Find-a-Friend Friday: Casper

December 14th, 2012 11:45 am by Kelly

Casper the gorgeous white Turkish Angora shows off his
differently colored eyes: one gold, one blue.
Photos courtesy of MoKan Maine Coon Rescue, Inc..


Casper the friendly kitty needs your help! A special needs guy who’s hard of hearing, Casper is considered “less adoptable.” Silly, right? He looks about as perfect as perfect can be!


Turkish Angora: An adoptable cat in Smithville, MO
Large • Adult • Male

I am a beautiful odd eyed (one gold eye and one blue eye) Turkish Angora. I am very loving and one of the softest cats you will ever pet. I am not deaf but I am hearing impaired making it hard on me to live with small children.

More about Casper
Pet ID: 100014 • Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • House trained • Prefers a home without: cats, dogs, young children • Declawed • Primary color: White • Coat length: Long


If you get MoKan Maine Coon Rescue, you might be able to bring this lovely cat home in time for Christmas. Can you think of a better present? Because I sure can’t!

Find-a-Friend Friday: Gussie & Petunia

November 16th, 2012 11:49 am by Kelly

Gussie (top) and Petunia (bottom) – sisters, friends, look-alikes!
Photos courtesy of Humane Society of Ray County.


Gussie and Petunia (Tuna for short!) are a pair of adorably pudgy pug/terrier sisters who recently found themselves in the care of the Humane Society of Ray County in Richmond, MO. Though the shelter is willing to split the two up, Gussie and Petunia have been together since birth – that’s ten years, people! Hopefully a compassionate, loving human will come forward to offer them a home, together? Gussie and Petunia have already lost their humans; it’d be a tragedy for these sisters to lose one another, too.

I’ll bake you a batch of vegan cookies. Seriously!



Pug/Terrier Mix: An adoptable dog in Richmond, MO
Medium • Senior • Female

Gussie and Tuna are 10 year old sisters. They are litter mates so have always been together. They can be adopted separate or together.

More about Gussie
Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • Primary colors: Black, Yellow, Tan, Blond or Fawn • Coat length: Short


Petunia (Tuna)
Pug/Terrier Mix: An adoptable dog in Richmond, MO
Large • Senior • Female

Gussie and Tuna are 10 year old sisters. They are litter mates so have always been together. They can be adopted separate or together.

More about Petunia (Tuna)
Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • Primary colors: Black, Yellow, Tan, Blond or Fawn • Coat length: Medium


Find-a-Friend Friday: Goose

November 2nd, 2012 10:55 am by Kelly

Goose is really a dog. A greyhound, to be precise!
Photo courtesy of REGAP (Retired Greyhounds As Pets).


Goose, what a handsome guy! He’s not a bird, as his name might suggest (actually he’s christened after Goose of Top Gun fame), but a greyhound. And a devastatingly handsome one, at that: his gorgeous, shiny fur is mostly black, save for his chest, which is white in color; and his eyes are the most beautiful, expressive brown you’ve ever seen. Don’t stare too long at his Petfinder pic, lest you lose yourself in those pools of hazel.

Not that Goose’s looks are only skin deep – nope, this guy’s got personality, too, as described my his foster peeps.


Greyhound: An adoptable dog in Kansas City, MO
Large • Young • Male

Movie Quote:

Carole: Hey, Goose, you big stud!
Goose: That’s me, honey.
Carole: Take me to bed or lose me forever. G
oose: Show me the way home, honey.

Our honey Goose is looking for a soft bed to land in. Is it in your home? Goose has all kinds of ‘skills’ to charm the household. Goose is very deserving of his name… –loves to take all of his toys out of the toy box and move them around the house–apparently doesn’t agree with where his foster family keeps the toys since he moves them as soon as they put back, –occasionally moves other items too–shoes, hats, rocks… ROCKS? Oh Goose! And who doesn’s need eye candy to decorate the home? Goose agrees…he enjoys looking at the handsome greyhound that stares at him from the fireplace, oven door, and sliding glass door… Our studly boy doesnt have just one love Carol- –loves attention from any and all humans! Goose is in foster and is busy training on house rules. Come check out our darling Top Gun Boys!

More about Goose
Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • Primary colors: Black, White or Cream • Coat length: Short


Goose is currently staying with REGAP, a group which rescues greyhounds used and discarded by the dog racing industry. If anyone deserves a second chance, these guys and gals do. Well, they all do, but you get my point.

Need a little more convincing? A friend on Facebook shared this image as I went looking for a dog to feature this week. It pretty much says all there is to say on the subject.



The end.

Find-a-Friend Friday: Marty

June 29th, 2012 9:53 am by Kelly


Talking ’bout Marty, y’all!
Photos courtesy of Kansas City Sheltie Rescue.


Marty is a middle-aged gent who’s hard of hearing. That’s okay though, ’cause he’s smart (smart like a dog!) and is learning hand signals. You can talk to him in doggie sign, how cool is that? Impress your friends and improve Marty’s quality of life all in one!

Marty’s being cared for by Kansas City Sheltie Rescue until his new human comes along. If you think that might be you, you can meet Marty most weekends at the Petco on W. 75th Street in Overland Park. Keep reading for the details!



Shetland Sheepdog Sheltie: An adoptable dog in Mission, KS
Small • Adult • Male

Marty came to rescue from a local shelter where his time was up. He is small, active, and our vet thinks around 8 years of age. He is neutered, up to date on vaccinations, micro chipped and has had his canine flu shot. He has some hearing loss and is learning to function using hand signals. He is smart, affectionate and pretty active for a dog of his age. He is working on house training. Email us if you can make Marty a part of your life.

We require a secure fenced yard, we do not accept “invisible” or electric fences. We will check your fence. All our dogs are spay/neutered, current on vaccinations, heartworm tested and on prevention, on Flea & Tick prevention and microchipped. Dentals are completed as needed. You may meet our dogs at Petco on W. 75th Street, just East of Metcalf in Overland Park, KS on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month from 10 to 2 and the 1st Sunday of the month from 11 to 3 or by Appointment. We DO NOT SHIP our dogs.


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?