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SPCA Sizzling Summer Cats


Get over to the SPCA of Westchester and get yourself a kitty! Or a cat! Hurry cause they’re running out of room!
SPCA Sizzling Summer Cats
All Sizes, All Colors, All Personalities!
Young, Adult, Senior & Kittens Too!
Special Adoption Fees and Gifts!
Barn Cats Available!

590 North State Road
Briarcliff Manor, NY
Mon-Sat: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sun: 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Wednesday, June 30th, 2010 at 1:20 pm |

Dogs and fireworks don’t always mix


With July 4 around the corner, it’s time to remind dog owners how to protect their pets from fireworks anxiety.
Below is a handy link and some quick tips from a trainer. Farther below, some tips for cats and fireworks.

The Fun Times Guide
• From Mailbu-based dog trainer Robert Cabral
1. Do not leave your dog alone, especially outside during fireworks displays. If you absolutely must leave your dog, leave a TV or radio playing.
2. Do not coddle or hug your dog if your dog becomes scared or distressed – this tends to make dogs think that their actions are justified. Be strong, talk in a normal tone and remain indifferent to the noise.
3. Do find an alternative to the noise, be it playing an instrument, listening to a news program or playing an entertaining DVD. This can serve as a positive distraction for your dog.
4. Do keep all windows and doors closed to keep the sound out.
5. Do not take your dog for a walk during fireworks celebrations.
6. Do feed your dog long before the time for fireworks.
7. Do give your dog a special toy to play with during fireworks.
8. Do make sure your dog keeps a normal schedule the day of the fireworks.
9. Do plan to keep your dog away from strange dogs or dogs that may excite him during the fireworks.
10. Do keep your dog away from unfamiliar people before and during the fireworks.

Cats and fireworks:
• First and foremost. Leave them indoors. The rest is pretty simple.
When the noise starts, they’ll likely run under the bed or another favorite hidey hole. Keep some background music or the television on as a distraction. If you can get to them, try and comfort them. If you’re not home, still keep the background noise on, but close the blinds or curtains so they’re not freaked when the show starts.

If I’m home on July 4 (I happen to live where I can see some shows without leaving), here’s what happens: I keep the TV on. Cats run under the bed. I try to soothe. They come out from bed when show’s over.

Happy July 4 and stay safe all!

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Tuesday, June 29th, 2010 at 3:23 pm |

Dog wash and family fun day


This just in: The New Rochelle Humane Society is holding its 10th Annual Dog Wash outside on the shelter grounds. It will be a fun-filled day of pet pampering, nail clipping, micro-chipping, good food & vendors. There will also be raffle drawings, give-aways and face painting for the kids.
Stop by the “Ask the Trainer” booth, have your dog take the Canine Good Citizen Test, have fun with agility, have a family portrait with your best canine friend, tour the Mobile Vet Squad’s 26-foot long mobile veterinary hospital, or just come to see the police dog demonstrations!
The Dog Wash price is $20 to $40 (based on pet’s size); nail clipping and the Canine Good Citizen Test both cost $10. The micro-chip costs $40 and includes registration. The price for a 5×7 family portrait with your pet: $15.
WHEN: Sunday, July 18, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m; rain date: Sunday, July 25
WHERE: New Rochelle Humane Society, 70 Portman Road, New Rochelle, NY 10801
FOR INFO: 914-632-2925, www.newrochellehumanesociety.org

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Monday, June 28th, 2010 at 10:51 am |
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Kitty stew


Note: Do not let the subject line alarm you! No kitties were actually cooked or stewed for this post! Diane just thought it would be cool to get a fun picture of the five kitten babies she’s fostering until tomorrow, in the hope it may spur people to adopt them.
The kitties, um, weren’t that cooperative though, so this is the best she got. I swear, no kitties were harmed for these unforgettable pics. The last one is my baby girl, Sinbad. Yes, the look on her face says, Di, are we done now? What the!?

I give you. kitty stew 🙂

Vlad, Honey Pot and Puff (yes, Diane named them all 🙂


And lastly, a just for fun pic of my baby…oh Sinbad, I hope you and your brothers get really good homes. You are all awesome kitties with such great personalities…anyone feel like adopting 2???

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Sunday, June 27th, 2010 at 6:45 pm |

Beryl the proud


When I first introduced you to Beryl, she was referred to as Beryl the large rescued mess. Then she was introduced to you as Beryl no longer a mess.
Well now I give you Beryl the proud. She and Teri went to the annual party thrown by Long Island Golden Retriever Rescue (poor Bentley had to stay home, since he didn’t come from there) and Beryl got to show off just how far she’s come. Here she is with Teri, proudly taking center stage!

Yay Beryl!!!

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Friday, June 25th, 2010 at 4:11 pm |
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Stanley and me, cat napping


It’s hot! Nothing to do but stay still and stay cool. So this is my plan for the rest of today, too. (well, without the sleeping on the kitchen counter part, but you get my metaphorical picture drift 🙂 I plan to do the same thing poolside!

