Find-a-Friend Friday: Rambo

May 18th, 2012 11:00 am by Kelly


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.




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. 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 You can access an application for adoption at under the Hard Luck Hounds tab. Prior to adoption all Hard Luck Hounds dogs are:

Spayed or neutered
Heartworm tested
Treated for intestinal parasites

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

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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?

Find-a-Friend Friday: Zoey

May 4th, 2012 11:30 am by Kelly


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!



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 or email

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!

Find-a-Friend Friday: Sadie

April 20th, 2012 11:06 am by Kelly


Sadie the American Staffordshire Terrier/German Shepherd mix.
Photos courtesy of the City of Smithville Animal Shelter.


Sweet Sadie of Smithville needs a home where she can mature and grow old. She has big, beautiful eyes; a long, baleful face; and the prettiest brindle coat you ever did see. Also: silly little frog legs (see the pic below), and all the love in the world, to share with a special human like you. (You’re special, right?) Consider yourself lucky should she choose you!



American Staffordshire Terrier/German Shepherd Dog Mix: An adoptable dog in Smithville, MO
Medium • Adult • Female

Sadie is about 6-7 years old and is well behaved. Sadie does not like small children or babies but likes adults and teens. Sadie is house trained and gets along with other dogs. Sadie is on medication for a skin condition and is getting better. Sadie loves attention and is very sweet.

More about Sadie
Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • House trained • Prefers a home without: young children • Primary colors: Brindle, White or Cream • Coat length: Short


If you’d like to meet Sadie, get in touch with the Smithville Animal Shelter today: 816-532-0577!

Find-a-Friend Friday: Campbell

March 30th, 2012 10:52 am by Kelly


Campbell, the handsome Shepherd Mix “senior.”
He’s only six years old in people years! That’s middle aged, yo!
Photos courtesy of the Kansas City Pet Project.


Campbell needs a home, asap! Somehow this gorgeous, lovable guy ended up at the Kansas City Animal Shelter – and, while the staff is doing their best to keep him healthy and happy, the hard floors and metal cages are bringing him down. He’s depressed and uncomfortable and doesn’t want to spend the second half of his life alone, homeless. He deserves that much, so let’s give it to him. Whaddya say, Kansas City? Let’s find Campbell his forever home!



Shepherd Mix: An adoptable dog in Kansas City, MO
Large • Senior • Male

Calm and cool is all you need to know. I am pretty depressed here and all I want to do is find a warm bed and some nice people who will take me in. These living arrangements are hard on a senior dog like me. Lucky for me the staff here gives me some extra attention that allows some quiet time for me. I won’t ask for much and I will be the best dog I can be. Please someone help me find a home so I can relax…Thank you!

Campbell is currently in the care of KC Pet Project and residing at the Kansas City Animal Shelter. He is over 6 years old.

Our goal at KC Pet Project is to promote the health and welfare of the pets in our care and facilitate their placement into loving homes. We hope that you will decide to start the new year with a new friend by visiting the Kansas City Animal Shelter and adopting a pet.

The Kansas City Animal Shelter is located right behind the stadiums at 4400 Raytown Road, Kansas City, MO 64129

Hours of Operation: Tues-Fri :12p-6p / Sat-Sun:12p-5p / (Closed Monday)

To get more information about our adoptable animals please call the shelter at 816-513-9821 and ask for an adoption counselor.


Find-a-Friend Friday: Uno

March 9th, 2012 11:01 am by Kelly


Uno, the senior pom and recent puppy mill rescue.
Photos courtesy of Husker’s Hope Dachshund Rescue.


YOU GUYS! Someone needs to adopt Uno here before I start crying! Or do something rash like bring him home myself. (Note to Shane: that was a joke!)

Uno is a special older guy who was rescued from a puppy mill, where he lost his lower jaw – most likely due to inadequate (read: nonexistent) veterinary care. Though he’s considered a senior dog, he’s still got a lot life ahead of him – and he needs a super-awesome human who can help make up for lost time. He deserves all your tender loving care and more. Show him that not all humans are big, greedy meanies, mkay?


Pomeranian: An adoptable dog in Kansas City, MO
Small • Senior • Male

Uno is a tiny Senior Pomeranian, about 12 years old, who was rescued from a puppy mill. Uno is a very content little fellow, despite missing his mandible (low jaw); most likely caused by a lack of proper dental care in the puppy mill. His picture does not do him justice. He is adorable.

Although Uno is missing his lower jaw, he loves to eat and demands to have dry kibble mixed with his softer food. In fact, he refuses to eat food that does not have some solid chucks in it.

Uno would love a home where he can hang out next to or in the lap of his owner. His retirement years would be heaven with someone to spoil the memories of his past life completely away!

If you’re interested in Uno, please contact us!

Uno’s adoption fee is $200

Please consider making a donation, to help Husker’s Hope build the funds needed to help save lives!

More about Uno
Pet ID: 12-013-R • Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • Special Needs • Primary colors: Black, White or Cream • Coat length: Long


Uno is available for adoption through Husker’s Hope Dachshund Rescue. Call them! Today!