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Hey there lovely people! I have a homework assignment for the dog people in the audience. Don’t worry, it’s short and kind of sweet and won’t distract from your holiday festivities. Dr. Frank McMillan at Best Friends Animal Society is studying human-nonhuman bonding and, as part of his background research, is soliciting stories of love and devotion from those who share their lives with dogs. How do you know that your dog friend loves you? The answer can be short or long-form, simple or multifaceted. Just TELL HIM STORIES! (Always quote His Dark Materials. ALWAYS!)
Here’s the call for submissions, which appeared in the November/December 2011 issue of Best Friends magazine:
BEST FRIENDS NEEDS YOUR HELP
If you have a dog who expresses love toward you, we would like to hear your story.
In a very special new study, we are looking in-depth at the emotions of bonding and affection – love – shown by dogs toward their human companions. For background research, we would like to collect stories of dogs’ expressions of love. The story could be about a single incident of your dog’s show of love and devotion, or the ways your dog demonstrates love within your overall relationship. It could simply be an answer to the question: How do you know your dog loves you? If you would like to share your story, please email it to Dr. Frank McMillan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may recall that I’ve written about Dr. McMillan’s research previously in this here space; see, e.g. Scientists, Poets, Changemakers and Heroes (Volunteer Opportunities & Action Alerts). (Wow, has it been two years already?) Participating in vegan-friendly research projects such as this is an awesome and fun way to contribute to science. And easy, too!
Dr. McMillan posts notices of current research opportunities in Best Friends magazine, which comes “free” with a $25 donation to Best Friends. (We made a donation in Ozzy’s name for their annual Blessing of the Animals ceremony.) In the future, I’ll try to relay new notices as quickly as possible, for those who don’t get the magazine. Forgetting is easy, since a) I tend to let my subscription lapse and b) the notices are somewhat inconspicuous and easy to miss! But I’ll do better, I promise. This stuff is important, yo!
While we’re doing the bulletin board thing, joyful vegan goddess Colleen Patrick-Goudreau recently posted this notice on her FB page:
Call for vegan experts: I’m building a directory of everything from vegan wellness practitioners (chiropractors, acupuncturists, dietitians, naturopaths, nutritionists, psychologists, nurse practitioners, massage therapists, veterinarians) to vegan cooking class instructor and chefs. Wherever you are, if you are vegan and fall into any of the first categories, please email email@example.com so we can include you. If you teach cooking classes or have a catering company or are a personal chef, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We need the city and state your in, your name, and your website! PLEASE PASS IT ON!
Also, VegListings is a newish directory for vegetarian and vegan businesses; it might come in handy for shoppers as well as business owners, especially with the holidays fast approaching! In the past I’ve put together social justice-themed buying guides; this year, I briefly considered compiling a list of vegan shops on etsy (love me some etsy!) – and then I stumbled upon the Vegan Etsy Team page, making my idea seem redundant.
…and I hope you will too!
So go, browse, buy (if you can). If not, maybe you’ll be inspired to give gifts crafted by your own two hands this holiday season. It’s fun!
Update, 4/9/12: Due to a recent negative experience on the site, I’m afraid that I can no longer recommend etsy to my friends, family, and readers (and ESPECIALLY not for expensive and/or custom orders!). While the majority of transactions do go smoothly, don’t expect any help from etsy’s customer service on those rare occasions when you have a problem with a seller. Seriously, they were a nightmare to work with – worse even than the seller who never delivered on my custom order, even after six months of haggling.
That said, I still love and support the many vegan storefronts on etsy, and will continue patronizing those that have a presence elsewhere on the web.
Ralphie! Everyone’s favorite one-eyed wiener dog turns fourteen years old today! FOURTEEN! He’s not old, he’s distinguished. Doubly so with all these surgical scars and skin tags and patches of missing fur. His motto? “Bitches dig scars.”
Hey, Rennie can’t get enough.
(Note peeping Peedee off in the background. Pervert! Nevermind that I’m photographing their intimate moment.)
Rolling with the weather, we celebrated his birthday a wee bit early this year. On Friday, I baked him a batch of Apple Cinnamon Muffins
and made him dress up in a silly hat -
but not before he got the first taste of his pre-birthday treat.
