Find-a-Friend Friday: Rufus

December 24th, 2010 12:21 pm by Kelly


Rufus, a white and brown rabbit with stand-up satellite dish ears.
Photos courtesy Prairie Paws Animal Shelter.

In honor of this morning’s oh-so-timely Christmas Eve snow dusting, a speckled white rabbit! Allow me to introduce you to Rufus, a cute and festively colored little guy who’s currently staying at Prairie Paws Animal Shelter in Ottawa, Kansas.

Rex Mix: An adoptable rabbit in Ottawa, KS
Medium • Adult • Male

Meet Rufus! This sweet bunny was found in a barn by a locate farmer. He sat down on the ground and called to Rufus and he just hopped his way right over to him. Needless to say, Rufus is a very friendly bunny who really needs a good home. Our guess is that Rufus was abandoned and was very lucky to find a nice person who took him in.

If you are interested in Rufus, please either email prairie.paws [at] for an application or call 785-242-2967. If you would like to come visit the shelter, the address is 3173 K 68 HWY in Ottawa, Ks. The shelter is open to the public, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm and Saturday from 10:00am to 4:00 pm. The shelter is closed on Wednesday and Sunday.

More about Rufus
Pet ID: 10-1607

Sadly, Rufus is just one of many rabbits in need of a home. Please see Petfinder for a complete list of homeless bunnies in the Kansas City area!

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!

Saturday Garbage Plate: Less talk, more eat.

December 11th, 2010 6:05 pm by Kelly

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My own homemade, vegan pumpkin spice ice cream.

Christmas Manger Vegan Silent Night
A lovely video which explores the role of nonhuman animals in the events
of the upcoming “holy night.”

Find-a-Friend Friday: Lokey

December 10th, 2010 5:55 pm by Kelly


Lokey, a handsome young white and gray tabby cat mix.
Photo courtesy KattyShacK.

For this week’s Friend in need, we’re going a little north of Kansas City – as in, aaaallllll the way up to Smithville, Missouri. (My exaggeration is deliberate. The husband and I live up there, you see!) Katty ShacK is a feline rescue group based north of the river; it’s here you’ll find dear Lokey, a cute little guy in need of a home. Preferably before the Christmas holiday, so he doesn’t miss out on gifts of catnip and scratching posts!

Tabby – White Mix: An adoptable cat in Smithville, MO
Large • Adult • Male

Lokey is a young adult, a little lanky right now. Will be a big beautiful guy when we get a little weigh on him and on a good diet. He is a loving guy, talks a lot in the morning! Found hanging around a barn, this tame and loving guy deserves a better life.

The KattyShack is located in Smithville, MO. The KattyShack is open on weekends for potential families to come and meet the cats and kittens. Before coming however, the adoption application needs to be completed and e-mailed to kattypeggy [at]

More about Lokey
Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • House trained

Visit Katty ShacK’s Petfinder page to find out more about this special guy, or to view the other cats and kittens currently available for adoption.