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Treat time!


It’s been a while, too long actually, since I’ve snapped my girls being adorable. So last night I grabbed these shots of Stanley waiting for, then snacking on a treat. Sometimes she eats it from the floor, but sometimes, like here, she likes to pick it up with one paw and feed herself. Cute kitty!



Posted by Laurel Babcock on Wednesday, March 31st, 2010 at 4:30 pm |
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Vet offers reduced cost pet care in April


This just in from South Putnam Animal Hospital: In Honor of National Pet Week (May 2-8), South Putnam Animal Hospital is sponsoring a month-long program that will provide reduced cost veterinary care for animals whose owners are in financial need.
The Pet-Aid Program will be held on a weekly basis at South Putnam Animal Hospital, 230B Baldwin Place Road, Mahopac NY. Pet-Aid appointments will be seen by Dr. Kathi Heiber and staff on Wednesday afternoons between 2 and 4 p.m. for the month of April.

This program is intended for pets who have health concerns or are in need of preventative care, it is not intended for those pets in need of emergency care.

The Pet-Aid program is by appointment only; please call in advance as these appointments are limited. Please specify that you need a Pet-Aid appointment so the appropriate appointment is made for you. Bring any previous medical records and vaccine history with you to your pet’s appointment. Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment time to fill out registration forms on you and your pet(s).

The fee for a Pet-Aid Physical Exam is $15. Any needed out-patient services done at the time of the Pet-Aid appointment will be at 50% reduced fees. Pharmacy items (including heartworm prevention and flea and tick control medicine) for examined pets will be at our regular fees – many of which are comparable to internet prices. Payment is due at the time of services. Cash, visa, MasterCard or debit cards are accepted.

Call 845-628-1834, to schedule your Pet-Aid appointment.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Wednesday, March 31st, 2010 at 2:53 pm |
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Missing Jindo dogs need home (or owner)


One of the people who rescued these two dogs reached out to me for help, so now I turn to you.
These two Jindo dogs, a unique Korean breed deemed a national treasure by South Korea, were found running loose in Larchmont and rescued on March 25 and 26. The male and female are being held at the New Rochelle Humane Society, but it is hoped they can be placed with foster families by tomorrow pending adoption or the discovery of their owner because they are not doing well in a shelter environment. For information, contact Kristen Edmonds of Treasured K9’s, which specializes in Jindo rescue, at 877-774-8597.

Here’s both:


And here’s the guy. Look at that face!


These are gorgeous and amazing sounding dogs. To learn more, visit www.treasuredk9s.org or check this out.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Tuesday, March 30th, 2010 at 2:25 pm |
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Puppies saved; now it’s your turn


Got this from the Best Friend Animal Society. Take a read, then maybe go adopt.
EATONTOWN, N.J. (Wednesday, March 24, 2010)—Approximately 150 cast-off puppy mill dogs from a number of Midwestern states are safe today after being delivered to local rescue groups in the New York/ New Jersey area. After thorough medical evaluations, much-needed grooming, and a lot of TLC, they eventually will be available for adoption through local shelters and rescue groups.

After a long, cross-country journey, they were delivered this morning to waiting groups here at Monmouth County SPCA in Eatontown by Best Friends Animal Society, which arranged for the release and provided transport of the dogs.

In addition to Monmouth County SPCA, several other groups will be on hand to pick up the dogs and provide temporary homes for them until they are adopted: Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, Wainscott, N.Y.; Noah’s Ark Animal Welfare Association, Ledgewood, N.J.; Save A Pet, Long Island, N.Y.; SPCA of Westchester, Inc., Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.; Tiny Treasures Rescue, Yonkers, N.Y., Second Chance Pet Adoption League, Oak Ridge, N.J.; and North Shore Animal League, Port Washington, N.Y. Read more of this entry »

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Tuesday, March 30th, 2010 at 11:56 am |
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I have no idea what I really think of this. However, we here at P&C are a judge-free zone (unless I deem something worth judging) so here you go. This is brought to you via Petco.


It’s “Derby Season” and trainers across the country are gearing up for another exciting year of competition. But in this case, the trainers are kids and the athletes are their prized pet hamsters! Petco will host its annual Hamster Ball Derby at all of the company’s more than 1,000 locations nationwide on Saturday, April 24 at 2 p.m. Last year’s race drew more than 10,000 racing hamsters and their cheering pet parents.

