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Trololo kitty

April
30

Late as always to the latest Interweb trends, this recently came to my attention when someone forwarded me one of the, apparently, zillions of videos that have been set to this tune.

Now that you know the history, check out this video. Hysterical.

Have a good weekend all! Happy Friday!

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Friday, April 30th, 2010 at 3:51 pm |
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Weekend dog fun

April
30

Two worthy pet events this weekend are not to be missed. On Saturday, the Wags and Whis­kers Marathon and Pet Fair to benefit the SPCA of Westchester takes place at Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park, Route 202 in Yorktown NY. High-tail it with your best buddy on a 2-mile walk, then enjoy music by 100.7 WHUD, food, games and crafts for the kids and shopping in the vendor village. It’s from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 914-941-2896 for info.
Here’s two pups enjoying last year’s walk:

On Sunday, take your pooch to the American Cancer Society’s Bark for Life at Bear Mountain State Park for a walk around Hessian Lake, 7 Lakes Drive, then enjoy demonstrations, contests and games. $25 to register. From 8 a.m. to noon. Call 800-227-2345 or e-mail amy.zattosky@cancer.org.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Friday, April 30th, 2010 at 2:00 pm |
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Open house and info at shelter

April
30

The New Rochelle Humane Society, 70 Portman Road in New Rochelle NY is hosting an open house with workshops and presentations on micro-chipping, pet CPR and first aid, and fostering, Sunday May 2 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is for two-footers, only, so leave your pets at home.
If you go, take a tour and visit the animals waiting for adoption. Maybe you’ll take one home.
Here’s the schedule:
• Micro-chipping Presentation, 11 a.m.
• Pet CPR and First Aid Workshop, 12:30 p.m.
• Fostering Workshop, 2 p.m.

Here’s one the pups looking for a good home:

MaryAnne is Shepherd/hound mix who is a total sweetheart. She is a 1-year-old former momma Shepherd who is looking for a home after being found with a litter of eight pups, who look like a Labrador retriever might have been their daddy. Maryanne has amazed everyone at the New Rochelle Humane Society with her gentle, friendly personality. Her adoption fee of $152.50 includes spay surgery, vaccines, heartworm test, micro-chip and a free vet exam.

For more info, call 914.632.2925 or visit www.newrochellehumanesociety.org

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Friday, April 30th, 2010 at 12:24 pm |
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Do I really need to be this aware?

April
29

As I’ve noted here before, there seems to be an “awareness” month, week or day for just about everything. But even these gave me pause (no pun intended). In an an e-mail I received today, totally unrelated to pets, I learned about these three this month. One is over, but it’s not too late to mark the others.

• International Pooper Scooper Week (4/1-4/7).
Not to be confused with…
• National Scoop the Poop Week (4/24-4/30)

And my ultimate favorite: National Hairball Awareness Day (4/30).

Now, in my house, it’s Hairball Awareness Day more days than I care to experience. But seriously, when you Google the phrase, you get something like 8,000 hits. What the?? And I found this, last year in a Washington, D.C. museum. “See outstanding examples of nine human and animal hairballs from the museum’s collection and learn about how they occur….A presentation and hands-on activity to mark National Hairball Awareness Day will be held at noon.”

Hands-on activity? Gee, what a treat. As Cup would say, “ackk…”

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Thursday, April 29th, 2010 at 11:28 am |
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Pet parade and fair

April
28

I got this today from Gail Rosselot, a member of Girl Scout Troop 2299’s pet parade organizing committee. Now, regular readers here know I kind of have a thing about pets in costumes 🙂 But I totally support the organizations involved in this event, and it sounds like a great community event. Just keep your leashed friends comfy if you choose to dress them up….Here’s the news:

Briarcliff Manor’s Very First Pet Parade
Saturday, May 8, 9 a.m. to noon (rain date: Sat. May 15; same time)

Briarcliff (NY) is having its first Pet Parade & Fair and all domestic community pets are welcome!
The Girls Scouts of Briarcliff-Pocantico are sponsoring this exciting and fun event in conjunction with National Girl Scout Spirit Day.
Don’t have a pet? Bring along a favorite stuffed animal.

Check-in will begin at 9 a.m. at the corner of Popular and Pleasantville Road. The parade will proceed at 9:30 a.m. toward the Post Office and end at the Youth Center basketball court and parking lot area. Costumes for pets and owners are optional, but fun!
Ribbons will be presented at the end of the parade for largest pet, biggest ears, biggest paws, cutest costume, looks most like owner-and more.
The event will also include:
• Pet photos, refreshments, crafts, library table, training demonstrations, and pet health information will also be available at the end of the parade.
• Games: Dog Limbo and Musical Newspapers
• Pet Art Contest for Kids
• Information about the SPCA , Guiding Eyes programs, rabies, and keeping your pet healthy in the summer
• Vendors, face painting and more…

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Wednesday, April 28th, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
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Learn about bone marrow transplants for dogs

April
28

On Wednesday, June 2, Guiding Eyes for the Blind welcomes the Veterinary Specialty Center of the Hudson Valley for a special presentation on bone marrow transplants for dogs with Lymphoma. The free event begins at 7 p.m. and will be held at Guiding Eyes’ Headquarters and Training Center in Yorktown Heights, NY. The Veterinary Specialty Center of the Hudson Valley is the only facility to conduct this procedure in the Northeast, and one of only five nationwide.