(The other six canines were pitching a fit, locked in the house away from mom and her nomz. I think Ralphie enjoyed that as well – almost as much as the muffins!)
“What can I do for you?” Prince Lír asked. “Nothing very much just now,” Molly Grue said. “The water was all I needed. Unless you want to peel the potatoes, which would be all right with me.”
“No, I didn’t mean that. I mean yes, I will if you want me to, but I was talking to her. I mean, when I talk to her, that’s what I keep asking.”
“Sit down and peel me a few potatoes,” Molly said. “It’ll give you something to do with your hands.”
They were in the scullery, a dank little room smelling strongly of rotting turnips and fermenting beets. A dozen earthenware dishes were piled in one corner, and a very small fire was shivering under a tripod, trying to boil a large pot of gray water. Molly sat at a rude table which was covered with potatoes, leeks, onions, peppers, carrots, and other vegetables, most of them limp and spotty. Prince Lír stood before her, rocking slowly along his feet and twisting his big, soft fingers together.
“I killed another dragon this morning,” he said presently.
“That’s nice,” Molly answered. “That’s fine. How many does that make now?”
“Five. This one was smaller than the others, but it really gave me more trouble. I couldn’t get near it on foot, so I had to go in with the lance, and my horse got pretty badly burned. It was funny about the horse —”
Molly interrupted him. “Sit down, Your Highness, and stop doing that. I start to twitch all over just watching you.” Prince Lír sat down opposite her. He drew a dagger from his belt and moodily began peeling potatoes. Molly regarded him with a slight, slow smile.
“I brought her the head,” he said. “She was in her chamber, as she usually is. I dragged that head all the way up the stairs to lay it at her feet.” He sighed, and nicked his finger with the dagger. “Damn. I didn’t mind that. All the way up the stairs it was a dragon’s head, the proudest gift anyone can give anyone. But when she looked at it, suddenly it became a sad, battered mess of scales and horns, gristly tongue, bloody eyes. I felt like some country butcher who had brought his lass a nice chunk of fresh meat as a token of his love. And then she looked at me, and I was sorry I had killed the thing. Sorry for killing a dragon!” He slashed at a rubbery potato and wounded himself again.
- Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn (1968)
So I know I’m a few days early, but for Valentines Day I made a double batch of Pink Pooch biscuits for my dog loves! Bone- and heart-shaped, natch:
I mostly followed Molly’s recipe, but subbed in cranberry sauce for beets, since I didn’t have any on hand. (Also: a few added tablespoons of raspberry jam for extra coloring.) It took a bit of kneading before the jellied sauce was fully integrated into the dough, but once it was mixed in, it gave the biscuits a nice pinkish-purplish hue.
The color faded a bit upon baking, but luckily the dogs don’t seem to mind!
For the heart-shaped biscuits, I just used regular Valentines Day cookie cutters that are available in most box stores this time of the year. The larger hearts are obviously too big for my little guys and gals to handle with ease, so I cut ‘em in half, all jagged-like, before baking. I told Kaylee that that’s what she does to my heart every night when she refuses to cuddle with me in bed, but I don’t think she got the hint. Either that, or she’s just acting obtuse. She can be crafty, that one (and especially where food is concerned), so I wouldn’t put it past her. Harumph.
In other v-day news, I temporarily bumped this post – originally published two years ago – up to the front page in honor of the occasion. (I admit it – I love all the photos of gratuitous canine canoodling!) As has been the custom for several years now, I still plan on “tossing Valentines Day to the dogs.” The weather is supposed to warm considerably next week, and I hope to spend all my free time outside, soaking in the sun’s depression-busting rays, out-speed walking the winter blues, BDFs (best dog friends) at my side.
Whatever your plans for v-day, make them as cruelty-free as possible, mkay? If you’re still shopping around for edible goodies, please use the Food Empowerment Project’s Chocolate List as a guide. Better yet, give your sweetie some handcrafted sweets, made by you with love (and vegan, fair trade chocolate, of course!). May I suggest peanut butter cups, coconut bonbons, rocky road bark, or chocolate covered pretzels? Or perhaps some chocolate-shaped vulvas for the vegan feminist in your life? (Oooh, me me! Pick me!)
