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Happy holidays from Gomez


P&C friend and contributor Sally from the brother blog sends along these wishes from Gomez. Sally reports that she got her kitties, Gomez and Princess Dubinsky, a comfy new bed as a Hanukkah present, but the Princess obviously prefers the shoebox. Kitties!
I, for one, was impressed that she got Gomez to pose for this pic. There is no chance Stanley or Cup would let me get within a candy cane’s-length of their heads with this…but Gomez, you rock!


Here is Princess Dubi flagrantly ignoring her present.



Dubi says, “I am a Princess. What ya gonna do?”

Thanks Sally!

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009 at 4:24 pm |

Why cat sitters were invented


This woman does have a very valid point, when you read the whole story. But I still find this kind of funny. If you can afford the $200 bucks to fly with your cat, I’d think you could shell out for a sitter, and the cat would probably enjoying staying home 🙂
Read the story and watch video here. Tell me what you think.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009 at 2:19 pm |
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Top dogs in pop culture


I know, just know you’ve been waiting all year for this, and here it is! The American Kennel Club and PawNation.com unveiled their list today of the Top 125 Dogs in Pop Culture. Can you guess who made number #1?
I asked some folks in my office, and only one person got it right (OK, I only asked the two people closest to my desk).

AKC experts created the initial list of pop culture dogs, but the public voted for three months in a series of 11 polls on PawNation.com. In total, nearly 76,000 people had the final say of the Top 125 Dogs in Pop Culture, according to the AKC.

Below is a synopsis from the Kennel Club, and you can also read the list here. But first, the winner is…(a personal favorite of mine, though I’m a bit bummed Toto dropped down the list)…


Yay! Snoopy!!!

Full disclosure: As a Boston University grad, I’m also glad to see that Rhett the Boston Terrier came in the top 50 and beat out Yale’s Handsome Dan 🙂


Keeping reading, and enjoy. Read more of this entry »

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009 at 1:13 pm |


King VJ gets shy


A while back I introduced you to VJ, a massive Turkish Van who owns brother blog friend and P&C contributor Nasty 1. Well, it seems VJ is getting frustrated with all the fame his exposure has gotten him. As Nasty says, “The King VJ doesn’t like the papparazzi. No pics please :)”

The King VJ

Thanks Nasty, that is an awesome pic! Now go make your bed….:)

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Monday, December 21st, 2009 at 10:31 am |

Happy Holidays!


I get tons and tons of e-mails this time of year about pet products, and gifts and all that kind of stuff. As P&C readers know, we don’t pitch products here (you don’t need me for that in interweb world and we have more fun and loftier goals, I hope 🙂

Which is why I have to post this from P&C contributor John…Low or no-cost ideas, realistic for pets and smart for two- and four-footers.

The specifics are all here, but I think the synopsis John sent gets the point across.

Before the list: Please read #5, most important.
As for #1, I pulled dead leaves off Cup’s favorite snack plant and we played with them for quite a while. No cash, time or effort really involved, and Cup was happy! (Old picture here, but here’s my point)


John, take it away:
1. Buy a great toy: Check out the environmentally-friendly toys at your local pet store, or online. Or go even more simple. A bucket of old tennis balls makes Kelly happy. Try making a toy yourself. If you can sew, create a simple stuffed teddy bear for your pup. Tie a feather or pompon to the end of a string for your kitty. Get creative!

2. Cook something yummy: Find a recipe for healthy dog treats. Try this dog carrot cake recipe from Sharon Azar’s WOOF! blog or Editor-in-chief Edward Grinnan’s dog food recipe.

3. Frame a picture: For your animal-loving friends and family, frame a special picture of their pet, or create a small scrapbook or brag book. If you’re handy with the computer, print up stationary or note cards, with the pet’s picture in the corner.

4. Make pet books and calendars: Pet lovers will never grow tired of reading about their best friends, and there are so many great options: fiction, memoirs, how-to, and great true animal stories. (Check out Guideposts’ own Their Mysterious Ways) Page-a-day or monthly pet calendars make great gifts, too.

5. Give your time: What’s the best gift to give a pet? Your time! Get down on the floor and play, maybe even invent a new game with your dog or cat. Relish time to just cuddle. Kelly and I like to get wrapped up in a blanket. For your pet-owning friends, offer dog walking or pet-sitting. Or help more pets by donating time or money to a local animal shelter.

Happy holidays!


Posted by Laurel Babcock on Sunday, December 20th, 2009 at 6:05 pm |

A snowy day


Hey P&C friends, if you’re lucky, you’re not part of the northeast storm. If you are part of it, here’s why it’s good to be Stanley. First, warm up on heater:


Then cuddle up in basket.


Posted by Laurel Babcock on Saturday, December 19th, 2009 at 9:00 pm |


Hartsdale Pet Cemetery event canceled


If anybody was planning on going to the annual tree lighting ceremony and pet food donation event at the Hartsdale Pet Cemetery, this just in:

It was a difficult decision, but the winter storm that is predicted sounds pretty bad. Therefore, the management at Hartsdale Pet Cemetery has canceled Sunday’s tree lighting ceremony scheduled for
1 p.m. Any animal food the cemetery has collected thus far will be available for the animal shelters to pick up anytime between today and Christmas Eve.

Happy Holidays!!!

Bruce Fabricant

P.S. Me here. If you were planning to attend and donate food, why not just drop it off at your local shelter? Thanks.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Saturday, December 19th, 2009 at 3:46 pm |
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Tree lighting and food donations


Got this from the Hartsdale Pet Ceremony.
The economy has hit animal shelters in Westchester and Rockland countries particularly hard this year. Fido and all his shelter friends need food. Hartsdale Pet Cemetery (www.petcem.com), the oldest pet cemetery in the United States, is
doing something about that just as it has done for the past 20 years.

Besides conducting its annual tree lighting ceremony to honor the memories of all pet animals on Sunday, Dec. 20 at 1 p.m. at the cemetery’s front grate entrance, at 75 Central Park Ave. in Hartsdale, the cemetery will be donating more than 1,000 pounds of animal food to animal shelters in Westchester and Rockland counties and to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Shelter representatives will be on hand to pick up the food.

“I can’t tell you how many people look forward to this annual event,” said Edward Martin Jr., the cemetery’s director. “We’ve been doing this for 20 years now. It’s our way of helping keep the memory of pets alive. And being able to help shelters is an added bonus.” Read more of this entry »

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Thursday, December 17th, 2009 at 3:53 pm |
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Canine Christmas card


This is one of the most adorable things I’ve ever seen. It almost made me cry!


Click here to watch.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Thursday, December 17th, 2009 at 1:50 pm |


Welcome to the world


This just in from the the Wildlife Conservation Society: The Bronx Zoo is proud to announce one of its newest residents, a female Wolf’s guenon, born recently to parents Jordan and Gigi. This new addition to WCS’s Bronx Zoo can be seen year-round in the state-of-the-art Congo Gorilla Forest exhibit.
Wolf’s guenons (Cercopithecus wolfi) are tree dwellers found south of Africa’s Congo River primarily between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda. These Old World monkeys are very colorful and extremely social. They tend to vocalize frequently and make a wide range of calls.

_julie larsen maher 9373 wolfs guenon and baby 12 2 09(Photo by Julie Larsen Maher)

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Thursday, December 17th, 2009 at 11:19 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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