Frisbees, splashing it up in a kiddie pool, and just generally having a good ole time – despite the unfortunate twist his life has taken:

Seriously, how can this love muffin still be up for adoption!?

If you’re wondering the same thing, get in touch with Wayside Waifs today! (Before I beat you to it, kay? No, really, it is on!)