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P&C friends and supporters, just wanted to let you know that I’ll be retiring from this blog to concentrate on some other things, and to thank you for stopping by in the time I’ve been here. I hope you’ve had as much fun as I have. Stanley and Cup can now nap in peace!

In closing, I just want to say, love your pets, support your local animal shelters, and go forth and adopt!

Thanks again, and ta!

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Posted by Laurel Babcock on Monday, August 2nd, 2010 at 6:30 pm
Category: Uncategorized


How did she do this??


I keep this old duvet cover at one end of my couch because it’s one of Cup’s favorite napping places, she’s a black cat, she’d sheds and, well, you get the picture. (Fortunately it also matches my color scheme.) But Cup lays on top of the blanket. So I have no clue as to how Stanley managed to wrap herself completely up like this. It was like someone tucked her in, but she did it herself. I cracked up laughing. Oh, the marvels of my little girl.


This is why pets are awesome. You can spend a so-so summer day doing chores and feeling, well, so-so, and then a laugh and a smile comes out of nowhere. 🙂

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Monday, August 2nd, 2010 at 11:30 am
Category: Animal behavior, Animal rescue, Animal safety, Cats, Stanley, Stanley Cup

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Kitty bath time


P&C friend and contributor Diane again is fostering some baby kittens, about 8 or 9 weeks old. She’s minding them while house-sitting for some friends, so in honor of letting her baby the kitties at their place, the kitties are named in their honor. I give you Chip (black) and Maria (tortoise) at bath time. If this isn’t adorable, then I don’t what is!

First, Chip:

Any time I can catch a cute kitty tongue in a picture, I’m happy.

Now, dry off time…

Now it’s Maria’s turn.

Towel time!

I get to see these babies again this week. Can’t wait!!!

P.S. Thanks for dinner (and lunch) Di!

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Sunday, August 1st, 2010 at 3:30 pm
Category: Animal behavior, Animal care, Animal rescue, Animal safety, Cats


Coffee table kitty


On the coffee table in my living room I have, among other things (it’s a big table) some candles, a decorative box, a stack of tile coasters and a beautiful bowl (made by own mom, an amazing potterer…potterist?) Anyway, sometimes I also have this:

Can’t rest your coffee on it, or scent a room, but it sure is adorable!

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Saturday, July 31st, 2010 at 5:56 pm
Category: Animal behavior, Animal care, Animal rescue, Animal safety, Stanley


Poor little leopard cub!


This little girl does not look happy, but she’s overflowing with adorableness! The baby Amur leopard, born June 24 and also known as a Manchurian leopard, is shown here being weighed in a bucket at a zoo in Leipzig, eastern Germany. I want one!!

Here’s she’s just being adorable, probably thinking, “I will get you for that when I’m bigger!”

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Friday, July 30th, 2010 at 2:34 pm
Category: Animal behavior, Animal care, Cats


Hi-Tor raises big bucks


Congrats! This just in: Hi-Tor Animal Care Center announced today that it has received a total of $58,984.34 in donations – the highest dollar amount raised through a single fundraising campaign – through its Dollar for Dollar campaign.

The campaign began in March and ended on June 30. Thanks to a very generous anonymous donor, donations made to Hi-Tor Animal Care Center up to $20,000 during the four-month period were matched. All of the matched proceeds will go directly toward the care of the animals at the shelter – for medical expenses, spaying/neutering, etc.

“We are so grateful not only for the generosity of the anonymous donor, but also for the generosity of our supporters and everyone who contributed to the Dollar for Dollar campaign,” said Vivian Kiggins, executive director of Hi-Tor Animal Care Center. “More and more animals are being brought to our doorstep, and unfortunately, many of these animals end up staying with us for long periods of time. Although we receive funding from all of the towns and the county, we are still operating at a shortfall and rely largely on donations to meet the daily care expenses for our animals. These funds will enable us to continue providing the necessary care and services for our long-term residents until they are adopted out into their forever homes.”

The shelter also recently launched the Celebrate Nikko campaign, a fundraising campaign dedicated to raising money to subsidize the care for adoptable animals that need to stay at the shelter for lengthy periods of time. For additional information, call Vivian Kiggins at 845-354-7900 or e-mail info@hitor.org.

Founded in 1973, Hi-Tor Animal Care Center Inc. is a privately incorporated, nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and improving animal life, promoting responsible pet adoption and ownership and providing humane treatment for all animals in its care. The facility is the only animal shelter in Rockland County and takes in approximately 2,500 animals annually. It has a small paid staff, with a volunteer Board of Directors and a team of volunteers.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Friday, July 30th, 2010 at 12:09 pm
Category: Animal care, Animal rescue, Animal safety, Cats, Dogs



Yappy Hour at the Wonder Bar (Save the Sato dog)


Not that anybody should need a reason to visit the wonderful Wonder Bar in Asbury Park (NJ), but here’s one nonetheless. This just in:

On Saturday, Aug. 7 at 4 p.m., the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park and local animal welfare and rescue organizations will host a Sato Rescue Reunion, a celebration to raise awareness about the unbreakable spirit of Puerto Rico’s homeless street dogs. Dog owners from across the United States, including a large population of households on the Jersey Shore have fallen in love with the gentle, sweet Satos. Survival statistics for dogs in Puerto Rico’s shelters are grim – an astounding 97% are killed.