Friday Food…on a Thursday, you ask? Yes, ma’am! I shall be too busy chowing down on frozen pizza and pie – not to mention catching up on The Walking Dead – to bother with a “real” post today. And it’s the veganmofo Friday Food Season Finale, at that. How exciting!
(Seriously, the husband and I are opting/lazing out of the traditional Tofurky and mashed potato feast this year. But feel free to visit ghosts of meals past, mkay? See, e.g., 2009, 2008, 2007 and 2006.)
Feed the Turkeys ceremony at Animal Acres Thanksgiving!
They got pies, salad, and stuffed squash!
CC image via Flickr user prideandvegudice.
Food, delicious food!
Caramel Apple Pie from Apryl Knight @ Vegan Etsy
Vegan Lemon Bars from I Eat Trees
Chocolate Chestnut Tart from The New Vegan Table
Chocolate Covered Potato Chips from Manifest Vegan
Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers from Cooking at the Pacific Outpost
Smokey Maple BBQ Beans from Vegan Guinea Pig
Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes from Sweet Treats and Vegan Eats
Hindbærsnitter from Seglare in Copenhagen
Lentil Walnut Pate Lettuce Wraps from thefrenchvegan
Garlic-Glazed Green Beans and Candied Sweet Potatoes from the vegan crew
Thousand Island Dressing from Our Veggie Kitchen
Decadent Delight Muffins for a One-eyed Wiener Dog (Also: A Cheesy Tater Tot Casserole for His Humans)Sunday, November 14th, 2010
A freshly baked (quarter-) batch of Molly’s Decadent Delight Muffins sits on a small plate, behind which lurks two identical, plush reddish-brown wiener dogs. Only, the dog on the right is missing one eye (his right one, even!), along with the tip of his nose. One of the first three adopted dog-kids – Ralphie, Peedee or O-Ren – chewed them off years ago. Do we have a psychic in the pack, perchance?
Friday night, I made a batch of Decadent Delight Muffins (recipe via Molly @ It’s a Vegan Dog’s Life – the meeter of at least 75% of my dog treat recipe needs!) for the dog-kids. I wanted to pamper them a little bit, since we had an especially rough week. But first treats, then kvetching!
Perched on the back of the couch, Rennie stares into the kitchen, entranced by the unbaked muffins sitting on the countertop.
Packed with flax seeds, shredded carrots, natural peanut butter and freshly made (somewhat fortuitously, as I just so happened to be brewing the final batch of the season) applesauce, these muffins are both healthy and delicious. (And vegan!) I much prefer baking my own dog treats over buying commercial brands because I know exactly what goes into each batch. Plus, they’re really very easy to make and store well in the freezer, if need be. (With five dogs, treats are eaten up pretty quickly round these parts!) Of course, the dogs also enjoy licking the spoons and bowls. And what better way to a dog’s heart than through her stomach? Five paws up!
Okay, so enough of the muffins. Let’s move on to the one-eyed wiener dog, shall we?
That’s right, we have another canine birthday in the house! Ralphie, our first-born dog-kid, turned 12 years old today. That’s 69 in dachshund years, he’ll have you know.
He doesn’t look a day over 55, I tell you what.
Normally, I would have spent the day outside with the old boy, letting him walk me ’round the neighborhood, or watching on as he digs for buried treasure (read: carcasses) and whatnot, but he’s on house arrest for the time being. The vet hacked him up good on Thursday, removing a bunch of
lymphomas lipomas (!*) (floating fatty deposits, so fun to poke and prod and play with!), cysts, and miscellaneous gross body growths. This is all old hat for him – he’s already had a few (two? three? four? I lose track.) lymphomas lipomas removed previously, but they just keep springing up in the same spot – serendipitously located in his right “armpit,” right where his harness runs under his leg. Once they grow to the size of a large grape, it’s time for another round of slicing and dicing and teeth cleaning.
Even so, this was by far the most growths he’s had removed at once, and I wasn’t at all prepared for the Frankendog who returned home after a day at the veterinarian’s:
It’s hard to make out in these photos (or any one photo, for that matter – so extensive are his injuries!), but Ralphie’s got sutures on his head, under one ear, and on the side of his neck, in addition to the several obvious cuts on his (Buddha) belly. He’s taken it all in stride, though he’s a bit miffed that we won’t let him go outside and dig in the mud. Damn fascists!
