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Maine, Sweeney and Todd: part 2


Yesterday I shared some photos of Sweeney and Todd during my weekend trip to P&C’s northern outpost. Well, the boys’ staff (that would be my mom) also sent me these photos from the trip.
We spent Saturday with my glorious niece Lula, so of course Grandmom (my mom) had lots of toys all over the place. Well, Todd must have decided to take this break either because 1) he was exhausted from playing with Lula all day or 2) figured he’d get more attention if he went to her play area. Regardless, I just love these shots.

Nothing left to say but, adorableness.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Tuesday, July 20th, 2010 at 7:00 am |

Maine, Sweeney and Todd


Just returned from P&C’s northern outpost and, as promised, a few pics of the brother cats, Sweeney and Todd. Oh, what a glorious weekend! Breathable air, ocean breeze, family fun, lobsters galore and — yes — these beautiful boys.
But here’s the funny thing I re-learned this weekend. All of our pets are unique and special in their own ways. But sometimes, a dog is just a dog, and a cat is just a cat 🙂 For example, just like my girls, these kitties love running water and digging into flowering plants…As usual, I forget who’s who in the pics (sorry, but it’s hard enough to tell them apart in person!) but here is Sweeney/Todd…..

Slurp! This was taken as water from a plant dripped down from its perch on the terrace. Adorableness!

Sniffing out the best parts to eat (or a bug, who knows).

And lastly, just plain gorgeous handsomeness at sunset.

Love you boys! See you soon!

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Monday, July 19th, 2010 at 9:40 am |

Taking a dip


This is Amstel. First off, great name! Amstel is a certified therapy dog with the Good Dog Foundation who belongs to Alison, a Port Chester (NY) resident. Alison was outside with Amstel on a particularly toasty hot day last month and let her take this well deserved dip to cool off. Dog + ball + water = happy!

Alison tells me that Amstel was a rescue from the North Shore Animal League and, according to a DNA test, her strongest identified breeds are border collie and Akita, so the designer name Alison came up with is “bordakita.”
Whatever she is, she looks grand!

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Wednesday, July 14th, 2010 at 4:54 pm |


2nd annual DockDogs event


Holy Flying Fido! This just in: Hudson Valley DockDogs is pleased to announce its second regional event, “THE JUMPIN JAMBOREE,” July 24 and July 25 at Ledgewood Kennels, 639 Smithfield Road, Millerton, NY. There will be two days of jumping, flying, and splashing dogs from throughout New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and as far as New Hampshire, Vermont and even Pennsylvania.

“Last year’s “Jumpin Jamboree” was a splashing success” says, Todd Brayne, vice president of the Hudson Valley Dock Dog Club. “Everyone enjoyed watching the various high flying dogs. Even the speed swimmers in the Speed Retrieve competition were intense. Tenths of a second were recorded between 1st and 2nd place. I can’t begin to imagine what this year’s competitors will bring to the pool.”

The “Jumpin Jamboree” promises to be even bigger and better this year, especially with the new addition of Extreme Vertical to the event schedule. The “Jumpin Jamboree” is open to all. Newbies or non-competitors are welcome to practice in between waves for $10. Spectators are encouraged to come and watch. Admission is free.

For a schedule, DockDog rules and policies, on-line registration and additional details, visit Hudson Valley Dock Dogs or e-mail info@hudsonvalleydockdogs.com

Registration in advance at www.dockdogs.com is encouraged. Credit cards accepted for on-line registration only.
Online pre-registration fees are $20 per dog per wave. On-site registration fees are $25 per dog per wave.

Formed in June 2008, Hudson Valley DockDogs is the New York affiliate chapter of DockDogs of Medina, Ohio, the independent governing and sanctioning body for regional, national and international dock jumping performance sports. Dock jumping is one of the fastest growing sports in the dog world; pooches and their parents are competing all over the United States.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Friday, July 9th, 2010 at 7:00 am |

Flash (and) Gordon


Flash and Gordon are adorable little cats who belong to a friend of a friend of mine. I got to spend some time with them over the weekend, but only managed to catch Gordon on film. Here is Gordon, like Sweeney and Todd two posts below, trying to stay cool in the heat, while maintaining her (yes, her) total adorableness.

Ahhhh. Cool grass.

Tabletop stretch.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Wednesday, July 7th, 2010 at 5:02 pm |

How to spend a hot summer day in Maine


Thanks Mom! My girls haven’t been out on the terrace since Sunday. It’s just too darn toasty for furry babies. But Sweeney and Todd have found a way at the P&C northern outpost.


“You come here.” “No, you come here.”

Stay cool boys!

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Wednesday, July 7th, 2010 at 11:59 am |


The hunter and the hunted


A friend passed this on to me from a blogger at the Times Union in Albany. If this photo alone doesn’t make you want to read the whole story, maybe the first line of his post will. Brilliant 🙂

“I was sitting at the computer yesterday when the cat walked in with a roll of toilet paper.”

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Sunday, July 4th, 2010 at 7:00 am |

Sleeping Beauty


I just can’t help. Whenever Stanley takes a nap, she is just so darn adorable! I grab the camera without even thinking.

Oops. Sorry to disturb you kitty.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Saturday, July 3rd, 2010 at 3:47 pm |

The Dachshund and the Piglet


I wonder whatever became of this pig? This is a little old, as you can see my the date stamps on the pics, but it was just sent to me recently and if you haven’t seen it before, you must now!. (Thanks brother blog friend, belatedly). Yes, there are lots of tales of different kinds of animals helping each other out, but this one is tremendously tremendous! Read, then enjoy pics! (I’ll tell you, this story raises dachshunds in my esteem!)

This dachshund was fostering this little guy for another mom who couldn’t take care of him. He had his eyes closed, but now they are open. He is just a little bigger than her other pups. She loves this little guy as much as the other puppies and she is nursing him back to health. He is the cleanest pig-puppy ever because she licks him all the time. (I didn’t write that, but I love the phrase, “pig-puppy.”)

I can only hope this now 2-year-old pig is living a happy life somewhere (as well as the mama and her pups). If not, don’t tell me…..

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Friday, July 2nd, 2010 at 7:22 pm |


Petfinder.com cat contest winners


In honor of Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month in June, Petfinder.com rolled out the red carpet with “The Whiskers”, a photo contest for the most adorable (and photogenic) homeless cats in the U.S.
Well here are the winners in their respective “CAT-egories,” each more adorable than the next. And they’re available for adoption! A big round of applause (and paws!) to….

Best Newcomer: Blossom from Virtually Home, Chicago, IL www.petfinder.com/petdetail/16110190

Best On-Screen Duo: Onyx & Opal from Bingham County Humane Society, Blackfoot, ID www.petfinder.com/petdetail/12348710

The Cattiest: Beauty from Rescued Paws, Longview, WA www.petfinder.com/petdetail/8258762

Best Comedic Performance: Gidget from Guardian Angels Cat Rescue and Adoption Shelter, Hot Springs, AR www.petfinder.com/petdetail/8290561

And Best Picture…it’s a tie! First, Cooper from Lifeline Animal Placement and Protection, Inc., Wichita, KS www.petfinder.com/petdetail/15558644

And Pepper from PAWS (Pet Animal Welfare Society), Norwalk, CT www.petfinder.com/petdetail/16076328

Congrats to all the winners. I hope your prize is a new home!

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Thursday, July 1st, 2010 at 4:45 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.

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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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