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Rescued puppies and dogs up for adoption at SPCA

May
19

Mark your calendar for this event this weekend. From the SPCA of Westchester:
The SPCA of Westchester has teamed up with Greenville Animal Services in South Carolina and Union and Gaston Counties Animal Care & Control Services in North Carolina to save healthy puppies and dogs who would otherwise be euthanized, and bring them north where loving new homes await them. On May 22 and 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the SPCA will host an Adoption Extravaganza at the SPCA, located at 590 North State Road in Briarcliff Manor (NY). This unique event will feature over 100 puppies and family dogs who have been rescued from certain death and transported to the SPCA of Westchester to be placed up for adoption! There will be many mixed and full breeds available!

An estimated 5 million puppies, kittens, dogs and cats are euthanized every year in shelters across the United States. In several southern states, overcrowded shelters and low rates of spay and neuter procedures have resulted in the deaths of perfectly healthy young animals. “It’s very fulfilling to know that our efforts will make it possible for them to receive a second chance at a good life,” says Shannon Laukhuf, Executive Director of the SPCA.

Adopters must be at least 21 years of age. Adoption fees for dogs and puppies will be $325 which includes spay/neuter, pre-adopt vaccines and de-worm, micro-chip and heartworm test (age appropriate).
For further information on the SPCA’s Adoption Extravaganza Event and to view animals available for adoption, visit www.spca914.org.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Wednesday, May 19th, 2010 at 7:00 am |
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Guiding Eyes puppies!

May
18

As promised, here’s a follow-up on my visit last night with the Guiding Eyes for the Blind pups. More importantly, I’d like you to read about the organization’s new puppy training program and Canine Development Center. Both are being introduced and built to enhance Guiding Eyes’ already remarkable work, and to improve their already remarkable training of guide dogs for both the benefit of the dogs and their future owners. Read all about it by clicking here:
Guiding Eyes Annual Report

Also, here’s info about their June 14 Golf Classic fundraiser.

And now, without further ado, here again is Pagaent!

Pagaent was a little tired, but when I left she was all exuberant and kissy. I was so flattered, until I realized it was because my hands smelled like crab 🙂

This here is Pagaent’s sister, Paulette, another 12-week-old bundle of adorableness.

And here are two older dogs now in training. Vivien here is going to work with an autistic person. She’s shown here looking up at Pagaent.

And the only gentleman of the bunch, Withers, who was the only one kind of enough to look right at the camera!

Thanks again to the folks at Guiding Eyes.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Tuesday, May 18th, 2010 at 3:18 pm |
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A tease

May
17

Tonight I had the pleasure, and honor, of being able to attend my second kick-off party for the Guiding Eyes for the Blind’s annual golf classic, a huge fundraiser for an amazing organization that does huge and amazing work. This year’s classic, again hosted by Eli Manning (yes, that Eli Manning) is the organization’s 33rd.

Tomorrow, I’m going to tell you more about the golf event, and about a new venture Guiding Eyes has embarked on that could use your support. In the meantime, I’m just going to leave you with this little tease. How do I know you’ll come back? Because everyone will want to see more pictures like this! Puppies!

This 12-week-old bundle of adorableness is named Pageant (as in beauty, aptly) and she is one of the pups in training to change the life of a blind person as a service dog and loving companion.
More tomorrow. Come back please. Now I have to go wash off the aroma of Pageant, Paulette, and Vivien and Withers, before my kitties go too crazy with suspicious sniffing about my evening’s whereabouts…:)

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Monday, May 17th, 2010 at 8:15 pm |
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Tag sale to benefit humane society

May
17

This just in: The Hudson Valley Humane Society will host its annual Spring Tag Sale on the lawn at 200 Quaker Road in Pomona (NY) on Saturday, June 12 and Sunday, June 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. The Pomona Civic Association is organizing the event for the benefit of the HVHS. The merchandise for sale will vary such as: electronics, collectibles, kitchen goods, clothing, books, accessories, decorative items, videos, music CDs, furniture, toys and much more. Those interested in donating merchandise for the sale, or if you would like to volunteer to help with the event, call 845-362-8165. 100% of the proceeds will help defray veterinary costs for the animals in our care.
For further information, please e-mail hvhsny@optonline.net or call 845-354-3124.