Yesterday we celebrated Kaylee (11) and Jayne’s (5) birthdays, as well as the three-year anniversary of their adoption. Whereas Ralphie and Peedee were owner surrenders with known DOBs, all of the girls are ex-strays, so we’ve really no idea how old they are. Instead of pulling birthdays out of thin air, we celebrate Kaylee, Jayne and O-Ren’s birthdays on the days of their adoption. This means the girls are cheated out of a second “special day” every year – which is why I try to make their celebrations extra-special!
I really, really wanted to make Kaylee and Jayne a birthday cake – ganache, anyone? – but alas, I haven’t been able to find vegan carob chips or carob powder locally, so no luck there. My backup plan worked out beautifully though: I made a batch of mini-muffins using Molly’s Apple Cinnamon Muffin recipe, and topped them off with a “frosting” of blended silken tofu and peanut butter.
Here are the muffins, sans frosting:
The ridiculously cute embroidered placemats in the background, by the way, were a gift from my aunt (last x-mas, perhaps? I forget.). She made one for each of our six nonhuman animal kids; the front of each features a species-appropriate pattern, and the animal’s name is on the back. Naturally, the dogs’ mats are shaped like bones, whereas Ozzy gets the sole fish. I think she thinks I didn’t like the gift because I don’t actually use them as placemats for the animals’ food – but I love them so much that there’s no freaking way I’d risk staining them! (So if you’re reading, Aunt Cindy, there ya go!)
Anyway, back to those muffins. Mostly I followed Molly’s lead, with the following modifications:
- I substituted vanilla soy milk for the water; and
- I didn’t have any flax or hemp seeds, so I used a flax/nut/seed combo from Matilda’s Kitchen Flax & Company.
My initial impulse was to frost the muffins with peanut butter, but I decided to blend the pb with a brick of silken tofu in order to water down the fat content a bit. The recipe is pretty simple:
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She may look sweet and innocent here, but as I type this, Kaylee is dancing around my feet, woofing up a storm, for no discernible reason other than that she’s a pushy old broad. Did I mention that it’s getting late and my head hurts?
It’s been crazy ’round these parts the past few weeks, and as light as posting has been, my blogging will probably wane even more with the high summer temps. Shane and I have a number of outdoor projects we’d like to finish before winter (winter, ack! no want!), and even though we’ve finally admitted defeat and called in the pros to knock out some tasks,
I so hate that I paid someone to cut down trees. Hey, don’t look at me like that. It was euthanasia, not biocide.
there’s still plenty to do.
I wonder what the previous homeowners would say if they knew we removed 50% of the landscaping they constructed?
If I never have to build a rock wall again, I’ll die a happy vegan.
Sorry for the lack of posts lately. I’ve been busy and tired and stressed and [insert your excuse here]. Still recovering from a weekend spent hauling railroad ties to and fro, in order to prepare the garden for the coming season. I was so tired last night, I had trouble sleeping, and woke up exhausted. I hate it when that happens.
Anyway, go check out Sanctuary Tails, one of Farm Sanctuary’s latest projects (the other being Making Hay). I’m totally digging on the new blog, and find myself returning to it whenever I’m in need of a smile – it never fails to deliver.
Oh, the piglets!
There’s not an animal species on earth I don’t love, but I’ve got a special place in the cockles for pigs. Probably because my own two (canine) girls, Kaylee and O-Ren, remind me of a mama sow and her baby piglet. They both have cute lil’ piggy butts; Kaylee, owing to the several+ litters she birthed before making her way to us, has a slightly stretched belly and large, obviously, err, used nipples, whereas Rennie’s got a bald, pink, pokey lil’ tummy. In the morning, Kaylee barks and dances for breakfast, while Rennie will stay behind in bed with me (if Shane’s nice and present enough to feed the dogs before I arise), roll over onto my pillow, and rub her “piggy fat” in my face. I cannot think of a more delightful way to start the day. Seriously.
