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: As your leader…

October 16th, 2010 11:56 am by Kelly

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Miss O-Ren Ishii, a tiny lil’ rat/fox terrier mix whom we adopted from Animal Haven
(keep reading for the significance!) 5 1/2 years ago.
Much like her namesake, she is awesome and kick-ass.

Welcome to yet another Saturday Garbage Plate, peoples! I hope you’re enjoying the beautiful autumn weather. Today’s forecasted high in Kansas City is 79, so as soon as I finish this here link roundup, I’m moving my office outside, to the patio. At least I’ll get some much-needed Vitamin D whilst working my weekend away, eh?

Find-a-Friend Friday: Kittens!

October 15th, 2010 11:56 am by Kelly

The Oakbrook Animal Hospital in Gardner, Kansas, has four kittens available for adoption. Did you hear me? KITTENS! Behold the cuteness:


A woman dressed in scrubs holds up four beautiful, blue-eyed, scrappy little balls of fuzz for the camera. The kittens – siblings – alternate in color from orange and white to gray and white. Rinse, repeat.
Photo courtesy Oakbrook Animal Hospital.

These kittens are super cute! 2 boys and 2 girls. Available for $90 or 2 for $160. Adoption fee includes spay/neuter, fiv/felv test, first vaccine, microchip and deworming. We ask that you call to make an appointment to see the animals for two reasons. First, our schedule at the hospital doesn’t always allow us enough time to be at the shelter with you to answer your questions. Calling ahead will ensure you come at a time so no one feels rushed! Secondly, some of the animals available for adoption are more popular than others. In the case that several people are interested in one pet, calling ahead for an appointment is the best way to make sure everyone is treated fairly. However, if you are not available to come meet a pet for several days, please be considerate of our time and the space in the shelter and realize that we need to find these guys homes ASAP! Any animal adopted from us must be spayed/neutered, vaccinated and tested before going home. This means that sometimes your new pet will be able to go home right away, but sometimes they may need to stay with us for a few days. Please call us at 913-884-8778 for more details and information.

OMG, that photo is so sweet, I think I caught the diabetes just by looking at it.

In case kittens are not your slice of vegan cake – and I don’t blame you; who wants to potty train a baby when one can choose from any number of mature, well-behaved, been-there-done-that senior cats in need of homes, too? – Oakbrook has plenty of adult cats available for adoption as well, as does nearby Olathe Animal Control: KGB. Emerson. Bill and Chandler (so cute!). Parker. A014059 (no name? that’s frakked!). Give one (or two or three) of these friends a home if you can, okay?

You can view each shelter’s full Petfinder lists here and here.

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!)