The HVHS is a private “no-kill”, tax-exempt organization, chartered as a society for prevention of cruelty to animals in New York State and has cared for abandoned, unwanted and abused animals in Rockland County since 1891.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Monday, May 17th, 2010 at 12:51 pm |
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T’is the season

May
15

Yes, it’s officially planting day, and a gorgeous one at that, so I’ve done up my terrace for the season. This year, instead of putting two flowering plants that Cup likes within reach, I only did one. I actually planned to put none within her reach, but plans changed during the potting process, as they sometimes do.
So, same table. different plant, and day one, the poor little plant has been in the pot and freshly watered for all of 5 minutes, if that, and it already doesn’t stand a chance. Thankfully, she stays away from the tomato plant, which I’m hoping succeeds better than two years ago (I wimped out last year).
I give you, my loveable, plant-killing munchy cat.

Tail happy!

I’d love to save the plant, but I think I’ll let Cup have her terrace season fun.
Plant – $6
Cup being happy – priceless 🙂

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Saturday, May 15th, 2010 at 4:04 pm |
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Random releases

May
14

These just in. First, from Animal Planet:
Time is running out for millions of animals across the country. In many southern states where spay-and-neuter laws aren’t readily enforced and tough economic times are forcing many people to choose between caring for themselves or their pets, the number of stray and abandoned dogs is soaring. Shelters plagued by overcrowding and a lack of resources are unable to provide these animals with one critical thing: time. So the race against the clock begins. Thanks to some incredible people who have dedicated themselves to beating that ticking clock, thousands of dogs every year are rescued and transported to the North, and most of us don’t even know that it’s happening.

On Saturday, June 19, at 8 PM (ET/PT), Animal Planet will change that as it shines the spotlight on two very special people on a mission and a network of volunteers as they fight to give dogs a second chance at life in LAST CHANCE HIGHWAY. This series follows Shelly Bookwalter and Kyle Peterson as they forge an alliance to give unwanted dogs across the South one last chance at survival. With the support of her family and friends, Shelly devotes her time and money to saving stray and unclaimed shelter dogs from a tragic fate. She spends hours finding and placing them with foster families, posting the available pets on Petfinder.com and interviewing potential owners; she successfully places close to 650 rescued dogs with loving families every year. Kyle works with Shelly and her volunteers to pick up adopted dogs to transport them to their new homes in the Northeast.

“LAST CHANCE HIGHWAY tells the story of passionate and determined individuals who come together on a mission to save and better the lives of abandoned and stray dogs. It’s a privilege to further their work and help save these animals,” says Marjorie Kaplan, general manager and president of Animal Planet. “People looking to adopt a pet are often hooked after just seeing a photo. Being there to witness that first face-to-face meeting and to see the impact that humans and dogs have on each other’s lives is incredibly powerful and something I think will inspire and entertain our viewers.”

And now, from the Bronx Zoo:
This weekend at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo is all about kids as the “Animal Tales Extravaganza” kicks into high-gear. Ten-year veterans of the children’s music scene, Dog On Fleas will get the crowd hopping from New York Life’s Main Stage on the zoo’s famous Astor Court, and the special children’s book readings continue at Asia Plaza with illustrator Chad Wallace reading from his latest book, Earth, and author/illustrator Marisabina Russo reading two of her recent works, A Very Big Bunny and The Bunnies are not in Their Beds.

Visitors will not only enjoy a weekend packed with live, family-oriented entertainment on New York Life’s Main Stage and the zoo’s Asia Plaza, but the zoo’s biggest celebrities – the three new African lion cubs – will be scampering about the lion exhibit at African Plains.

Over the course of the 13-weekend extravaganza, renowned children’s authors from notable publishers including HarperCollins, Little Brown Books for Young Readers, Macmillan, Penguin Group (USA), Random House Children’s Books, and Simon & Schuster will be hosting special story-time readings of their books at the Asia Plaza Theater. Families will be able to meet their favorite children’s book authors and listen to them read their new and classic works then head over to New York Life’s Main Stage on Astor Court for live entertainment by some of the top-rated children’s entertainers.