Speaking of the family, now’s as good a time as any to share a few photos of Shane and the dogs. I took ‘em Sunday afternoon, after we’d finished the weekend’s yardwork, which is why he looks so beat. The dogs, on the other hand, spent the day lounging in the sun, so they were full of…something. Ralphie and Peedee were play-fighting all over the place, totally oblivious to Miss Kaylee, who just wanted a little lovin’ from daddy. Rennie, as usual, was all about the tennis ball.
Recommended Reading: Companion Care
Here you can find a few books on various aspects of companion animal care that I’ve read and enjoyed. Naturally, most of the readings focus on dogs – since I’ve lived with ten dogs and only two cats (as well as a smattering of other animals, including orphaned sparrows, fish, a turtle and one rabbit) during my lifetime.
As always, I welcome your comments, suggestions and feedback. The comments section on this page is open, so leave ‘em if you got ‘em!
Congalton, David and Charlotte Alexander. 2002. When Your Pet Outlives You: Protecting Animal Companions After You Die. Troutdale, Oregon: NewSage Press.
Crisp, Terry. 1997. Out of Harm’s Way. Pocket.
Dodman, Nicholas. 1997. The Dog Who Loved Too Much: Tales, Treatments and the Psychology of Dogs. Bantam Books.
Dodman, Nicholas. 1999. The Cat Who Cried for Help: Attitudes, Emotions, and the Psychology of Cats. Bantam Books.
Dodman, Nicholas. 2000. Dogs Behaving Badly: An A-Z Guide to Understanding and Curing Behavorial Problems in Dogs. Bantam Books.
Fox, Michael W. 2004. The Healing Touch for Cats: The Proven Massage Program for Cats, Revised Edition. New York, New York: Newmarket Press.
Fox, Michael W. 2004. The Healing Touch for Dogs: The Proven Massage Program for Dogs, Revised Edition. New York, New York: Newmarket Press.
Gillen, Jed. 2008. Obligate Carnivore: Cats, Dogs & What it Really Means to be Vegan 2nd Edition. BookSurge Publishing.
Rivera, Michelle. 2009. The Simple Little Vegan Dog Book: Cruelty-Free Recipes for Canines. Summertown, Tennessee: Book Publishing Company.
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Recommended Reading: Veganism
Though I don’t do much cooking (and when I do, I usually gather recipes from the internets), the following cookbooks are either sitting on my bookshelf or waiting hopefully on my wishlist. (Hint, hint.)
As always, I welcome your comments, suggestions and feedback. The comments section on this page is open, so leave ‘em if you got ‘em! Please help!
Adams, Carol J. 2008. Living Among Meat Eaters: The Vegetarian’s Survival Handbook. Brooklyn, New York: Lantern Books.
Elliott, Melisser. 2010. The Vegan Girl’s Guide to Life: Cruelty-Free Crafts, Recipes, Beauty Secrets and More. Skyhorse Publishing.
Gannon, Sharon. 2008. Yoga and Vegetarianism: The Path to Greater Health and Happiness. San Rafael, California: Mandala Publishing.
Kramer, Sarah. 2008. Vegan a Go-Go!: A Cookbook & Survival Manual for Vegans on the Road. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press.
Thomsen, Lars and Reuben Proctor. 2013. Veganissimo A to Z: A Comprehensive Guide to Identifying and Avoiding Ingredients of Animal Origin in Everyday Products. The Experiment.
Albert-Matesz, Rachel. 2008. The Ice Dream Cookbook.
Atlas, Nava. 2011. Vegan Holiday Kitchen: More than 200 Delicious, Festive Recipes for Special Occasions. Sterling.
Burton, Dreena. 2007. Eat, Drink & Be Vegan: Great Vegan Food for Special and Everyday Celebrations. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press. vivelevegan.blogspot.com
del Torro, Wheeler. 2009. The Vegan Scoop: 150 Recipes for Dairy-Free Ice Cream that Tastes Better Than the “Real” Thing. Beverly, Massachusetts: Fair Winds Press. (Reviewed here; click here to browse the posts from this cookbook.)
Gold, Lane. 2011. Vegan Junk Food: 225 Sinful Snacks that are Good for the Soul. Adams Media. (Reviewed here; click here to browse the posts from this cookbook.)
