Odin is a handsome, sleek black cat who came into foster care as a
semi-feral cat. He was very frightened and suspicious, but has worked hard
to learn to trust and enjoy contact with a few special people. Once he felt comfortable, he just
blossomed. Now he eagerly cuddles and seeks attention with loud purrs. He
likes to play, but is mostly very affectionate with the humans he has learned to trust. 

Odin really likes other cats and gets along beautifully with them. Having
other cats around helped him adjust to his new surroundings. 

Odin needs a home that is somewhat quiet, with not a lot of traffic and new
people going in and out. He is very shy around strangers. He will need
some time, understanding, and patience to adjust to a new home, but once he
settles in, the rewards will be great. 

Odin uses the box consistently, and can be left alone for hours at a time. 
If you have further questions, Odin’s foster mom would be willing to speak
with you! Just call Animal Friends at 412.847.7002 so we can make arrangements.

Another great 4th of July Recipe, Blueberry Ice Cream Pie

This recipe is not the easiest, but not too challenging and the results are to die for…  this is an awesome dessert to chill out with on the 4th of July!
Prep: 30 minutes
Chill: 2 hours
Freeze: 8 to 24 hours
Bake: 8 minutes to 12 minutes
•Almond-Brown Sugar Crust
•1- 1/2 cups slivered almonds
•2 Tbsp. packed light brown sugar
•1/2 tsp. kosher salt
•3 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
•Blueberry Sauce
•3 cups blueberries, rinsed, well drained, and carefully picked over for damaged berries
•1/3 cup granulated sugar
•1 tsp. cornstarch
•1/4 tsp. kosher salt
•1 tsp. grated lemon zest
•2 tsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
•A few gratings of nutmeg (about 1/8 tsp.)
•1 Tbsp. water
•Assemble and Serve
•1 qt. homemade or purchased vanilla ice cream
•3/4 cup of the Blueberry Sauce, chilled
•1/2 cup crème fra¿¿che or sour cream
•1/2 cup heavy cream
•1Tbsp. sugar
•2 cups fresh blueberries, rinsed, picked over, and well dried on paper towel-lined baking sheets
•Remaining Blueberry Sauce, heated
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In bowl of food processor fitted with a steel blade combine almonds, brown sugar, and salt. Pulse until coarsely ground. Transfer to bowl and stir in melted butter. Turn into 9-inch pie plate. With fingers press onto bottom and sides to form a firm, even layer.
2.Bake 8 to 12 minutes until lightly golden. “Don’t overbrown or the crust will have an overpowering flavor,” Scott says. Allow to completely cool on a rack. Transfer to freezer until ready to use (may be made up to a week in advance and frozen, tightly wrapped).
3.In large, wide, nonreactive skillet combine blueberries, sugar, cornstarch, and salt, stirring well with a spoon to distribute the sugar and cornstarch. Add zest, lemon juice, water, and a few gratings of fresh nutmeg; stir again to blend.
4.Cook and stir over medium heat until blueberries begin to pop, give off juice, and come to a full simmer. Simmer, stirring gently for 1 additional minute until sauce is lightly thickened and cornstarch is well cooked.
5.Set aside to cool; refrigerate sauce until completely chilled before proceeding. “Otherwise you’ll wind up with a blueberry milk shake,” Scott says.
6.Transfer ice cream to a mixing bowl and let stand in the refrigerator 30 minutes or until just softened.
7.Spoon half into prepared crust. Spread in even layer and top with the chilled blueberry sauce. Spoon on remaining ice cream and spread to edges.
8.Cover surface of ice cream with plastic wrap and freeze at least 8 hours or overnight until firmly set.
9.To serve: In chilled mixing bowl, whisk crème fra¿¿che, heavy cream, and sugar until just thickened to spreading consistency. Do not overbeat. “It is very easy to go from smooth to grainy,” Scott says. Spread cream mixture over pie; top with blueberries. Serve with heated sauce on the side. Makes 10 servings.
nutrition facts
Calories 363 Total Fat (g)22 Saturated Fat (g)10, Monounsaturated Fat (g)8, Polyunsaturated Fat (g)2, Cholesterol (mg)53, Sodium (mg)200, Carbohydrate (g)39, Total Sugar (g)31, Fiber (g)4, Protein (g)6, Vitamin C (DV%)14, Calcium (DV%)13, Iron (DV%)4, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet


His name is Rusty. It fits, doesn’t it?

You can easily win the heart of this friendly, 9-year-old orange tabby by swinging his favorite toy – a simple piece of string. But please keep the sweeper away!

Rusty enjoys attention without being needy, and can actually be a bit chatty at times. You can tell by his mellow face he’s calm, and he will let you lift and embrace him. Give him a scratch and he might return the favor with a slightly freckled smile. With time, he can warm up to the idea of living with other cats.

