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Adopt a pet and buy stamps


On Saturday May 1, the Putnam (NY) Humane Society will bring some of its residents to the Shrub Oak Post Office, 1350 E. Main St. from 9 a.m. to noon, to celebrate the launch of a new postal stamp that benefits shelter animals. For more info, visit www.puthumane.org or call 845-225-7777.
The shelter’s hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Here’s one of the animals that are up for adoption. Celine is a 3-year-old girl who is the sweetheart of the Putnam Humane Society. She came to the shelter only because her family was unable to care for her. She would be a wonderful addition to any home. Stop by and take her for a walk. You’ll fall in love with her sweet nature. Celine is up-to-date on all vaccinations, spayed and micro-chipped. Her adoption fee is $120. The shelter is on Old Route 6, Carmel.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Monday, April 26th, 2010 at 12:51 pm |

Adoption fair event


The Hi-Tor Animal Shelter in Pomona NY will be on hand with animals for adoption at this book reading event May 2 from noon to 3 p.m. at Deerkill Day Camp, 54 Wilder Road, Suffern NY (845-354-1466).

Children’s author Robert W. Kurkela will be reading from his book, “Still Her Spirit Sings.” All ages are welcome and admission is free. The book will be released in time for Be Kind To Animals Week and National Pet Week (May 2 to 8) and Children’s Book Week (May 10 to 16). A percentage of the profits from the sale of the book will go to help animal causes.

For info on the book, www.kidzpoetz.com

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Monday, April 26th, 2010 at 7:00 am |
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Doggie destinations


Greetings everyone! Just wanted to let those of you who live in LoHud-land to pick up your Journal News today. In our six weekly Express newspapers, we have local feature stories on pet-friendly places to take your pets, and where they can run off leash and be free dogs.
Or, check out the stories here at LoHud.com. Here’s Annabelle enjoying an afternoon with her owner, Mark Pueraro of Port Chester, at the White Plains dog park called the Bark Park. Great pic by my buddy Joe Larese.


Posted by Laurel Babcock on Sunday, April 25th, 2010 at 6:00 am |


Train your dog to be a therapy pal


If I had a dog, I would sign up for this in a heartbeat.
The Hudson Valley Humane Society Visiting Pet Program will host several training workshops in the coming months for those interested in Animal Assisted Therapy. The workshops prepare prospective volunteers to visit hospitals, schools, nursing homes, libraries and other facilities with their dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, and other domestic pets.

Saturday, May 1, 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tolstoy Foundation, Valley Cottage Campus, 104 Lake Road, Valley Cottage, Rockland County NY
A training program for anyone wishing to get involved with Reading Education Assistance Dogs and work with children in libraries and schools. Workshop is only for humans.


Saturday and Sunday, June 12 & 13, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, Tolstoy Foundation, Valley Cottage Campus, 104 Lake Road
A workshop to train prospective volunteers in animal assisted therapy in various settings. Workshop is only for humans.

More info and how to register after the jump: Read more of this entry »

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Saturday, April 24th, 2010 at 7:00 am |
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Keep pets healthy during the spring


Got this on behalf of the American Animal Hospital Association:
As the weather warms up and pets head back outdoors to explore the world, the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) offers the following tips for keeping pets healthy this spring and year-round. By following these tips and making regular appointments with a veterinary hospital accredited by AAHA, pet owners can rest assured their pets are receiving the highest standard of care.

· Weight: In many cases, a pet’s weight is directly correlated to its health. Pet owners should take steps to provide their pet with a nutritious, balanced diet, complemented by daily exercise to ensure their pet’s weight remains within the recommended range (which varies by breed and animal).
· Pain Management: In the wild, showing pain makes an animal easy prey. So naturally, if a pet is in pain, their instinct is to hide it. However, ignoring or overlooking changes in a pet’s behavior may lead to a small problem becoming much bigger, which will not only potentially harm the pet, but increase animal care expenses for the owner down the line. By paying attention to a pet’s behavior and seeing a veterinarian to address common issues such as arthritis, owners can help their pets live happy, long and pain-free lives. Changes in attitude, activity levels and ability or interest in regular activities like climbing stairs or taking walks are clues that help veterinarians diagnose pain.
· Parasites: Fleas, ticks and other parasites flourish in warmer temperatures and often live in areas pets love to explore. Not only do these parasites pose a threat to pets, many parasites found on pets can be transmitted to humans. Regular check-ups keep pets parasite-free and their owner’s skin from crawling. Consult with your veterinary hospital before implementing any parasite control program and be sure to follow directions when applying a preventative product because improper use may cause adverse reactions.
· Wellness: For pets, an annual check-up is like going to the doctor once in seven years. During that time a lot can change, making annual wellness exams critical to quality pet care. Thorough examinations and screenings are key to catching small problems before they become more difficult to manage.

For more information on keeping your pet healthy year-round, see your local AAHA-accredited veterinary practice or visit www.healthypet.com , an online resource dedicated to providing pet enthusiasts with information pertaining to pet care, pet adoption, tips for traveling with pets and much more.

