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Archive for February, 2010

Dinner for one


This video was forwarded to me, and it cracks me up. Take a look see.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Thursday, February 18th, 2010 at 1:00 pm |

Save Freddy!


P&C friend and contributor Sally forwarded me this plea last night, so of course I said yes.
“I just got an email about this beautiful 7 month old male Pitbull named Freddy who’s stuck at a kill shelter in Jersey. He’s got 2 weeks till his number comes up. If you know anybody looking for a puppy…”
Can you put the word out? Poor little guy deserves a chance at happiness. (To adopt him, click here.)

Poor Freddy has had a rough start to life. His previous owner confined him to a chain in a garbage filled yard, completely neglected of any affection or training or food. On top of that, Freddy’s collar was 2 inches shorter than his throat making it hard for him to even breath. The SPCA confiscated him and brought him to the safety of the shelter in hopes he would find a loving home. He is a great dog with tons of love to offer a bully breed savy family. Freddy will require further training in his new home, after all he has been living in the shelter for months now. He is about 7 months old and is doing well with what training we have offered him but Freddy would do best in a home with another dog to help him drain some pent up energy. He is neutered, up to date with all vaccines and neutered. Freddy can only go to an adult home. Please give him a second chance.


Posted by Laurel Babcock on Thursday, February 18th, 2010 at 10:38 am |

Kitty kisses


They’re just the best aren’t they? I’m really lucky, my cats are total kissers, especially Cup, but don’t have really sandpapery tongues so it’s not annoying at all. Cup loves to kiss when she’s getting petted. Here’s me (well, not really) watching a men’s Olympic hockey game last night, and Cup, shamefully ignoring the game, but enjoying a neck rub.


Posted by Laurel Babcock on Thursday, February 18th, 2010 at 7:00 am |
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Stars who look like dogs


And I don’t mean that in an US magazine “stars who look schelppy like us!” kind of way, but literally, at least as interpreted by the msn.com celebrity site Wonderwall. As an example, below is their take on Brad Pitt and Paris Hilton, and the pups they resemble. I particularly liked the one I found of the Olsen twins and the Japanese chins.

Ah, isn’t the inter-web so grand?! You never know what’s going to end up in your in-box 🙂

If he shaves the goatee, I wonder what dog would knock out the schnauzer?


This is just insulting…to the dog.


For more, click here.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 at 5:00 pm |

A Champ and his hero


You can read more about this story tomorrow on LoHud.com, but right now the Gaulin family of Rye, NY, is heralding their English setter Remington for saving his buddy Champ, a wheaten terrier who is deaf and blind, from a potentially bad run-in with a coyote at their home. Remington’s barking kept the coyote at bay until his owners could rescue him. The coyote ran after the setter when the dog stopped barking and fled to the house.
“My English setter was a true hero,” Patti Gaulin said.

Here’s Champ, left, and Remington at home. Nice work boy!


Posted by Laurel Babcock on Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 at 2:37 pm |

Sadie takes home the prize


Well, despite my hopes for the whippet, Sadie the Scottish terrier did indeed take home Best in Show at Westminster last night. I hold no grudge, so congratulations girl! You can read a full story and see more photos here.


For a gallery of photos, click here.

And here’s a cool story about that it takes to win at Westminster.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 at 10:28 am |


Westminster Dog Show


So, did anyone watch the opening rounds last night? I only caught part of it, but now I am desperate for one of those Belgian herding breeds. Gorgeous! Here’s a link for you to keep up with the latest news. And here are some great photos. Plus these.

So who do you think will take the grand prize? Apparently, Sadie the Scottish terrier is the favorite to win.

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According to the Scottish Terrier and Dog News, they’re most worried about the competition from Puli, Field of Dreams.


Personally, I’m rooting for the Whippet 🙂


Posted by Laurel Babcock on Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 at 12:03 pm |
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Happy Valentine’s Day!


From me and the girls, a Happy Valentine’s Day to all. If you don’t have a two-footed love to share it with, then be grateful for your four-footers 🙂 As I’ve said. every day is Valentine’s Day for them, to you….As for Stanley and Cup, they’re just sleeping through it….

Cup….so beautiful!


Stanley…new spot, but adorableness personified!


Posted by Laurel Babcock on Sunday, February 14th, 2010 at 3:28 pm |

Animal shelters


Last week I posted a plea from the Elmsford (NY) Animal Shelter that generated one critical comment, and a bunch of rebuttals. Though this debate involves one local shelter in LoHud-land, I think the discussion is universal.

Read the original post above, but I think it’s worth reposting part of my response. As I always say, go forth an adopt!

If you read this blog regularly, you know I’m a huge supporter of animal shelters. Not all are perfect, but for most people who work at most shelters, it’s a thankless yet rewarding job, and quite necessary, and I salute you.

My response to the first poster here, and anyone who has concerns about any shelter, is do something about your concerns…contribute (cash, food, blankets, newspapers, toys….anything), volunteer, adopt….constructive action is what these shelters need.

Homes are what the animals need….

Thanks for reading…:)

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Saturday, February 13th, 2010 at 9:55 pm |
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Happy Valentine’s Day


OK, I’m early, but before you start showering your two-footed loves ones with flowers and candy, here’s some tips on how to keep your four-footers safe from overindulging on whatever may be around the house. And don’t forget to give them some love, too, as they give it us year-round, not just one day in February.

Tips and other info here courtesy of the ASPCA.


Posted by Laurel Babcock on Friday, February 12th, 2010 at 2:29 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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