Rusty’s former owner moved to an assisted living home where she was unable to keep the slightly timid kitty. He’s used to human companionship, and will make a loyal pet for anyone who isn’t looking for a high-energy, high maintenance pet. Visit Rusty at Animal Friends today!

Pulled Pork with Strawberry BBQ Sauce

This is a great recipe if you don’t want to bother with the grill on the 4th of July, just throw in the slow cooker and spend your day enjoying the party!
Makes: 8 sandwiches
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 2 hours
Stand: 10 minutes
1. 2-1/2- to 3-lb. boneless pork sirloin, shoulder, or butt roast
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
1 Tbsp. cooking oil
4 cups strawberries, halved or quartered
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup cider vinegar
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. dried rosemary, crushed
Bottled hot pepper sauce (optional)
8 rolls or buns, split
Fresh parsley leaves (optional)
Green tomato wedges (optional)
1. Trim fat from pork. Sprinkle pork with salt and pepper. In large Dutch oven over medium heat brown pork in hot oil on all sides. Add half the strawberries, the ketchup, vinegar, garlic, rosemary, and several dashes hot pepper sauce. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, 2 hours or until pork is tender. Remove pork from Dutch oven; loosely cover with foil. Let stand 10 minutes.
2. For strawberry BBQ sauce, skim fat from cooking liquid. Return liquid to Dutch oven; bring to boiling. Reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, 8 minutes or until reduced to about 2 cups.
3. Using two forks, shred pork; discard fat. Stir 1 cup strawberry BBQ sauce into pork. Stir remaining strawberries into BBQ sauce.
4. Serve pork on buns. Top with additional sauce and parsley. Pass remaining sauce. Serve with tomato wedges. Makes 8 sandwiches.
nutrition facts
Servings Per Recipe 8 sandwiches Calories359 Total Fat (g)10 Saturated Fat (g)3, Monounsaturated Fat (g)4, Polyunsaturated Fat (g)3, Cholesterol (mg)89, Sodium (mg)738, Carbohydrate (g)31, Total Sugar (g)10, Fiber (g)3, Protein (g)35, Vitamin C (DV%)77, Calcium (DV%)10, Iron (DV%)18, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Snake Oil, By David Uhl

This is a Garage-Girl favorite and will be among anyone who has a special place for muscle cars.
David Uhl has announced the release of a piece he has worked on since December of last year.  It was conceived in conjunction with the Shelby American Museum in Boulder, Colorado and has taken countless hours of historical photo referencing along with the obvious time spent at the easel.  “Snake Oil” features legends Carroll Shelby and Bob Bondurant and the timeless Shelby Cobra celebrating the peak of the Ferrari Wars.
A brief history provided by Eddie O’Brien with the Shelby American Museum in Boulder, Colorado:
This is a compilation of all the races Bob Bondurant raced in Europe to win the World Championship, Hill Climbs and Road Races.
This is the Cobra, the Ferrari GTO in the background is correct.  Bondo beat it up the Hill by seconds, setting new hill climb records again by nearly 3 seconds. It took a Ferrari LM a year later to match it. The Cobra was running on 7 cylinders crossing  the timing lights!  Bondo said the car was never straight even on the short straightways.
Very rarely does David allow the signing of his works by anyone else.  Fortunately, he is making an exception this time!  A limited number of each size of print will be signed by both Bob Bondurant and Carroll Shelby.
Carroll Shelby is sending back the first batch of signed prints now, so these will be shipping out in the very near future.  He will be signing a total of 50 prints.  For more info contact Gregg at Uhl Studios  303-913-4840   uhlstudios.com


Jinju is a sweet, yet sometimes shy gray and white female who needs a quiet and patient home. This petite lady likes other cats, but is still often weary of people. Jinju observes her surroundings quietly and carefully, often hiding from potential encounters with new people. But, in time with a little patience, Jinju makes a kindly affectionate companion.
Jinju is spayed, up to date on shots, and microchipped. If you have the time and persistence to give a sweet, deserving cat a chance, come to Animal Friends to meet Jinju.

Jinju is spayed, up to date on shots, and microchipped. If you have the time and persistence to give a sweet, deserving cat a chance, come to Animal Friends to meet Jinju.