Grogan, Bryanna Clark. 1998. Nonna’s Italian Kitchen: Delicious Homestyle Vegan Cuisine. Book Publishing Company.
Ibomu, Afya. 2008. The Vegan Soul Food Guide to the Galaxy. Natttral Unlimited.
Kaminsky, Hannah. 2012. Vegan a la Mode: More Than 100 Frozen Treats for Every Day of the Year. Skyhorse Publishing.
Klein, Donna. 2001. The Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen. HP Trade.
Klein, Donna. 2006. Vegan Italiano: Meat-free, Egg-free, Dairy-free Dishes from Sun-Drenched Italy. HP Trade. (Click here to browse the posts that reference this cookbook.)
Klein, Donna. 2009. The Tropical Vegan Kitchen: Meat-Free, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free Dishes from the Tropics. HP Trade.
Klein, Donna. 2012. The Chinese Vegan Kitchen: More Than 225 Meat-free, Egg-free, Dairy-free Dishes from the Culinary Regions of China. Perigee Trade. (Reviewed here; click here to browse the posts from this cookbook.)
Kramer, Sarah and Tanya Barnard. 2002. How It All Vegan!: Irresistible Recipes for an Animal-Free Diet. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press.
McCann, Jennifer. 2008. Vegan Lunch Box: 130 Amazing, Animal-Free Lunches Kids and Grown-Ups Will Love!. New York, New York: Da Capo Press. www.veganlunchbox.com
Moskowitz, Isa Chandra. 2005. Vegan with a Vengeance: Over 150 Delicious, Cheap, Animal-Free Recipes That Rock. New York, New York: Da Capo Press. www.theppk.com
Moskowitz, Isa Chandra. 2009. Vegan Brunch: Homestyle Recipes Worth Waking Up For-From Asparagus Omelets to Pumpkin Pancakes. New York, New York: Da Capo Lifelong Books. www.theppk.com (Click here to browse the posts from this cookbook.)
Moskowitz, Isa Chandra and Terry Hope Romero. 2006. Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World: 75 Dairy-Free Recipes for Cupcakes that Rule. New York, New York: Da Capo Press. www.theppk.com
Moskowitz, Isa Chandra and Terry Hope Romero. 2009. Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar: 100 Dairy-Free Recipes for Everyone’s Favorite Treats. New York, New York: Da Capo Press. www.theppk.com
Noyes, Tamasin and Celine Steen. 2012. Vegan Sandwiches Save the Day!: Revolutionary New Takes on Everyone’s Favorite Anytime Meal. Beverly, Massachusetts: Fair Winds Press.
Olson, Cathe. 2009. Lick It! Creamy Dreamy Vegan Ice Creams Your Mouth Will Love. Summertown, Tennessee: Book Publishing Company.
Patrick-Goudreau, Colleen. 2007. The Joy of Vegan Baking: The Compassionate Cooks’ Traditional Treats and Sinful Sweets. Beverly, Massachusetts: Fair Winds Press. www.joyofveganbaking.com
Patrick-Goudreau, Colleen. 2009. The Vegan Table: 200 Unforgettable Recipes for Entertaining Every Guest at Every Occasion. Beverly, Massachusetts: Fair Winds Press. www.compassionatecooks.com
Patrick-Goudreau, Colleen. 2010. Color Me Vegan: Maximize Your Nutrient Intake and Optimize Your Health by Eating Antioxidant-Rich, Fiber-Packed, Color-Intense Meals That Taste Great. Beverly, Massachusetts: Fair Winds Press.
Peloza, Kelly. 2010. The Vegan Cookie Connoisseur: Over 140 Simply Delicious Recipes That Treat the Eyes and Taste Buds. Skyhorse Publishing. (Click here to browse the posts from this cookbook.)
Phyo, Ani. 2007. Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen: Easy, Delectable Living Foods Recipes. New York, New York: Da Capo Press.
Phyo, Ani. 2009. Ani’s Raw Food Desserts: 85 Easy, Delectable Sweets and Treats. New York, New York: Da Capo Press.
Reinfeld, Mark. 2012. The 30-Minute Vegan’s Taste of Europe: 150 Plant-Based Makeovers of Classics from France, Italy, Spain…and Beyond. Da Capo Lifelong Books. (Click here to browse the posts from this cookbook.)
