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Archive for January, 2010

The Daily Kitten


Who couldn’t use a daily dose of kitten, even if you have a cat, right? Well thanks to Spike’s new mom Margaret, I give you The Daily Kitten, pictures and stories of kittens from around the world. Here’s a small taste. I give you Hydrox and Wyatt:




Posted by Laurel Babcock on Sunday, January 31st, 2010 at 4:18 pm |

Sorry for the absence


Hi friends, sorry I’ve been out of the loop for a few days, but I forgot to mention that I’d be out of town for a bit. Back Sunday with a new post. Thanks for your patience.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Friday, January 29th, 2010 at 3:59 pm |
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Fat cats


No, not the Wall Street kind, but the feline variety. P&C friend and contributor Linda alerted me to this highly amusing blog, designed especially for “those who appreciate a curvy cat.” It naturally has lots of funny photos accompanied by funny captions. Here’s a taste of what you’ll find:

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Posted by Laurel Babcock on Wednesday, January 27th, 2010 at 11:16 am |


Animal adoption day


If you’re thinking of adopting a pet, perhaps you’ll stop by this event: Dogs, cats, ferrets, bunnies and other small animals from the Elmsford Animal Shelter will be available for adoption Feb. 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Thornwood Self Storage Center, 950 Broadway, Thornwood (NY).
The shelter aims to find homes for many anmals, and to raise money for the shelter and public awareness of the plight of shelter animals. For more information, call 914-769-6960.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Wednesday, January 27th, 2010 at 10:45 am |
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Pet dental clinic


This is just in from Animal Medical of New City (NY). Space is limited so sign up now to get two of your pets a free dental exam at Animal Medical of New City during the clinic’s annual celebration of Pet Dental Health Month (there really is a month for everything, isn’t there.)
The event’s Feb. 6 from noon to 5 p.m. at 22 New Hempstead Road. Deadline to register for exams is Feb. 4. Call 845-638-3600 or e-mail clientservices@animalmedicalnc.com with your name, phone number, and the hour of the day you’d like to bring your pet. They’ll e-mail or call to confirm your appointment.
The clinic will include dental care demos, door prizes and raffles, and tours of the hospital. The first 25 to register will receive a $25 gift certificate toward their pet’s follow-up dental care.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Wednesday, January 27th, 2010 at 10:18 am |

10-month-old Golden needs a home


This was forwarded to me by Teri. Bella is a 10 month old Golden Retriever who has fallen victim to the current housing crisis. Her family had to move and is not able to bring her with them.
She is healthy, spayed, up-to-date with all her shots, socialized and in need of a loving, committed family and warm home.
Bella is free, all she requires is a committed and loving family in a pet-friendly environment.
Interested? e-mail sallysanford@hotmail.com or call 203-918-5005. Here’s the beautiful Bella:M/p>



Posted by Laurel Babcock on Monday, January 25th, 2010 at 4:43 pm |
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More Spike pics


I’ve been taking pictures of Spike for four months, and never got anything this clear…dang! Thanks Helen for giving me access to these photos!



I’m glad to see this one. Margaret bought her a little kitty bed that’s on a heating vent, from where Spike can admire the bird feeders. Looks like she figured out this prime spot fast!


We left one of Spike’s blankets with her so she’d have something familiar from home…


Posted by Laurel Babcock on Monday, January 25th, 2010 at 3:53 pm |

Shelter animals need help


The Mount Vernon (NY) Animal Shelter (600 Garden Ave.), like many shelters, is small, crowded and understaffed and could use your help in caring the for the dogs and cats whose lives the shelter tries to make bearable prior to adoption.
The shelter could use: blankets, towels and sheets; toys; cat litter, cat and dog food, wet or dry, and treats; garden hoses for cleaning, along with detergent, bleach and any other household cleaning supplies, including paper towels and garbage bags.

These poor animals nor only need supplies, they could use some attention. The shelter has wonderful volunteers who are very committed, but they could use more help. Even just one hour a week, consider becoming a volunteer and spend some quality time with a homeless dog or cat.
Better yet, give one a home!

For more information, call the shelter at 914-665-2444.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Monday, January 25th, 2010 at 2:12 pm |
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Two new pals


Welcome to P&C, our new friend and contributor Jlone from the brother blog! It sure took you long enough to send these photos, Jlone, but I’m happy to introduce your adorable cocker Spaniels to the world 🙂

What follows are Sassy, 16, and Casey, 6. Jlone says Sassy is getting up in age and the family is preparing for the inevitable. “It is not going to be easy,” he says. “Both are happy and playful.  Even the vets find it hard to believe that Sassy is 16. That is until they look at her teeth. She is very spry for her age.”

Here’s both, with Sassy at left:


Sassy having a senior moment 🙂


My Ball!


Chillin with Mommy…check out those eyelashes!


Thanks Jlone! They are precious!

As I explained to Jlone in an e-mail, the worst part about having pets is that we two-footers outlive them by far too long, and saying goodbye is always so painful. But it’s ultimately worth the joy they bring during their time with us, right?

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Monday, January 25th, 2010 at 12:26 pm |


Spike update…she has a new home!


Saturday night brought a combination of great joy and sadness for Diane and I…sadness because we said our (temporary) goodbyes to Spike, but joy because we found her a good home in which to have a happy, playful, loving life.
I say temporary goodbyes because Spike is now living with my boss here at LoHud and his family, and they have graciously allowed Diane and I visitation rights!!!

One thing we wanted Spike to have is a four-footed playmate. And her she is, the adorable Mandy:


Mandy is a total lover, but she’s also Spike’s first dog, so the two are keeping a respectable distance from each other right now. However, Mandy is a cat-loving dog, so we’re not very worried.

As often happens with pets get put in new surroundings, Spike was a bit overwhelmed during the transfer, but is slowly getting used to her new digs and her new family. I’m told the proud new parents and their daughter have already taken a zillion pics of Spike in just the first two days. Of course, cause she’s so cute!
The good news for us here, is that we can all continue to keep up with Spike as she continues to grow. So, here is Spike exploring her new home:


Checking out the computer during the football game. She is looking at photos of herself being put up on one of her new mommy’s FaceBook page 🙂


Phew! It’s been a very tiring day….


Be a good kitty Spikey! We love you! And to Henry, Margaret and Helen…thanks a ton 🙂

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Monday, January 25th, 2010 at 11:25 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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