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Archive for May, 2010

Happy Memorial Day


I hope you’ve all had a great weekend. I also hope that, even if you don’t know anyone in the military, you take a moment to remember what this day is about while your enjoying your burgers and hot dogs. As you know, we here at P&C generally stay away from all that is not warm and fluffy, but we are still involved on two wars, after all. So to all veterans and those currently serving, I salute you.

Now, seeing as this is still P&C, speaking of hot dogs…..(thanks again to the brother blog family) 🙂

Really, I could comment away on that, but it speaks for itself in so many ways!

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Monday, May 31st, 2010 at 4:33 pm |

How to give a cat a pill


More thanks to brother blog leader (tecnhically mrs. brother blog leader) for this funny post, as I continue to catch up. Full disclosure, I messed up the order of the pics a bit toward the end, sorry! But if you blog, you know this kind of post takes a long time, and I admit to not wanting to go back and fix. So sue me! Read all the way through anyway. It’s a hoot.

1. Pick up cat and cradle it in the crook of your left arm as if holding a baby.

Position right forefinger and thumb on either side of cat’s mouth and gently apply pressure to cheeks while holding pill in right hand. As cat opens mouth, pop pill into mouth. Allow cat to close mouth and swallow.

2. Retrieve pill from floor and cat from behind sofa.

Cradle cat in left arm and repeat process, closing its mouth and stroking throat.

3. Retrieve cat from bedroom and throw soggy pill away.

4. Take new pill from foil wrap, cradle cat in left arm, holding rear paws tightly with left hand.

Force jaws open and push pill to back of mouth with right forefinger. Hold mouth shut for a count of ten.

5. Retrieve pill from goldfish bowl and cat from top of wardrobe.

Call spouse in from the garden.

6. Kneel on floor with cat wedged firmly between knees, holding front and rear paws.

Ignore low growls emitted by cat. Get spouse to hold head firmly with one hand while forcing wooden ruler into mouth. Drop pill down ruler and rub cat’s throat vigorously.

7. Retrieve cat from curtain rail.

Get another pill from foil wrap. Make note to buy new ruler and repair curtains. Carefully sweep shattered figurines and vases from hearth and set aside for gluing later.

8. Wrap cat in large towel and get spouse to lie on cat with head just visible from below armpit.

Put pill in end of drinking straw, force cat’s mouth open with pencil, and blow down drinking straw.

9. Check label to make sure pill is not harmful to humans and drink one beer to take taste away.

Apply band-aid to spouse’s forearm and remove blood from carpet with cold water and soap.

10. Retrieve cat from roof of neighbor’s shed.

Get another pill. Open another beer. Place cat in cupboard and close door onto neck, leaving head showing. Force mouth open with dessert spoon. Flick pill down throat with elastic band.

11. Fetch screwdriver from garage and put cupboard door back on hinges. Drink beer. Fetch bottle of scotch. Pour shot, drink.

Apply cold compress to cheek and check records for date of last tetanus shot. Apply whiskey compress to cheek to disinfect. Toss back another shot. Throw tee-shirt away and fetch new one from bedroom.

12. Call fire department to retrieve the damn cat from the top of the tree across the road.
Apologize to neighbor who crashed into fence while swerving to avoid cat.
Take last pill from foil wrap.

13. Using heavy-duty pruning gloves from shed, tie the little *&#%^’s front paws to rear paws with garden twine and bind tightly to leg of dining table. Push pill into mouth followed by large piece of filet steak. Hold head vertically and pour two pints of water down throat to wash pill down.

14. Consume remainder of scotch. Get spouse to drive you to the emergency room. Sit quietly while doctor stitches fingers and forearm and removes pill remnants from right eye.
Call furniture shop on way home to order new table.

15. Arrange for ASPCA to collect mutant cat from hell and call local pet shop to see if they have any hamsters.

How to Give a Dog a Pill

1. Wrap it in bacon.
2. Toss it in the air.

Et voila! More helpful tips brought to you by your friends at P&C!

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Sunday, May 30th, 2010 at 7:00 am |

No longer sick as a dog


Why do people say that anyway? What does it mean, exactly, to be as “sick as a dog?” I don’t know, but I sure have been lately, so sorry for the absence the past few days.
I hope everyone’s having a lovely, long Memorial Day weekend. If you happen to stop by here, enjoy this smile…

I learned about this kitty trait when I had my beloved Zamboni. I left a cardboard box used to bring terrace plants upstairs by the front door, intending to throw it out. By Z commandeered it and, being the sucker I am, that dang box sat by my door for three years before he passed. And it even made me sad to throw it out 🙁
Here’s a teaser photo, hit this link for the rest. And I thank my brother blog leader for alerting me to this in the first place. I give you, ways to sleep comfortably in a box 🙂

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Saturday, May 29th, 2010 at 3:03 pm |


Walk for dogs in danger


Mark your calendars for this event. This is from DogsinDanger.com, based here in Westchester County (NY).