Rivera, Michelle. 2009. The Simple Little Vegan Dog Book: Cruelty-Free Recipes for Canines. Summertown, Tennessee: Book Publishing Company. (Reviewed here.)
Robertson, Robin. 2003. Vegan Planet: 400 Irresistible Recipes with Fantastic Flavors from Home and Around the World. Boston, Massachusetts: Harvard Common Press. www.globalvegankitchen.com
Robertson, Robin. 2008. Vegan Fire & Spice: 200 Sultry and Savory Global Recipes. Woodstock, Virginia: Vegan Heritage Press. www.globalvegankitchen.com
Rogers, Jeff. 2004. Vice Cream: Gourmet Vegan Desserts. Celestial Arts.
Schinner, Miyoko. 2012. Artisan Vegan Cheese. Tennessee: Book Publishing Company.
Shannon, Annie and Dan Shannon. 2013. Betty Goes Vegan: 500 Classic Recipes for the Modern Family. Grand Central Life & Style. (Click here to browse the posts from this cookbook.)
Simpson, Alicia C. 2012. Quick and Easy Low-Cal Vegan Comfort Food: 150 Down-Home Recipes Packed with Flavor, Not Calories. The Experiment.
Splint, Ryan. 2005. Hot Damn and Hell Yeah! Recipies for Hungry Banditos and the Dirty South Vegan Cookbook. Bloomington, Indiana: Microcosm Publishing.
Stepaniak, Jo. 2003. The Ultimate Uncheese Cookbook: Delicious Dairy-Free Cheeses and Classic “Uncheese” Dishes. Book Publishing Company.
Terry, Bryant. 2009. Vegan Soul Kitchen: Fresh, Healthy, and Creative African-American Cuisine. New York, New York: Da Capo Press. www.bryant-terry.com (Click here to browse the posts from this cookbook.)
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PHOTOS COURTESY OF FARM SANCTUARY, www.farmsanctuary.org
FROM KINSHIP CIRCLE
When Iowa floods saturated nearly 80% of the state this summer, Iowa’s Veterinary Response Coordinator enlisted Kinship Circle Animal Disaster Aid Network to staff staging areas at Johnson County Fairgrounds in Iowa City and Lee County Fairgrounds in Donnellson, Iowa. By June 14, 2008 we were in daily conference calls with the state EOC (Emergency Operations Center). We contacted Best Friends Rapid Response Team and asked Iowa officials to form an agreement with them (MOU) for water rescue in Louisa, Des Moines, Lee, Johnson or Linn counties…. Over June and July, Kinship Circle volunteers traveled to Iowa for emergency pet sheltering, transport and rescue operations.
PHOTO: Molly Wald, Best Friends, www.bestfriends.org
IN THE MEANTIME, PIGS WERE EVERYWHERE…Adrift from flooded hog farms, some still encased in crates. While 40,000 were pre-evacuated, an estimated 4,000 (or more) pigs died. Some who’d scrambled atop levees were shot dead by officials concerned they’d ruin sandbags. Many more drowned. Kinship Circle contacted Farm Sanctuary to ask their Emergency Rescue Team to come to Iowa. KC volunteers Cheri Deatsch, Bob Rude, David Halperin and Craig Hill assisted Farm Sanctuary in initial pig rescues. Eventually “Operation Pig” grew so large, a coalition of Farm Sanctuary, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), American Humane Association (AHA), and Animal Rescue League of Boston recovered pigs from levee systems and treated many for severe sunburn, dehydration, etc. at a triage site in Iowa.
IOWA FLOOD RESCUE PHOTOS & TALES:
Oh yays! It’s election time again. Missouri’s state-wide primaries will be held on August 5th this year. LD and I were finally able to pick up sample copies of the ballot this week, the late date probably owing to the fact that we live in Clinton County, i.e., “the sticks.”
Since Missouri has open elections, you need not register with a party to vote in the primary (hello! independence). However, according to MO rules, voters must choose one ballot – and one ballot only:
Since Missouri has open primaries, every eligible registered voter may select the party ballot of their choice.
However, primary voters may select only one party’s ballot. Voters who do not wish to give a political party preference may request an issues only ballot, if one is available in that particular jurisdiction.
