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How did she do this??


I keep this old duvet cover at one end of my couch because it’s one of Cup’s favorite napping places, she’s a black cat, she’d sheds and, well, you get the picture. (Fortunately it also matches my color scheme.) But Cup lays on top of the blanket. So I have no clue as to how Stanley managed to wrap herself completely up like this. It was like someone tucked her in, but she did it herself. I cracked up laughing. Oh, the marvels of my little girl.


This is why pets are awesome. You can spend a so-so summer day doing chores and feeling, well, so-so, and then a laugh and a smile comes out of nowhere. 🙂

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Monday, August 2nd, 2010 at 11:30 am |
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Kitty bath time


P&C friend and contributor Diane again is fostering some baby kittens, about 8 or 9 weeks old. She’s minding them while house-sitting for some friends, so in honor of letting her baby the kitties at their place, the kitties are named in their honor. I give you Chip (black) and Maria (tortoise) at bath time. If this isn’t adorable, then I don’t what is!

First, Chip:

Any time I can catch a cute kitty tongue in a picture, I’m happy.

Now, dry off time…

Now it’s Maria’s turn.

Towel time!

I get to see these babies again this week. Can’t wait!!!

P.S. Thanks for dinner (and lunch) Di!

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Sunday, August 1st, 2010 at 3:30 pm |

Coffee table kitty


On the coffee table in my living room I have, among other things (it’s a big table) some candles, a decorative box, a stack of tile coasters and a beautiful bowl (made by own mom, an amazing potterer…potterist?) Anyway, sometimes I also have this:

Can’t rest your coffee on it, or scent a room, but it sure is adorable!

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Saturday, July 31st, 2010 at 5:56 pm |


Poor little leopard cub!


This little girl does not look happy, but she’s overflowing with adorableness! The baby Amur leopard, born June 24 and also known as a Manchurian leopard, is shown here being weighed in a bucket at a zoo in Leipzig, eastern Germany. I want one!!

Here’s she’s just being adorable, probably thinking, “I will get you for that when I’m bigger!”

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Friday, July 30th, 2010 at 2:34 pm |

Ball + Lab + deer = great video


You must check this out. You just must. It’s funny, and amazing….and don’t miss the watchful kitties at the very end.
Here’s what happens when you put a soccer ball, a black Lab and a baby deer together in a yard.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Wednesday, July 28th, 2010 at 1:33 pm |

Wish I were her


A miracle happened this morning. I was actually able to catch Cup in a picture. Of course, she had to be sleeping, and two seconds after I snapped this she woke up and walked away. So shy! Wish this were me right now, just outdoors.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Wednesday, July 28th, 2010 at 10:27 am |


Stanley will sleep anywhere


Stanley has her numerous favorite sleeping spots, but today she found a new one. This blanket is on my bed not because it’s needed or particularly decorative but because — yes — the cats like it and adopted it from the day I first used it, um, 3 years ago.
It fell halfway to the floor last night, and I obviously haven’t made the bed today. But when I went to straighten up a little, I found this:

So, things will remain unchanged until nap time is over 🙂

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Thursday, July 22nd, 2010 at 4:45 pm |

Talk about needing a bigger boat


OK, this isn’t the usual warm and fluffy pet tale, but holy moly! First, this picture says it all:

And this was no close call. It was full contact. This happened off Cape Town, South Africa. Yet I found it in the New York Post. Go figure. You can also see what happened to the boat here.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Wednesday, July 21st, 2010 at 3:25 pm |

P&C friends’ pets


Two sent in today, lucky me! The first lovely portrait subject you may know, the adorable yipster known as Casey, who belongs to good P&C friend ilb. I think here Casey may be thinking, “OK, I’ll let you take my picture, then can I go outside?”

This one is from Denise, whose lucky dogs get to Jetski every Sunday on Long Island Sound. Pictured here are Yogi, left, an 18-month-old poodle/wheaton terrier mix, and Buddy, a 9-year wheaton terrier zooming off Glen Island in New Rochelle (NY).

Oh yeah, the four-footers have names, too. Welcome to P&C Chris Ciotti and Kelly Soares. 🙂

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Wednesday, July 21st, 2010 at 1:56 pm |


Cats and mouse (pads)


I found this picture pretty amusing because Stanley does the exact same thing in my home office. Is it because cats somehow respond to the word “mouse” and therefore determine they must take ownership? Darned if I know.
Anyway, this is Jasmine, the personal office cat of recent P&C reader Shari Peyser. Shari says, “I actually put down a towel on her beach so that she wouldn’t land on the mousepad — although when she sprawls, we have little push backs on whose work is more important!”

As I told Shari, I bet she loses. I know I usually do. Here is Jasmine, hard at work.

I should also note, I’m so jealous. Wish I could have a desk cat!

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Wednesday, July 21st, 2010 at 12:20 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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