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Happy New Year…part 2


P&C friend and contributor Leslie from the Yonkers animal shelter sent this wonderful story and photo to wrap up the year. Thanks Leslie! Take it away…

Was just thinking about the different Yonkers dogs who were fortunate enough to find good homes this year, and I must say that there were quite a few….In fact, I think you could say “a lot.”
However, of all the dogs who were lucky, this little guy says it best!!!
This is Rocky…he is about 6 months old and was at the shelter since he was a tiny puppy…We worried that he would grow into an adult before he was adopted, as adoptions were a little slow this summer and fall…he is the sweetest, friendliest fellow, and would make a great addition to any family. Little did we know that, just around the holidays, a wonderful young couple would travel all the way from Massachusetts to adopt this little guy.

We always hope the dogs will be happy. Some people keep in touch, some send nice pictures, BUT this picture left nothing to the imagination. Take a look at this boy in mid air saying THANK YOU Jenna and Brian for becoming my folks and thank you Yonkers shelter for taking such good care of me until my forever family found me!!!


Wheeee! Congratulations Rocky. I hope that in coming year, more animals end up like you!

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Thursday, December 31st, 2009 at 11:00 am |

Happy New Year!


Well, I don’t know about you all, but I’m just thrilled to bits 2009 is done with. Not that there weren’t some good things — the birth of my first niece chief among them — but all in all I can’t say I’m unhappy to start a new year.
I wish you all a happy, healthy and safe New Year’s Eve, and here’s to a better 12 months ahead.
Hard to believe, but I’ve been at this blog a little more than 16 months now. I’d just like to thank everyone for all their support and contributions this past year, and keep it coming in 2010!

When I first started here, I introduced you to Stanley and Cup, who you’ve gotten to know over time. It’s been a long time and many, many posts since then, so as an end-of-year gift I thought I’d share these old pics of the girls when they were just little babies. Oh I miss those days!

Here’s Stanley (look at those ears!):


And here’s Cup (so teensy!):black-cat

Oh yes, and a Happy New Year to all four-footers!

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Thursday, December 31st, 2009 at 7:00 am |

Bobcat story update


As promised, here’s the full story on the illegally-trapped bobcat. And just look at this gorgeous creature.


Posted by Laurel Babcock on Wednesday, December 30th, 2009 at 10:39 am |
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Yet another reason to hate two-footers


Sorry I don’t have the full details now, but I’ll post tomorrow or you can read it at LoHud.com. Long story short, two teenagers were arrested in Putnam County, NY, Monday for illegally trapping a bobcat on state land, which is illegal. But here’s what I don’t get…it is legal in some places and, it seems, a “good pelt” can fetch between $20 and $40.

Really? I know the economy’s still bad, but to kill an animal that’s not exactly overrunning the wilds of the area for that kind of change is just not cool in the P&C book. Your thoughts?

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Tuesday, December 29th, 2009 at 5:41 pm |
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Another kitty miracle


I found this story online and just had to share, but while reading it thought, hmmm, it’s a great gift and miracle if you’re the cat owner, but really not all that uncommon. As I’ve reported before, I know a cat who went through the same thing. And I also helped my friend comb the neighborhood and put up fliers (darn, we didn’t do Craiglist, but this was several years ago). Fortunately, he made it home in less (though still painful) time.
But here’s to Giggle-Blizzard (uh, I’ll pass on the name for now, but he is gorgeous) and his safe and happy return and recovery!


Posted by Laurel Babcock on Monday, December 28th, 2009 at 6:49 pm |
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Check your local listings


This release just in: On Tuesday, February 16th at 10:00 pm (check local listings), PBS’ Independent Lens series is proud to present MINE.
MINE is a documentary about the essential bond between humans and animals, set against the backdrop of one of the worst natural disasters in modern U.S. history: Hurricane Katrina.
This gripping, character-driven story follows New Orleans residents as they attempt the daunting task of trying to reunite with their pets who have been adopted by families all over the country, and chronicles the custody battles that arise when two families love the same pet. Who determines the fate of the animals – and the people – involved?
A compelling meditation on race, class and the power of compassion, MINE is not only an examination of how we treat our animals, but how we treat each other.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Monday, December 28th, 2009 at 3:23 pm |
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Adoption pleas


Did everyone have a good holiday weekend? I hope so. If you’re still feeling the spirit, perhaps you’ll consider adding one of these sweeties to your home.

