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GO USA!! (updated)


If you read this blog only semi-regularly, you know I’m a hockey fan (my cats are named Stanley (and) Cup after all.) So I’m shamelessly using this blog today to ask for prayers that USA beats Canada! Stanley is sleeping (of course) but Cup, true to her name, is watching the gold medal Olympics game with me. Good girl!


Here she is asking me, “Are we gonna win??”

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Post game update:

Well, USA lost, in overtime…but good job boys! Stanley, though is unhappy.


Posted by Laurel Babcock on Sunday, February 28th, 2010 at 4:05 pm |

It’s nice to be a kitty


Stanley, oh my lovely Stanley. She has a new favorite place. Why, I don’t know, but it’s on the floor by the kitchen heater now. Oh she still sleeps on top on the heater, but now this corner by a chair is her deal. My cute girl! Stretchy….02-26-10_1906


Posted by Laurel Babcock on Friday, February 26th, 2010 at 7:42 pm |

Good day to be an indoor cat


No kidding. I wish I was an indoor cat today! A former colleague from The Journal News, Joe Walsh, sent us these photos today. Although, in looking at them carefully, I can’t tell if the cat is just fascinated by the snow or is thinking, “I wanna go play!”



Posted by Laurel Babcock on Friday, February 26th, 2010 at 10:26 am |
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Oreo’s Law


This just in: Following the tragic killing of an abused dog by the ASPCA in New York City, despite the offer of a No Kill sanctuary to guarantee her lifetime care, two New York state legislators have introduced a bill to prevent this from happening again. Named after the dog sacrificed to expediency by the ASPCA, “Oreo’s Law” would make it illegal for a shelter in New York State to kill an animal if a rescue group or No Kill shelter is willing to save that animal’s life. You can read all about this here.

Here’s poor Oreo.


Posted by Laurel Babcock on Wednesday, February 24th, 2010 at 12:45 pm |

Stanley at the sink


I don’t why it’s such a common behavior among cats to be so fascinated with running water. My dearly departed Zamboni was so nuts about the faucet, that he’d jump up by the sink demanding I turn it on as if he were begging for treats. Well, I learned from that when I got Stanley and Cup (a waste of water, number one, and a total annoyance for me) and they’ve luckily never been sink beggars.
However, I now happen to have a leak that I’ve been lazy about getting fixed, and it’s absolutely transfixing the girls. Here is Stanley this morning trying to get a handle on the situation 🙂


Posted by Laurel Babcock on Wednesday, February 24th, 2010 at 10:34 am |

May they live happily ever after


Earlier this month I told you about the “engagement” of Zappa Winnick-Baskin, a Standard Poodle, and Lulu Steinberg, an Australian shepard, who were to “exchange bow vows and tie the leash” at Atria Darien, a senior living community in Darien, Conn. In lieu of gifts, well-wishers were asked to donate to their local ASPCA. The groom’s mother is Wendy Winnick-Baskin, Atria Darien’s executive director. Well, as requested, I’ve been sent a photo of the happy couple a their wedding. Congrats!

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Posted by Laurel Babcock on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010 at 10:03 am |


Happy trails to you


This just in: Rational Animal, a participating organization of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, will unveil the 5th edition of Trails to Tails, the quintessential full-color, fold-out map and guide to New York City animal shelters and dog parks, on the steps of City Hall on Feb. 26 at 9 a.m., in celebration of I Love NYC Pets Month.

A Trails to Tails Pre-Unveiling Party hosted by Doggy Style in Soho will take place Feb. 25 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at 73 Thompson St., and is open to the public. At this event, pet-lovers can pick up a Trails to Tails map, and buy dog supplies with a percentage to be donated to Rational Animal.