Bone marrow transplants (BMT) are the newest treatments for Canine Lymphosarcoma (Lymphoma), a type of cancer of the white blood cells. The procedure requires that the patient be put into molecular remission and the cancer-free stem cells be removed. Radiation therapy is then used to eradicate any remaining cancer cells throughout the body. The patient is supported in a state-of-the-art ICU facility while the stem cells are placed back into the body to re-grow the bone marrow and the immune system. A successful treatment allows the patient to live a cancer-free life.

“Lymphoma is one of the most common cancers we see,” explained Dr. Joseph Impellizeri, the center’s medical director. “A bone marrow transplant can be an actual ‘cure for cancer’ in 50-75% of the cases. As a veterinary oncologist, the chance to offer a cure for an otherwise fatal cancer is a dream come true.”

“Our dog was just too important to us; we had to try everything,” said Bob Akmens, owner of Flopsy, an 11 year old German short-haired pointer suffering from lymphoma. “He is part of our family and the BMT procedure gave us hope that otherwise would be impossible. I am so happy we found Dr. Impellizeri and were able to give Flopsy a real chance at being cured.”

The presentation is open to the public, although reservations are required. To sign-up, please contact Guiding Eyes for the Blind at 914-243-4346 or e-mail kscheld@guidingeyes.org. For more information on bone marrow transplants for dog, call Cristiana Campos, Veterinary Specialty Center of the Hudson Valley, at 845-632-3200.

Guiding Eyes for the Blind is located at 611 Granite Springs Road in Yorktown Heights, NY. The organization can be reached at 914.245.4024 or by visiting www.guidingeyes.org.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Wednesday, April 28th, 2010 at 4:39 pm |
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Big pet adoption event this weekend

April
27

This just in: The SPCA of Connecticut is presenting the Northeast’s largest pet adoption event taking place this Friday, April 30 to Sunday, May 2 at the Connecticut Expo Center, 265 Reverend Moody Overpass, Hartford, CT. Produced by the SPCA of Connecticut, Monroe, CT, the “Shelter Dogs Rock” pet adoption show is expected to find homes for over 600 homeless puppies, purebreds, mixes, small dogs, family dogs and kittens. Over 130 booths with pet related merchants and professionals offering goods and services will be present along with food, refreshments and entertainment offerings. Read more of this entry »

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Tuesday, April 27th, 2010 at 4:21 pm |
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Well that’s adorable

April
27

No false advertising here. A colleague alerted me to this site, and it is in fact adorable. It’s also downright funny. In addition to the photos, make sure you check out the video of the dog who won’t follow orders on the beach. (Note: non G-rated language alert). The dog’s a hoot, but it’s the owner’s accent on the voice-over that’s truly hysterical.
Now, isn’t this adorable?

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Tuesday, April 27th, 2010 at 3:00 pm |
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Help Fido make friends

April
27

First, I have to ask…Why and when did Fido become the standard generic name for dogs? Just curious….And now the news, provided here by the American Kennel Club, just in time for Fi…I mean your pooch’s forays outdoors as the weather improves.

Humans aren’t the only ones who have to make friends — your dog does too! Socializing your pup with other dogs is very important. Not to worry if your dog is having trouble making canine friends. You can help him! AKC Canine Good Citizen Director and Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, Mary Burch, Ph.D., offers some tips on how to help your dog become the most popular pup at the dog park.

• Don’t head directly for the dog park. If you have a pup that tends to be nervous around other animals, you don’t want to literally throw him to the dogs! The dog park might be too much for your pup as the first step in meeting new friends, especially when there are many other dogs there running around.
• Take it one step at a time. You’ll want to systematically introduce your pup to others. Start off by meeting one friend with one dog. Make sure the other dog is a polite, well-mannered pooch. If you happen to have an exceptionally energetic dog, you might want to have an experienced trainer at the meeting just in case your dog tries to dominate the other. Dogs can sense if you are nervous, which can lead to you losing control of the situation. Having an experienced trainer with you will help you feel at ease and keep control.

• Meet a variety of dogs. If your purebred has only ever met other dogs of his breed, you can imagine how surprised he will be when he meets another breed for the first time. It is important to socialize with all types of dogs. A great place to have your dog meet different breeds is at a training class.

Additional tips on how to socialize your dog can be found in “Citizen Canine,” the official new book of the AKC Canine Good Citizen Program at caninegoodcitizen.wordpress.com.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Tuesday, April 27th, 2010 at 11:28 am |
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West Coast kitties

April
27

Greetings all! I’ve officially returned from my latest trip out West and am back in business. I spent the week visiting my furry West Coast family, most of whom recently moved to Las Vegas (only the kitties, no Prince the pup). I was so busy trying to win money and not gain weight (the total opposite happened, alas) that I didn’t take many pics, but managed to snap a few.

(I also visited a friend who recently adopted a mama and baby Russian blue. Gorgeous!!!!! But too skittish for me to get any pictures).

So, we begin with Tigger (furry yellow) and Ribeye (dark gray and tan) starting off their morning with a little friendly wrassle outside my bedroom’s terrace door.

My friend lives on the 43rd floor of a 45-story building, with spectacular floor-to-ceiling window views of mountains in the distance and the city below. The outside ledge of these windows attracts the occasional Nevada pigeon. The kitties, naturally, are enthralled:

Ribeye and Porkchop join in….

After drooling over the bird (do cats drool?) it’s time to hit the kibble bowl:

And lastly, my ever loving Ribeye, who just could not stand being ignored while we worked on a large puzzle (of a cat, of course). It didn’t work when she pawed pieces off the table and she wasn’t satisfied with a pet while in a nearby chair. So here’s her solution. Table for 1 please?!

Girls, it was wonderful as always to see you. Say hi and thank Mom again for me!!

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Tuesday, April 27th, 2010 at 7:00 am |
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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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