Find-a-Friend Friday: Katie

October 5th, 2012 11:09 am by Kelly

Katie just wants to be your BFF. Is that so wrong?
Photos courtesy of the Daviess County Humane Society.


Did you know that October, in addition to being generally awesome (home to both Halloween and Vegan MoFo!), is both Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month and National Pit Bull Awareness Month? No? Well, now you do!

Katie the Black Labrador Retriever/Pit Bull Terrier Mix is happy to kick things off! She’s currently staying at the Daviess County Humane Society in Liberty, Missouri, but would love to come home with you. Couches are way cozier than cages, don’t you think? Katie concurs. Bring this lovely lady home tomorrow and dress her like the adorable Halloween pumpkin she is. Then smother her with treats. Dog treats, that is. (Chocolate is a big no-no, but you probably already knew that!)


Black Labrador Retriever/Pit Bull Terrier Mix: An adoptable dog in Liberty, MO
Medium • Adult • Female

Katie is a wonderful and sweet girl. She is a very loyal dog. She would love to be your best friend. She would love to have kids to play with or someone who wants her to be a companion. She loves affection and she loves her people. She is medium size at 48 lbs. and is 4 years old. She is spayed and current on all shots.

More about Katie
Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots


Find-a-Friend Friday: Jasmine

September 21st, 2012 11:25 am by Kelly


Jasmine is happy to meet you!
Photos courtesy of Angels Left Behind.


Pit bull type dogs have the widest, silliest, happiest grins, don’t they? Like Jasmine here – it’s hardly an exaggeration to say that her smile’s a mile wide. And she’s got a lot to smile about – the nice people at Angels Left Behind pulled her from a high-kill facility in Georgia just as her time there had expired. Imagine that smile, nearly snuffed out.

Now she needs a new home to call her own, fresh grass to roll around in, perhaps even a sibling to share her love and shenanigans with. If you think this might be you, go visit her today!



American Staffordshire Terrier/Pit Bull Terrier Mix: An adoptable dog in Belton, MO
Large • Adult • Female

Jasmine is a beautiful, sweet American Stafford Terrier/Pit Bull. She was rescued from a high kill shelter in Rome, GA the same day she was to be euthanized. Jasmine is new to our rescue so we are still learning about her likes and dislikes. What we do know is that Jasmine LOVES, LOVES people and thinks she’s a lap dog. Jasmine walks well on a leash and seems to have basic manners. It appears that Jasmine has had a sheltered life. Things like garage doors, the automatic doors at Petsmart scare her. Right now, we are still assessing her with other dogs and cats. So far, she doesn’t appear to be aggressive towards dogs, but gets really jealous when other dogs are getting attention. We will be working with her on this issue.

Jasmine is staying at Man’s Best Friend Pet Resort in Belton, MO. We would love for you to stop by and meet this gorgeous girl. Just call first, ask for Judy and schedule an apt. 816-331-4364 Jasmine is up to date on shots and will be spayed before being adopted. No exceptions. A home visit is required. This is to ensure that Jasmine is going to a wonderful home. Please make sure to check with your city for any restrictions on this misunderstood breed. If you would like to meet this sweet girl, please email me at or Judy at

More about Jasmine
Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • Prefers a home without: cats • Primary colors: Gray, Blue or Silver, White or Cream • Coat length: Short


Find-a-Friend Friday: Bullet Proof

July 13th, 2012 11:55 am by Kelly


Bullet Proof is so named because he was shot. Twice. And didn’t die. No, really!
Photos courtesy of Missouri Pit Bull Rescue.


Missouri Pit Bull Rescue has dozens of awesome dogs available for adoption – including Praline, a beautiful girl who survived two years on her own in an abandoned, ramshackle house – and you should totally check them all out (and consider adopting one or two, if you can!). But there can be only one, and I chose Bullet Proof, for obvious reasons. Rushing to greet them at the door, this sweet guy was shot twice by police officers during a KCMO raid; thanks to his friendly, outgoing personality – and a kind-hearted veterinarian at KCMO AC – Bullet Proof lived to tell the tale. If anyone deserves another chance, surely it’s he.




ID Number: #19775
Breed: Pit Bull
Sex: Male (Neutered)
Age: 12-24 months
Weight: 60 to 70 lbs.
Color: Golden Tan
Good with dogs: Some
Good with cats: No

Bullet has quite the story to tell. Not only did he survive 2 bullets, but he never lost his smile during his ordeal. Talk about a trouper!!!