Local Non-Profit Invites You to Walk for the Dogs
100% of Walk-a-Thon Proceeds Will Go to Life Saving Mission for Shelter Dogs

WHO: DogsinDanger.com is an award winning, non-profit website dedicated to raising awareness to the plight of the millions of dogs running out of time in shelters across America. Every year, animal shelters care for six to eight million abused, abandoned, or unwanted animals. Of these, three to four million meet a tragic end – euthanasia due to lack of space and resources. DogsinDanger.com is the last hope for many of these dogs, using the Internet to connect dogs in the most desperate need with loving homes before time runs out.

WHAT: DogsinDanger.com is holding the “March for the Dogs” Walk-a-Thon, with 100% of the net receipts from the event going towards the production of a DogsInDanger national television public service announcement to run on hundreds of networks around America, heightening awareness of the website and increasing the effectiveness of its life saving mission. In addition to the two mile walk, the day will feature activities for the whole family, including live music, refreshments, arts and crafts for kids and more. The cost to register is $20, which includes a complimentary DogsinDanger t-shirt and a personal website to circulate to friends and family to invite them to walk or sponsor you. And, of course, all participants are invited to bring their favorite canine companion.

WHERE: Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park, Yorktown Heights, NY

WHEN: Saturday, June 12th, 10 a.m to 2 p.m.

For additional information or to register, visit: www.walk.dogsindanger.com

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Wednesday, May 26th, 2010 at 2:42 pm |

Adorable adorableness!


Awesome P&C friend and contributor Diane just sent me these photos. It’s of the most adorable 2-month-old kitty (who’s up for adoption by the way), who weighs a mere 2.08 pounds, right before she went in for spay surgery (no gross photos I swear.)
Diane writes: “Her siblings had been adopted a few days previously and she was howling with loneliness. I was cuddling with her, keeping her company, and once she was given the pre-anesthetic, I took advantage of the photo-op. She had her spay surgery on Monday and is recuperating. Hopefully, she’ll be adopted into a loving, wonderful home.”

She’s at the SPCA of Westchester, 590 N. State Road, Briarcliff Manor (NY). Call 914-941-2896. I now give you the pics, with Di’s great captions. Thanks babe!

First there’s nose-to-nose kisses.

Second, the experienced vet professional must nuzzle the kitty. (True, Diane is an experienced vet tech).

The third is kissing the little creature’s face (and what a face!)

The fourth step requires a good luck kiss on the belly.

And the fifth step is to ensure the paws are happy.

Wouldn’t the world be great if we all had happy paws? 🙂

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Tuesday, May 25th, 2010 at 6:52 pm |

Puppy reunion time


What a grand idea! This just from the Putnam Humane Society:

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Tuesday, May 25th, 2010 at 5:09 pm |


Kitty terrace living


OK, I’m a pet owner. Therefore, by definition, I’m a sucker 🙂 I took away this one plant from Cup, but felt bad tonight so gave her a little taste. But I don’t think she wanted to be caught here again, so she didn’t let me get a pic.
However, the Marilyn Monroe of cats, Stanley, obliged by showing off how good she is about not eating the summer decor. Thanks baby.

Still on her favorite seat, being good (sorry for blurry pic).

She even ignores the tomato plant! (Then again, in fairness, so does Cup.)

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Monday, May 24th, 2010 at 8:19 pm |

Athlete kitties


Sorry for the quiet weekend all, but P&C friend and contributor Diane sent me this laugh out loud way to start the week. You have to admire this little guy’s determination! Watch it here.

And for my friends at the brother blog, this is kind of what Cup is like when I give her treats. By this guy is better on the high glove side 🙂 I give you, Otto the Goalie Kitteh.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Monday, May 24th, 2010 at 11:44 am |

Nora: the sequel


An alert colleague passed this on to me today. It’s an update on Nora, the famous piano-playing cat (no lie). If you’re familiar with Nora, you’ll watch to watch (the very end is worth the whole video alone). If you’re not familiar with Nora, you’re in for a treat. Enjoy!

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Thursday, May 20th, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
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Dog wash shelter fundraiser


This just in from the Putnam Humane Society.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Wednesday, May 19th, 2010 at 3:28 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.

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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