Racing in run-about balls, hamsters and other small pets will speed down tracks in heats of four toward the finish line for a chance at the winner’s circle. The event is designed as a fun family event and an opportunity to reinforce proper pet care principles with kids. To extend that education further, Petco partnered with Field Trip Factory to provide pet care materials to elementary school teachers and their students and encourage participation in the Derby by classroom pets.
(For more information about the Derby, training tips and videos and a 20 percent off coupon valid on derby day only, or to find a participating location near you, visit www.petco.com/hamster. Classrooms can also sign up at www.fieldtripfactory.com.) Read more of this entry »

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Tuesday, March 30th, 2010 at 7:00 am |

A little higher please


Another kitty photo that cracks me up. Where do people find these moments!! Thanks to P&C friend and contributor Diane for thinking of me and sending this while I was away.

I wonder what kitty grunts sound like?


Posted by Laurel Babcock on Monday, March 29th, 2010 at 7:15 pm |
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Chimp love (and I love this chimp)


P&C friend and contributor Sally sent me these AMAZING pictures (and I don’t usually use capital letters) about this chimp who became a surrogate mom to two baby white tigers. It seems this chimp has a history of helping raise abandoned animals, including leopard and lion cubs, at TIGERS (The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species) in South Carolina.

You can learn more about Anjana and see more pics here. But first, here’s some to whet your appetite. If you don’t smile at these, I can’t help ya 🙂


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Posted by Laurel Babcock on Monday, March 29th, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
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Bunnies are cute, but….


With Easter just around the corner, I figured it was a good time to post this article sent to me by P&C friend and contributor John from Guideposts. It’s an cute but informative way of saying, yes, bunnies and chicks are adorable, but don’t necessarily make great pets, so stick to the chocolate kind unless you have the space, know what you’re doing, and won’t give the animal back because you realized these lessons too late.

From the author Peggy Frezon, the 5 Easter pets are:
1. Bunny Rabbit: I’ve owned rabbits, and they were sweet and friendly. If you truly want a pet rabbit, know that they need a fairly large cage, regular cleaning and daily attention. Rabbits aren’t a great match for young children, as they are fidgety and may kick or scratch. Bunny Buddies recommends keeping pet rabbits inside, since those locked away in hutches outside are more likely to become ignored.

(I know this picture isn’t helping, but dang, they are cute! Also, a friend of mine once had an indoor rabbit. Adorable! But boy, you really had to watch your step when he was out of his hutch, if you get my drift.)


2. Baby Chick: If you live on a farm or in an area that allows farm animals, then raising chickens could be for you. But most others shouldn’t bring baby chicks home for Easter. Just think: what are you going to do with that cute little fluff ball when it becomes a large, messy chicken? In addition, the Center for Infectious Diseases warns that many chicks carry salmonella bacteria, which is dangerous especially to children.

3. Duckling: I always wanted a pet duck. I had this idea of keeping it in a plastic kiddie swimming pool in my yard. But I’m glad I never got one, because I really knew nothing about keeping a duck. Ducks need room to roam and swim. They need to be kept safe from neighborhood dogs and other predators. They’re messy. And like chicks, they can carry the salmonella bacteria.

4. Stuffed Toy: So if you’ve done all your research and decided that a bunny, chick or duckling is not right for you this Easter, what can you do? For young children (okay, adults like them too!) why not substitute a plush pet? A floppy bunny or fluffy chick toy will look almost as cute, and be a lot less work!

5. Sponsored Animal: Live animals still can be a part of your Easter. You usually get a certificate when you sponsor an animal, and you can pop that into the Easter basket. Sponsoring helps pay for the food and veterinary care of animals in need. For a donation of only $25, you can sponsor a pet through Best Friends Animal Society. Or check with your local zoo or animal shelter.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Monday, March 29th, 2010 at 4:15 pm |

I’ve heard of dogs chasing cars….


….but this takes it to a new level. Check out this hysterical video. They sure don’t make car bumpers like they used to, huh? Thankfully, it seems it all worked out for the pooch.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Monday, March 29th, 2010 at 11:44 am |
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Nap time


Hi all. Yes, it’s that time for me. Just wanted to let you know I’ll be off until March 29. So sorry I didn’t have time to post treats in advance, but enjoy the past for a while during you visit here, or see you upon my return. Have a good week!dog_beach

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Saturday, March 20th, 2010 at 5:55 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.

About the author
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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