Kids can walk through larger-than-life pages of real books including The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle at the Butterfly Garden and Alphabet by Matthew Van Fleet at the Reptile House. At the Bear Overlook, walk through the new children’s book, Moon Bear, by Brenda Z. Guiberson and award-winning illustrator, Ed Young and enjoy a wild ride with Wild About Books by Judy Sierra at Astor Court. These interactive, walk-through book experiences have been underwritten by the publishers of the books featured; Penguin Group (USA), Simon & Schuster, The Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group and Random House Children’s Books.

The experience also includes an opportunity for children to make their own “animal tale” book and “animal tail” bookmark based on Big Babies, Little Babies, which is published by DK Publishing, one of the event sponsors.
For more info, visit www.bronxzoo.com or call 718-367-1010.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Friday, May 14th, 2010 at 4:00 pm |
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Happy Birthday Spike!

May
14

Today is officially Spike’s 8-month birthday! Happy Birthday baby! Diane recently had a visit with our little girl, and she sent me these darling (as usual) photos of the beauty. First, a reminder. Itty bitty baby Spike!

And the lady today. I just want to swim in her eyes.

I think Diane said she weighs something like 7 pounds now. She still has one of the most expressive faces I’ve ever seen.

I can’t believe I used to be able to hold her in the palm of my hand.

Hope you have a great 8-month-old birthday baby! Kisses!

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Friday, May 14th, 2010 at 10:00 am |
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Dog flu shots for a cause

May
14

This (kind of) just in:
Dr. Robert Weiner and his staff of County Animal Hospital, 49 Congers Road, New City (NY), will be participating in the National Canine Influenza Vaccination Clinic to benefit NEADS (National Education for Assistance Dog Services). The Canine Influenza Clinic, sponsored by Intervet/Schering-Plough, will be held on Tuesday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., by appointment (call 845-634-4607). On vaccination day, for a minimum donation of $40 per dog (cash or check payable to NEADS), your pet will receive the required two doses of the vaccine that protects against canine influenza.

Canine influenza is an emerging and potentially serious cause of respiratory disease in dogs and is easily spread between dogs. With the nicer weather coming, your pet is likely to have more contact with other dogs and be at greater risk for infection. Veterinarians such as Dr. Weiner highly recommend you consider canine influenza vaccination for your dog with the hope that we can eliminate this emerging threat to canine health. You pet’s first dose will be administered on vaccination day; you will be asked to schedule the required follow-up dose for a date 2 to 4 weeks later. By bringing your dog to this clinic, you not only will be protecting your pet, but all proceeds will go to NEADS/Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans, a national provider of assistance dogs.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Friday, May 14th, 2010 at 7:00 am |
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Greyhounds galore

May
13

If you live in or near Utah, or can catch a quick flight, this may be of interest to you 🙂

KANAB, Utah – It’s going to be greyhounds galore in Kanab, Utah for the eleventh annual, and last, Greyhound Gathering. Over 225 rescued greyhounds, along with their human families, journey to Kanab for festivities from Friday through Sunday, May 14 – 16
The annual event is the largest, three-day, Greyhound Gathering in the western United States and attracts greyhounds and their human families from around the United States as well as Canada and England.
Claudia Presto, founder of Kanab’s Greyhound Gang and the event’s organizer, said, “This gathering is a celebration of these rescued ‘45 mph couch potatoes’ and the families who love them.”

Presto said that while in modern times greyhounds are known for their racing prowess and the abuse they suffer when they can no longer earn money for their breeders, they’ve historically been treated lovingly as loyal companions of royalty and treasured family members. They are the only dog mentioned in the Bible.
A Gathering highlight is the parade down Center Street, to the strains of “Who Let the Dogs Out”, with hundreds of costumed humans and hounds, vying for prizes and attention. Another highlight is the Blur of Fur, where greyhounds chase their humans down a strip of grass, while being clocked with radar guns.
Fundraising activities include over six hundred donated items in a Live and Silent Auction and Drawing. Hikes, Speakers, Petting, Food, Golfing, and Best Friends tours round out the weekend.

For a complete schedule of events, visit www.greyhoundgang.org

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Thursday, May 13th, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
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Stanley=adorableness

May
13

I first went to take Stanley’s picture because she was sitting on the kitchen counter in this funny, hunched-over crow-like pose, with her tail sticking between her legs. But then she accommodated me even more by deciding to do a little grooming.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Thursday, May 13th, 2010 at 3:00 pm |
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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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