Bullet’s rescue story begins when his home was raided by the KCMO squad. Like most dogs, Bullet likely ran to the door to greet everyone unbeknownst to the officers. Evidently, an officer shot Bullet twice. One in the face and one in the neck/shoulder area. Bullet was rushed to KCMO Animal Control facility where a Veterinarian immediately tended to his wounds. Since he was gravely injured, euthanasia appeared to be the best option. However, even covered in blood and in great pain, the sweet dog was still happy to see people and was kissing everyone. The vet was so impressed by his loving disposition and resilience that he contacted MPR to see if we could help.

MPR agreed and Bullet was transferred to a private vet clinic where he underwent extensive surgery to extract the bullets and repair his shattered shoulder and jaw. Bullet has since been moved to MPR’s mini shelter where he is recuperating and thriving.

Since in MPR’s care, our volunteers find Bullet incredibly loving and playful, not at all aggressive. He just a silly dog who happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. With much TLC, Bullet has been nursed back to health. He occasionally has a mild limp after intensive exercise but that doesn’t seem to be bothering him what’s so ever. In fact, nothing seems to bother Bullet. He has a very positive spirit and personality.

Foster Situation: Bullet is currently at the MPR mini-shelter. FOSTER HOME NEEDED! He sure doesn’t mind his stay at the shelter, but as soon as he finds a loving foster home, we will be able to help another dog.

Bullet is definitely a lover (not a fighter). He loves any person who will give him the time of day. He is very playful and energetic, though he also has his “couch potato” moments. He is still young and often acts more like a goofball than anything. He’s full of charm and happy drive.

Training: Bullet is crate trained, and is currently working on tricks. He is responsive and smart. He will require someone with good leadership though, as his fun-loving personality can often get in the way of his manners. He’s just too happy to be alive. Who would blame him?

Personality: Since Bullet is still a young buck (if he weren’t who knows if he would have survived such trauma!), he can be a bit more outgoing than some of the older, mature dogs he lives with. This is not a bad thing; he is not constantly hyper and begging for attention, he simply gets too happy-for-his-own-good when someone comes to see him. He just wants to show people how much he appreciates them for playing with him.

Bullet is energetic and we prefer a home with a large fenced yard for this happy boy so he has a good outlet for his energy. Being a big puppy at heart himself, Bullet enjoys the company of children but older kids are preferred.

Bullet needs a home that can provide him with structure and leadership. He is responsive and eager to please but he is big and powerful. He will test his boundaries without someone who doesn’t take the lead with him.

To adopt Bullet Proof – or any other of the lovely pibbles in MPBR’s care – hop on over to their website for additional details. If you’re unable to commit to the responsibility of adoption at this time, why not become a foster parent? Bullet Proof is currently staying in MPBR’s shelter and needs to find a foster home until he’s adopted!




He’ll be waiting!

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: Cotton Candy

February 3rd, 2012 11:51 am by Kelly


Cotton Candy is pretty and pink!
Photos courtesy of Missouri Pit Bull Rescue.


Missouri Pit Bull Rescue has dozens of sweet, beautiful pit bull dogs available for adoption in the Kansas City area. They’re all so adorable – and adorably named (Praline! Doodle Bug! Moonbeam! Bumblebee!) – that it’s hard to choose just one! But I love cotton candy, so Cotton Candy it is!

(What follows is a mash up of her listings on Petfinder & MPBR.)




Cotton Candy
Pit Bull Terrier: An adoptable dog in Kansas City, MO
Medium • Adult • Female

As sweet as spun sugar …

ID Number: #21276
Breed: Pit Bull
Sex: Female (Spayed)
Age: 12 to 36 months old
Weight: 45 to 55 lbs.
Color: White with Lilac patches
Good with dogs: N/A
Good with cats: N/A
Nicknames: Candy

Story: Poor little Candy was surrendered to the local pound by her family due to landlord issues.

Foster Situation: Cotton Candy is currently staying at MPR’s mini shelter, enjoying much needed comfort and lots of love from our volunteers.

Personality: We have been told that she was raised with children, even slept in bed with them at night. We will update her bio once we know her better.

Other dogs: We were told that Candy lived with other dogs and cats in her previous home.





* All dogs are vaccinated and on heartworm prevention according to age
* Adoption fees vary from $125.00 – $200.00 to cover cost of spay/neuter and shots.
* On-Line Application, homecheck and references are required.
* Missouri Pit Bull Rescue is licensed with the state of Missouri

Email MPR | MPR’s Web Site | On-Line Application

For more information please visit our Web Site

More about Cotton Candy
Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • House trained • Primary colors: White or Cream, Apricot or Beige • Coat length: Short

Candy is one fine looking lady; do be sure to visit MPBR’s website to view the dozen+ photos they’ve uploaded.




THOSE EYES! Ador-a-bull indeed!