VeganMoFo V!

September 19th, 2011 11:00 am by Kelly

Vegan MoFo 2010 logo banner


People! The dates for VeganMoFo V have finally been announced! This year the Vegan Month of Food is October. By signing up, basically you pledge to write about vegan food – emphasis on VEGAN, and vegan only! THAT MEANS NO DEAD TURKEYS, Y’ALL! – all month, weekends optional, for a total of at least twenty posts. Challenging but fun, and an awesome community-building project to boot. There shall be contests, and giveaways, and prizes, and daily nomz roundups, and more vegan sweets that you can wag your tongue at, and a marvelous time will be had by all! Until week three, when everyone is exhausted and burnt out. (BUT WE’LL WORRY ABOUT THAT LATER, MKAY?)

2011 will be my fourth year participating (I missed the first go-round. Boo! Hiss! Boo!), and I’m really overextending myself by throwing three of my who-knows-how-many blogs into the ring. (Err, kitchen?) Over on tumblr, fuck yeah vegan pizza and fuck yeah vegan ice cream will be a breeze, since I already post four or five time per day, per blog. (Microblogging, gotta love it!) And though the PPP blog won’t be a part of VeganMoFo V (VI, perhaps?), I’ll also be blogging daily at my personal blog, V for Vegan, if you’d like to follow my progress there. (YES, THERE WILL BE PIZZA!)

If you’d like to play along too, here are some links to get you started.

Official VeganMoFo blog

Vegan MoFo sign up form

VeganMoFo on Facebook

VeganMoFo on twitter

VeganMoFo on flickr

The deadline to sign up and be featured in the official VeganMoFo blogroll is September 28, so get to it!

And now, let the post hoarding commence.

Oh, but first: the first batch of Mags & Finnick photos are up!

(Mags and Finnick being the “senior” rat terriers we adopted last week. “Senior” in scare quotes cause Fin’s more like 6, and Mags is maybe 9. The shelter staff said 10, at least. WHY OH WHY DO THEY ALWAYS DO THAT! I know that guessing a dog’s age is just that – a guess – but if you’re bound to err, why not err to the dog’s benefit? The same thing happened when we adopted Rennie: we thought we were getting a four-year-old adult, and ended up with maybe one-year-old pup. Ack! But I digress.)

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Seven dogs, only one photo (so far!) in which they all appear.
And of course I’m not in it, pfffft. No justice.

More to come soon – but for the time being, I have my hands full with SIX RAT TERRIERS AND AN ORNERY OLD DACHSHUND! Oh, and now twenty mofo posts too. Seriously what was I thinking! Plus I think I’m coming down with a cold. Oh, the horrors.

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

September 9th, 2011 2:17 pm by Kelly


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.



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?



Rex the Shih Tzu!

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.



Felicia the black lab mix!

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.

Find-a-Friend Friday: One Eyed Jack

September 2nd, 2011 2:25 pm by Kelly


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 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!

Find-a-Friend Friday: Pickles

August 19th, 2011 12:09 pm by Kelly


Pickles the big white American Bulldog.
Photos courtesy of Happy Dogs Rescue. Visit them on Facebook!

After a much-too-long break (like nine weeks long, oy), Find-a-Friend Friday is back and ready to go! Pickles will be supplying the this week’s dose of cuteness; all you need to do, dear readers, is find a her a home! Piece of pickle cake!

American Bulldog: An adoptable dog in Kansas City, MO
Extra Large • Adult • Female

More about PICKLES
Pet ID: Pickles AB • Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • House trained • Prefers a home without: cats, young children • Special Needs • Primary color: White or Cream • Coat length: Short


NO CATS for Pickles! No tiny dogs, ferrets, rabbits, hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, hedgehogs, prairie dogs, groundhogs, squirrels, capybaras, or birds! Pickles is an awesome, incredibly sweet girl, but she HAS prey drive.

Pickles is a beautiful, BIG, purebred American Bulldog. She’s about 90 lbs and she is built like a brick house! (Very solid girl, lots of muscle!) We rescued Pickles, along with a few other American Bulldogs from a puppy mill in early 2011. This sweetheart is so happy to be starting her new life!

An adult girl at around 3-4 years of age, Pickles has captured many hearts already with her loving and devoted personality. She likes making new friends and she certainly loves living indoors with a big bed, toys and treats. She’s caught on to housetraining quickly! (Pickles is very food-motivated and learns easily!) At the puppy mill, the adult dogs lived in chain link outdoor pens all the time. No affection or love given, no fun exercise time to run and play on grass, no snuggle time on the couch… just a routine of pumping out puppies. Fortunately, despite not being well-socialized in the past, Pickles seems pretty good around other (medium-big) dogs. It probably depends on the other dog(s) involved, but she seems OK with other dogs who are friendly and who approach her carefully. Because of her prey drive, NO SMALL DOGS, please. Definitely NO CATS. Pickles does seem pretty confident of herself – not shy or afraid – and we’re doing our best to socialize her now that she’s starting her new life.