Trails to Tails is the brainchild of Rational Animal and this 5th edition is whimsically illustrated by 3-D pop-up artist, Charles Fazzino, and is based on his “New York Is” collectible illustration of New York City. Trails to Tails will be available in key locations, including city offices, New York Public Libraries, NYC municipal shelters, and select vet offices, animal awareness and adoption events, and pet supplies stores city-wide. Trails to Tails is sponsored by the ASPCA and The Pedigree Foundation with help from New York Tails Magazine. Read more of this entry »

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Monday, February 22nd, 2010 at 1:17 pm |

World’s Largest Dog


This just in: Standing at more than 7 feet from head to tail and weighing almost 250 pounds, he’s not just a Great Dane; he’s the ‘greatest’ Dane! Guinness World Records today announced that ‘Giant George’, a Great Dane from Tucson, Arizona owned by David Nasser, is the new official record holder for both the Tallest Living Dog and the Tallest Dog Ever. This new ‘top dog’ measures 43 inches (3 ft 7 inches) from paw to shoulder as verified by an official Guinness World Records adjudicator who visited the dog after controversy surrounding his height required an in-person measurement. ‘Giant George’ inched out the previous record holder, Titan, by .75 inches to claim the crown.


George joins a history of Great Danes who have claimed this lofty title. The previous record holder, Titan, a four-year-old Great Dane from San Diego, California stands 42.25 inches tall and was crowned Guinness World Records’ Tallest Dog in 2009. Prior to Titan was Gibson, of Grass Valley, California, who stood at 42.2 inches tall.

“This is a hotly contested record and after some controversy and conflicting media reports we decided to send our own official adjudicator to put the final stamp on this record holder. We can indeed say now that George is the top dog,” said Craig Glenday, Editor-In-Chief of Guinness World Records. “This record has also sparked great interest in finding other pet records, so we’re asking everyone to check their dog houses, scratch posts and under the bed – they just might be living with a record-breaking pet!”

Tune in to see ‘Giant George’ on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” today Monday, February 22, 2010 (check local listings) in his first television appearance since being officially recognized as Guinness World Records’ Tallest Dog.

Guinness World Records is also searching for new pet records in the following categories: Dog With the Longest Ears, Smallest Dog (Length), Oldest Dog, Smallest Cat and Oldest Cat. For a chance to be included in the Guinness World Records 2011 edition, submit your record proposal at www.guinnessworldrecords.com.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Monday, February 22nd, 2010 at 10:41 am |

Save the date: wag and walk-a-thon


It’s almost that time of year again…yes, with spring comes the SPCA of Westchester’s annual Wags and Whiskers Walkathon & Pet Fair. This year it’s May 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All the details below, from the shelter:

Join us at FDR State Park in Yorktown Heights for the most exiciting fundraiser of the year and help save the life of a homeless animal by registering and collecting pledges! First, you’ll high-tail it with your best buddy on 2 mile walk. Then enjoy live music by 100.7 WHUD, fabulous food & refreshments, games and crafts for the kids and shopping in our vendor village!  In recognition of the many shelter cats who are waiting for new homes, supporters can walk with an adoptable cat vest!
Top Fundaiser will win an exciting 1 week vacation, lake front, on Indian Lake in the Adirondecks (includes boat)! Other top prizes include 1 year of free grooming, c/o PAWfection and more!
Click Here to Register Online and help collect pledges!
Registration is not required to attend but is greatly appreciated! Remember to ask your employer if they have a matching gift program to DOUBLE your donations!
You can also help support the SPCA by becoming a Sponsor or Vendor. Business owners, your logo will be seen by thousands of attendees as well as the over 10,000 supporters that receive our quarterly newsletter, our e-blasts, and on our website. All names/logos are printed on the official Walkathon banner and t-shirts. You may also choose to Honor or Remember a special person or pet by becoming Sponsor.

For further details, e-mail lisa@spca914.org or call (914) 941-2896 x 22, or visit www.spca914.org.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Friday, February 19th, 2010 at 12:54 pm |


Help Rose help dogs


The other day I got the most adorable e-mail from a 12-year-old named Rose, who goes to school in Westchester County, NY, and is trying to help get two dogs adopted from the Yonkers Animal Shelter. As Rose said, “Currently, I am taking a course named “Animal Rescue.” In this course, we try our best to find dogs their forever homes. I put my best into this course and feel I can do more. Would you help me expand public awareness about our many available dogs? Two dogs, which I am working to find homes, have been at the Yonkers Animal Shelter for a long time and are getting sad. I would very much appreciate your help, and so would the dogs!”

How can you resist that? The dogs, Spot and Penelope, and pictured below. You can learn more about at the shelter’s Web site, or call 914-377-6730.



Good luck Rose! I hope these dogs find good homes.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Thursday, February 18th, 2010 at 4:19 pm |
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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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