If you are out and about today in my Lower Hudson Valley weather, then make sure you do plenty of this (again, metaphorically speaking, unless, well, that’s all you’ve got 🙂

(P.S. Note to ilb: this is not the same leak. I admit…I turned on the faucet just a bit to set Stan up for this picture. It’s like Vogue at my house 🙂 )

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Thursday, June 24th, 2010 at 12:00 pm |


Tom Chapin to perform at shelter fundraiser


Mark your calendars folks. This sounds like a great day, obviously for a great cause.

The Putnam Humane Society will host a “Dog Day Afternoon” fundraiser featuring Grammy-winner Tom Chapin and five other local bands, July 24 from 1 to 7 p.m. at Mayor’s Park on Fair Street in Cold Spring (NY). Gates open at noon, rain or shine.
The following bands will perform, starting at 1 p.m,. and continuing on the hour until Chapin at 6 p.m: The Cold Spring Band, Tiki Daddy, Tribes Hill Song Writer’s Circle, Hope Machine, and Swamp Gumbo
Buy tickets online at www.puthumane.org or the day of the show at the park.
Advance tickets are $15 adults, $20 day of show; advance children age 12 to 18 $10, $12 day of show; advance children under 12, $5, $7 day of show. Family tickets (two adults, two kids) are $35 in advance, $40 day of show
Call 845 225-7777 or 917-853-6821 for more information.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Thursday, June 24th, 2010 at 7:00 am |

Pet Lovers Walking Tour


I’d say this just in, but that would be a lie. I forgot to post when I first got it. So, this now in…..

Hartsdale Pete Cemetery, America’s first pet cemetery, will hold its first-ever Pet Lovers Walking Tour on Saturday, June 26 at 1pm.

75 Central Park Ave., Hartsdale, NY; open to general public and free of charge.

Tour of cemetery’s five acres of gently rolling hills, spectacular views, majestic mausoleums and memorials will include stories of those who honored their animal friends with monuments. Mary Thurston, an anthropologist, author, and the cemetery’s historian, will conduct the tour which will trace the cemetery’s origins while relating stories of some of the 100,000 pets and people who have come here since its founding in 1896.

Highlights of the tour include the famous War Dog Memorial, which was the first of its kind to acknowledge the heroic service of dogs in the World War I. Also included is the oldest and largest known pet mausoleum, and the pet graves of celebrities such as Mariah Carey, Irene Castle and Gene Krupa, along with the grave of a pet lion club Goldfleck, owned by a Hungarian princess Vilma Lwoff-Parlaghy.

Just 30 minutes from New York City, The Peaceable Kingdom, as Hartsdale Pet Cemetery has come to be known, is listed with the Taj Mahal in India and Egypt’s Great Pyramids of Giza as one of the top-ten cemeteries in the world by the guidebook publisher Lonely Planet, which have Hartsdale Pet Cemetery the distinction in its Best in Travel 2009.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010 at 10:12 am |
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Take Your Dog to Work Day


I’m still waiting for take your cat to work day. I wouldn’t, mine wouldn’t tolerate that program at all! But it’s the principle of the thing, you know? Anyway, if you have a dog, and your boss is amenable, here’s some advance tips on how to make Take Your Dog to Work Day — Friday, June 25 — a happy day for all, four- and two-footers. Thanks to our friends at the American Kennel Club.

This June 25 is Take Your Dog to Work Day. According to the American Kennel Club, spending time in a new environment can help socialize your dog, getting him used to new experiences. There is also the calming, soothing effect that a dog can have on humans. Studies have proven that having pets in the workplace creates a more productive work environment, lowers stress, and actually decreases employee

The AKC offers the following tips for those planning to take their dog to work.

* Survey the scene. Before bringing your dog to the office, take a look around and pet-proof your space. Secure all cabinets and trash
cans that contain food. Remove anything smaller than a tennis ball or items within your pet’s reach that have sharp edges or could be a
choking hazard. Cover any exposed electrical cords or outlets to prevent burns and electrocution as the result of chewing.

* Behavior. You should only take well-trained and housebroken dogs to work with you. Make sure your pooch is socialized and safe around strangers. If your dog is unnerved by changes in environment or social situations, the attention and strange noises associated with an
office may cause your dog undue stress.

* Health. You would stay home from work if you were sick and so should your dog. If your pup has a contagious condition, it is best he
stay at home. It is also very important to make sure he is up to date on all of his vaccinations.

* Hygiene. Make sure your dog is clean and well-groomed before you take him to the office. A dirty dog might cause co-workers to

* Bring the necessities. Make sure you bring the necessities your dog needs with you, such as bowls, food, quiet chew toys, treats, clean
up bags and a leash.

* Supervise! Keep an eye on your dog at all times. Be mindful of those who might be afraid of your dog and people who are allergic to

Additional information on responsible dog ownership can be found on the AKC website at www.akc.org.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010 at 7:00 am |
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Otter pups learn to swim


This is one of the most adorable things I’ve ever seen, an educational too! Who knew?? This video on YouTube is courtesy of the Columbus Zoo. After the video ends, there’s a link to a zoo video from when the pups were born.
You really must check this out. Thanks to P&C friend and contributor Teri!

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010 at 6:18 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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