The new site also includes an AAHA-accredited veterinary hospital locator and a “Healthy Pet Community” in which pet owners can post questions to be answered by a veterinarian. Healthypet.com “Kids’ Klub” area was created just for children and includes pet-related activities, fun facts and tips on caring for their furry friend.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Friday, April 23rd, 2010 at 7:00 am |
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Pet calendar contest


Got this from the Hi-Tor Animal Care Center in Pomona NY:
Hi-Tor Animal Care Center is seeking pet owners who wish to put their dog, cat, horse or bunny in the limelight as the shelter kicks off its third annual Pet Calendar Contest.
“The Pet Calendar Contest is a really fun way to raise money for the shelter,” said Vivian Kiggins, Executive Director of Hi-Tor Animal Care Center. “It’s been very successful the past two years, and we’re hoping to continue building on that success. We really enjoy receiving the entries, and it’s especially nice to see the number of Hi-Tor alumni that get entered into the contest. All of the money donated will benefit the shelter, and we hope to have a very high number of participants.”

For a $20 registration fee, pet owners will receive a donation envelope that will be used to solicit monetary ‘votes’ for their pet to appear in Hi-Tor’s 2011 Pet Calendar. Any household pet can be entered – gerbil, hamster, cat, dog, horse, bunny, guinea pig, etc. The pet that receives the most donations will be featured on the front of the calendar as Hi-Tor’s ‘Pet of the Year’. The runners-up will be pictured on an inside page of the calendar.

Anyone that does not have a pet but would still like to participate in the contest can fill out the registration form and submit a general donation to Hi-Tor. The shelter will put all general donations toward a nomination for one of its own animals to appear in the 2011 Pet Calendar.

Registration forms for the contest are available at Hi-Tor and on its Web site at www.HiTor.org. Forms will also be available at Pet Nutrition Center in Nanuet. For additional information, call the shelter at 845-354-7900 or contact Judy Stone at Judy@HiTor.org.

All entries must be received by May 31; all donations must be received by Sept. 1. Hi-Tor is located at 65 Firemen’s Memorial Drive in Pomona.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Thursday, April 22nd, 2010 at 7:00 am |


Adopt us please


While I’m off this week, why don’t you think about giving me a welcome back gift and letting me know that you or someone else gave a home to one of these babes. Pictures first, details after the jump.
We start with the soulful Maggie:


The trusting Pokey:

pokey pet rescue

The mellow Mr. Rogers:Mr. Rogers

The life-loving Coco:


And Larry, who needs love.


Now, the details….. Read more of this entry »

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Wednesday, April 21st, 2010 at 7:00 am |
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Oh what the heck


This is one of those marketing things that I generally don’t post, but make an exception for because I just find it wacky or amusing enough to qualify. I got this on behalf of those nutty folks at E*Trade:

As you know, many people consider their pets to be their children. So this Mother’s Day, let Fido show his love by sending his Mom a personalized “Happy Mother’s Day” BabyMail — oddcast.com/babymail — a widget that lets you design and send your own customized “talking baby” (and in this instance, “talking pet”) message. Just like parents help their kids show their appreciation for Mom, pet owners can send a BabyMail with their pet’s picture to “Mom” owners by uploading a photo of their pet and recording a personalized message using a telephone.


Do with this what you will 🙂

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Tuesday, April 20th, 2010 at 2:00 pm |
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Last Dog On the Hill (part 2)


I think, to begin a post about the key subject of this book, it is only fitting to start with an introduction I couldn’t give you last week. All, this is Lou:

classic lou

Lou is waving hello to you!


Is he not the most gorgeous animal you’ve ever laid eyes on?! Sadly, Lou is no longer with us. And no, I haven’t spoiled anything about the story. You know that going in:

Here’s an excerpt from the first chapter:
“The essential crime committed against all dog owners is born of the love we hold for them, which, like the love of a child, runs deep. No parent should have to bury a child, they say, but that is what we dog owners must do, not once, but time after time, throughout our lives. While we remain unchangeable to their sweet eyes, they run from birth to the grave in an instant of our own measure. They burn like kindling, and though we know we can never replace one dog with another, we keep trying, in hopes of reviving hints of some great dog gone by. No; they are not children we bury. But dogs like Lou come close. They come very, very close.” Read more of this entry »

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Monday, April 19th, 2010 at 7:00 am |


Bark for Life


Got this from the American Cancer Soicety: Dogs of all ages, colors, shapes and sizes are invited to bring their owners and meet other dogs at the American Cancer Society’s 19th annual Bark for Life on Sunday, May 2, in Riverside Park at West 108th Street in Manhattan. Take a stroll around Riverside Park with hundreds of dogs and their owners and enjoy the celebration of our four-legged loved ones. Together,
we’ll celebrate canine caregivers (companion, guide, diagnostic, rescue, police, therapy, and service dogs among others) because they help us through our darkest hours showing us unconditional love and security without judgment. More details and registration info after the jump… Read more of this entry »

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Sunday, April 18th, 2010 at 7:00 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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