Misty and Rose are adorable older kittens who were born on April 15. These two dilute Calico beauties, with their distinctive markings, are sweet, playful, friendly and have spirit galore. They will fill your home with joy and laughter with their feline antics. They are both the delight of their foster home. Misty and Rose can be adopted separately or as a pair. Already spayed, they are in excellent health and up-to-date with all shots. The adoption fee for one is $75. To meet either these two little ladies, contact Pet Rescue of Larchmont at 914-834-6955 or www.NY-PetRescue.org.

Misty and Rose

Josie is a 2-year-old girl who came to the SPCA as a stray. She is spayed, micro­chipped and up-to-date on her vaccines. Her adoption fee is $55. Visit the SPCA of Westchester at 590 N. State Road, Briarcliff Manor. The shelter is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Call 914-941-2896, Ext. 11.


Chance is a senior cat who would love to find a forever home. He’s been at the shelter for some time now and keeps getting overlooked. She’s a wonderful girl who just needs a chance to be part of a family again. Because she is a senior, Chance is eligible for the Senior to Senior program with no adoption fee. She’s up-to-date on all vaccinations, spayed and micro-chipped. Meet Chance at the Putnam Humane Society, Old Route 6, Carmel. The shelter is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends. Call 845-225-7777.

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Posted by Laurel Babcock on Monday, December 28th, 2009 at 11:41 am |
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Happy Holidays from P&C


Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, I wish everyone a very happy and safe holiday. Don’t forget your four-footers as you bustle about, as they give holiday love all year long.
Here is a greeting for dog people.
Here is a greeting for cat people.

Sorry, I couldn’t find one for fish, gerbil, ferret or other people 🙂

Merry Christmas all, from me, Stanley, Cup 🙂

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Thursday, December 24th, 2009 at 1:19 pm |

Happy holidays at Hi-Tor


The Hi-Tor animal shelter in Pomona in Rockland County, NY, held its first tree lighting ceremony to raise funds through the sale of special ornaments. This being a shelter, four-footers were invited to the party. You can see whole gallery of photos here thanks to LoHud photographer Vincent DiSalvio. But first, enjoy these few pics.

I particularly love these of Yankee, an 8-week-old domestic short-hair white tabby.


Here, Cherokee James, a 6-year-old American Eskimo, greets board member Sharon Needleman of New City.


And here, Grady, a 1-year-old golden retriever/ pit bull mix, really enjoys his belly scratch.


Posted by Laurel Babcock on Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009 at 1:55 pm |


Spike update


What a glorious way to spend a holiday week evening, with the ever adorable Spike! She’s a full-fledged kitten now, still tiny, but totally coming into her own. And frisky as all get out. She was a little bit unnerved because Gordon, one of the house cats where Spike is visiting this week, has been mean, mean, mean. Bad Gordon! But we still managed to have fun.
So let’s begin our visit, shall we? First, Spike checks me out taking her picture (and check out her perfect “spike” marking”)


Gordon (a girl by the way) is stalking Spike, so Spike takes refuge in her familiar safe bowl.


For a little bit, Diane put Spike in a separate area to keep Gordon away. Spike was not happy. (Let me out!)


As usual, it’s impossible to get a still shot of Spike. Here, Diane tries to help me out.


Things are starting to look up. Let’s play with toys and presents!


Ribbons are fun!


That is my favorite picture 🙂 I wish I could have gotten one of her on her hind legs, exploring her first Christmas (actually, first-ever tree) and tinsel.

Now, just so you don’t get a bad impression of Gordon (who has a sister, Flash), here she is having settled down in Diane’s coat. Good kitty!


Another fun night in kittyland 🙂

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009 at 11:57 am |

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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.

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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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