Again, cats are a definite “no” for Pickles, because of the American Bulldog’s “prey drive.” Pickles is current on vaccinations and is spayed; she’s been wormed, microchipped, HW tested and started on monthly HW prevention. She is in excellent health! Her adoption fee is $251.

The ideal home for Pickles will have “bully breed” experience and will understand and enjoy this very intelligent, strong and active breed. American Bulldogs are loyal, smart and beautiful animals but they aren’t for everyone… And some cities or home owners associations might have a breed ban against them. Please be sure to check your city’s laws first and make sure there is no BSL in place. A very secure, fully fenced yard is a must for this breed, as they can learn to climb/jump/dig their way out if bored or looking for adventure. And even so, Pickles is not a dog who could be left outside unattended for periods of time, because she could easily figure out how to escape a yard and would be long gone!

An active family who enjoys taking long walks and who would continue some obedience training with Pickles would be great! She loves to exercise and run/play hard, but she’s also a huge lap dog and snuggle-bunny. She is SO smart, loving and affectionate, she has fantastic potential! And she’ll be a loyal and cherished member of the right family.

Pickles would do best with a 6′ wood fence for off-leash backyard time, but other very secure fencing may work as well. Kansas City “metro” area only, sorry. Children over the age of five OK if have experience with bully breeds or other large, strong dogs.

Pickles, what a cutie! I’d snap her up in a minute if I didn’t already have a cat. And, um, five other dogs! (That’s the only real downside to living with five dogs: not being able to adopt more!) Also, I’d change her name to Iorek Byrnison and get her mushy, silly face tattooed on my arm. No seriously, get carried away much self? I can’t, but you totally should!


To adopt this 90-pound bundle of love, get in touch with Happy Dogs Rescue today!

Find-a-Friend Friday: Garak (Also: This weekend’s Adopt-a-Thon & June is for Cats!)

June 17th, 2011 5:00 pm by Kelly


Garak, an orange tiger/oriental mixed-breed cat with soft, lustrous fur, naps in the sun.
Photos courtesy of True Treasures Rescue.


Hey lovely people! Did y’all know that June is Adopt-a-Shelter Cat Month? Neither did I, which is why I spent the last two Fridays featuring ferrets and rabbits instead of kittens and cats. Ignorance, I plead it! Anyway, for the rest of the month – i.e., the next two weeks – we’re all about the felines. Be cool and spread the word – or better yet, adopt a feline friend, mkay? Please and thank you!

This week’s Friend is Garak, a timid but sweet little guy who’s currently staying with a foster person from True Treasures Rescue in Belton, MO:



Tiger/Oriental Short Hair Mix: An adoptable cat in Belton, MO
Medium • Adult • Male

Garak is a very special boy who finds the world a very scarey place. He is very timid and nervous with people he does not know and has been known to hide for long periods of time when in new places or around people he does not know. Having said that, Garak is also one of the sweetest cats I’ve ever known. He is extremely gentle and good natured. He loves lap time, being comed, and having his cheeks rubbed. Garak is blessed with very soft, fine bunny-fur. Anyone interested in Garak will need to understand that this is a cat that will never adjust to a busy, noisy household. He will not come out to meet you if you want to visit him until you have been in his foster home many times, and even then he will be very nervous. I’ve known Garak since he was an 8 week old kitten trapped in a feral (wild cat) colony. He was thin and frightened but also wililng to learn to trust. I did not understand at that time that he was bonding and that it will take a very special person with a lot of patience to help him make new bonds with a new person. Garak would like to find his own person so that he can always be the center of attention and never have to share lap time or cuddle time. If Garak never finds that special person, he will stay with his foster mom for his natural life. Please CLICK HERE to fill out an adoption application. One of our volunteers will get back to you within 24 hours.

More about Garak
Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • House trained • Prefers a home without: dogs, young children • Special Needs • Primary color: Tabby – Orange or Red • Coat length: Short


Also, you should totes know that Wayside Waifs is holding an Adopt-a-Thon today through Sunday. Stop by for half-priced “pets” and go home with a new BFF. They’ll have over 300 animals available for adoption, some of them rescued from the storm stricken areas of Joplin, MO, Reading, KS and Caruthersville, MO.

Still unconvinced? Perhaps this super-sentimental montage will change your mind!