Thanks to a successful partnership that includes the life-saving efforts of a passionate team of individuals from local non-profits, Project Animal Worldwide and Wag on Inn Rescue, as well as Puerto Rico’s Amigos de los Animales, the Sato is gaining popularity in our area. It truly is a wonderful life for over 100 dogs who have found their forever homes on the Jersey Shore. Their new lives are a far cry from their time roaming Dead Dog Beach in Puerto Rico where people deliberately hurt or kill thousands of abandoned dogs each year.
“To visit a place like Dead Dog Beach is soul-shattering and a reminder to us at Project Animal Worldwide that our work is needed and important. Every dog is worth saving whether on our local streets, or on the beaches of Puerto Rico where there is a desperate need for humane education and resources,” said Ellen La Torre of Project Animal Worldwide.
“Wag On Inn Rescue understands the animal welfare crisis in Puerto Rico and knows that without our help there is very little hope for re-homing these gentle creatures. With a 3% adoption rate, the dogs depend on our help to find them loving forever homes,” said Kathy Miles of Wag on Inn Rescue.

At the Wonder Bar’s Yappy Hour, a weekly event started by bar proprietor and animal advocate Debbie DeLisa, where owners and their dogs are invited to enjoy a cocktail and barkin’ good conversation, Satos will be reunited with their saving grace, Adrienne Galler Lastra of Amigos de los Animales.
There is a “suggested” $5 donation at the door, 50/50 raffle, and a gift auction to benefit Project Animal Worldwide. Homemade dog treats will be given out and food and drink will also be available for purchase. Satos will receive a special appreciation bandana to memorialize the occasion. Adoptable Satos looking for a new best friend will also join the party.
The Wonder Bar is located at 1213 Ocean Ave. in Asbury Park, NJ. For more information about the event, contact Ellen La Torre, Sato Reunion Organizer, at 732-979-6499 or ellen@projectanimal.org

A $250 donation to Project Animal Worldwide will sponsor a Sato and includes spay/neuter, transport, shots, micro-chip, and leash and collar. Other donation options include $200 for transport; $50 spay /neuter, shots, chip, and leash and collar; and $25 to spay/neuter.

Individuals at the event may also fill out applications for the special opportunity to foster and/or adopt a Sato from Wag On Inn. Dogs coming up for adoption will be available on their website at www.wagoninn.rescuegroups.org.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Thursday, July 29th, 2010 at 11:12 am
Category: Animal care, Animal rescue, Animal safety, Dogs


Mount Vernon Animal Shelter dog walkers needed


Got this plea from The Mount Vernon (NY) Animal Shelter. Won’t you consider it?

With the come-on “Your feet + 2 feet = Heaven for a Dog”, Pet Rescue is making a plea to recruit walkers for the dogs at the Mount Vernon Animal Shelter. Judy Matos, Beth McCabe, Patty and Mary Oddoux and Celine Martin of Pet Rescue are walking and working closely with Megan Webster, the acting manager, Shawn Carroll and Luis Familia to help place dogs in adoptive homes and to make all of them more comfortable and ready for adoption. Another group is working with cats.
The Mount Vernon shelter, built in the mid 1970s serves a large population. The current recession has not lightened the responsibilities and burden that the shelter must carry. The small dedicated staff, occupied with countless other responsibilities, has to rely on volunteers to walk the dogs for exercise and fresh air.
On a positive note, the building, once largely standing alone just off Sanford Boulevard, now has bright new neighbors, Bed Bath & Beyond, Petco, TJ Max and Target, that draw people from a wide area in Westchester and the Bronx. The shelter address is 60 Garden Ave., just behind Target and Bed Bath & Beyond. Pet Rescue hopes visitors will combine shopping with walking the dogs or adopting a companion animal from the shelter.
Walkers are needed every day, seven days a week. They must be at least 18 years old and can show up between 8 and 11 a.m. The walkers already on board have reported not only happier dogs but their own improved fitness and weight loss. They see it as a win-win situation and expect that others will too.
To sign up, call Matos at 914-632-7155, McCabe at 914- 216 2190, or Pet Rescue 914-834-6955, or e-mail petrescueNY@aol.com.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Wednesday, July 28th, 2010 at 3:07 pm
Category: Animal care, Animal rescue, Animal safety, Dogs


Ball + Lab + deer = great video


You must check this out. You just must. It’s funny, and amazing….and don’t miss the watchful kitties at the very end.
Here’s what happens when you put a soccer ball, a black Lab and a baby deer together in a yard.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Wednesday, July 28th, 2010 at 1:33 pm
Category: Animal behavior, Animal weirdness, deer, Dogs, labs


Wish I were her


A miracle happened this morning. I was actually able to catch Cup in a picture. Of course, she had to be sleeping, and two seconds after I snapped this she woke up and walked away. So shy! Wish this were me right now, just outdoors.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Wednesday, July 28th, 2010 at 10:27 am
Category: Animal behavior, Animal care, Animal rescue, Animal safety, Cats, Stanley Cup


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For most animal lovers, pets are members of the family. They carry around pictures in their wallets and schedule vacations with pets in mind. This blog takes a look into the world of a pet owner: the good, the bad and the just plain obsessive.

About the author
Laurel Babcock is the Community Life editor for The Journal News, Express Publications and LoHud.com. She grew up with a beloved mutt and was surrounded by dogs into young adulthood. She liked cats enough, but didn't really think of them as true pets. That changed when her brother brought an abandoned 4-week-old kitty into the family, dooming us all. Laurel currently serves as staff for two completely adored cats, Stanley and Cup, both girls.


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