This year, there are three ballots from which to choose: Democratic, Republican and Libertarian. I’ll reprint each of these (again, for Clinton County, Missouri), but since I’m going to go with the Democratic ballot, I won’t bother researching and reporting on the others.
Why the Democrats? I know, I know, I quit the party, vowed only to vote third party, etc. And I still will…in the general election. The primary, not so much. For starters, the only third party options are Libertarian, so meh. And the Libertarian Party ballot is looking pretty empty. As in, each candidate is running unopposed. So it would be kind of useless to choose the Libertarian ballot, when all the candidates are essentially already settled upon.
The Republican ticket, too, is slim pickens. Out of nine positions, only two (Governor and Lieutenant Governor) feature more than one Republican vying for the position. Plus…Republicans. Ew.
So Dems it is. Hopefully I’ll find at least one local politician worthy of my support.
Ballots and picks after the jump.
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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Thu, Jul 3, 2008 at 2:49 PM
Subject: FLOOD: Last Images + Pigs Need Homes!
KINSHIP CIRCLE PRIMARY / MIDWEST FLOODS OF 2008
7/3/08: Images From A Flood + Rescued Pigs Need Homes
As rescue and emergency sheltering operations head toward maintenance, we share a last glimpse of the flood that covered over 80% of Iowa…and some of the animals who survived.
Photo courtesy of Molly Wald, Best Friends Animal Society.
IN THIS ALERT:
1. Iowa Floods: Pigs, Pups & Kittens
2. Red Rover, Red Rover…Send Piggy Right Over!
3. Homes Urgently Needed For Rescued Pigs
4. Tessa’s Reunion
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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Thu, Jun 26, 2008 at 12:05 PM
Subject: The Lucky Ones, Iowa Flood Pigs
KINSHIP CIRCLE PRIMARY
6/26/08: The Lucky Ones… Iowa Flood Pigs
Photos courtesy of Molly Wald, Best Friends Animal Society.
When Kinship Circle began working with Iowa Dept. of Agriculture/Veterinary Response to coordinate volunteers for Iowa animal flood victims — we soon learned about the pig tragedy. Hog farms had filled with water, with pigs trapped in crates and others adrift over a wide swath of southeast Iowa. As many as 40,000 pigs were evacuated. An estimated 4,000 pigs died. Still others swam for their lives in rapid waters. Some managed to hoist their bodies atop levees, only to be shot dead by officials concerned they’d destroy sandbags. Residents and officials herded some on to barges, to ferry them back to owners. Many carcasses remain as waters recede.
But pigs are smart. And some escaped to dry ground. Reports came in daily: Pigs spotted by churches, in homes, near levees, on rooftops. Early during this operation, Kinship Circle called Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization, to ask if their Emergency Rescue Team could come to Iowa. Within 24 hours, they were on the road from Watkins Glen, New York to Oakville, Iowa.
On conference call with state officials, we learned that pigs currently stranded, when found, could be taken to a temporary holding area… And once in Farm Sanctuary’s custody, receive immediate care and transport to sanctuary. That’s right: sanctuary.
Kinship Circle Animal Disaster Aid Network volunteers have assisted Farm Sanctuary rescuers. See below, to donate to FS Emergency Rescue Fund.
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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Fri, Jun 20, 2008 at 11:57 AM
Subject: IOWA FLOOD: Notes From The Water’s Edge
KINSHIP CIRCLE PRIMARY – PERMISSION TO CROSS-POST
KINSHIP CIRCLE ANIMAL DISASTER AID NETWORK has been asked by the Iowa Dept. of Agriculture/Veterinary Response Coordinator to support rescue operations for Iowa animal flood victims and send volunteers where needed. If you’ve seen the expanse of Midwest floods in news coverage — you know we have our work cut out for us! We thank KC Primary subscribers for their patience during this time…as we’ve been unable to focus on other campaigns.
6/20/08: IOWA FLOOD – Notes From The Water’s Edge
PHOTOS: Louisa County, Oakville area, Iowa.
Credit: Molly Wald
View more photos from rescue operations 6/18 and 6/19/08: flickr.com/photos/mollywald/sets/72157605698148806/