Fourth of July Cherry-Cola Cake

Is there anything better than a good Fourth of July Cookout? We doubt it, so this week we will share some of our favorite “cook out ” recipes with you!
Makes: 10 to 12 servings
Prep: 30 minutes
Bake: according to package directions
Cool: 1 hour
•1pkg. 2-layer size German chocolate cake mix
•Cherry cola
•1 1/2tsp. ground ginger
•1tsp. finely shredded lime peel
•1 recipe Celebration Icing
•10 to 12 dark sweet cherries with stems
1.Preheat oven to 350 degree F. Grease and flour a 13x9x2-inch baking pan; set aside. Prepare cake mix according to package directions except substitute cherry cola for the liquid called for and add ground ginger and lime peel. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake according to package directions. Cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack. Remove from pan; cool completely on wire rack.
2.Use a serrated knife to cut top of cake level. Trim edges of cake. Discard trimmed pieces. Cut cake in half lengthwise into two 13×4-12-inch rectangles. Place one rectangle on a serving platter. Spread with tinted icing. Top with second rectangle. Spread with white icing. Refrigerate cake for 1 hour or until icing is set. Wrap cake in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 4 to 24 hours before serving. Top each slice with a cherry. Makes 10 to 12 servings.
Celebration Icing: This recipe is based a 1-lb. box (about 412 cups) of powdered sugar. In a medium mixing bowl beat 13 cup butter with electric mixer until smooth. Gradually add 1 cup powdered sugar, beating well. Slowly beat in 3 tablespoons milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Gradually beat in 2 cups powdered sugar. Divide the mixture in half. To half of the recipe beat in 2 tablespoons cherry spreadable fruit and red food coloring to make a pink icing. Gradually beat in enough powdered sugar for spreading consistency. To remaining half add enough powdered sugar for spreading consistency. Makes 10 to 12 servings.
nutrition facts
•Servings Per Recipe 10 to 12 servings Calories554 Total Fat (g)19 Saturated Fat (g)6, Monounsaturated Fat (g)8, Polyunsaturated Fat (g)3, Cholesterol (mg)81, Sodium (mg)457, Carbohydrate (g)96, Total Sugar (g)76, Protein (g)5, Vitamin C (DV%)1, Calcium (DV%)6, Iron (DV%)9, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Want to keep your feet cool in the summer and warm in the winter? You can with Harley-Davidson Footwear

Harley-Davidson® Footwear Introduces Intellitemp® Technology to Keep Feet Comfortable at Any Temperature.
Sweaty feet in the summer and freezing toes in the winter need not take away from the thrill of riding year round, thanks to a new series of performance-driven footwear by Harley-Davidson® Footwear.
For summer 2011 H-D Footwear introduces several women’s and men’s styles featuring Intellitemp®, a state-of-the-art comfort technology. Intellitemp® is a temperature-regulating, anti-microbial moisture management system that is proven to help keep the wearer cooler in summer and warmer in the winter for the life of the product.
When body temperature rises above the ambient temperature the micro-encapsulated materials within the Intellitemp lining absorb the excess heat creating a cooling sensation. Similarly, when the temperature drops below the ambient temperature the microencapsulated materials release stored heat to help keep the foot warm over an extended period of time. This temperature-regulation is due to a cushioning ‘smart foam’ that helps to keep feet cool and dry by absorbing moisture and transferring it into a gel-like substance in the cushion.
With a constant flow of movement, the gelled ‘absorbed’ moisture dissipates continuously throughout the day. Intellitemp smart foam is constructed with EPA registered X-Static silver fibers that protect against odor and inhibit growth of bacteria.
For June 2011 Harley-Davidson Footwear introduces four styles for men and women featuring the new Intellitemp® lining.
“We pride ourselves on creating riding footwear that looks good and performs. This is especially true when you’re riding. There’s too much to concentrate on than having uncomfortable boots. Using a technology that improves temperature in hot and cold weather was a necessity for our customers who are serious about riding year round”, commented Hobie Burgnon, VP Sales at Harley-Davidson Footwear.
To locate the nearest dealer or to view Harley-Davidson Footwear styles online, enthusiasts can visit www.harleydavidsonfootwear.com. You can also connect with Harley-Davidson Footwear on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HarleyDavidsonFootwear.
Pictured is the Ladies style “Erin”.   This boot features a classic silhouette and 2.75 inch heel with unique leather lacing from the heel to the top of the full-grain leather upper. An inside YKK® locking zipper allows for easy on-and-off while a removable full-cushion sock lining provides additional comfort. Fully-lined with Intellitemp® lining for climate control no matter the temperature, the boot also features a Goodyear® Welted oil, abrasion and slip-resistant rubber outsole.


Well, hello there! My name is York and I am a 15 year old Dauschund/Beagle mix. Even though I am an older gentleman, don’t let my age fool you! I am still very spry for my age and I love to go on walks! I also love to just lay in the sunshine and relax.

I have spent some time in a foster home and my foster family had nothing but great things to say about me! One thing that they said was that I am housebroken! I also get along great with dogs and cats. They have a really comfortable couch and I just love to curl up on it to sleep. I am a little shy, but they say that I am a very sweet dog.

Due to my age, and the fact that I am not very playful, I think a home with older children would be best. I would hate to disappoint a child who wanted to play ball! And remember, I like cats and dogs, so I could probably get along with yours as well!

If you are interested in meeting me, please call Animal Friends. An adoption counselor can tell you more about me and schedule a meeting. I look forward to meeting you!